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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5800 on: May 04, 2020, 09:05:36 PM »
My sister is a generally kind and reasonable person. She doesn't have terrible habits and our relationship isn't unhealthy, so I've never shared this because everyone else's stories are just so terrible it didn't seem to fit. But there is no where else I would dare complain about this and it does niggle at me so I'm going to do it here anonymously where it can't hurt anyone!

So my younger sister spent a lot of time in school. That's fine. She took out the loans herself and really followed her dreams, taking two years in foreign countries and then going to grad school. She worked during school. She's not some princess so I don't want to make her seem like she is. She graduated and got a mediocre job temporarily until she could find something better, all the while paying the min on her $30k loans. Fine.

So after a couple of years she got a nice solid teaching job making $60k. She was excited and called to talk to me about the finances bc I'm the one in the family people get financial advice from. I outlined a pretty simple plan to apply all her new extra money to her student loans for ONE year, and even included an extra $400/month for fun discretionary spending so she didn't feel like she was suffering too much. At the end of one year her loans would be paid in full. She didn't jump on it and wasn't overjoyed at the prospect so we looked at how she could do it in 2-3 years instead and really increase her standard of living. None of that ever happened, which is also fine.

She bought a nice house--not crazy, but nice. She's married now and they both have nice cars. Again, nothing crazy. They go out to eat regularly and she does the random clothing subscription box things that seem to be popular among this age group. It's the type of life that I put on hold for a few years so I could pay off my student loan debts. But to each her own.

The frustrating part is that she is forever posting on FB about how she (and all millennials) have gotten screwed with unmanageable student loan debt and how the man is crushing her soul. Lots of stuff from occupy democrats about how her student loans should be forgiven and no amount of financial education could have helped this problem. Like constantly. All her friends pipe in with approval and their own tales of woe and her real story makes me distrust every one of them. I'm obviously not going to pipe up and remind her of how she could easily have paid them all off in one year, but I just wonder, did she forget that I know this? How can she say this stuff with a straight face?

Anyway, I told you it wasn't as terrible as most of these. But it's all I've got.

Tough love is an important action in life.

I would call her on it.

"Sis, I love you, but back when you first graduated I showed you how you could have easily paid off these student loans in a year.    You chose not to.   Choices have consequences, so stop whining about yours.  Nobody likes a whiner."

Then again, my weapon hand starts itching to pick up an axe and go all Lizzie Borden on whiners, so that might color my opinion on how to respond to her whining lies.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5801 on: May 04, 2020, 09:19:09 PM »

 
I'm obviously not going to pipe up and remind her of how she could easily have paid them all off in one year 



Why not?

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5802 on: May 05, 2020, 05:33:36 AM »

 
I'm obviously not going to pipe up and remind her of how she could easily have paid them all off in one year 



Why not?
Because there's no point? The sister isn't going to change and their relationship would be damaged. Saying "I told you so" rarely goes over well, even when it is 100% the truth. Sometimes it's just better to say nothing.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5803 on: May 05, 2020, 06:16:01 AM »

 
I'm obviously not going to pipe up and remind her of how she could easily have paid them all off in one year 



Why not?
Because there's no point? The sister isn't going to change and their relationship would be damaged. Saying "I told you so" rarely goes over well, even when it is 100% the truth. Sometimes it's just better to say nothing.

If the sister whines at AL-Mc-Lu directly, then I would consider it fair game to say something privately. If nothing else, the sister would probably not consider them a receptive target for financial whining in future. But no good will come of publicly shaming the sister in front of her friends on FB.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5804 on: May 05, 2020, 06:20:17 AM »
Anybody that whines on social media is fair game. Worst case scenario: you burn a bridge with that person (or the whole family if people would side with her). Up to AL-Mc-Lu if that's worth it.

But I don't put up with whining, so I'd totally do it.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5805 on: May 05, 2020, 07:38:22 AM »
Yeah, no. The relationship is otherwise very good. Our whole family is remarkably drama free and she doesn't ask for my opinion personally on this debt anymore. I'm just venting the frustration a little, but I don't think there's actually anything productive to be done.

Occasionally I have made  small comments on other things she posts about how terrible debt is for her cohort with a seemingly benign "I think personal finance should be mandatory in high schools" or something like that, and she comes back hard about how it wouldn't help bc the system is rigged against them, blah blah gov't has to forgive the debt. It just blows my mind. She must literally have purged that whole conversation from her memory.

And thank you for the responses. It has been an ongoing act of self control to never comment about this and I feel like hopefully this gets it all out of my system.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5806 on: May 05, 2020, 09:41:30 AM »
People are wired differently and are more or less open to different ideas at different times.  I would not expect one conversation about diet and exercise to be sufficient to change all peoples habits.  On one given day a full conversation about paying off college debt maybe not have had any effect, where half a sentence in some other context may have changed everything or vice versa.  Actions have consequences and all that; just sometimes we in the forums need to keep perspective of how different what we are doing when viewed from the outside.  I know it all seems so simple once you are within the 'cult'.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5807 on: May 05, 2020, 10:06:40 AM »
Well, like Simon and Garfunkel sang in The Boxer:  All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. 

