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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5700 on: November 10, 2018, 12:27:31 AM »
I’m afraid I have a couple of Mustachian People Problems. I now walk to work where I used to drive. The walking is between 5-6 miles a day depending on which route I choose. I also get to walk through the country so there isn’t much traffic and the air is clean. It’s hard to see an issue. It’s cheaper, great exercise and I’m in the great outdoors. However one of the benefits of driving to work was that you’d get to recognise the same people walking their dogs and waiting at bus stops. This would soon turn into a friendly interaction, maybe a nod or a cheery wave. I always think this is good for the soul.

However in walking to work I don’t pass all these people, as I go the country route. The only potential interaction I have each morning is with these six horses that stand about in one of the fields. They are six of the most miserable horses I have ever had the misfortune to meet. I give a cheery wave and say “morning” every day and never once have I had a snort, wink, or shake of the tail in return. They look at me as if I’m a complete idiot. I miss my friendly interactions on the way to work even though I know it’s far better to walk than drive.

My second Mustachian People Problem, a year into finding MMM, is that I’m finding I’m getting weirder and weirder compared to the majority of the population. For example this week I have had to start early at work. To save time in the morning I have taken my breakfast to work. Now this may seem strange but I’ve had the same breakfast bowl for 34 years. It cost me 8 tokens collected from packets of cereal and £1.50 for postage back in 1984. I was 7 at the time. The main issue is that the bowl has childrens cartoon characters on it along with the 1984 time stamp. I found at work that people were a bit judgemental on a now 41 year old eating their breakfast from a children’s breakfast bowl.

I do completely understand that it’s not normal to non-Mustachians, to celebrate your breakfast bowls 35th birthday, but next year I have plans!

That is a badass walking distance. I actually do the same, but not every day. Usually once or twice a week, mostly in summer. Respect that you do it every day. I also walk through the forest where I can, which is half the way. In the winter that path is not cleaned for snow, which can be a struggle.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5701 on: November 10, 2018, 01:18:13 AM »
Thanks. Yes it's great. Decent shoes and the right layering is important but I enjoy the walk immensely. I have solved numerous work issues on the way into work as the fresh air and stress free commute seems to get my brain into a half decent state to perform. The walk home completely clears my head and means I have left work fully behind me by the time I arrive home.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5702 on: November 10, 2018, 09:36:17 PM »
I won a $100 massage gift certificate door prize at a  volunteer appreciation dinner.   When I filled out the health check form, I rated my stress level as zero.   The RMT said he'd never seen that before  (I'm 2+ years FIREd).  MPP - my masseuse thinks I'm weird.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5703 on: November 10, 2018, 09:44:39 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.

I picked a Roth IRA for this reason.  Well, that and my state has already FUBAR'd their pre-paid tuition program so I don't trust them to not tank this too.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5704 on: November 10, 2018, 09:54:03 PM »

Everyday we are closer to the top :). 
And closer to the crash.
And closer to the recovery.
And closer to my death....

Very positive thinking there, @LorenVer!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5705 on: November 10, 2018, 11:10:10 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.

I picked a Roth IRA for this reason.  Well, that and my state has already FUBAR'd their pre-paid tuition program so I don't trust them to not tank this too.

I set up a 529 for my kids when they were little.  Over time it grew into a nice  sum.  Both kids used some of the money when they went to school but there was still lots left.  I changed the beneficiary to my DW when she wanted to get a Masters Certificate.  Currently the beneficiary is me.  The account keeps growing.  If I (or my DW) decide to go back to school I will use some of it.  If not I will change the beneficiary to my grandkid(s) as they need it. 

If you don't need the money to live on, it is safe just sitting there growing.  Changing the beneficiary is very easy.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5706 on: November 11, 2018, 12:19:35 AM »
On the highway a few days ago I saw a white oval bumper sticker with the letters “FI” in big, black text. I was super excited, thinking “man, someone achieved financial independence and got a sticker to celebrate!” and then about 2 minutes later I realized it was more likely to be a beach bumper sticker for Fenwick Island, which isn’t too far from here...

