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Ask a Mustachian / Re: Chevy Volt vs Toyota Corolla
« Last post by sequoia on August 20, 2017, 11:54:31 PM »
If you commute under 40 miles a day, you basically will never burn another drop of gas again. Chevy claims that no batteries in ANY volts have degraded yet (all volts are still under the 8 year zone)

I am looking at a volt myself, eliminating $20-30 in gasoline a week will pay for both the car and the maintenance pretty fast.

I dunno who has the lower expense between volt vs corolla, but any car is going to need maintenance at some point. Nothing runs forever without any maintenance cost. What is important is the overall cost (maintenance + gas + insurance + etc) per miles.

But maybe I am missing something here. Gas here is $2.11/gallon (I understand in some places it maybe higher) and often it is less than $2. OP commutes 13 miles round trip daily = 65 miles per wk. To simplify, lets say a OP's car do 25 miles/gallon, so that is roughly 3 gallons/wk = ~$6.

Plug them both into the edmunds.com TCO calculator to compare expenses. I bet the Corolla wins.

Agree with @ChpBstrd, edmunds.com is a great place to look for info, and I would be surprised if Corolla do not win.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Travel Rewards Advice Needed
« Last post by FrugalFun on August 20, 2017, 11:42:36 PM »
Thank you! That was very helpful.
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I don't think it was mentioned before, but sauerkraut and Kim Chi.  The real, fermented kiinds are super expensive, but so easy and cheap to make.

Was going to say the exact same thing- have a new batch of 'kraut bubbling away in a mason jar as we speak. The difference in price between a small jar of real, live sauerkraut and a plain old regular cabbage is enormous. Plus, the plain cabbage makes a much larger batch!
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Stoicism works!
« Last post by expatartist on August 20, 2017, 11:31:27 PM »
The stoics asked me to tell you to not be so excited about such a minor thing.

Nice ;)

Our office has been migrating lately, so I've been trying to eat breakfast at home first. I set up the espresso machine the night before. Next AM I turn on the machine while in the shower, slice a mango or banana, and have it with coconut milk and a handful of DIY muesli (dried berries, seeds, oats) before taking the metro to work. A great smooth start to the day.
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Ask a Mustachian / Re: Student Loan Interest Accruing too quickly?
« Last post by JohnGalt79 on August 20, 2017, 11:26:08 PM »
You may want to make sure your early payments are going towards paying down the principal, and NOT pre-paying future payments/interest.  I have heard Dave Ramsey mention this several times to callers regarding student loans, so even though I never personally ran into it, it must be a "thing" that commonly happens if you don't specify & verify that you want the early payment to go towards the principal.  He acted like it happens to a lot of people, and that you may have to be persistent with some student lenders to actually speak to someone who understands what you are requesting.
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Off Topic / Re: God I suck at small talk
« Last post by Radagast on August 20, 2017, 11:25:47 PM »
I think the people who are good at small talk don't think of it as small talk. They think of it as "wow, a chance to find out what this person's life is like and what kind of story they're making about it for themselves!"

You sort of already decided nothing interesting is going to happen, when you decide you're going to engage in small talk. But this person -- any person -- has amazing experiences in their past, and is living a story that feels really intense to them. Find out about these things! It's a huge opportunity! You don't have to agree with them or like them or anything. But think of it as a huge opportunity, a window into a whole new universe of experience, whole new ways of thinking. Nothing small about it.
Yup, my wife is like this. She loves to get to know people, learn what they are like, what makes them happy, get inside their head and learn about the actual them. She always sees the good things about people and forgets most of the rest. "I have heard there are seven wonders of the world, but there must be an eight which is you because you look so young" is an actual line she used earnestly in routine small talk to a coworker's wife after learning she was 60, and then walked away absolutely convinced it was true. In case things get slow she has a million hilariously humbling true stories about things she accidentally did sometime. She looks especially happy to see and make small talk with routine acquaintances. I doubt she could even conceive of what she does in a way which I could describe.

...I prefer people who are comfortable with silence or who just start talking about themselves...
Whereas I am more like this.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Sometimes I forget that I am "different."
« Last post by expatartist on August 20, 2017, 11:19:09 PM »
Never owned a car. 5 years ago, I let my license expire o.O
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: I joined the storage unit club two weeks ago
« Last post by Slow2FIRE on August 20, 2017, 11:18:44 PM »
How much land do your wife's parents have? At $720/yr, a nice storage shed added to their yard would pay for itself in a year or two and add to the value of their property.

Hopefully they don't live in an HOA.

The majority of HOA neighborhoods I looked at in Denver do not allow any type of storage unit/shed/what have you in your yard.  I only looked at 2 HOAs in Parker, 2 in Broomfield, Stapleton, 1 in Lafayette and 1 in Erie (back in 2014).
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Ask a Mustachian / Napa area - besides wineries?
« Last post by jeromedawg on August 20, 2017, 11:18:33 PM »
Hey all,

Last minute request but we're heading up to Napa tomorrow for half a day and were wondering what the must-dos are in the area besides wineries (and hot air balloons for that matter). Any suggestions? It's just my wife and I and our infant. The toddler will be at home with the grandparents... we wanted a short 'getaway' so it'll do. We'll be trying Ad-Hoc for an early dinner and heading back to the Eastbay after.
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Off Topic / Re: Eclipse Chasers 2017
« Last post by LeRainDrop on August 20, 2017, 11:10:12 PM »
Oh man, BC_Goodman, what a bummer!  It sure is a good story, though, and I'm glad you're able to keep a good attitude about it all.
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