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5808 on: May 05, 2020, 12:23:55 PM »
best advice I have ever seen about how to deal with type of situation....


... I trecently learned about what seems to me to be a constructive way to handle someone who constantly complains to you about the same thing. It's sort of a three strikes thing:

Next time they bring it up: "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. What do you think you're going to do about it?"

Next time after that: "Yes, I remember you mentioning this before. What did you do about it?"

Third time: "We're talked about this before. If it's not important enough to you to do anything about it, then it's not important enough for us to waste our time talking about it. Until you start taking action to change what you're complaining about it, I don't think you and I should talk about it. <change subject>"

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5809 on: May 05, 2020, 12:38:28 PM »
best advice I have ever seen about how to deal with type of situation....


... I trecently learned about what seems to me to be a constructive way to handle someone who constantly complains to you about the same thing. It's sort of a three strikes thing:

Next time they bring it up: "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. What do you think you're going to do about it?"

Next time after that: "Yes, I remember you mentioning this before. What did you do about it?"

Third time: "We're talked about this before. If it's not important enough to you to do anything about it, then it's not important enough for us to waste our time talking about it. Until you start taking action to change what you're complaining about it, I don't think you and I should talk about it. <change subject>"

Fabulous!

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5810 on: May 05, 2020, 02:00:06 PM »
Yeah, no. The relationship is otherwise very good. Our whole family is remarkably drama free and she doesn't ask for my opinion personally on this debt anymore. I'm just venting the frustration a little, but I don't think there's actually anything productive to be done.

Occasionally I have made  small comments on other things she posts about how terrible debt is for her cohort with a seemingly benign "I think personal finance should be mandatory in high schools" or something like that, and she comes back hard about how it wouldn't help bc the system is rigged against them, blah blah gov't has to forgive the debt. It just blows my mind. She must literally have purged that whole conversation from her memory.

And thank you for the responses. It has been an ongoing act of self control to never comment about this and I feel like hopefully this gets it all out of my system.

My guess would be that she has vague memories of you presenting her with some crazy idea of living like a monk to try and pay off her insurmountable debt and that the plan was way out of line and not realistic and wouldn't have been a sustainable way to live, ie the system is rigged.

So more revisionist history than forgetting.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5811 on: May 05, 2020, 02:58:18 PM »
best advice I have ever seen about how to deal with type of situation....


... I trecently learned about what seems to me to be a constructive way to handle someone who constantly complains to you about the same thing. It's sort of a three strikes thing:

Next time they bring it up: "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. What do you think you're going to do about it?"

Next time after that: "Yes, I remember you mentioning this before. What did you do about it?"

Third time: "We're talked about this before. If it's not important enough to you to do anything about it, then it's not important enough for us to waste our time talking about it. Until you start taking action to change what you're complaining about it, I don't think you and I should talk about it. <change subject>"

Fabulous!
That is excellent advice

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5812 on: May 05, 2020, 04:22:26 PM »

So after a couple of years she got a nice solid teaching job making $60k. She was excited and called to talk to me about the finances bc I'm the one in the family people get financial advice from. I outlined a pretty simple plan to apply all her new extra money to her student loans for ONE year, and even included an extra $400/month for fun discretionary spending so she didn't feel like she was suffering too much. At the end of one year her loans would be paid in full.

I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income. Using very rough numbers, she's taking home about 47k after taxes. If 30k goes to loans, she's left with $1441/month. At least 500-1000 of that goes to rent or mortgage. I just don't see how that's feasible. Unless she had free housing or something?

Edit: now, stretch it to 3-4 years and it would be feasible.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5813 on: May 05, 2020, 05:12:22 PM »

So after a couple of years she got a nice solid teaching job making $60k. She was excited and called to talk to me about the finances bc I'm the one in the family people get financial advice from. I outlined a pretty simple plan to apply all her new extra money to her student loans for ONE year, and even included an extra $400/month for fun discretionary spending so she didn't feel like she was suffering too much. At the end of one year her loans would be paid in full.

I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income. Using very rough numbers, she's taking home about 47k after taxes. If 30k goes to loans, she's left with $1441/month. At least 500-1000 of that goes to rent or mortgage. I just don't see how that's feasible. Unless she had free housing or something?

Edit: now, stretch it to 3-4 years and it would be feasible.

She was living basically like a college student with two roommates. Already had a junky paid off used car. Plus $30k was the total and she had been paying minimums for a couple of years so it was slightly less, but I don't remember what. The stars were aligned. I really thought, what's one more year of austerity to knock this thing out fast? But 2-3 years was really very reasonable.

