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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5250 on: November 09, 2014, 11:15:19 PM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.
I hate this too. I live with 2 other housemates (we're all girls, in our early 20s). The house is furnished, so came with the fridge - which is pretty big, and has a decent sized freezer. Our new housemate decided to buy a bar fridge, which was cool, because it was kinda little. Then a few weeks ago, the other housemate decides that she also wants a fridge! There were 2 spare shelves in the first fridge already!

This means I have a whole fridge and freezer to myself. Wtf. I use half of one shelf in the fridge, and about a quarter of the freezer. Such a fucking waste.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5251 on: November 09, 2014, 11:50:04 PM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.

Interesting.  When I was growing up, my parents kept an old fridge in the basement (we didn't have a garage) and filled it with all of our chemicals.  The door seal kept the smell of paint thinner and bleach in check.  I never would have thought of having a fridge in the garage is weird, until now that I think people keep it plugged in and fill it with extra food.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5252 on: November 10, 2014, 12:38:40 AM »
Urgh, road races. Where ou pay through the nose to have a crappy tshirt filled with crappy corporate sponsors pushing their crappy products unto you. Oh and a crappy medal too. Crap, crap, crap everywhere.

Agreed.  I think I paid $300 to do Ironman Canada (a long, long, long time ago).  Holy shite I see the fee these days has about doubled.  Then factor in shipping your bike and plane tickets.  Too much.

Even the Wildflower Tri got to be too expensive not to mention exceedingly annoying with all the cow-bell klanging TiT coaches at every turn.

I'm sorry, I'm derailing this thread again.

Carry on.
I paid close to $300 to do a half Ironman a few years ago.  I thought about doing a full, but the fees are insane (if you can even get a spot).

I should start charging people to ride their own bikes to work.  But I'll, like, time them.  And give them a t-shirt and a snack bar when they get to work.  $100/day.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5253 on: November 10, 2014, 05:09:27 AM »
Urgh, road races. Where ou pay through the nose to have a crappy tshirt filled with crappy corporate sponsors pushing their crappy products unto you. Oh and a crappy medal too. Crap, crap, crap everywhere.

Agreed.  I think I paid $300 to do Ironman Canada (a long, long, long time ago).  Holy shite I see the fee these days has about doubled.  Then factor in shipping your bike and plane tickets.  Too much.

Even the Wildflower Tri got to be too expensive not to mention exceedingly annoying with all the cow-bell klanging TiT coaches at every turn.

I'm sorry, I'm derailing this thread again.

Carry on.
I paid close to $300 to do a half Ironman a few years ago.  I thought about doing a full, but the fees are insane (if you can even get a spot).

I should start charging people to ride their own bikes to work.  But I'll, like, time them.  And give them a t-shirt and a snack bar when they get to work.  $100/day.

That is probably still a better business idea than my idea of getting southerners to fly up here and pay for the privilege of shoveling my sidewalk/driveway to see snow.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5254 on: November 10, 2014, 05:25:49 AM »
I totally can see keeping the old one for occasional use, if you keep it unplugged the rest of the time. Except our utilities give 200$ or so if you turn in your old fridge.

Everyone I know who does it is basically keeping beverages cold. Or air. Or one carton of ice cream. It isn't half a deer, those people have a proper deep freeze.

The other thing about garage fridges is in the winter they dont run much, but in the summer when the garage is 100 degrees, it runs constantly.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5255 on: November 10, 2014, 06:24:36 AM »
That last post reminds me: at work we have pay grades and when people have worked there long enough, they reach the ceiling. There's not raise in pay (unless the pay grades are changed.) So our boss invented a "performance differential" payout where if someone did a good job, they got a % of their pay over the ceiling. The percentages were flat, they did not go up each year, they didn't change.

So staff who received this performance differential would see one amount on their paycheck. Then, when the ceiling was raised (as it was every few years) they did not see a raise. They bitched and moaned about how they didn't "get my raise in my check." Even though in every situation, with no exception, everyone benefited from the performance differential program, there were complaints. It never worked against them.

