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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5600 on: October 08, 2018, 06:42:56 AM »
This weekend I went to a work conference at a fancy hotel multiple time zones away.  Because of the time shift and the long travel day, I was in bed super early local time.   I had just fallen asleep when I heard the door furtively opening and someone coming into the room -- startled the shit out of me.  I bolted out of bed and came face to face with a flustered hotel maid who had come to do the turndown service.  English wasn't her first language, and I was half delirious, but when she showed me the chocolates I finally understood.  I felt bad for having startled her, and like a total doofus.

MPP because I have stayed at a hotel that does turndown service maybe once in my life before -- ages ago.  I forgot this was even still a thing.  My usual work conferences don't happen at hotels that fancy.  In my non-work life we always camp, or stay at cheapo hotels/AirBnBs.

That would have scared the s**t out of me too.
I think I have only twice stayed at a hotel with a turndown service. I find it very disturbing that someone knocks on my door, while I am dressed in a morning coat after just having taken a shower and expect to be in my private bubble the rest of the time. The first time (our wedding night), the hotel gave us a warning that they would knock on the door soon.

I agree -- a little heads up would be nice.  They could mention it when you first check in.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5601 on: October 08, 2018, 06:57:12 AM »
This weekend I went to a work conference at a fancy hotel multiple time zones away.  Because of the time shift and the long travel day, I was in bed super early local time.   I had just fallen asleep when I heard the door furtively opening and someone coming into the room -- startled the shit out of me.  I bolted out of bed and came face to face with a flustered hotel maid who had come to do the turndown service.  English wasn't her first language, and I was half delirious, but when she showed me the chocolates I finally understood.  I felt bad for having startled her, and like a total doofus.

MPP because I have stayed at a hotel that does turndown service maybe once in my life before -- ages ago.  I forgot this was even still a thing.  My usual work conferences don't happen at hotels that fancy.  In my non-work life we always camp, or stay at cheapo hotels/AirBnBs.

That would have scared the s**t out of me too.
I think I have only twice stayed at a hotel with a turndown service. I find it very disturbing that someone knocks on my door, while I am dressed in a morning coat after just having taken a shower and expect to be in my private bubble the rest of the time. The first time (our wedding night), the hotel gave us a warning that they would knock on the door soon.

I agree -- a little heads up would be nice.  They could mention it when you first check in.

Whenever I am in a hotel room I leave out the do not disturb sign.

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« Reply #5602 on: October 08, 2018, 07:20:47 AM »
Use all the locks on hotel doors!  (Not just the bolt but also the chain lock/door latch.

It is not unheard of for a hotel to accidentally give your room to someone else- if you are in there, you want the latch closed, not just the regular locks.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5603 on: October 08, 2018, 07:25:33 AM »
Use all the locks on hotel doors!  (Not just the bolt but also the chain lock/door latch.

It is not unheard of for a hotel to accidentally give your room to someone else- if you are in there, you want the latch closed, not just the regular locks.

Yes you are absolutely right.  And I usually do always use the chain/latch in a hotel room -- I just didn't this one time because I had fallen into bed exhausted . . . Will not happen again.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5604 on: October 08, 2018, 07:52:36 AM »
Use all the locks on hotel doors!  (Not just the bolt but also the chain lock/door latch.

It is not unheard of for a hotel to accidentally give your room to someone else- if you are in there, you want the latch closed, not just the regular locks.

Yeah.  This.
I was once given a door-card at a hotel -- and when I entered the room shortly before midnight, I startled the guests who were already occupying the room.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5605 on: October 08, 2018, 10:43:07 AM »
1. I have so much income (82k, LCOL) that I never learned how to budget.

2. Currently taking a Personal Finance course through my church to fix the first problem.  It is uncomfortable to discuss my budget with friends who live paycheck to paycheck while I invest $3000/month.  I probably shouldn't have mentioned the donor advised fund I set up last year to optimize tax benefits for my charitable giving.