Edit to add: I forgot I was also factoring in a summer job that paid roughly $3000 for a month of work when school was out. She has said she's too wiped out after the school year to do the summer job, which I can understand bc kids are crazy! But anyway, that's how the numbers worked out.
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5814 on: May 05, 2020, 06:06:50 PM »
Too wiped out after a year of school to do a summer job?  Really?  C'mon, now.  I studied engineering and carried a far heavier course load than normal, and still had more than enough time for an active social life and plenty of video games.

And really, if school were really that strenuous, how much time do you really need to recover?  Or perhaps it's all the...ah...extracurriculars she needed a break from? :P

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5815 on: May 05, 2020, 06:13:26 PM »
Sounds like she was the teacher. Im not a teacher but lived with a roommate during her first year. She went to bed by 7pm every night and was just miserable and exhausted. Her second year she had much more energy, but that first year took everything out of her.

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« Reply #5816 on: May 05, 2020, 07:16:45 PM »
Sounds like she was the teacher. Im not a teacher but lived with a roommate during her first year. She went to bed by 7pm every night and was just miserable and exhausted. Her second year she had much more energy, but that first year took everything out of her.
Ah, that makes so much more sense!

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5817 on: May 06, 2020, 06:55:59 AM »

So after a couple of years she got a nice solid teaching job making $60k. She was excited and called to talk to me about the finances bc I'm the one in the family people get financial advice from. I outlined a pretty simple plan to apply all her new extra money to her student loans for ONE year, and even included an extra $400/month for fun discretionary spending so she didn't feel like she was suffering too much. At the end of one year her loans would be paid in full.

I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income. Using very rough numbers, she's taking home about 47k after taxes. If 30k goes to loans, she's left with $1441/month. At least 500-1000 of that goes to rent or mortgage. I just don't see how that's feasible. Unless she had free housing or something?

Edit: now, stretch it to 3-4 years and it would be feasible.

She was living basically like a college student with two roommates. Already had a junky paid off used car. Plus $30k was the total and she had been paying minimums for a couple of years so it was slightly less, but I don't remember what. The stars were aligned. I really thought, what's one more year of austerity to knock this thing out fast? But 2-3 years was really very reasonable.

Edit to add: I forgot I was also factoring in a summer job that paid roughly $3000 for a month of work when school was out. She has said she's too wiped out after the school year to do the summer job, which I can understand bc kids are crazy! But anyway, that's how the numbers worked out.

Thanks for indulging my curiosity :)

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5818 on: May 06, 2020, 10:43:12 AM »
You know...some days I can't help but shake my head at my father's decision making. He and my Mom have been furloughed since the beginning of this pandemic as they both work in a casino. They haven't always made the best financial decisions and did a shit job at teaching their children about personal finance, except how not to do it. Well here are a few hits from over the past couple 2 months. Since they are off of work they have been doing some home renovations which seem reasonable. Well if you are doing some updating you need new tools so in comes a new table saw and a new miter saw. I would say at minimum $500-$600 so not horrible if you will be using it for a lot of projects. Lots of building materials purchased for said projects. Now I will say that they have done a great job completing those projects and they do look really good. They have a few more projects on their list but I can almost bet some of you can see what is coming next. Just got word of a new purchase made today. I'll put it in a spoiler below if you would like to take a guess before looking. I try not to stress about their decisions since they differ so much from what I would do, but its their money and hopefully it doesn't bite them in the butt in the future.

 
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New purchase= 2020 Ford F-150 quad cab. Needed a truck to haul all those construction materials for household projects


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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5819 on: May 06, 2020, 03:01:57 PM »
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New purchase= 2020 Ford F-150 quad cab. Needed a truck to haul all those construction materials for household projects


Oof! I know Lowes and HD have truck rentals... I can't even imagine the.... I have to congratulate the truck salesman.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5820 on: May 06, 2020, 03:16:22 PM »
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New purchase= 2020 Ford F-150 quad cab. Needed a truck to haul all those construction materials for household projects


Oof! I know Lowes and HD have truck rentals... I can't even imagine the.... I have to congratulate the truck salesman.

I underestimated with fancy-pants lawnmower.

Now, how on earth did two furloughed employees get approved for the loan?!

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5821 on: May 06, 2020, 04:19:21 PM »
Just got word of a new purchase made today.

Damn.
How has this become a normal expectation?

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5822 on: May 06, 2020, 08:18:18 PM »
You know...some days I can't help but shake my head at my father's decision making. He and my Mom have been furloughed since the beginning of this pandemic as they both work in a casino. They haven't always made the best financial decisions and did a shit job at teaching their children about personal finance, except how not to do it. Well here are a few hits from over the past couple 2 months. Since they are off of work they have been doing some home renovations which seem reasonable. Well if you are doing some updating you need new tools so in comes a new table saw and a new miter saw. I would say at minimum $500-$600 so not horrible if you will be using it for a lot of projects. Lots of building materials purchased for said projects. Now I will say that they have done a great job completing those projects and they do look really good. They have a few more projects on their list but I can almost bet some of you can see what is coming next. Just got word of a new purchase made today. I'll put it in a spoiler below if you would like to take a guess before looking. I try not to stress about their decisions since they differ so much from what I would do, but its their money and hopefully it doesn't bite them in the butt in the future.

