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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20250 on: May 22, 2018, 08:54:05 AM »
What is WRONG with people?

"I'm poor or broke. Let's make this WAY, way worse with celebrity style spending... Hey social media: look at me!!!"

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« Reply #20251 on: May 22, 2018, 09:10:55 AM »
Iím not usually shocked by things, but this one made my jaw hit the floor.

Coworker: Iím so broke. I had to ask my parents for money to cover rent.
Me: Why? I thought you got a monthly allowance from your parents (this is on top of her salary).
Coworker: Well, I wasnít broke before last week.
Me: What happened last week?
Coworker: We went clubbing.
Me: Just out of curiosity, how much did you spend? I heard that drinks can be expensive.
Coworker: $3000.
Me: (dumbfounded) What the heck were you drinking that costs that much?!?!

The average local salary where I live is $1000/month. She just spent five months of an average local personís salary on drinks. My rent is $1200 per month. She spent 2.5 months rent on drinks, in one night.

Apparently, there are drinks packages that you can buy. $5000 for five bottles of Dom Perignon (sp?) plus one bottle free. Or $20K for 20 bottles plus five free. She apparently went for the frugal package ó 3 bottles for $3000.

Way too rich for my taste. Iíve been here for six years and didnít even know that existed. And here I was bemoaning my $30 brunch buffet at the Shangri-La (which was delicious, btw).

The retail price of that wine is $150-200, unless it was some special edition which I doubt. Not that it really matters because they could've been served a $20 bottle and she wouldn't have known the difference, especially after the first bottle.

$30 for brunch! Alright, big spender. I hope you made that brunch into a brunchner.

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« Reply #20252 on: May 22, 2018, 09:31:03 AM »
Iím not usually shocked by things, but this one made my jaw hit the floor.

Coworker: Iím so broke. I had to ask my parents for money to cover rent.
Me: Why? I thought you got a monthly allowance from your parents (this is on top of her salary).
Coworker: Well, I wasnít broke before last week.
Me: What happened last week?
Coworker: We went clubbing.
Me: Just out of curiosity, how much did you spend? I heard that drinks can be expensive.
Coworker: $3000.
Me: (dumbfounded) What the heck were you drinking that costs that much?!?!

The average local salary where I live is $1000/month. She just spent five months of an average local personís salary on drinks. My rent is $1200 per month. She spent 2.5 months rent on drinks, in one night.

Apparently, there are drinks packages that you can buy. $5000 for five bottles of Dom Perignon (sp?) plus one bottle free. Or $20K for 20 bottles plus five free. She apparently went for the frugal package ó 3 bottles for $3000.

Way too rich for my taste. Iíve been here for six years and didnít even know that existed. And here I was bemoaning my $30 brunch buffet at the Shangri-La (which was delicious, btw).
WOW!  Even I, who thinks flying business class for vacation is an acceptable use of softly earned money, pass judgement on this.  If your income (however derived) is under a million dollars a year, you can't afford this.  The absolute stupidity of spending your rent money for this boggles the mind.  Let us have a moment of silence to mourn the fact that she will NEVER retire on her own merits (she can if she inherits or marries one of the rich dudes at the club).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20253 on: May 22, 2018, 10:28:50 AM »
or marries one of the rich dudes at the club

Which would make her $3,000 "investment" worthwhile...different strokes for different folks I guess. 
« Last Edit: May 22, 2018, 10:37:28 AM by ingrownstudentloans »

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« Reply #20254 on: May 22, 2018, 10:48:24 AM »

Coworker: Iím so broke. I had to ask my parents for money to cover rent.

The average local salary where I live is $1000/month. She just spent five months of an average local personís salary on drinks. My rent is $1200 per month. She spent 2.5 months rent on drinks, in one night.


Did she tell her parents where her money went?

Man, and I was feeling bad that last week I ended up going out for drinks 4 days in a row.