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5707 on: November 11, 2018, 08:14:38 AM »
On the highway a few days ago I saw a white oval bumper sticker with the letters “FI” in big, black text. I was super excited, thinking “man, someone achieved financial independence and got a sticker to celebrate!” and then about 2 minutes later I realized it was more likely to be a beach bumper sticker for Fenwick Island, which isn’t too far from here...
Well, maybe he still is FI and silently chuckled because everybody thinks it's about the islands. Or he says "I am so FI I own Fenwick Island!"?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5708 on: November 11, 2018, 07:44:28 PM »
This one is entirely on me, and in retrospect its hilarious.

I've done 3 big projects on the house this year, totaling over $15k. All planned, budgeted for, etc. No issues there.

I've also done various smaller things, supplies for DIY, repairs, etc. Combo of repair/maintenance and improvements, but this is the smaller stuff. Also budgeted for, not necessarily planned (don't get to plan to have the faucet break!). No issues there. Total - around $5k. (old house, new owner, and previous owner didn't necessarily do all the maintenance. Plus, their landscaping was crap)

I use Quicken to track my expenses. A little earlier this year, I'd decided I didn't like how I was categorizing the house related stuff, so I changed it. Basically, I'd broken it into 5 categories, and I changed it so that they're now sub categories which roll up to 1.

Today, I was reviewing my expenses, and happened to somehow see a report that wasn't broken into the sub categories, but instead only showed the top level one. Scared the crap out of myself when I saw a category that was around $20k. Took a moment before I realized that it was just adding together the different house sections. Yes, I really do think about this stuff that way.

MPP: I changed categorizing and forgot that I did it, then scared the crap out of myself.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5709 on: November 11, 2018, 08:09:18 PM »
MPP: I changed categorizing and forgot that I did it, then scared the crap out of myself.

I feel your pain. Whenever I go to an ATM that I haven't been to before, Mint categorizes it as cash spending, instead of a cash transfer from my bank account to my pocket. I usually get $150-$200 at a time so I don't have to go to the bank that often. So then I get an alert that I've overspent my 'misc' spending category by $150+ and I freak out because I think my credit card got stolen.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5710 on: November 11, 2018, 10:19:44 PM »

Everyday we are closer to the top :). 
And closer to the crash.
And closer to the recovery.
And closer to my death....

Very positive thinking there, @LorenVer!

My new MPP - suddenly this thread is making me imagine the Grim Reaper...

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5711 on: November 12, 2018, 05:14:16 AM »

Everyday we are closer to the top :). 
And closer to the crash.
And closer to the recovery.
And closer to my death....

Very positive thinking there, @LorenVer!

My new MPP - suddenly this thread is making me imagine the Grim Reaper...

Just providing my public service.  Perspective is very important.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5712 on: November 12, 2018, 11:56:41 AM »
I'm trying to get to zero air travel for environmental reasons. But in December I've been invited to give a speech at a conference at the west coast of Norway, 500 km away. That's not very far away, except that it is on the other side of the mountains. By public transport it would take 9.5 hours on train, plus 2 hours on bus and ferry, each way. If I drive, it would be about 7.5 hours each way plus charging breaks (~1 hour). If snow storms close down the mountain passes, I can go by the coastal route, which is 2 hours longer. So no matter what, I will need at least one night at a hotel.

The MPP: I have enough PTO and FU funds to do this the way I want, so I won't ask permission from my boss or the conference hosts. But the hosts are supposed to cover my travel costs. Travelling by train or car will be more expensive than plane, especially since they also are supposed to cover per diem for food. With an electric car, I have no out of pocket expenses for fuel, and with a milage of 200 000 km the depreciation costs are neglible. Normally I would just ask to get reimbursed the equivalent of the cheapest transport costs. But this is a governmental agency, so their system won't let them deviate a lot from the norm. Should I just eat the travel costs and ask them to cover the hotel night instead?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5713 on: November 13, 2018, 04:29:58 AM »
I'm trying to get to zero air travel for environmental reasons. But in December I've been invited to give a speech at a conference at the west coast of Norway, 500 km away. That's not very far away, except that it is on the other side of the mountains. By public transport it would take 9.5 hours on train, plus 2 hours on bus and ferry, each way. If I drive, it would be about 7.5 hours each way plus charging breaks (~1 hour). If snow storms close down the mountain passes, I can go by the coastal route, which is 2 hours longer. So no matter what, I will need at least one night at a hotel.