The boss became tired of the bitching and he stopped the program.

Wow.  This is a case for representational democracy.  The average citizen is breathtakingly capable of miscomprehension.  Unfortunately, sometimes the representatives we choose are worse.

  Sorry was that too politically foamy?  I'll stop now.  Carry on.

When you're only offered two choices who both suck because they've been vetted through the top 0.5%, are you really going to blame the general public? I completely agree that the average citizen isn't capable of rational thought a lot of the times, but we're also dealing with a terrible system that doesn't give us a leg to stand on. This is whining though and I'm trying to enjoy the post-election quiet and lack of signs.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5256 on: November 10, 2014, 06:27:09 AM »
Posting this here, sorry if it has already been posted but I don't have time to go through the whole thread.

I listen to music on spotify while at work and keep hearing the Mobil1 ad where the guy claims to commute from Schenectady to Manhattan for work. I looked it up and according to Google it is a 2:30 commute one way!! I HOPE that no one would actually do this. That doesn't leave any time for anything else! That's 14 hours right there if working 8-5. Also to consider the gas. I would have to fill up every day in my car.

    Back in 2006, I visited an aunt and uncle who have lived in Allentown, PA since they got married in 1958.  Allentown is roughly the same distance from Manhattan as Schenectady is.  At one point they commented how Allentown was having a building boom with houses and apartments for people who worked in NYC.  Massive traffic jams morning and evening with cars and buses going between Allentown and NYC, according to them.

It's also pretty close to the Poconos. Gotta have those nice weekend houses that you only use during the summer!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5257 on: November 10, 2014, 06:28:39 AM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.
I hate this too. I live with 2 other housemates (we're all girls, in our early 20s). The house is furnished, so came with the fridge - which is pretty big, and has a decent sized freezer. Our new housemate decided to buy a bar fridge, which was cool, because it was kinda little. Then a few weeks ago, the other housemate decides that she also wants a fridge! There were 2 spare shelves in the first fridge already!

This means I have a whole fridge and freezer to myself. Wtf. I use half of one shelf in the fridge, and about a quarter of the freezer. Such a fucking waste.

Now you can bulk buy meat. Come home with a couple hundred pounds of beef and enjoy the space in the freezer!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5258 on: November 10, 2014, 07:03:25 AM »
CW1: Hey you see the 401k limits went up?
CW2: Nah, I don't really mess with that stuff, I heard the fees eat up any returns.
CW1: You at least get the employer match right?
CW2: I just don't think it's worth it...

I'm actually just impressed that you have at least one coworker who cares about 401k limits. Unless CW1 is just you :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5259 on: November 10, 2014, 07:18:18 AM »
The advantage of living in New England is that when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, you can just use the garage as a massive spare refrigerator.

Our garage gets down to deep-freeze levels in winter. Makes it convenient when you're hosting Christmas supper and you've got more turkey than freezer space.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5260 on: November 10, 2014, 09:56:48 AM »
That last post reminds me: at work we have pay grades and when people have worked there long enough, they reach the ceiling. There's not raise in pay (unless the pay grades are changed.) So our boss invented a "performance differential" payout where if someone did a good job, they got a % of their pay over the ceiling. The percentages were flat, they did not go up each year, they didn't change.

So staff who received this performance differential would see one amount on their paycheck. Then, when the ceiling was raised (as it was every few years) they did not see a raise. They bitched and moaned about how they didn't "get my raise in my check." Even though in every situation, with no exception, everyone benefited from the performance differential program, there were complaints. It never worked against them.

The boss became tired of the bitching and he stopped the program.

Wow.  This is a case for representational democracy.  The average citizen is breathtakingly capable of miscomprehension.  Unfortunately, sometimes the representatives we choose are worse.

  Sorry was that too politically foamy?  I'll stop now.  Carry on.