 
Spoiler: show
New purchase= 2020 Ford F-150 quad cab. Needed a truck to haul all those construction materials for household projects


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Lol I guessed it would be a truck!

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5823 on: May 06, 2020, 10:19:36 PM »
I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income. Using very rough numbers, she's taking home about 47k after taxes. If 30k goes to loans, she's left with $1441/month. At least 500-1000 of that goes to rent or mortgage. I just don't see how that's feasible. Unless she had free housing or something?

Edit: now, stretch it to 3-4 years and it would be feasible.
I didn't see if it was mentioned where in the country the sister was, but $1440/mo is substantially more than I'm living on now, and I'm a decade out from my student days, with lots of fancy tastes in imported cheese, alcohol, and whatever tech toys I like - my rent eats $800/mo. You can get a lot of life out of a few hundred bucks every month!

If I'd had access to her kind of income 'a couple years' after my schooling, and only $30k of student debt after travel and grad school (I had double that after undergrad, and I stopped there) I'd be fat-FIREd by now. I can definitely see why hearing a charmed, bliss-chasing life like that cast as some tale of deprivation and woe would be irksome.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5824 on: May 06, 2020, 11:14:48 PM »
I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income. Using very rough numbers, she's taking home about 47k after taxes. If 30k goes to loans, she's left with $1441/month. At least 500-1000 of that goes to rent or mortgage. I just don't see how that's feasible. Unless she had free housing or something?

Edit: now, stretch it to 3-4 years and it would be feasible.
I didn't see if it was mentioned where in the country the sister was, but $1440/mo is substantially more than I'm living on now, and I'm a decade out from my student days, with lots of fancy tastes in imported cheese, alcohol, and whatever tech toys I like - my rent eats $800/mo. You can get a lot of life out of a few hundred bucks every month!

Yeah, I spend under $1200/month in a HCOLA. Granted, I am a student and live like one, but we've already established this person lived with roommates, which is the most important prerequisite.

Trying not to get into any moral judgements on the sister here, but the idea that $1450/month is infeasible is a silly one for this forum.

Edit: looked up my actual average spending.
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5825 on: May 07, 2020, 07:53:55 AM »
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New purchase= 2020 Ford F-150 quad cab. Needed a truck to haul all those construction materials for household projects


Oof! I know Lowes and HD have truck rentals... I can't even imagine the.... I have to congratulate the truck salesman.

I was talking with my mother about this last night and I asked why he decided to go with a truck at this time while everything is so uncertain. She stated that he has been talking about getting one for over a year and he was tired of borrowing them from family members. That's right, we have at least 3 family members that live within 15 miles that own trucks. Now I get not wanting to overdue it and ask too much but come on. Hell, I bought a "truck", 2011 Honda Ridgeline, last year but we do live 2.5 hours away. So i don't hate trucks I just thought maybe buy a 10-15 year old beater if you are just wanting to haul stuff and keep your other paid off car. I do have to give my father some credit. He had his last car for 7 years. I'm 36 and I have never seen him keep a vehicle that long. It has constantly been a cycle of new shiny objects, but come on man. And the fact that he has been talking about doing it for a year and just finally did it does so a little self control. Just goes to show how when normal life is thrown out of wack our decision making can suffer. I mean we do have a thread on the MMM forum talking about being Unmustachian during this crisis. https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/unmustachian-things-we're-doing-due-to-coronavirus/ Even the followers of the stache don't always make the right choices.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5826 on: May 07, 2020, 03:18:26 PM »
Speaking of trucks, my brother called me today to see if I was still looking for a truck for my husband (no, he decided to replace the motor in his old one instead of buying a new one and this was two years ago now).  He's trying to sell his 2004 Ranger to raise the downpayment on a 2013 Wrangler.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5827 on: May 07, 2020, 08:20:25 PM »
Speaking of trucks, my brother called me today to see if I was still looking for a truck for my husband (no, he decided to replace the motor in his old one instead of buying a new one and this was two years ago now).  He's trying to sell his 2004 Ranger to raise the downpayment on a 2013 Wrangler.
To raise a down payment on a used car....

Everything about that phrase screams I cant afford this! to me.

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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5828 on: May 07, 2020, 08:26:58 PM »
Jeep Wranglers are terrible cars when they roll off the assembly line...

Can't imagine what a 7 year old Jeep Wrangler would be like. Shouldn't they pay him to take it off their hands?

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« Reply #5829 on: May 07, 2020, 09:59:10 PM »
Ok, related random Jeep question. 

So my dad wants to buy a fancy Jeep to do offroading & such.  Assume this is sort of a luxury limited edition type thing.  He is is 65 recently retired and can comfortably afford it. 

His stated purpose is to drive it along the beach (there's a legal area in the regional beach location near us) and also out on road trips like to Utah and then in the desert.  I know zero about cars but assume he has researched this. 