3. I contacted payroll this week to ask why they weren't withholding any federal income tax.  Turns out I won't owe any this year.  Again.  It's hard to feel rich when I'm too poor to pay taxes.

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« Reply #5606 on: October 08, 2018, 03:05:42 PM »
1. I have so much income (82k, LCOL) that I never learned how to budget.

2. Currently taking a Personal Finance course through my church to fix the first problem.  It is uncomfortable to discuss my budget with friends who live paycheck to paycheck while I invest $3000/month.  I probably shouldn't have mentioned the donor advised fund I set up last year to optimize tax benefits for my charitable giving.

3. I contacted payroll this week to ask why they weren't withholding any federal income tax.  Turns out I won't owe any this year.  Again.  It's hard to feel rich when I'm too poor to pay taxes.

These are great!

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« Reply #5607 on: October 08, 2018, 04:29:19 PM »
It's hard to feel rich when I'm too poor to pay taxes.

Best comment I have read in a LONG time.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5608 on: October 09, 2018, 09:56:12 AM »
Got some led string lights for Halloween.  Considered putting them on a timer, but I only have a motorized timer that will probably use more power than it saves - string lights will use 5 cents of electricity if left on all month.  Now I gotta decide if it’s worth the lentil calories to manually unplug

I know the feeling. We could have gotten public funding for energy measures for our house, but the funding required installing balanced ventilation. Installing that kind of equipment would cause our electricity consumption to increase, not decrease.

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« Reply #5609 on: October 09, 2018, 12:26:13 PM »
I used to enjoy finding a forgotten $10 or $20 (or even less) in a coat pocket or something every 2-3 years... and a couple of times I "hid" money from myself in, say, a seasonal article of clothing so I'd forget about it before finding it again the following year. Now that I keep track of every single penny that comes or goes, there's no unaccounted-for money to accidentally or intentionally "find." Probably for the best in the long run, though.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5610 on: October 09, 2018, 12:39:23 PM »
Got some led string lights for Halloween.  Considered putting them on a timer, but I only have a motorized timer that will probably use more power than it saves - string lights will use 5 cents of electricity if left on all month.  Now I gotta decide if it’s worth the lentil calories to manually unplug

I know the feeling. We could have gotten public funding for energy measures for our house, but the funding required installing balanced ventilation. Installing that kind of equipment would cause our electricity consumption to increase, not decrease.
Along the same lines, our state offers rebates for energy efficiency improvements, including insulation.  The hitch is that you have to hire a contractor to do it.  For a DIYer like me, that pretty much negates the benefit of the rebate.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5611 on: October 11, 2018, 02:02:19 AM »
Got some led string lights for Halloween.  Considered putting them on a timer, but I only have a motorized timer that will probably use more power than it saves - string lights will use 5 cents of electricity if left on all month.  Now I gotta decide if it’s worth the lentil calories to manually unplug

I know the feeling. We could have gotten public funding for energy measures for our house, but the funding required installing balanced ventilation. Installing that kind of equipment would cause our electricity consumption to increase, not decrease.

This can be subject to various factors. If you live in a climate where you heat the house in the winter this may actually save power because a well adjusted ventilation keeps the humidity at the right levels which decreases heating cost.
At our house we had a mechanical ventilation unit using AC power which was replaced with a DC motor version, saves up to 60 percent in power and has a sensor which ups the RPM if relative moisture is above X percent.

Funny thing was that we also had an electric watertank which we replaced by a tankless electric heater for the hot tapwater which actually saved us money (despite it being relatively inefficient). This is because the tank kept the water at 60 degrees C regardless of demand. The tankless only uses what we require and energy consumption has dropped 4kwh on a daily average.
We are looking into adding a solar tank for the tapwater but the investment just isn't justifiable. We do have a Heatpump for indoor heating though as well as Electric solar panels so on the grand scale of things we are relatively environmentally friendly.