When you're only offered two choices who both suck because they've been vetted through the top 0.5%, are you really going to blame the general public? I completely agree that the average citizen isn't capable of rational thought a lot of the times, but we're also dealing with a terrible system that doesn't give us a leg to stand on. This is whining though and I'm trying to enjoy the post-election quiet and lack of signs.

Yes, I am going to blame the general public.  The reason that there are only two choices is that the public has decided they'll only vote for two parties.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5261 on: November 10, 2014, 10:17:23 AM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.

I have the kitchen fridge, a deep freeze in the garage I use to control beer fermentation (currently set at 64F), an upright in the garage to hold all the food we are preparing and freezing for once the baby is here (we're on the fence about whether to keep this long-term,) a tiny mini fridge to hold a few beer bottles at serving temp, and a mini fridge in my wife's classroom so she can keep some leftovers there. I want to get some kegs and a deep freeze I can put them in to serve from, but my wife put her foot down and put an end to that little bit of ridiculousness.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5262 on: November 10, 2014, 10:20:03 AM »
Can you own marathons? I thought they were thrown by the city/town/organization for charity?

Of course you can.    Why not?   


Im sire sometimes cities want their cut in permit fees or whatever.

Yes you can definitely own a marathon. Historically marathons were put on by cities as a civic activity that would support a local charity, and that still goes on, but there are for-profit races, such as Rock n Roll marathon series, as well as non-marathon events like Warrior Dash. Most (if not all) do have a charity component. I have mixed feelings about these, I definitely am less willing to volunteer at a for-profit event, whereas I love volunteer for local races that are clearly put on by a high school (proceedings going to their cross country team or something else notable).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5263 on: November 10, 2014, 10:24:12 AM »
That last post reminds me: at work we have pay grades and when people have worked there long enough, they reach the ceiling. There's not raise in pay (unless the pay grades are changed.) So our boss invented a "performance differential" payout where if someone did a good job, they got a % of their pay over the ceiling. The percentages were flat, they did not go up each year, they didn't change.

So staff who received this performance differential would see one amount on their paycheck. Then, when the ceiling was raised (as it was every few years) they did not see a raise. They bitched and moaned about how they didn't "get my raise in my check." Even though in every situation, with no exception, everyone benefited from the performance differential program, there were complaints. It never worked against them.

The boss became tired of the bitching and he stopped the program.

Wow.  This is a case for representational democracy.  The average citizen is breathtakingly capable of miscomprehension.  Unfortunately, sometimes the representatives we choose are worse.

  Sorry was that too politically foamy?  I'll stop now.  Carry on.

When you're only offered two choices who both suck because they've been vetted through the top 0.5%, are you really going to blame the general public? I completely agree that the average citizen isn't capable of rational thought a lot of the times, but we're also dealing with a terrible system that doesn't give us a leg to stand on. This is whining though and I'm trying to enjoy the post-election quiet and lack of signs.

Yes, I am going to blame the general public.  The reason that there are only two choices is that the public has decided they'll only vote for two parties.

It definitely won't get better until we force change. Here's the topic I was referencing though: http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5264 on: November 10, 2014, 10:30:14 AM »
I have the kitchen fridge, a deep freeze in the garage I use to control beer fermentation (currently set at 64F), an upright in the garage to hold all the food we are preparing and freezing for once the baby is here (we're on the fence about whether to keep this long-term,) a tiny mini fridge to hold a few beer bottles at serving temp, and a mini fridge in my wife's classroom so she can keep some leftovers there. I want to get some kegs and a deep freeze I can put them in to serve from, but my wife put her foot down and put an end to that little bit of ridiculousness.

How badly do I disgust you?

I used to visit a house sometimes that had the big sub zero kitchen fridge, two full fridges in the garage for drinks, a big ice maker in the upstairs wet bar, a full fridge in the downstairs wet bar, and a full fridge in their storage area of the basement. All of them were on at all times. This is just the tip of the iceberg though in the wastefulness of this family.