Wednesday- purely my choice to go to happy hour
Thursday- group obligation
Friday- drinks with friends, tried to move it to my place or one of theirs but they wanted to go out
Saturday- my gym hosted local fighters and many teammates competed. We went out afterwards, definitely didn't mind this (also happened to my cheapest night as the food and alcohol choices at the place are terrible).

From 4 nights of drinking and eating out at bars I spend a total of $80.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20255 on: May 22, 2018, 12:46:39 PM »
That's truly appalling. Though it does give me an idea for a side business... put Dom Perignon labels on cheap champagne, and sell it at the clubs for $500 apiece, as I doubt anyone can taste the difference.
Except that would be illegal and unethical if you care about those sorts of things

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« Reply #20256 on: May 22, 2018, 12:51:51 PM »
That's truly appalling. Though it does give me an idea for a side business... put Dom Perignon labels on cheap champagne, and sell it at the clubs for $500 apiece, as I doubt anyone can taste the difference.
Except that would be illegal and unethical if you care about those sorts of things
What if you refunded part of the difference afterward, as a "look, I actually saved you money!" gesture?

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« Reply #20257 on: May 22, 2018, 12:55:26 PM »
That's truly appalling. Though it does give me an idea for a side business... put Dom Perignon labels on cheap champagne, and sell it at the clubs for $500 apiece, as I doubt anyone can taste the difference.
Except that would be illegal and unethical if you care about those sorts of things
What if you refunded part of the difference afterward, as a "look, I actually saved you money!" gesture?
Still illegal but more ethical?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20258 on: May 22, 2018, 01:16:39 PM »
Just typo the name or change a few details of the logo. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20259 on: May 22, 2018, 02:15:54 PM »
Just typo the name or change a few details of the logo. ;)

Dum Perignon  (Private Label Reserve)  <--- no copyright implied or intended, use at your own risk.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20260 on: May 22, 2018, 02:18:55 PM »
"Don Periwig"
"Krustal"

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« Reply #20261 on: May 22, 2018, 02:51:55 PM »
Veuve Click-out

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« Reply #20262 on: May 22, 2018, 10:52:07 PM »
I'm in China. You could totally get away with serving bottles of Dum Pregnant and Were Quacko. Actually, based on what I see on Taobao (Chinese eBay), some people don't even change the labels -- $35 LV bag, anyone? ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20263 on: May 23, 2018, 12:00:07 AM »
My young coworker, who I thought was very frugal: "I am saving 5% of my income into an index fund, as my additional pension."

This is good, of course, but it is not an impressive %. I kept quiet and didn't mention my 75%.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20264 on: May 23, 2018, 07:13:40 AM »
My spendy pants co-worker wants a Chanel-belt. Why? Can't you use a regular belt or is your waist really that special? Do you regularly flush money down the toilet? (please don't tell me if you do)

She also cannot ride her bike to work because it is not far away enough. She goes on 50 km rides during the weekend as exercise which I think is fine but why would you not get any benefit from riding 18 km x2 a day? Even if she would only go twice a week she would double the time she spends cycling a week on her expensive bike. She also refuses to use their bike trolley so she cannot go on rides with her son. Sure, it is not as fun riding when you use a trolley (I know since I use one almost daily) but why not do it just to spend time with your son and not count it as exercise? Well, what do I know with my old 7 speed bike and 10 year old double bike trolley... I just don't get why they got a fancy super light new bike trolley if it is just going to be used by her husband occasionally.

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« Reply #20265 on: May 23, 2018, 09:35:34 AM »
My young coworker, who I thought was very frugal: "I am saving 5% of my income into an index fund, as my additional pension."

This is good, of course, but it is not an impressive %. I kept quiet and didn't mention my 75%.

Don't keep quiet - give your coworker some praise & encouragement! No need to tout your 75%, but that coworker is taking their first steps which is always the hardest part. Encourage them to keep going!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20266 on: May 23, 2018, 10:53:59 AM »
My young coworker, who I thought was very frugal: "I am saving 5% of my income into an index fund, as my additional pension."

This is good, of course, but it is not an impressive %. I kept quiet and didn't mention my 75%.