The MPP: I have enough PTO and FU funds to do this the way I want, so I won't ask permission from my boss or the conference hosts. But the hosts are supposed to cover my travel costs. Travelling by train or car will be more expensive than plane, especially since they also are supposed to cover per diem for food. With an electric car, I have no out of pocket expenses for fuel, and with a milage of 200 000 km the depreciation costs are neglible. Normally I would just ask to get reimbursed the equivalent of the cheapest transport costs. But this is a governmental agency, so their system won't let them deviate a lot from the norm. Should I just eat the travel costs and ask them to cover the hotel night instead?

In the summer I can understand that driving would be a valid alternative. In the winter it is more more risky than flying: the road could be slippery, short daylight and the chance for the road over the mountain being closed. Driving 500 kms on wintery road, not all motorway, is a bit of a long drive for 1 driver. I support you if you choose fly.
About your host covering your costs, often those systems require to see your actual plane ticket and maybe even a flown ticket. It is perhaps difficult to charge this if you haven't flown. And it seems wrong for me to let them cover for a journey over more days than necessary.
Is there an option of driving together with another person and so have lower driving costs to invoice?
I think it is difficult to keep you environmental standards in every aspect of your life, including work travel. As you say, often you don't have the time to choose the best environmental option. If you choose to fly, you could buy climate quotes for your flight. You could also ask the host specifically if you may take the better environmental choice, the electric car. If this is a conference related environmental issues, they might accept it. Otherwise I would fly.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5714 on: November 15, 2018, 05:30:00 AM »
I finally got around to getting a Medallion signature to move my original IRA from my bank invested in Vanguard funds over to Vanguard itself.  My MPP, I was getting close to being a Voyager select with what was in there at the most recent market top, this move will firmly put me over the standard.  This feels like cheating somehow. 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5715 on: November 15, 2018, 08:26:01 AM »
After googling KBB values and Carmax and autotrader and... FB is convinced I am in the market for a new car. At first they figured I must just need a new version of what I sold, but now they are throwing everything at me.

All the more reason to get uBlock Origin / EFF Badger / EFF HTTPS into all of your browsers. White list the webpages whose advertising you want to support.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5716 on: November 15, 2018, 01:46:39 PM »
After googling KBB values and Carmax and autotrader and... FB is convinced I am in the market for a new car. At first they figured I must just need a new version of what I sold, but now they are throwing everything at me.

All the more reason to get uBlock Origin / EFF Badger / EFF HTTPS into all of your browsers. White list the webpages whose advertising you want to support.
Actually that result is the only reason why you should NOT try to prevent tracking. Let them waste the money on useless ads! Mabye they get it eventually.
Maybe. 
But generally: Block, block, block!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5717 on: November 16, 2018, 08:11:46 AM »
I finally got around to getting a Medallion signature to move my original IRA from my bank invested in Vanguard funds over to Vanguard itself.  My MPP, I was getting close to being a Voyager select with what was in there at the most recent market top, this move will firmly put me over the standard.  This feels like cheating somehow.

I have an old IRA I've been trying to move but need a stupid Medallion signature. They are hard to find.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5718 on: November 16, 2018, 11:16:40 AM »
I finally got around to getting a Medallion signature to move my original IRA from my bank invested in Vanguard funds over to Vanguard itself.  My MPP, I was getting close to being a Voyager select with what was in there at the most recent market top, this move will firmly put me over the standard.  This feels like cheating somehow.

I have an old IRA I've been trying to move but need a stupid Medallion signature. They are hard to find.