I'm inclined to say "cool, dad, hope you have an awesome time with the Jeep, YOLO," which since he's 65, it's sort of now or never.  I would not do it myself for many reasons, but am not really comfortable getting into that with him.  His job involved doing things that in fact easily saved tens of thousands of lives (very accomplished medical researcher who developed new tests, medical devices, etc.) so I didn't feel it was appropriate to guilt trip him about climate change -- he's done enough to benefit humanity to justify his carbon emissions.  Also don't want to make it seem like I'm angling after any inheritance -- I'm happy for him to spend what he likes, though I'd prefer it was like new solar panels or something.   

Anyways in this instance should I just go with the flow or should I be trying to steer him to some sort of different vehicle?  Something less terrible that still would do what he's looking for?

Edit:  I think it might be the Rubicon? 
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Re: Relatives who just don't get it
« Reply #5830 on: May 07, 2020, 10:07:34 PM »
Ok, related random Jeep question. 

So my dad wants to buy a fancy Jeep to do offroading & such.  Assume this is sort of a luxury limited edition type thing.  He is is 65 recently retired and can comfortably afford it. 

His stated purpose is to drive it along the beach (there's a legal area in the regional beach location near us) and also out on road trips like to Utah and then in the desert.  I know zero about cars but assume he has researched this. 

I'm inclined to say "cool, dad, hope you have an awesome time with the Jeep, YOLO," which since he's 65, it's sort of now or never.  I would not do it myself for many reasons, but am not really comfortable getting into that with him.  His job involved doing things that in fact easily saved tens of thousands of lives (very accomplished medical researcher who developed new tests, medical devices, etc.) so I didn't feel it was appropriate to guilt trip him about climate change -- he's done enough to benefit humanity to justify his carbon emissions.  Also don't want to make it seem like I'm angling after any inheritance -- I'm happy for him to spend what he likes, though I'd prefer it was like new solar panels or something.   

Anyways in this instance should I just go with the flow or should I be trying to steer him to some sort of different vehicle?  Something less terrible that still would do what he's looking for?
Sounds like the right usage for a jeep to me, assuming he does it regularly, instead of the hypothetical offroad adventure that ends up happening once or twice a year at most.

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« Reply #5831 on: May 07, 2020, 10:19:32 PM »

I think the beach will be a semi-regular thing since they will also be moving near there.  It's also about three hours from where we are now so I'm sure my family (me, DW, kids) will go there on summer weekends, though more like once a month or so.

I'm guessing the Utah trip happens like once a year and other local trips happen a couple times a year.  And that it's a toy that he sort of winds down on and then when he's in his 70s it spends a lot of time sitting next to the house. 

All fine, the only awkward part may be if he tries to give it to me in 10 years and I refuse because I don't want to pay upkeep (insurance, maintenance, gas).  But I don't think he'll be mortally offended, so maybe it's just all fine as a "golden years" toy. 

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« Reply #5832 on: May 08, 2020, 04:45:44 AM »
All fine, the only awkward part may be if he tries to give it to me in 10 years and I refuse because I don't want to pay upkeep (insurance, maintenance, gas).  But I don't think he'll be mortally offended, so maybe it's just all fine as a "golden years" toy.
If he does give it to you in ten years, you could simply sell it ("I'm sorry, it really wasn't meeting my needs, but selling it allowed me to do <insert more important thing here>, so I really appreciate your generosity").

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« Reply #5833 on: May 08, 2020, 05:42:28 AM »
Jeep Wranglers are terrible cars when they roll off the assembly line...

Can't imagine what a 7 year old Jeep Wrangler would be like. Shouldn't they pay him to take it off their hands?

You know, I've heard this a lot and my brother has had a ton of problems out if his wife's Wrangler.  On the other hand, I've had two 2013 Wranglers and have had no problems with them (other than my husband totaling the first one).  My husband now drives my old 1999 Wrangler and didn't have any major problems until about 200k miles.  Maybe we've just been lucky.

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« Reply #5834 on: May 08, 2020, 05:45:26 AM »
Speaking of trucks, my brother called me today to see if I was still looking for a truck for my husband (no, he decided to replace the motor in his old one instead of buying a new one and this was two years ago now).  He's trying to sell his 2004 Ranger to raise the downpayment on a 2013 Wrangler.
To raise a down payment on a used car....

Everything about that phrase screams I cant afford this! to me.

That was my thought too.  Sadly, my brother has bought into the idea that if he can afford the payment he can afford whatever it is he's financing (does it surprise anyone that he works as a loan officer at a bank?).  I thought he was getting better a few years ago when he sold the car that had payments to keep this truck that's been paid off for years.

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« Reply #5835 on: May 08, 2020, 05:48:01 AM »
Jeep Wranglers are terrible cars when they roll off the assembly line...

Can't imagine what a 7 year old Jeep Wrangler would be like. Shouldn't they pay him to take it off their hands?