Don't keep quiet - give your coworker some praise & encouragement! No need to tout your 75%, but that coworker is taking their first steps which is always the hardest part. Encourage them to keep going!

This doesn't have to mean that's she's spending the full other 95%. Maybe she's saving it up in a savings account or for a house down-payment.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20267 on: May 23, 2018, 12:21:08 PM »
75% is pretty remarkable, good job! But real people will think you're a freak if you share that kind of savings-rate with them (they won't realize it includes payments towards mortgage principal).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20268 on: May 23, 2018, 01:49:12 PM »
My spendy pants co-worker wants a Chanel-belt. Why? Can't you use a regular belt or is your waist really that special? Do you regularly flush money down the toilet? (please don't tell me if you do)

Have you seen her waist?  Of course it's that special and deserves the best credit can buy!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20269 on: May 23, 2018, 02:24:30 PM »
My spendy pants co-worker wants a Chanel-belt. Why? Can't you use a regular belt or is your waist really that special? Do you regularly flush money down the toilet? (please don't tell me if you do)

Have you seen her waist?  Of course it's that special and deserves the best credit can buy!

Oh I am sure she will get that belt but my main suspicion is that she will get her dad to buy it for her as a gift. He is well off and can afford it but I find it a bit distasteful for a 30+ woman to beg or manipulate her dad into buying something. She is an only child and have probably never heard no when it comes to things ever. Her dad built her an ice-skating rink in their yard, sure she liked skating and it was "only" an outdoor one but it was not just "make a patch of ice" but a real one roughly half the size of a hockey rink with real sides and such.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20270 on: May 23, 2018, 03:00:10 PM »
Even better with a little background.  I can hear her begging now, "But Daddy, don't you love me anymore?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20271 on: May 24, 2018, 12:31:52 AM »
My young coworker, who I thought was very frugal: "I am saving 5% of my income into an index fund, as my additional pension."

This is good, of course, but it is not an impressive %. I kept quiet and didn't mention my 75%.

Don't keep quiet - give your coworker some praise & encouragement! No need to tout your 75%, but that coworker is taking their first steps which is always the hardest part. Encourage them to keep going!

This doesn't have to mean that's she's spending the full other 95%. Maybe she's saving it up in a savings account or for a house down-payment.

This is a male colleague who told me last year that he and his girlfriend had been saving up a lot of $$ to use as their down-payment for buying a place. When I was impressed by the amount he wanted to spend on his first house/apartment, he told me they had been very good at saving. Then I took him apart afterwards and told him about the concept of early retirement and that I am working towards it and only needed a few more years. I told him that if he continues to save well, that he might he able to become financially independent and retire early. He got the message then.

Therefore, this time, I didn't tell him again, as I don't want to be preaching. I also didn't tell him I wasn't impressed by the 5%. There were others around the table and I just let them talk.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20272 on: May 24, 2018, 12:36:04 AM »
75% is pretty remarkable, good job! But real people will think you're a freak if you share that kind of savings-rate with them (they won't realize it includes payments towards mortgage principal).

Which mortgage??

Yes, I understand I might appear as a freak anywhere apart from on this forum. But if you have 2 high incomes and no mortgage or rent to pay, it is very difficult not to save at least 50% or your income. We have been doing that for ages after we paid down our low mortgage many years ago. And last year was very cheap without big repairs of any kind, normally our savings rate is a bit lower. I think I once mentioned my 2016 rate of 60% to another frugal colleague. She was impressed.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20273 on: May 25, 2018, 01:48:07 AM »
Senior employee ten days after payday: "I've only got £20 left from my last paycheck."

Also senior employee: "I would be able to do my job better if I had an ID and password to get into the wages. I need to be able to do the wages in case something happens to [other senior employee, whose job it is], and I need to be able to look at the wages sometimes because the staff come to me with queries. And I can't understand why [other senior employee] took back the job of paying all the accounts when I used to do it. Do you think she doesn't trust me? Will you speak to her about it?"