Pretty much any bank will give you a medallion signature if you have an account there

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5719 on: November 16, 2018, 02:01:51 PM »
I finally got around to getting a Medallion signature to move my original IRA from my bank invested in Vanguard funds over to Vanguard itself.  My MPP, I was getting close to being a Voyager select with what was in there at the most recent market top, this move will firmly put me over the standard.  This feels like cheating somehow.

I have an old IRA I've been trying to move but need a stupid Medallion signature. They are hard to find.

Pretty much any bank will give you a medallion signature if you have an account there


Not as much anymore as they used to. It should still be possible, but it is getting harder to find.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5720 on: November 16, 2018, 05:24:46 PM »
I finally got around to getting a Medallion signature to move my original IRA from my bank invested in Vanguard funds over to Vanguard itself.  My MPP, I was getting close to being a Voyager select with what was in there at the most recent market top, this move will firmly put me over the standard.  This feels like cheating somehow.

I have an old IRA I've been trying to move but need a stupid Medallion signature. They are hard to find.

Pretty much any bank will give you a medallion signature if you have an account there


Not as much anymore as they used to. It should still be possible, but it is getting harder to find.

Turns out my old credit union, the savings account from High School/college that my parents set up for me and I never bothered to close does Medallion signatures. 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5721 on: November 17, 2018, 12:22:15 PM »
My bread recipe didn't work, because the dough didn't raise, because apparently 17°C is not the "room temperature" they expected. Dammit.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5722 on: November 17, 2018, 02:44:47 PM »
My bread recipe didn't work, because the dough didn't raise, because apparently 17°C is not the "room temperature" they expected. Dammit.

Bread will still rise at those temperatures, just a bit slower. I always do mine in the refrigerator overnight, so 17C is not a big deal. If it didn't rise at all your yeast may need replacing...

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« Reply #5723 on: November 19, 2018, 06:08:31 PM »
Slow rise should develop more flavor. How fast dough rises involved several factors including temperature. If your recipe only mentions time and not raise until doubled or some other measure who know what temperature was assumed. It probably differs depending on the original email the recipe w was written in. Were hearing or a/c common on that era? Was the type of bread typically made in winter, summer or year round, etc.

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« Reply #5724 on: November 19, 2018, 06:15:03 PM »
My bread recipe didn't work, because the dough didn't raise, because apparently 17°C is not the "room temperature" they expected. Dammit.

Bread will still rise at those temperatures, just a bit slower. I always do mine in the refrigerator overnight, so 17C is not a big deal. If it didn't rise at all your yeast may need replacing...
Ha! I immediately thought of you and your (in)famous Parker House Rolls, @Dollar Slice!

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« Reply #5725 on: November 19, 2018, 06:17:17 PM »
Ha! I immediately thought of you and your (in)famous Parker House Rolls, @Dollar Slice!

My reputation is both a blessing and a curse! ;-)

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« Reply #5726 on: November 19, 2018, 11:45:35 PM »
Slow rise should develop more flavor. How fast dough rises involved several factors including temperature. If your recipe only mentions time and not raise until doubled or some other measure who know what temperature was assumed. It probably differs depending on the original email the recipe w was written in. Were hearing or a/c common on that era? Was the type of bread typically made in winter, summer or year round, etc.

So true! I once tried imitating a recipe from an Indonesian friend. Well.. I learnt that rising 40 min in Dutch winter doesn't work as well as in Indonesian tropical weather :p

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5727 on: November 20, 2018, 06:56:33 AM »
When I let pizza dough rise, I put it in a tall bowl lightly sprayed with Pam. Then add the dough to the bowl. I typically preheat the oven just a few minutes. Just to create a warm atmosphere then turn off the oven. I take out a flour sack towel and run it under very warm water and squeeze it out and fold it to double thickness and cover the top of the bowl. Put bowl in the oven for an hour or two. Typically it rises to double size.

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« Reply #5728 on: November 21, 2018, 10:17:09 AM »
SO and I switched jobs around the same time - significant pay bump!