Oh, and if a string of LEDs has 100 LEDs at .5watts each you are still using 50watts.

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« Reply #5612 on: October 11, 2018, 05:51:21 AM »
So when I was young my parents got this savings/stock account for me. The policy finishes next month and money will be transferred to my regular bank account. With the recent dip I thought YAY, hope stocks will still be cheap by then so I can stock up.

Until I realized that the money is currently also in stocks and will have probably dropped as much as my regular stock accounts :(

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« Reply #5613 on: October 11, 2018, 06:25:52 AM »
So when I was young my parents got this savings/stock account for me. The policy finishes next month and money will be transferred to my regular bank account. With the recent dip I thought YAY, hope stocks will still be cheap by then so I can stock up.

Until I realized that the money is currently also in stocks and will have probably dropped as much as my regular stock accounts :(

Can't you contact the company that has the policy and ask for it to be paid out in stocks, instead of cash?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5614 on: October 11, 2018, 09:11:45 AM »
MPP: In spite of the doom-and-gloom headlines, you are secretly just fine with a hefty stock market drop, because you know it will jump-start the excellent Top is in thread. :)

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« Reply #5615 on: October 11, 2018, 03:31:06 PM »
I used to enjoy finding a forgotten $10 or $20 (or even less) in a coat pocket or something every 2-3 years... and a couple of times I "hid" money from myself in, say, a seasonal article of clothing so I'd forget about it before finding it again the following year. Now that I keep track of every single penny that comes or goes, there's no unaccounted-for money to accidentally or intentionally "find." Probably for the best in the long run, though.

Gotta update that “coatmoney” account in Mint

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« Reply #5616 on: October 11, 2018, 11:27:20 PM »
I FIREd last week and had my goodbye party yesterday. I received a gift voucher of over CHF 500.- (USD 500.-) from my very kind work colleagues. I don't know what to spend it on... (fortunately it's valid for 2 years).

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« Reply #5617 on: October 12, 2018, 03:25:50 AM »
I FIREd last week and had my goodbye party yesterday. I received a gift voucher of over CHF 500.- (USD 500.-) from my very kind work colleagues. I don't know what to spend it on... (fortunately it's valid for 2 years).
Ui! Congratulations!

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« Reply #5618 on: October 13, 2018, 03:21:54 AM »
My yearly spending is so low, I can only track it with a 3X4 index card.
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« Reply #5619 on: October 13, 2018, 03:46:17 AM »
My yearly spending is so low, I can only track it with a 3X4 index card.

Pics or it didn't happen.

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« Reply #5620 on: October 13, 2018, 03:53:35 AM »
You break in to applause when someone yells Fire in a crowded room.

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« Reply #5621 on: October 13, 2018, 03:56:42 AM »
Your balance after a 50% drop in the stock market brings you back fond memories.

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« Reply #5622 on: October 13, 2018, 08:43:22 AM »
It's looking like I'm going to be missing out on contributing the ~$7000 to an HSA next year.  My employer offers a few different medical plans, including an HDHP/HSA plan and some non-HDHP/HSA plans. However, the different plans also have different doctor networks.  In order to retain my current care providers, I have to choose the non-HSA plan.  The non-HSA plan also has higher payroll contributions from me. Overall, due to the loss of tax-deductiblity and the increased payroll contributions, it's a difference of a several thousand dollars to me.

What particularly stings is, this is the second year in a row that my employer has "played games" with their plans and networks of doctors. My family specifically changed all of our doctors in 2018 in order to stay on the HSA plan that they offered.  Now, in order to keep the same network of doctors, I have to chose their non-HSA plan for 2019.  How ridiculous is that?

MPP? Certainly. I can easily take the hit of $3-5K (of additional expense + lost HSA opportunity) in 2019.  It's just very disappointing to me.  I'm essentially "paying up" just to keep some doctors that I think are really great.