I've got a nasty suspicious mind, and I've seen skimming in my line of work before. I raked out and scrutinised all the bank statements from the period in which this employee was paying the accounts. There was nothing of concern, but someone who spends conspicuously on beauty treatments, clothes, and meals out and thinks tearing through their monthly paycheck in the first ten days of the month is nothing to be ashamed of isn't getting near the business accounts on my watch.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20274 on: May 25, 2018, 03:42:00 AM »
There's two new people in my office since 1-2 weeks. Today was payday and one told me relieved that her money had hit her account as she's almost ran out. She has just moved over here and told me how her move had cost $3000 on rent/deposit/new furniture! She then said that her savings to begin with had only been about $3500 so that there had only been $500 left for the remainder of the month.

She also proudly told me that she's set up a $200 transfer to her savings account each month though, so at least she's not completely irresponsibly living paycheck to paycheck. When she asked me if did the same, I told her I did, but that I also didn't have many issues saving so that it wasn't a big deal for me. 

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« Reply #20275 on: May 25, 2018, 06:16:28 AM »
There's two new people in my office since 1-2 weeks. Today was payday and one told me relieved that her money had hit her account as she's almost ran out. She has just moved over here and told me how her move had cost $3000 on rent/deposit/new furniture! She then said that her savings to begin with had only been about $3500 so that there had only been $500 left for the remainder of the month.

She also proudly told me that she's set up a $200 transfer to her savings account each month though, so at least she's not completely irresponsibly living paycheck to paycheck. When she asked me if did the same, I told her I did, but that I also didn't have many issues saving so that it wasn't a big deal for me.


I don't understand how this is anti-mmm unless you left more details out. 

Is she 22yo or 55yo?

At 22yo, if I remember correctly, about $600 in my savings account. Being poor and not having any clue about savings/investing/budgeting can really fuck you over.

Did she move across the country or two blocks over?

When young and without any financial support from your parents, making a big move can put a hurting on your finances - specially if you're just starting out.

What's her current income - $1500/$3k/$5k monthly?

Saving $200 a month seems to be a good starting point for a new employee. I have a few coworkers who are -$200 each week after paying/buying the crap they do. They just keep adding to their CC balances.

Seems a bit harsh on the "looking down at people" category.

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« Reply #20276 on: May 25, 2018, 06:54:40 AM »
There's two new people in my office since 1-2 weeks. Today was payday and one told me relieved that her money had hit her account as she's almost ran out. She has just moved over here and told me how her move had cost $3000 on rent/deposit/new furniture! She then said that her savings to begin with had only been about $3500 so that there had only been $500 left for the remainder of the month.

She also proudly told me that she's set up a $200 transfer to her savings account each month though, so at least she's not completely irresponsibly living paycheck to paycheck. When she asked me if did the same, I told her I did, but that I also didn't have many issues saving so that it wasn't a big deal for me.


I don't understand how this is anti-mmm unless you left more details out. 

Is she 22yo or 55yo?

At 22yo, if I remember correctly, about $600 in my savings account. Being poor and not having any clue about savings/investing/budgeting can really fuck you over.

Did she move across the country or two blocks over?

When young and without any financial support from your parents, making a big move can put a hurting on your finances - specially if you're just starting out.

What's her current income - $1500/$3k/$5k monthly?

Saving $200 a month seems to be a good starting point for a new employee. I have a few coworkers who are -$200 each week after paying/buying the crap they do. They just keep adding to their CC balances.

Seems a bit harsh on the "looking down at people" category.

I think she meant spending 3000 on furniture when you only have 3500 in your savings? Of course, it depends on how much money is tied up in the first month of rent and the deposit, but in every college town you can get barely used Ikea furniture for nearly free.