I hear this a lot, but I owned a used one for about 4 years and never had a problem.  My brother still has his '93 and it runs like a top.

Only reason I got rid of it is because it's a really impractical vehicle; albeit extremely fun off road (which I did regularly).  Not sure where you get the notion that the Wrangler is terrible, given how it's the only Jeep with a really good resale value?
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« Reply #5836 on: May 08, 2020, 05:52:49 AM »
Ok, related random Jeep question. 

So my dad wants to buy a fancy Jeep to do offroading & such.  Assume this is sort of a luxury limited edition type thing.  He is is 65 recently retired and can comfortably afford it. 

His stated purpose is to drive it along the beach (there's a legal area in the regional beach location near us) and also out on road trips like to Utah and then in the desert.  I know zero about cars but assume he has researched this. 

I'm inclined to say "cool, dad, hope you have an awesome time with the Jeep, YOLO," which since he's 65, it's sort of now or never.  I would not do it myself for many reasons, but am not really comfortable getting into that with him.  His job involved doing things that in fact easily saved tens of thousands of lives (very accomplished medical researcher who developed new tests, medical devices, etc.) so I didn't feel it was appropriate to guilt trip him about climate change -- he's done enough to benefit humanity to justify his carbon emissions.  Also don't want to make it seem like I'm angling after any inheritance -- I'm happy for him to spend what he likes, though I'd prefer it was like new solar panels or something.   

Anyways in this instance should I just go with the flow or should I be trying to steer him to some sort of different vehicle?  Something less terrible that still would do what he's looking for?

Edit:  I think it might be the Rubicon?

Aim him at an older, used vehicle? Just seems odd to buy a $40K vehicle to ruin offroad when a person could buy a $5K Jeep and modify it a little and have a better off-roader. Kind of like buying a brand new sports car to ruin at a race track. Maybe that's just the work hard to save up and buy it showing through me. Once I've got it, I want to protect it.

FWIW: https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/a32403082/jeep-wrangler-roll-over-iihs-crash-test-video/

Its a recent hot topic on the car websites.

In the end though its your parents' money. Sounds like your father can afford it and wants to play a little in retirement.
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« Reply #5837 on: May 08, 2020, 06:37:02 AM »
Ok, related random Jeep question. 

So my dad wants to buy a fancy Jeep to do offroading & such Assume this is sort of a luxury limited edition type thing.  He is is 65 recently retired and can comfortably afford it. 

His stated purpose is to drive it along the beach (there's a legal area in the regional beach location near us) and also out on road trips like to Utah and then in the desert.  I know zero about cars but assume he has researched this. 

I'm inclined to say "cool, dad, hope you have an awesome time with the Jeep, YOLO," which since he's 65, it's sort of now or never.  I would not do it myself for many reasons, but am not really comfortable getting into that with him.  His job involved doing things that in fact easily saved tens of thousands of lives (very accomplished medical researcher who developed new tests, medical devices, etc.) so I didn't feel it was appropriate to guilt trip him about climate change -- he's done enough to benefit humanity to justify his carbon emissions.  Also don't want to make it seem like I'm angling after any inheritance -- I'm happy for him to spend what he likes, though I'd prefer it was like new solar panels or something.   

Anyways in this instance should I just go with the flow or should I be trying to steer him to some sort of different vehicle?  Something less terrible that still would do what he's looking for?

Edit:  I think it might be the Rubicon?

Aim him at an older, used vehicle? Just seems odd to buy a $40K vehicle to ruin offroad when a person could buy a $5K Jeep and modify it a little and have a better off-roader. Kind of like buying a brand new sports car to ruin at a race track. Maybe that's just the work hard to save up and afford it showing through me. Once I've got it, I want to protect it.

FWIW: https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/a32403082/jeep-wrangler-roll-over-iihs-crash-test-video/

Its a recent hot topic on the car websites.

While I agree with you that a brand new one probably isn't the best way to  go in this situation, I don't think that a $5k Jeep is going to fit the bill.  A $5k Jeep is going to be at least 15 years old, two doors, and high mileage.  It's probably not something that's going to be comfortable or reliable for a roadtrip.  The sweet spot is probably going to be in the $18-20k range.  And even then wait six months for the repo sales to get started.

 The thing about Jeeps, and probably one reason they get such a bad rap, is that many people buy them without thinking about what they were used for in their previous life. For example, I mentioned earlier that my brother had been having some problems with his wife's.  They bought it used, from a Cadillac dealer, with a 2 inch lift and clear signs that trail gear like winches and tow rings had been installed at some point in time.  To me, that reads like this thing was a stump-jumper that was traded in for a "grown-up car."  It's likely this thing has been abused.  And that's great if you're into trail riding and have the skills to fix shit that goes wrong on the trail.  Not so much as a daily driver. 

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« Reply #5838 on: May 08, 2020, 10:37:24 AM »
Jeep Wranglers are terrible cars when they roll off the assembly line...