Non-MPP Portion: We really need to de-couple health insurance/care from employment/employers in this country.
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« Reply #5623 on: October 13, 2018, 10:12:03 AM »
Your balance after a 50% drop in the stock market brings you back fond memories.

lol

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« Reply #5624 on: October 13, 2018, 10:17:03 AM »
Our washing machine is acting up. It's still working, but sometimes it won't start. I can't find the cause, but the repair guy won't even come over to have a look after I told him the make and age. It's from '06 and I got it for free in '11.

If it really stops working completely, we've already got a replacement. A friend of ours sold us her '15 machine for €50 last year and that one has been waiting in a corner of the kitchen ever since.

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« Reply #5625 on: October 13, 2018, 10:51:33 AM »
Our washing machine is acting up. It's still working, but sometimes it won't start. I can't find the cause, but the repair guy won't even come over to have a look after I told him the make and age. It's from '06 and I got it for free in '11.

If it really stops working completely, we've already got a replacement. A friend of ours sold us her '15 machine for €50 last year and that one has been waiting in a corner of the kitchen ever since.

LOL. My dryer is 30ish years old. The "matching" washer (got both for free) died an unrepairable death, so I got a speedqueen last year. I am curious how long the dryer will last.

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« Reply #5626 on: October 13, 2018, 11:06:45 AM »
Our washing machine is acting up. It's still working, but sometimes it won't start. I can't find the cause, but the repair guy won't even come over to have a look after I told him the make and age. It's from '06 and I got it for free in '11.

If it really stops working completely, we've already got a replacement. A friend of ours sold us her '15 machine for €50 last year and that one has been waiting in a corner of the kitchen ever since.

LOL. My dryer is 30ish years old. The "matching" washer (got both for free) died an unrepairable death, so I got a speedqueen last year. I am curious how long the dryer will last.

My washer and dryer are at least that old.  When I bought the house 13 years ago the home inspector warned me I'd probably need a new washer shortly.  That (plus the dryer, which I rarely use) is about the only thing remaining I haven't had to replace in that time!

(I have had to replace refrigerator, range, kitchen sink, water heater, furnace, a/c ...)

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« Reply #5627 on: October 13, 2018, 11:16:50 AM »
I recently made a drug claim on my DH's benefit plan.

After receiving a weirdly low reimbursement amount and asking about it, I think I have found an error in the calculation used in determining reimbursement.

MPP - I don't think the vast majority of people would catch this, and in trying to get to the bottom of it, I have managed to rule out (via slow emails) any other factor other than a calculation. 

I have one question left to rule out, because there is a chance that their idea is that the generic costs 75% than Walmart Pharmacy says that it costs... but how that can be?!

MPP -- it is virtually impossible to get customer service to answer my question, "Can you tell me what the eligible maximum is for drug X (your approved generic)?"   The answer, by email, after waiting 2 weeks for a response is that "Drugs are paid to the maximum of the generic alternative, after deductible".

UGH!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5628 on: October 13, 2018, 11:50:09 AM »
My yearly spending is so low, I can only track it with a 3X4 index card.

Pics or it didn't happen.


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« Reply #5629 on: October 13, 2018, 12:04:59 PM »
It's looking like I'm going to be missing out on contributing the ~$7000 to an HSA next year.  My employer offers a few different medical plans, including an HDHP/HSA plan and some non-HDHP/HSA plans. However, the different plans also have different doctor networks.  In order to retain my current care providers, I have to choose the non-HSA plan.  The non-HSA plan also has higher payroll contributions from me. Overall, due to the loss of tax-deductiblity and the increased payroll contributions, it's a difference of a several thousand dollars to me.

What particularly stings is, this is the second year in a row that my employer has "played games" with their plans and networks of doctors. My family specifically changed all of our doctors in 2018 in order to stay on the HSA plan that they offered.  Now, in order to keep the same network of doctors, I have to chose their non-HSA plan for 2019.  How ridiculous is that?