Automatic transfers to a savings account are great though. I always tell everyone to set it up and forget about it - that's the only preaching I do all the time. (I'm willing to go in more detail, if people ask)

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« Reply #20277 on: May 25, 2018, 06:58:59 AM »
There's two new people in my office since 1-2 weeks. Today was payday and one told me relieved that her money had hit her account as she's almost ran out. She has just moved over here and told me how her move had cost $3000 on rent/deposit/new furniture! She then said that her savings to begin with had only been about $3500 so that there had only been $500 left for the remainder of the month.

She also proudly told me that she's set up a $200 transfer to her savings account each month though, so at least she's not completely irresponsibly living paycheck to paycheck. When she asked me if did the same, I told her I did, but that I also didn't have many issues saving so that it wasn't a big deal for me.


I don't understand how this is anti-mmm unless you left more details out. 

Is she 22yo or 55yo?

At 22yo, if I remember correctly, about $600 in my savings account. Being poor and not having any clue about savings/investing/budgeting can really fuck you over.

Did she move across the country or two blocks over?

When young and without any financial support from your parents, making a big move can put a hurting on your finances - specially if you're just starting out.

What's her current income - $1500/$3k/$5k monthly?

Saving $200 a month seems to be a good starting point for a new employee. I have a few coworkers who are -$200 each week after paying/buying the crap they do. They just keep adding to their CC balances.

Seems a bit harsh on the "looking down at people" category.

I think she meant spending 3000 on furniture when you only have 3500 in your savings? Of course, it depends on how much money is tied up in the first month of rent and the deposit, but in every college town you can get barely used Ikea furniture for nearly free.

Automatic transfers to a savings account are great though. I always tell everyone to set it up and forget about it - that's the only preaching I do all the time. (I'm willing to go in more detail, if people ask)

That was my main point indeed! For comparison; I did a similar move (different side of the country, similar distance, 0 furniture to start with) half a year ago and it cost me <$1000.

I wasn't trying to bitch over her amount of savings and I actually think the $200/month transfer is a great thing. She's just moved to a new place and started a new job so she probably also has to figure out how her expenses will turn out here.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20278 on: May 25, 2018, 07:48:19 AM »
There's two new people in my office since 1-2 weeks. Today was payday and one told me relieved that her money had hit her account as she's almost ran out. She has just moved over here and told me how her move had cost $3000 on rent/deposit/new furniture! She then said that her savings to begin with had only been about $3500 so that there had only been $500 left for the remainder of the month.

She also proudly told me that she's set up a $200 transfer to her savings account each month though, so at least she's not completely irresponsibly living paycheck to paycheck. When she asked me if did the same, I told her I did, but that I also didn't have many issues saving so that it wasn't a big deal for me.


I don't understand how this is anti-mmm unless you left more details out. 

Is she 22yo or 55yo?

At 22yo, if I remember correctly, about $600 in my savings account. Being poor and not having any clue about savings/investing/budgeting can really fuck you over.

Did she move across the country or two blocks over?

When young and without any financial support from your parents, making a big move can put a hurting on your finances - specially if you're just starting out.

What's her current income - $1500/$3k/$5k monthly?

Saving $200 a month seems to be a good starting point for a new employee. I have a few coworkers who are -$200 each week after paying/buying the crap they do. They just keep adding to their CC balances.

Seems a bit harsh on the "looking down at people" category.

I think she meant spending 3000 on furniture when you only have 3500 in your savings? Of course, it depends on how much money is tied up in the first month of rent and the deposit, but in every college town you can get barely used Ikea furniture for nearly free.

Automatic transfers to a savings account are great though. I always tell everyone to set it up and forget about it - that's the only preaching I do all the time. (I'm willing to go in more detail, if people ask)

That was my main point indeed! For comparison; I did a similar move (different side of the country, similar distance, 0 furniture to start with) half a year ago and it cost me <$1000.

I wasn't trying to bitch over her amount of savings and I actually think the $200/month transfer is a great thing. She's just moved to a new place and started a new job so she probably also has to figure out how her expenses will turn out here.
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20279 on: May 28, 2018, 11:23:02 AM »
A colleague of my husband's occasionally goes to a Washington Nationals game (pro baseball). Coworker noticed the same youngish guy sitting a few rows ahead of him each time. Got to chatting with him, turns out he's a season ticket holder and sees every game. Unlike many people in the DC area, he grew up here, and it's been his team since he was a kid.