We have a full sized fridge, and a beer fridge in the basement. I'm thinking of getting a deep freeze this year if I get a deer this weekend.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5265 on: November 10, 2014, 11:05:32 AM »
Can you own marathons? I thought they were thrown by the city/town/organization for charity?

Of course you can.    Why not?   


Im sire sometimes cities want their cut in permit fees or whatever.

Yes you can definitely own a marathon. Historically marathons were put on by cities as a civic activity that would support a local charity, and that still goes on, but there are for-profit races, such as Rock n Roll marathon series, as well as non-marathon events like Warrior Dash. Most (if not all) do have a charity component. I have mixed feelings about these, I definitely am less willing to volunteer at a for-profit event, whereas I love volunteer for local races that are clearly put on by a high school (proceedings going to their cross country team or something else notable).

I think it's hilarious that anyone would "volunteer" for a for-profit event. I try to avoid those races, period. The Rock and Roll series in particular grosses me out. Or the latest annoying trend, the Color Run/Glow Run/Mustache Dash/blah blah blah. The worst was when my boyfriend and I were walking in a local park the weekend after the Glow Run and found TONS of glowsticks and related trash. Really, you're going to run a for-profit event in our public park and you can't even be bothered to clean up after yourself?!!? I know most of these do say they donate to charity, but it's always super vague and I've never seen a specific amount, so I am skeptical that it's anything meaningful.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5266 on: November 10, 2014, 11:08:53 AM »
The advantage of living in New England is that when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, you can just use the garage as a massive spare refrigerator.

Our garage gets down to deep-freeze levels in winter. Makes it convenient when you're hosting Christmas supper and you've got more turkey than freezer space.

We get very cold here.  I used to run a appliance repair business, you would be surprised when people would call in and complain that their fridge was freezing stuff when it was -40 outside... The fridge was in the garage.  I always wondered why people thought that their fridges had a heater in them to heat it up to 4 deg when it was -40 outside...  I happily collected my service charge though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5267 on: November 10, 2014, 11:09:36 AM »
Can you own marathons? I thought they were thrown by the city/town/organization for charity?

Of course you can.    Why not?   


Im sire sometimes cities want their cut in permit fees or whatever.

Yes you can definitely own a marathon. Historically marathons were put on by cities as a civic activity that would support a local charity, and that still goes on, but there are for-profit races, such as Rock n Roll marathon series, as well as non-marathon events like Warrior Dash. Most (if not all) do have a charity component. I have mixed feelings about these, I definitely am less willing to volunteer at a for-profit event, whereas I love volunteer for local races that are clearly put on by a high school (proceedings going to their cross country team or something else notable).

I think it's hilarious that anyone would "volunteer" for a for-profit event. I try to avoid those races, period. The Rock and Roll series in particular grosses me out. Or the latest annoying trend, the Color Run/Glow Run/Mustache Dash/blah blah blah. The worst was when my boyfriend and I were walking in a local park the weekend after the Glow Run and found TONS of glowsticks and related trash. Really, you're going to run a for-profit event in our public park and you can't even be bothered to clean up after yourself?!!? I know most of these do say they donate to charity, but it's always super vague and I've never seen a specific amount, so I am skeptical that it's anything meaningful.
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Just an FYI for all the marathon talk. The Rock and Roll marathon, over a 2 year period, helped a sports related charity in my area that I used to volunteer for. They raised somewhere in the $1.5-$2M range that allowed them to buy land and build a complex to accommodate their needs. So it's not all bad I guess.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5268 on: November 10, 2014, 11:59:47 AM »
A second freezer can save you a shitload of money. Buy one for like two hundred bucks, fill it with meat, it costs almost nothing in electricity since a full freezer keeps temperature very well.

If you hunt, that means you can eat meat for incredibly cheap. If you don't, you can still save a lot by buying a shitload during big sales. It pays for itself in savings. And yes, if you live up north, you can stick it in your garage and just turn it off for three months a year (or six, depending on how north you live...)

A second fridge that's used all the time might be a different matter. I haven't ran the numbers but I suspect you need to be feeding a lot of people to make it pay for itself.