MPP? Certainly. I can easily take the hit of $3-5K (of additional expense + lost HSA opportunity) in 2019.  It's just very disappointing to me.  I'm essentially "paying up" just to keep some doctors that I think are really great.

Non-MPP Portion: We really need to de-couple health insurance/care from employment/employers in this country.

So you recently switched doctors, and you are now willing to pay $5,000, AND forgo $7,000 in a HSA to keep them? They must really be great.

Can you switch plans, take the savings, contribute to the HSA, and then just go see your old doctor and pay cash? How much would that cost?

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« Reply #5630 on: October 13, 2018, 12:07:55 PM »
So you recently switched doctors, and you are now willing to pay $5,000, AND forgo $7,000 in a HSA to keep them? They must really be great.

Can you switch plans, take the savings, contribute to the HSA, and then just go see your old doctor and pay cash? How much would that cost?

The 5,000 figure includes the loss of the tax benefit for the HSA.
Yes, they are really great -- and it isn't just one doctor.. it is a whole bunch of doctors. And not just for me, but for my family.

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« Reply #5631 on: October 13, 2018, 12:14:19 PM »
So you recently switched doctors, and you are now willing to pay $5,000, AND forgo $7,000 in a HSA to keep them? They must really be great.

Can you switch plans, take the savings, contribute to the HSA, and then just go see your old doctor and pay cash? How much would that cost?

The 5,000 figure includes the loss of the tax benefit for the HSA.
Yes, they are really great -- and it isn't just one doctor.. it is a whole bunch of doctors. And not just for me, but for my family.

I see. I understand wanting to keep doctors. We had a great one, but he retired (the NERVE of that guy :). His replacement was also great, just not the same. Then we were forced to switch providers. I didn't like the new one, but he left. Now getting my 4th doctor in 6 years.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5632 on: October 13, 2018, 12:28:55 PM »
My yearly spending is so low, I can only track it with a 3X4 index card.

Pics or it didn't happen.


I'm reminded of the 3"x4" index cards of notes  we were allowed to use for physical chemistry tests.
the rules? one side only, turn it in with your test, no mechanical reproduction (hand-written only)

The result, my highest grade, a 65/100, a solid A+, dancing in the dorm hall.

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« Reply #5633 on: October 13, 2018, 02:21:49 PM »
I have 27k+ points for SAS Eurobonus that start expiring in January. But I've stopped flying privately for environmental reasons, and can't get myself to break that habit even for a free trip. The stuff in the Eurobonus shop is overpriced stuff I don't need. Maybe I can find a christmas gift for someone there, except we have almost stopped giving gifts between family and friends...

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« Reply #5634 on: October 14, 2018, 01:41:08 AM »
I have 27k+ points for SAS Eurobonus that start expiring in January. But I've stopped flying privately for environmental reasons, and can't get myself to break that habit even for a free trip. The stuff in the Eurobonus shop is overpriced stuff I don't need. Maybe I can find a christmas gift for someone there, except we have almost stopped giving gifts between family and friends...

Is there an option to donate the points? This is what I've done with my Flying Blue points when they were about to expire and it wasn't enough to use for anything (only 5k points or so).

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5635 on: October 14, 2018, 02:50:13 AM »
Your balance after a 50% drop in the stock market brings you back fond memories.

haha i laughed out loud at that one.

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« Reply #5636 on: October 15, 2018, 07:41:24 AM »
I have 27k+ points for SAS Eurobonus that start expiring in January. But I've stopped flying privately for environmental reasons, and can't get myself to break that habit even for a free trip. The stuff in the Eurobonus shop is overpriced stuff I don't need. Maybe I can find a christmas gift for someone there, except we have almost stopped giving gifts between family and friends...

Familiar problem. I usually use Norwegian, where at least you can get cash points that you can use at your next order. And I fly on once or twice a year with them.