Our old jobs paid biweekly, with an offset schedule, so we got a paycheck every week. Our new jobs pay us monthly within 2 days of each other. It makes it hard to feel wealthier! We only get to budget once a month now, instead of having something to play with every week. Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...

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« Reply #5729 on: November 21, 2018, 10:27:09 AM »
Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...

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« Reply #5730 on: November 21, 2018, 10:40:21 AM »
Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...


This is PERFECT. Had to go look up the what if? it's from. Very glad it's all digital, at least.

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« Reply #5731 on: November 21, 2018, 11:17:04 AM »
SO and I switched jobs around the same time - significant pay bump!

Our old jobs paid biweekly, with an offset schedule, so we got a paycheck every week. Our new jobs pay us monthly within 2 days of each other. It makes it hard to feel wealthier! We only get to budget once a month now, instead of having something to play with every week. Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...

Our money just follows The Plan. So boring.

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« Reply #5732 on: November 22, 2018, 01:20:10 AM »
DH received a new bank card to replace his older. So he checked that it worked and then cut up his old card in many small pieces, so that the number wasn't readable. Yesterday I was ordering a new phone. Everyone this bank  lets ut choose a cashback area for the credit card. I could find out what I had chosen this month (I should find a system for this). DH had not made his choice yet. So he chose 5% on electronics, so that we could pay the phone with his card. But it turned out that he only had 2 debet cards left in his wallet and had chopped up his credit card. We only needed the number of the card, but we didn't have that anymore. DH had to order e whole new card for 15$.
I used my credit card, where I had probably chosen 3% on online purchases.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5733 on: November 22, 2018, 01:29:59 AM »
Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...


This is PERFECT. Had to go look up the what if? it's from. Very glad it's all digital, at least.

Looks like XKCD although I cannot remember this one.

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« Reply #5734 on: November 22, 2018, 05:27:21 AM »
If you click on the pic, the URL is https://what-if.xkcd.com/118/ .
it is a what-if  (Physical Salary ),not xkcd.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5735 on: November 22, 2018, 06:50:29 AM »
SO and I switched jobs around the same time - significant pay bump!

Our old jobs paid biweekly, with an offset schedule, so we got a paycheck every week. Our new jobs pay us monthly within 2 days of each other. It makes it hard to feel wealthier! We only get to budget once a month now, instead of having something to play with every week. Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...

I totally feel your pain. I switched jobs last month and went from monthly to weekly payment. All my bills + transfers to savings and investments were automatic so I cancelled a lot of them. I'm transferring savings + investments manually now until I've found the most convenient new bill paying routine.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5736 on: November 25, 2018, 06:21:25 PM »
Mustachian Problem: I can't do my annual detailed grocery tracking anymore, because the main place I shop at these days doesn't do normal itemized receipts. I used to spend one month every year saving all my grocery receipts and then categorizing everything and doing a nice report with pie charts and everything.

This place seems to divide everything in the store into four categories: Chinese, English, Produce, and Tofu. There might be one for meat as well, but I'm a vegan so I don't buy that. So the receipts say "Chinese - 2.99" or whatever, but not what the item is. You could probably puzzle your receipt out with some sleuthing and a good memory, but it's more work than I'm willing to do. At least I still have my total amounts at month end.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5737 on: November 25, 2018, 06:36:01 PM »
SO and I switched jobs around the same time - significant pay bump!

Our old jobs paid biweekly, with an offset schedule, so we got a paycheck every week. Our new jobs pay us monthly within 2 days of each other. It makes it hard to feel wealthier! We only get to budget once a month now, instead of having something to play with every week. Having all this money makes budgeting less fun...

I totally feel your pain. I switched jobs last month and went from monthly to weekly payment. All my bills + transfers to savings and investments were automatic so I cancelled a lot of them. I'm transferring savings + investments manually now until I've found the most convenient new bill paying routine.