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« Reply #5269 on: November 10, 2014, 12:50:28 PM »
A second freezer can save you a shitload of money. Buy one for like two hundred bucks, fill it with meat, it costs almost nothing in electricity since a full freezer keeps temperature very well.

If you hunt, that means you can eat meat for incredibly cheap. If you don't, you can still save a lot by buying a shitload during big sales. It pays for itself in savings. And yes, if you live up north, you can stick it in your garage and just turn it off for three months a year (or six, depending on how north you live...)

A second fridge that's used all the time might be a different matter. I haven't ran the numbers but I suspect you need to be feeding a lot of people to make it pay for itself.

I think we all agree a chest freezer can be a money saver.  But keeping your old (likely inefficient) refrigerator around, just in case you need cold beer for 20 people, is probably a waste.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5270 on: November 10, 2014, 01:11:53 PM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.

I completely agree with you but there is some exceptions, I think.

We bought a second (small) fridge to save time (efficiency) and exessive grocery comute (bike or car). This small one's purpose is to store lunches (lunch box ready overnight, family of 4), deals on yogurt, milk, cheese, etc. We  also use it to marinade meats, make some big batches of desserts or other plates in advance. It keep all kind of beverages fresh and available anytime we need it etc. Electricity cost probably arround 20$/year according to Energystar sticker, maybe less since this appliance is in a cold space of my basement. At the end, I'm not 100% sure but I think we are ahead...
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« Reply #5271 on: November 10, 2014, 01:35:05 PM »
It's the best TV show ever made, cancelled after one season. If you have Netflix, watching it is now your number one priority.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5272 on: November 10, 2014, 01:37:56 PM »
I've been reading this thread with great amusement for some time now, and finally overheard something today at work that is post-worthy.

Co-worker was talking about her house renovations and how helpful the people at Home Depot were with the design of the new kitchen. They were so helpful, in fact, that they even told her if she spent $300 more, she could get all her kitchen cabinet handles for free! So, they did.

/facepalm

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5273 on: November 10, 2014, 03:05:12 PM »
I've been reading this thread with great amusement for some time now, and finally overheard something today at work that is post-worthy.

Co-worker was talking about her house renovations and how helpful the people at Home Depot were with the design of the new kitchen. They were so helpful, in fact, that they even told her if she spent $300 more, she could get all her kitchen cabinet handles for free! So, they did.

/facepalm

Another lurker takes the plunge!

What did they spend the $300 on? If it was a repair they needed anyway, that might not be so bad, right?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5274 on: November 10, 2014, 03:23:56 PM »
What did they spend the $300 on? If it was a repair they needed anyway, that might not be so bad, right?

If I understood correctly (and I may not have - it was hard to hear her over the groaning in my head), they spent the extra $300 on a specialty cabinet that had a built-in trash can.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5275 on: November 10, 2014, 03:48:17 PM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.

I completely agree with you but there is some exceptions, I think.

We bought a second (small) fridge to save time (efficiency) and exessive grocery comute (bike or car). This small one's purpose is to store lunches (lunch box ready overnight, family of 4), deals on yogurt, milk, cheese, etc. We  also use it to marinade meats, make some big batches of desserts or other plates in advance. It keep all kind of beverages fresh and available anytime we need it etc. Electricity cost probably arround 20$/year according to Energystar sticker, maybe less since this appliance is in a cold space of my basement. At the end, I'm not 100% sure but I think we are ahead...

If you are ever in HomeDepot and feel the need to spend 15$ on a new toy a plug in energy meter is sort of fun to have around.  I used one to learn that my normal 8+ year old fridge uses about 10$ in power per month.  And the last old school light bulb I was using used 75watts-just like it said on the package.  How much could your computer going into sleep mode after 20 min vs never save you?  Well now you can find out.
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« Reply #5276 on: November 10, 2014, 04:59:03 PM »
This wasn't overheard at work, but observed in our neighborhood. 