Good for you for not flying anymore. I am not there yet, although I do not want to fly outside Europe for environmental reasons, and I spend most of my vacations in Norway, by car.

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« Reply #5637 on: October 15, 2018, 04:10:43 PM »
I started doing some freelance consulting work as I'm looking for a new job after a move.

My MP (not really a people problem):  I can't take advantage of most of the great self-employed tax deductions for home office, computer, etc. because I don't actually need to buy anything.

I guess I could tally up my work-related cell phone calls.  That might be a $20-$30 deduction if I put the time into it.

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« Reply #5638 on: October 15, 2018, 05:00:12 PM »
I started doing some freelance consulting work as I'm looking for a new job after a move.

My MP (not really a people problem):  I can't take advantage of most of the great self-employed tax deductions for home office, computer, etc. because I don't actually need to buy anything.

I guess I could tally up my work-related cell phone calls.  That might be a $20-$30 deduction if I put the time into it.

My partner has the same problem! He didn't spend a cent starting his business. He does everything via email and works 100% from home in his pajamas. No phone calls. No transportation. No expenses associated with meeting clients. No professional dues or membership fees. So far he's been doing it for half a year and his expenses have been a copy of Microsoft office and $10/month for Kindle Unlimited. We'll claim a small portion of our (already low) rent come tax time, and that's about it.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5639 on: October 15, 2018, 05:09:21 PM »
It is that time of year when payroll deduction programs are all about to be maxed out, bonuses are coming in and we begin to stress about doing The Right Thing with our disposable income. Last year we paid off student loans, after weeks of discussion. CD rates just don't seem to justify tying up the funds, so it will probably be split between high yield savings and ETFs, but we spend more time discussing our money this time of year than the other 10 months combined. Even tax season is less stressful because you are just filling out forms, the decisions were already made, usually during October and November, when we are researching how to be most responsible with our money.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5640 on: October 17, 2018, 10:27:05 PM »
I just spent about 35 minutes with a spreadsheet, some algebra, and five months of credit card statements figuring out which businesses at which I made purchases weren't getting properly credited for the 3% categories on my credit card. (It didn't list the categories, so I had to figure it out based on eliminating the businesses that were properly credited in the past and then figuring out which of the remaining purchases added up to a certain number.)

I assume there's nothing I can do to actually fix the categories, but if I know which businesses are miscategorized I can use my 2% card instead of using the 3%/1% card which miscategorizes them as a category that gets 1%.

Net profit on this is probably $3 a year... :-P  But it felt good, damnit.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5641 on: October 18, 2018, 01:30:18 AM »
I just spent about 35 minutes with a spreadsheet, some algebra, and five months of credit card statements figuring out which businesses at which I made purchases weren't getting properly credited for the 3% categories on my credit card. (It didn't list the categories, so I had to figure it out based on eliminating the businesses that were properly credited in the past and then figuring out which of the remaining purchases added up to a certain number.)

I assume there's nothing I can do to actually fix the categories, but if I know which businesses are miscategorized I can use my 2% card instead of using the 3%/1% card which miscategorizes them as a category that gets 1%.

Net profit on this is probably $3 a year... :-P  But it felt good, damnit.

If they are small businesses, you may be able to talk to.them about how they are registered with card companies.

We had a chain grocery store that had never registered as a grocery store and we didn't catch it for months. They were still.the cheapest around, though.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5642 on: October 18, 2018, 02:01:19 AM »
If they are small businesses, you may be able to talk to.them about how they are registered with card companies.

None of them are small enough for that, I'd guess. The only one I buy from regularly is a big international corporation that is publicly traded on the NYSE, so I assume they're very unlikely to listen to some rando emailing them about 35 cents in credit card rewards. :-)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5643 on: October 18, 2018, 04:49:35 AM »
If they are small businesses, you may be able to talk to.them about how they are registered with card companies.