DW just got a new job, starts in a couple weeks. Her current job has an offset pay schedule to mine and it has been great getting to update the spreadsheets every week... fingers crossed the new job is the same, waiting two whole weeks for new income will get boring. Heart goes out to the once per month paycheck folk.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5738 on: November 25, 2018, 06:54:55 PM »
I had a high quality plastic spork. It broke today, snapped in half after only about 20 years of use. Now I have to find a replacement. :)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5741 on: November 26, 2018, 08:31:59 AM »
Mustachian Problem: I can't do my annual detailed grocery tracking anymore, because the main place I shop at these days doesn't do normal itemized receipts. I used to spend one month every year saving all my grocery receipts and then categorizing everything and doing a nice report with pie charts and everything.

This place seems to divide everything in the store into four categories: Chinese, English, Produce, and Tofu. There might be one for meat as well, but I'm a vegan so I don't buy that. So the receipts say "Chinese - 2.99" or whatever, but not what the item is. You could probably puzzle your receipt out with some sleuthing and a good memory, but it's more work than I'm willing to do. At least I still have my total amounts at month end.
I totally relate.  I've got an Amazon credit card, which gives me 5% back on Amazon purchases.   It frustrates me that the bill/statement only has purchase/order amounts and not a list of items purchased.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5742 on: November 26, 2018, 09:16:46 AM »
Mustachian Problem: I can't do my annual detailed grocery tracking anymore, because the main place I shop at these days doesn't do normal itemized receipts. I used to spend one month every year saving all my grocery receipts and then categorizing everything and doing a nice report with pie charts and everything.

This place seems to divide everything in the store into four categories: Chinese, English, Produce, and Tofu. There might be one for meat as well, but I'm a vegan so I don't buy that. So the receipts say "Chinese - 2.99" or whatever, but not what the item is. You could probably puzzle your receipt out with some sleuthing and a good memory, but it's more work than I'm willing to do. At least I still have my total amounts at month end.
I totally relate.  I've got an Amazon credit card, which gives me 5% back on Amazon purchases.   It frustrates me that the bill/statement only has purchase/order amounts and not a list of items purchased.

But amazon keeps a record of all your orders. You can look them all up any time =)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5743 on: November 26, 2018, 09:33:31 AM »
Mustachian Problem: I can't do my annual detailed grocery tracking anymore, because the main place I shop at these days doesn't do normal itemized receipts. I used to spend one month every year saving all my grocery receipts and then categorizing everything and doing a nice report with pie charts and everything.

This place seems to divide everything in the store into four categories: Chinese, English, Produce, and Tofu. There might be one for meat as well, but I'm a vegan so I don't buy that. So the receipts say "Chinese - 2.99" or whatever, but not what the item is. You could probably puzzle your receipt out with some sleuthing and a good memory, but it's more work than I'm willing to do. At least I still have my total amounts at month end.
I totally relate.  I've got an Amazon credit card, which gives me 5% back on Amazon purchases.   It frustrates me that the bill/statement only has purchase/order amounts and not a list of items purchased.

But amazon keeps a record of all your orders. You can look them all up any time =)

You can pull some awesome spreadsheets from amazon.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5744 on: November 26, 2018, 09:59:25 AM »

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5745 on: November 26, 2018, 07:07:13 PM »
I have put a titanium spork on my Amazon Wishlist.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5746 on: November 27, 2018, 04:35:39 AM »
Come on NoVa…   Hit Add to Cart...   Put a spork in it!   (ta-da-dum! ;)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5747 on: November 29, 2018, 10:24:37 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/Light-my-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO
This one is also not bad. I think I'd try the cheap one from China if I didn't need one quickly. It's very similar, but a couple grams lighter.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5748 on: November 30, 2018, 05:28:28 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/Light-my-Fire-Titanium-Spork/dp/B001E7S5BO
This one is also not bad. I think I'd try the cheap one from China if I didn't need one quickly. It's very similar, but a couple grams lighter.

The plastic version was more like $3 @ REI, weighs less and I have used it for years in my travel bag. Shows no wear. Hand wash on the road, then dishwasher at home.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #5749 on: November 30, 2018, 08:18:46 AM »
When it would be easier to just pretend you're as cash-strapped as everyone else....but you just can't pull it off.