I had been noticing as we walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons, that a bunch if people in our 'hood have their older fridge in their garage.  I get a bit disgusted about it, such a waste of electricity, and how much fresh food storage could one family possibly need? 

At least it is families, though.  We visited my FIL this weekend, who lives alone.  One man, and he has two full size fridges.  One mostly full of his food, the other almost empty with a few beverages and not much else. 

The whole weekend I was thinking about what a fountain of wastefulness the average American is.

I completely agree with you but there is some exceptions, I think.

We bought a second (small) fridge to save time (efficiency) and exessive grocery comute (bike or car). This small one's purpose is to store lunches (lunch box ready overnight, family of 4), deals on yogurt, milk, cheese, etc. We  also use it to marinade meats, make some big batches of desserts or other plates in advance. It keep all kind of beverages fresh and available anytime we need it etc. Electricity cost probably arround 20$/year according to Energystar sticker, maybe less since this appliance is in a cold space of my basement. At the end, I'm not 100% sure but I think we are ahead...

If you are ever in HomeDepot and feel the need to spend 15$ on a new toy a plug in energy meter is sort of fun to have around.  I used one to learn that my normal 8+ year old fridge uses about 10$ in power per month.  And the last old school light bulb I was using used 75watts-just like it said on the package.  How much could your computer going into sleep mode after 20 min vs never save you?  Well now you can find out.

Many public libraries have those devices (Kill-a-Watt meters) available for checkout.  No need to pay for one.
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« Reply #5277 on: November 10, 2014, 05:10:20 PM »
Many public libraries have those devices (Kill-a-Watt meters) available for checkout.  No need to pay for one.

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« Reply #5278 on: November 10, 2014, 05:13:36 PM »
Had a conversation with a coworker today about the FIRE concept and our plan to retire in 5ish years.   I got asked who I was sleeping with in the office that they paid me enough to save what we are saving....I think the entire "cutting costs" conversation went over his head.  I sadly kept my you chauvinistic asshat comment to myself

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« Reply #5279 on: November 10, 2014, 05:29:03 PM »
coworker was commenting how she thought she was gonna win the lottery the other day - i told her that the lottery was a tax on mathematically inept people, and she then retorted "well, it is either: lose my money in the lottery, or put it into a 401(k) and loose it to Wall Street"   

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not by a long shot the first conversation i have had with this person about money/investing/spending habits...


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« Reply #5280 on: November 10, 2014, 05:51:25 PM »
Many public libraries have those devices (Kill-a-Watt meters) available for checkout.  No need to pay for one.

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They've also got these old-timey things where you read words on physical paper.  I think they're called "borks"

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« Reply #5281 on: November 10, 2014, 06:46:58 PM »
coworker was commenting how she thought she was gonna win the lottery the other day - i told her that the lottery was a tax on mathematically inept people, and she then retorted "well, it is either: lose my money in the lottery, or put it into a 401(k) and loose it to Wall Street"   

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not by a long shot the first conversation i have had with this person about money/investing/spending habits...
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« Reply #5282 on: November 10, 2014, 06:59:46 PM »
Many years ago when we visited DH's parents on their farm they had, I kid you not, 12 refrigerators and freezers. This is no exaggeration, I went around counting them. DH would not agree with my count, yet, I counted multiple times and that's how many I found.  There were just two people in their household. These units were all over the kitchen, back porch, pantry, garages (they've got a 4 car garage) as well as in the basement. I mean, this is something that The Duggars would have, ya know?!!!

But they did a lot of butchering cows and pigs and sent on that meat to their 5 children. Then, they had a huge garden including acres of sweet corn. This particular year they had a large number of refrigerators & freezers because they were buying them up for their kids. Normally, I think they had around 6 -7 refrigeration or freezer units.

So now DH, here in our urban environment, replicates that because that is normal to him. We've got a chest freezer in the basement for meats and misc other things from the garden. We freeze a lot of garden produce. Then, he has an extra refrigerator for the fall crops and it's full of apples right now and apple cider. Meanwhile, our basement is full of 5 gallon buckets of onions, carrots, squashes. And the pumpkins, oh! the pumpkins! He gave many away to kids in the neighborhood, but we still have about 4 left.