Can't imagine what a 7 year old Jeep Wrangler would be like. Shouldn't they pay him to take it off their hands?

I hear this a lot, but I owned a used one for about 4 years and never had a problem.  My brother still has his '93 and it runs like a top.

Only reason I got rid of it is because it's a really impractical vehicle; albeit extremely fun off road (which I did regularly).  Not sure where you get the notion that the Wrangler is terrible, given how it's the only Jeep with a really good resale value?
No doubt they're fun and iconic cars. The rental counter at the airport near me rents hundreds of those every day.

I say it's a terrible car because Wranglers have consistently received poor reliability ratings for decades. That doesn't mean you can't get lucky and happily own one, trouble-free. But the odds are not in your favor.

Also, shit fuel economy.
I go off reliability ratings.

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« Reply #5839 on: May 08, 2020, 12:56:19 PM »
Jeep Wranglers are terrible cars when they roll off the assembly line...

Can't imagine what a 7 year old Jeep Wrangler would be like. Shouldn't they pay him to take it off their hands?

I hear this a lot, but I owned a used one for about 4 years and never had a problem.  My brother still has his '93 and it runs like a top.

Only reason I got rid of it is because it's a really impractical vehicle; albeit extremely fun off road (which I did regularly).  Not sure where you get the notion that the Wrangler is terrible, given how it's the only Jeep with a really good resale value?
No doubt they're fun and iconic cars. The rental counter at the airport near me rents hundreds of those every day.

I say it's a terrible car because Wranglers have consistently received poor reliability ratings for decades. That doesn't mean you can't get lucky and happily own one, trouble-free. But the odds are not in your favor.

Also, shit fuel economy.
I go off reliability ratings.

According to Dashboard Light they are pretty reliable. Other Jeep models, not so much.
http://dashboard-light.com/vehicles/Jeep_Wrangler.html
http://dashboard-light.com/reports/Jeep.html

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« Reply #5840 on: May 09, 2020, 07:46:52 AM »
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New purchase= 2020 Ford F-150 quad cab. Needed a truck to haul all those construction materials for household projects


Oof! I know Lowes and HD have truck rentals... I can't even imagine the.... I have to congratulate the truck salesman.

I was talking with my mother about this last night and I asked why he decided to go with a truck at this time while everything is so uncertain. She stated that he has been talking about getting one for over a year and he was tired of borrowing them from family members. That's right, we have at least 3 family members that live within 15 miles that own trucks. Now I get not wanting to overdue it and ask too much but come on. Hell, I bought a "truck", 2011 Honda Ridgeline, last year but we do live 2.5 hours away. So i don't hate trucks I just thought maybe buy a 10-15 year old beater if you are just wanting to haul stuff and keep your other paid off car. I do have to give my father some credit. He had his last car for 7 years. I'm 36 and I have never seen him keep a vehicle that long. It has constantly been a cycle of new shiny objects, but come on man. And the fact that he has been talking about doing it for a year and just finally did it does so a little self control. Just goes to show how when normal life is thrown out of wack our decision making can suffer. I mean we do have a thread on the MMM forum talking about being Unmustachian during this crisis. https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/unmustachian-things-we're-doing-due-to-coronavirus/ Even the followers of the stache don't always make the right choices.

The crazy things I'm seeing on that thread are "$200/mo more on groceries", "$150 legos to keep kids entertained", "new headphones to work from home", "first instacart delivery"... not $35k new truck. My personal contribution was two $4 movie rentals.

The one used car I saw mentioned didn't work out.

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« Reply #5841 on: May 09, 2020, 07:53:33 AM »
That was my thought too.  Sadly, my brother has bought into the idea that if he can afford the payment he can afford whatever it is he's financing (does it surprise anyone that he works as a loan officer at a bank?).  I thought he was getting better a few years ago when he sold the car that had payments to keep this truck that's been paid off for years.

Oh dear.

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« Reply #5842 on: May 09, 2020, 08:15:32 AM »
Buying an expensive truck (or damn near ANY truck) to do some home renovation projects on their own home is just plain stupid for most people in this country.   It's beyond stupid.   It's moronic.   

There is simply no need to spend $20,000 to $80,000 to do that.

The materials can be delivered to your home for a nominal fee.   For less than a truck payment and the insurance on it you can have many deliveries.

You can buy an inexpensive trailer and get a trailer hitch put on your sedan.   Mine, from the purchase of the trailer, wood to put a bed and rails on it, a permanent tag for it, and the trailer hitch for my sedan for it, cost less than $1,000.      Even better, when I wore out the car that pulled it, it only cost me about $300 to have another trailer hitch put on the replacement car.

Many vehicles have (or can accept) roof racks.   This works for a few sheets of plywood or a few studs.   

Many vehicles have back seats that open up into the trunk area and front seats that fold forward a good bit.   You can put long stuff into a regular sedan that way.

I've renovated multiple houses over the years and the above methods work just fine for me.   