He lives in Utah.

He flies in for every home stand.

At least he stays at his brother's place, not in a hotel. Even so, all told, he spends about $50k a year to see the Nats play. Significantly more than the median US income.

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« Reply #20280 on: May 29, 2018, 09:55:05 AM »
Somehow we ended up discussing a particular designer bag.

Me: But taking into account you salary, you'll have to work for 2 weeks to pay for just one bag!

two people said it was perfectly fine. One is renting a horrible place (28 yo); the other lives with his parents at 23.

the first girl also mentioned that her clothes budget per month is 5 times her food budget. And that she has 0 savings and usually lives paycheck to paycheck.

Needless to say, we are educated white-collar workers.

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« Reply #20281 on: May 29, 2018, 10:21:05 AM »
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

Thank you, I read that number and didn't think it was "extravagant" at all. I recently moved as well and I had to pay the security deposit and the first month's rent at the same time -- this alone cost me almost $3000. A Uhaul for one weekend also cost me over $600(!!). So without even buying a single piece of toilet paper I've spent over $3000. Moving is expensive, and to the poster above who was able to move for <$1000 consider yourself fortunate because it does not work out that way for everyone.

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« Reply #20282 on: May 29, 2018, 10:25:29 AM »
Somehow we ended up discussing a particular designer bag.

Me: But taking into account you salary, you'll have to work for 2 weeks to pay for just one bag!

two people said it was perfectly fine. One is renting a horrible place (28 yo); the other lives with his parents at 23.

the first girl also mentioned that her clothes budget per month is 5 times her food budget. And that she has 0 savings and usually lives paycheck to paycheck.

Needless to say, we are educated white-collar workers.
wow...so assuming her food budget is $200, she thinks spending $1000 a month on clothes is 'okay'?

I've never understood designer purses.  I understand buying good quality leather over crap, but one desinger's bags look like bowling ball bags to me (big bulky leather things) and another one looks like diaper bags to me (quilted and flowery)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20283 on: May 29, 2018, 12:11:32 PM »
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

Thank you, I read that number and didn't think it was "extravagant" at all. I recently moved as well and I had to pay the security deposit and the first month's rent at the same time -- this alone cost me almost $3000. A Uhaul for one weekend also cost me over $600(!!). So without even buying a single piece of toilet paper I've spent over $3000. Moving is expensive, and to the poster above who was able to move for <$1000 consider yourself fortunate because it does not work out that way for everyone.

In my area, rent for a bare minimum 1 bedroom/studio is $700, and to move in first/last/1 mo security is the norm. So $2100, just to get the key to a place. What is more typical is a 1 bedroom at $850-1200, or $2550-$3600. Haven't even physically moved a single item into the new place, so there's still the trailer/truck, and movers if you spring for them.

Now, $3k on just furniture? Yea, little out there, especially if it was all at once for just a handful of items. $3k on your total home, over a period of careful purchasing and curating for your wants? I could see that being reasonable as well.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20284 on: May 30, 2018, 01:26:31 AM »
We moved last year and probably spent £3000 on paint and furnitureand curtains. We had basically nothing and had to furnish a whole house at once. The only things we bought new were appliances and a mattress. I made all the curtains myself. But it adds up!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20285 on: May 30, 2018, 05:44:03 AM »
Coworker didn't say she spent $3k on new furniture, she said she spent $3k on rent/deposits/furniture. This doesn't seem crazy to me. I remember my first apartment, I had to pay first and last upfront and give deposits to all the utility companies to set up service. It added up quickly, even with buying furniture at thrift stores. There are ways to make moving cheap, but they aren't always available to everyone.