There are just the 2 of us here. DH has huge vegetables gardens all over the place. And to be frank I have thought about buying my own extra refrigerator to keep in the basement to store lily bulbs over the winter. Actually, I DID have an extra fridge for a while, one that DH found in t he alley and he fixed it. It ran for 2 years, then went kaput. When one does flower shows and bulb gardening, 'fridges are nice.

I'm sure our family's habits are driving some of you crazy.

 
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« Reply #5283 on: November 10, 2014, 08:33:39 PM »
The advantage of living in New England is that when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, you can just use the garage as a massive spare refrigerator.


My god, how did all of humanity manage to not die of food poisoning before 1950?

My understanding is that a lot of people died, not just from food poisoning, but from stomach cancers caused by eating poorly preserved and stored food. Refrigeration has eliminated much of the need for fermented foods and thus has seriously reduced mouth and throat cancers.

Not to say that the overuse being discussed isn't utterly ridiculous, but refrigeration has been a boon to humanity!

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« Reply #5284 on: November 10, 2014, 11:29:41 PM »
I've heard serial killers like lots or refrigerators to keep bodies (for consumption if cannnibals) or piecemeal disposal. I'd be careful of being to obviously critical of any acquaintances with excessive refrigerators 

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« Reply #5285 on: November 11, 2014, 06:34:12 AM »
I've been reading this thread with great amusement for some time now, and finally overheard something today at work that is post-worthy.

Co-worker was talking about her house renovations and how helpful the people at Home Depot were with the design of the new kitchen. They were so helpful, in fact, that they even told her if she spent $300 more, she could get all her kitchen cabinet handles for free! So, they did.

/facepalm

Literally bought cabinet handles from home depot the other day. The most expensive ones were in the $3-5 range. So let's say $5, and roughly 20 cabinet doors (I aimed on the high end compared to our kitchen), and that's $100. She done got hosed.
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« Reply #5286 on: November 11, 2014, 06:41:12 AM »
The advantage of living in New England is that when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, you can just use the garage as a massive spare refrigerator.


My god, how did all of humanity manage to not die of food poisoning before 1950?

My understanding is that a lot of people died, not just from food poisoning, but from stomach cancers caused by eating poorly preserved and stored food. Refrigeration has eliminated much of the need for fermented foods and thus has seriously reduced mouth and throat cancers.

Not to say that the overuse being discussed isn't utterly ridiculous, but refrigeration has been a boon to humanity!

We've replaced the food poisoning deaths with traffic accident deaths.
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« Reply #5287 on: November 11, 2014, 07:30:14 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

Also found out this morning they're cutting hourly wage people (including me) from 45 hours to 40 hours indefinitely. This cuts about $600 a month of overtime out of my budget. I was already putting an extra $500 a month on my mortgage! So will just have to watch what I spend, I'll be fine. The other folks.... not so much.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5288 on: November 11, 2014, 08:47:53 AM »
I've been reading this thread with great amusement for some time now, and finally overheard something today at work that is post-worthy.

Co-worker was talking about her house renovations and how helpful the people at Home Depot were with the design of the new kitchen. They were so helpful, in fact, that they even told her if she spent $300 more, she could get all her kitchen cabinet handles for free! So, they did.

/facepalm

Literally bought cabinet handles from home depot the other day. The most expensive ones were in the $3-5 range. So let's say $5, and roughly 20 cabinet doors (I aimed on the high end compared to our kitchen), and that's $100. She done got hosed.

Well we are even MORE mustache-an , so there! We have no handles! haha.