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« Reply #5843 on: May 09, 2020, 08:35:26 AM »
I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income.

My general advice for graduates is to keep living like a student until the student loans are paid.
Roommates, no car, etc. With no tuition the loans can generally be knocked out quickly.
I know that ship has long sailed in this case but I just wanted to share.

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« Reply #5844 on: May 09, 2020, 09:08:04 AM »
I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income.

My general advice for graduates is to keep living like a student until the student loans are paid.
Roommates, no car, etc. With no tuition the loans can generally be knocked out quickly.
I know that ship has long sailed in this case but I just wanted to share.

This worked out well for me.

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« Reply #5845 on: May 09, 2020, 11:31:38 AM »
I don't  understand how it would be possible to pay $30k of loans in one year on a $60k income.

My general advice for graduates is to keep living like a student until the student loans are paid.
Roommates, no car, etc. With no tuition the loans can generally be knocked out quickly.
I know that ship has long sailed in this case but I just wanted to share.

Guy who ran a blog called No More Harvard Debt paid off about $95K worth of student loans in one year with a  salary of $65K.

He had been in the work force for a number of years and had a house and lots of toys.   He started selling off his toys.   He rented out all the other bedrooms in his house and turned his house from an expense into a profit center.   He cut out all optional spending and tried out a number of 2nd jobs to raise additional money.    He also turned into a cool person from, frankly, your typical spoiled over-aged man-child.   

It's simply amazing what someone can accomplish when they set their heart and mind to it.

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« Reply #5846 on: May 11, 2020, 10:30:28 AM »
Buying an expensive truck (or damn near ANY truck) to do some home renovation projects on their own home is just plain stupid for most people in this country.   It's beyond stupid.   It's moronic.   

There is simply no need to spend $20,000 to $80,000 to do that.

The materials can be delivered to your home for a nominal fee.   For less than a truck payment and the insurance on it you can have many deliveries.

You can buy an inexpensive trailer and get a trailer hitch put on your sedan.   Mine, from the purchase of the trailer, wood to put a bed and rails on it, a permanent tag for it, and the trailer hitch for my sedan for it, cost less than $1,000.      Even better, when I wore out the car that pulled it, it only cost me about $300 to have another trailer hitch put on the replacement car.

Many vehicles have (or can accept) roof racks.   This works for a few sheets of plywood or a few studs.   

Many vehicles have back seats that open up into the trunk area and front seats that fold forward a good bit.   You can put long stuff into a regular sedan that way.

I've renovated multiple houses over the years and the above methods work just fine for me.

Depending on where you live, your local home improvement store may have a rental truck available. Menards has rental pickups available for $20 for the first 75 minutes - I could rent one 40 times for the cost of one month's truck payment! Also, U-Haul rents trucks in the $20-$30 range that will hold just about anything you need to haul (oooh, that's where the name comes from!).

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« Reply #5847 on: May 11, 2020, 11:08:35 AM »
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Depending on where you live, your local home improvement store may have a rental truck available. Menards has rental pickups available for $20 for the first 75 minutes - I could rent one 40 times for the cost of one month's truck payment! Also, U-Haul rents trucks in the $20-$30 range that will hold just about anything you need to haul (oooh, that's where the name comes from!).

I think my local Lowes will "rent" you a pick up for free but does not take reservations.  I have looked at the local big box stores delivery rates and I would call them significant but still far less than buying a truck.



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« Reply #5848 on: May 11, 2020, 11:48:28 AM »
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Depending on where you live, your local home improvement store may have a rental truck available. Menards has rental pickups available for $20 for the first 75 minutes - I could rent one 40 times for the cost of one month's truck payment! Also, U-Haul rents trucks in the $20-$30 range that will hold just about anything you need to haul (oooh, that's where the name comes from!).

I think my local Lowes will "rent" you a pick up for free but does not take reservations.  I have looked at the local big box stores delivery rates and I would call them significant but still far less than buying a truck.

If we needed a lot of something, plywood, lumber, etc., we could just have them deliver the entire batch of stuff to the job site for a nominal fee.  I think it was less than $100.   The rest of the time a roof rack, the hatchback, or a cheap utility trailer were just fine.   $1000 for the trailer (all-in cost) and an occasional $100 charge vs hundreds of dollars a month for insurance and truck payments and tags.   

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« Reply #5849 on: May 11, 2020, 07:19:23 PM »
If we needed a lot of something, plywood, lumber, etc., we could just have them deliver the entire batch of stuff to the job site for a nominal fee.  I think it was less than $100.   The rest of the time a roof rack, the hatchback, or a cheap utility trailer were just fine.   $1000 for the trailer (all-in cost) and an occasional $100 charge vs hundreds of dollars a month for insurance and truck payments and tags.   
Yup--I just finished my basement, and had two things delivered:  sheetrock, and MDF panels for the ceiling.  Each delivery charge was about $90.  Very much worth it!

 

Wow, a phone plan for fifteen bucks!