Thank you, I read that number and didn't think it was "extravagant" at all. I recently moved as well and I had to pay the security deposit and the first month's rent at the same time -- this alone cost me almost $3000. A Uhaul for one weekend also cost me over $600(!!). So without even buying a single piece of toilet paper I've spent over $3000. Moving is expensive, and to the poster above who was able to move for <$1000 consider yourself fortunate because it does not work out that way for everyone.

In my area, rent for a bare minimum 1 bedroom/studio is $700, and to move in first/last/1 mo security is the norm. So $2100, just to get the key to a place. What is more typical is a 1 bedroom at $850-1200, or $2550-$3600. Haven't even physically moved a single item into the new place, so there's still the trailer/truck, and movers if you spring for them.

Now, $3k on just furniture? Yea, little out there, especially if it was all at once for just a handful of items. $3k on your total home, over a period of careful purchasing and curating for your wants? I could see that being reasonable as well.

I never tried to say that spending $3k on a move is always outrageous/extravagant. I never actually said that. All I meant was that if you have only Ä3500 of savings, in THAT situation, spending almost all of that on moving isn't a very wise thing to do. I might've framed it poorly by first mentioning the amount of $$ spent on the move and only then starting about the savings.

Now I didn't mention the COL; so to provide some more background:
- Her rent is Ä500-550 for a small studio apartment (carpeted, so no paint needed). Normal is to pay 1m deposit + 1st month. So that's Ä1100.
- Renting a van can be done for <Ä100 (for me it was Ä70), let's add another Ä150 on gas (was 90 in my case).

So that's another Ä1750 left that's probably been spend on furniture.

The reason I compared it to my own numbers was because I'm in literally the same situation (same job, same salary, same age, same distance of move, SINK etc.) so to me it sounded high due to 1. I did it for less than half and 2. She almost used all of her savings for it which isn't something I'd risk if it wasn't absolutely necessary.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20286 on: May 30, 2018, 08:54:20 AM »
In the break room today I got to talking with someone who saw me preparing my morning oatmeal (fancy! With lots of frozen cherries and berries and peanut butter).

“I’m switching to Starbucks oatmeal from their breakfast sandwiches.”

Me: “oh, but oatmeal is so easy to do yourself.”

“Well, i am at Starbucks for my morning coffee so I switch from the breakfast sandwich to oatmeal. It is better for the health, you know.”

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20287 on: May 30, 2018, 11:04:30 AM »
In the break room today I got to talking with someone who saw me preparing my morning oatmeal (fancy! With lots of frozen cherries and berries and peanut butter).

ďIím switching to Starbucks oatmeal from their breakfast sandwiches.Ē

Me: ďoh, but oatmeal is so easy to do yourself.Ē

ďWell, i am at Starbucks for my morning coffee so I switch from the breakfast sandwich to oatmeal. It is better for the health, you know.Ē
Gah... nothing quite like paying $4.99 for one serving some damn oats.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20288 on: May 31, 2018, 07:09:52 AM »
Not overheard but direct conversation.

Co-worker is finally moving into the house they bought due to transferring to the office.  (after 6 months of searching, renovating and living with family). They got their household goods last week.  Apparently a lot of furniture is being sent to the "barn" (garage) because they needed new things for the new house.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20289 on: May 31, 2018, 10:28:37 AM »
One day payroll delay today- expected to get paid tomorrow. Of course everyone is losing it in the office sending emails to HR about having "bills to pay" as if HR can do anything about the delay. I'm sitting here in disbelief that a one day delay would have such an impact on people's lives...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20290 on: May 31, 2018, 11:36:33 AM »
One day payroll delay today- expected to get paid tomorrow. Of course everyone is losing it in the office sending emails to HR about having "bills to pay" as if HR can do anything about the delay. I'm sitting here in disbelief that a one day delay would have such an impact on people's lives...

Yup, and now just imagine how they would react to being fired or laid off.