When DH made our kitchen cabinets he made them with finger pulls, a carved out section at the bottom of each drawer and on the lower side of each cabinet door. I love these because it makes the doors and drawers so much easier to clean. With handles, gunk settles around them and it is a PITA. My cleaning routine is made simple by lack of handles. Note that our kitchen cabinets are painted white, so I do have to clean them regularly, white gets dirty easily.
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« Reply #5289 on: November 11, 2014, 08:48:20 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

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« Reply #5290 on: November 11, 2014, 08:55:10 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

It must come with a black box. That or the poster either meant to write 36k or the person seriously got hosed.

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« Reply #5291 on: November 11, 2014, 10:47:05 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

It must come with a black box. That or the poster either meant to write 36k or the person seriously got hosed.

Do you know that black boxes are actually orange and sometimes red or yellow? 

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« Reply #5292 on: November 11, 2014, 11:00:55 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

It must come with a black box. That or the poster either meant to write 36k or the person seriously got hosed.

Do you know that black boxes are actually orange and sometimes red or yellow? 
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« Reply #5293 on: November 11, 2014, 11:09:53 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

It must come with a black box. That or the poster either meant to write 36k or the person seriously got hosed.

Or could it possibly be in foreign dollars, i.e., not USD?

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« Reply #5294 on: November 11, 2014, 11:35:12 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

It must come with a black box. That or the poster either meant to write 36k or the person seriously got hosed.

Or could it possibly be in foreign dollars, i.e., not USD?

Poster lives in Louisiana, so that seems unlikely

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« Reply #5295 on: November 11, 2014, 11:44:23 AM »
Heard yesterday:
"I found a great deal on a new Pathfinder... listed for $63K, got like $5K off! What a deal!"

What!? The Pathfinder starts at $29.5k. How did they find one listed for $63k? I tried ticking every option box on Nissan's online configurator and could only get it up to around $46k...

I tried to take an Infiniti QX60, which is just a fancier rebadged Pathfinder and couldn't even get it break 60k, only 59 and change.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #5296 on: November 11, 2014, 11:50:43 AM »
The boss became tired of the bitching and he stopped the program.

I worked at a company that for every November (for Thanksgiving) you were given your choice of a free turkey or a $20 gift card.  People who asked for the turkey were complaining the turkeys were too small, so the company just decided to stop the program.

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« Reply #5297 on: November 11, 2014, 12:06:56 PM »
I've been reading this thread with great amusement for some time now, and finally overheard something today at work that is post-worthy.

Co-worker was talking about her house renovations and how helpful the people at Home Depot were with the design of the new kitchen. They were so helpful, in fact, that they even told her if she spent $300 more, she could get all her kitchen cabinet handles for free! So, they did.

/facepalm

Literally bought cabinet handles from home depot the other day. The most expensive ones were in the $3-5 range. So let's say $5, and roughly 20 cabinet doors (I aimed on the high end compared to our kitchen), and that's $100. She done got hosed.

The 300.00 more for a dedicated trash cabinet...well, the hardware (decent, soft close variety can run around 180.00-200.00 my cost.  So I could easily justify it on my end :)

Heck, some appliance handle hardware (the kind you see on sub zeros) can run around 100.00 per handle.  Other higher end cabinet hardware can run 20-30 per piece.  But chances are, if you're spending that kind of coin on hardware, you're not getting your cabinets at HD or lowes



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« Reply #5298 on: November 11, 2014, 12:11:24 PM »
The boss became tired of the bitching and he stopped the program.

I worked at a company that for every November (for Thanksgiving) you were given your choice of a free turkey or a $20 gift card.  People who asked for the turkey were complaining the turkeys were too small, so the company just decided to stop the program.

One small turkey? Where did you work, Auschwitz?

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« Reply #5299 on: November 11, 2014, 12:15:49 PM »
The boss became tired of the bitching and he stopped the program.

I worked at a company that for every November (for Thanksgiving) you were given your choice of a free turkey or a $20 gift card.  People who asked for the turkey were complaining the turkeys were too small, so the company just decided to stop the program.

We use this example all the time when discussing our employee benefit programs. When we are considering a change, inevitably someone always says "We can't take away the turkey." This must be a well known example, but it was long before my time in management.
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