None of them are small enough for that, I'd guess. The only one I buy from regularly is a big international corporation that is publicly traded on the NYSE, so I assume they're very unlikely to listen to some rando emailing them about 35 cents in credit card rewards. :-)

Maybe if you sent it to them in the form of a silly picture?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5644 on: October 18, 2018, 08:33:58 AM »
If they are small businesses, you may be able to talk to.them about how they are registered with card companies.

None of them are small enough for that, I'd guess. The only one I buy from regularly is a big international corporation that is publicly traded on the NYSE, so I assume they're very unlikely to listen to some rando emailing them about 35 cents in credit card rewards. :-)

Maybe if you sent it to them in the form of a silly picture?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5645 on: October 25, 2018, 01:30:31 AM »
It's almost 11.11, also known as Singles Day (Nov. 11) in China, which is a huge shopping day -- I guess retail therapy makes people feel less sad that they're still single. My MPP is that I can't think of a single thing I want to buy to take advantage of all these deals. I need to spend around $100 on Taobao (online shopping platform similar to eBay but bigger and better) to get a $20 discount.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5646 on: October 25, 2018, 04:56:29 AM »
Company is spinning to a new company June of 2019 and they are starting an HSA where they give you $600 for the HSA each year.  I have had an HSA for years with no company funds added.

I plan to retire at or before May 2019, so I will never see that money. 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5647 on: October 25, 2018, 06:23:18 AM »
1 month after my first daughter started state college last year, they announced a new grant program, offering 4 years of paid tuition for incoming freshmen and transfer students, beginning the following year. Qualified applicants needed to meet family maximum income requirements, which we do as a FIRE family. The program apparently used no taxpayer dollars.

In order to qualify, my daughter would have had to transfer schools mid-semester and take a minimum amount of credits second semester to remain a freshman. Another problem: due to her taking AP classes all through high school, she was considered a sophomore after the first semester, so she would have had to withdraw out of just enough classes to remain a freshman, but not too many to qualify for a transfer to another school. All this would lead to a 1 year delay in her degree, probably costing more in lost income than the tuition savings.

On top of all that, we have been contributing $3,000 per year to her 529 plan that has grown to enough funds for 4 years of state tuition, room and board, so she doesn't need the free tuition anyway.


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5648 on: October 25, 2018, 10:57:28 AM »
Just got a letter form CRA about a readjustment due to pension buyback. My total contribution room for 2018 RRSP is now $269.... That's not going to help a lot when I go do my taxes for 2018! lol The downside of working hard to max everything out I guess.

Also, good thing I hadn't contributed anything yet this year. I don't know how much of a hassle that would have been to sort out.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5649 on: October 26, 2018, 02:29:30 PM »
1 month after my first daughter started state college last year, they announced a new grant program, offering 4 years of paid tuition for incoming freshmen and transfer students, beginning the following year. Qualified applicants needed to meet family maximum income requirements, which we do as a FIRE family. The program apparently used no taxpayer dollars.

In order to qualify, my daughter would have had to transfer schools mid-semester and take a minimum amount of credits second semester to remain a freshman. Another problem: due to her taking AP classes all through high school, she was considered a sophomore after the first semester, so she would have had to withdraw out of just enough classes to remain a freshman, but not too many to qualify for a transfer to another school. All this would lead to a 1 year delay in her degree, probably costing more in lost income than the tuition savings.

On top of all that, we have been contributing $3,000 per year to her 529 plan that has grown to enough funds for 4 years of state tuition, room and board, so she doesn't need the free tuition anyway.

This is something I worry about. I plan to put $200/month into my son's 529 when he is born but would really hate to pay extra taxes (and maybe even penalties) on that money if college is free or he can get college paid for some other way. My state offers free tuition to community college as it is. I might just be better off putting that money into my retirement fund and cash-flowing his college in 18 years instead.