Or if they to pay off an urgent medical bill or house repair (like AC unit needing to get replaced, just happened to me). How many of them could casually write a check to get it replaced?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20291 on: May 31, 2018, 01:12:11 PM »
...or car maintenance?  How could they have possibly predicted they would need new tires after only driving 50k miles on old tires with 50k mi worth of tread left?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20292 on: May 31, 2018, 02:52:51 PM »
Or if gas prices go up a nickel they "can't afford to go on a summer vacation". They interview that guy on the news every time gas prices wobble at all.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20293 on: May 31, 2018, 05:15:21 PM »
A colleague of my husband's occasionally goes to a Washington Nationals game (pro baseball). Coworker noticed the same youngish guy sitting a few rows ahead of him each time. Got to chatting with him, turns out he's a season ticket holder and sees every game. Unlike many people in the DC area, he grew up here, and it's been his team since he was a kid.

He lives in Utah.

He flies in for every home stand.

At least he stays at his brother's place, not in a hotel. Even so, all told, he spends about $50k a year to see the Nats play. Significantly more than the median US income.

They've only been in DC since 2005!  Did he grow up partly in Montreal?  Or is he 22?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20294 on: May 31, 2018, 05:20:08 PM »
Co-worker (er, volunteer) at the thrift store today says she's always cold at home in the summer because her husband insists on setting the A/C to 71(!)  I asked how low he set it in the winter.  75!  What the...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20295 on: June 01, 2018, 08:03:11 AM »
Co-worker (er, volunteer) at the thrift store today says she's always cold at home in the summer because her husband insists on setting the A/C to 71(!)  I asked how low he set it in the winter.  75!  What the...

Not work-related, but had friends say they set the a/c/ at 66 overnight in the summers.

We're more of a 75 in the summers / 65 in the winters (we'll actually go down to like 61-62 overnight in the winters).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20296 on: June 01, 2018, 02:41:50 PM »
Co-worker (er, volunteer) at the thrift store today says she's always cold at home in the summer because her husband insists on setting the A/C to 71(!)  I asked how low he set it in the winter.  75!  What the...

Not work-related, but had friends say they set the a/c/ at 66 overnight in the summers.

We're more of a 75 in the summers / 65 in the winters (we'll actually go down to like 61-62 overnight in the winters).

The Boy has many fine frugal qualities but he was setting his heat at like 73 degrees and his AC at basically the same. He made a big joke about being cold when I, umm, shamed him on it and he reduced the heat to 70.

Our new apartment lacks central AC (wall units only, one per floor), which I imagine will be an adjustment for him!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20297 on: June 01, 2018, 03:05:53 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees. 


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20298 on: June 01, 2018, 03:08:32 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees.

Painful to read.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20299 on: June 01, 2018, 03:39:53 PM »
CW: Hey you know about investing stuff right?
Me: A little I guess.
CW: how is this mutual fund I have $10k in doing.
Me: well you invested $10k in 2010 and it is now 2018 so I'd say it is not doing very well.
CW: That is what I thought but I didn't lose any money so that is good.
Me: Well actually you lost money to inflation so there is that.
CW: But I didn't loose any money money right?
Me: No the dollar amount is virtually the same but the value is different now. You could have thrown it into an index fund and performed better over the years.
CW: Like the S&P 500? I want to invest in that can you show me how to do that? I don't really need the money anyways.

*Help the guy set up account, transfer the funds and buy a mix of stock and bond index funds.*
*made mistake of going on vacation for a week*

CW: What the heck man?
Me : oh whats that?
CW: I lost $86 on that investment last week. Thats like a days wages.
Me: (*Thought to myself you make +80k per year...*)
Me: On a 10k investment that is a pretty small change.
CW: Its ok man I cannot take risks like that this is my retirement savings.
Me: I thought you said you didn't need the money?
CW: Ya, Not right now. I am not buying a car or anything this month.
Me: (*it is clear now why you are in your 50's and have only $10k savings*)
CW: I sold everything and put it into something called gold CD's. I read an article on FB that when Donald Trump starts nuclear war gold will be worth a lot.
Me: oh ok well I am glad you got it all figured. Sorry you lost $86 and some fees.

This is a joke right?
Nuclear war? Gold?