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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7950 on: September 09, 2020, 10:08:09 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess it’s probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The “white coat investor” blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

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« Reply #7951 on: September 10, 2020, 12:46:26 AM »


I disagree

Then I guess that just makes you another notch on my belt

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« Reply #7952 on: September 10, 2020, 01:03:21 AM »
You know it's gone too far when they are called Red Shirts.

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« Reply #7953 on: September 10, 2020, 01:46:21 AM »
You know it's gone too far when they are called Red Shirts.
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« Reply #7954 on: September 10, 2020, 07:38:46 AM »
A bestselling book I just saw featured in a list of library offerings is titled Fierce, Free and full of FIRE.

My MPP: Seeing the word FIRE in large print, all caps and automatically reading it as an acronym.


Me too!  I do get excited when I see it around.   Turns out, it is usually gym or workout related which is far less exciting....

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« Reply #7955 on: September 10, 2020, 10:33:42 AM »
MPP - mega pet peeve:

I have been working 43-45 hours/week for the last 3 weeks. This has cut down into my exercise time.

Team lead is on vacation this week and responsibilities fall on me, so I'm on track to hit 48H for this week.

Told my director I don't like this, I will be cutting back my hours as I need to focus on my health and also on studying for new industry certifications, which employer wants me to get and will pay for.

Also told him I don' t like Friday afternoon technical meetings on the new short-term contract, and that I will not attend them after Sept 30. Mentioned that working with this developer is a royal PITA and I hope to not be on the contract when it renews on Oct 1.

I don't like working over 40 hours/week.

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« Reply #7956 on: September 10, 2020, 02:30:08 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess it’s probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The “white coat investor” blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

Must be a slow news day if this is the peak of our concerns...

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« Reply #7957 on: September 10, 2020, 06:34:23 PM »
Is this a MPP?

I have been getting 2 produce box deliveries (local CSA-type things), because, well, I can afford it, and I live in California.  It's delicious and fresh and the stuff lasts forever.  It costs a little bit more than the grocery store, but about the same as the farmer's market.  One of them originally delivered to our school and the school would get a cut.

Well, I think it might be COVID related, but the one farm/company has decided to expand their services because suddenly, a lot of people wanted produce delivery.  They also added groceries (rice, beans, etc). 

So...they moved my delivery day so that they could better group deliveries when they doubled their number of deliveries.  Fine.

But in the last few weeks, they have had a few weeks when the "add ons" were not available (because they moved me to later in the week, and ran out). Fine, but they forgot to refund me.  I have to actually check.

Last week, I only got half the items.  It took 3 emails to get a response, and they finally said they'd refund me.  Apparently, they gave me the essentials box, not the family box.

This week, I checked and they haven't refunded me.  They also haven't charged me for this week.  Well...they also didn't deliver my box (or the add ons).  Apparently this week they migrated to the new system?  I dunno because I can't get INTO the new system.  I think I'm just going to have to cancel.  It was nice while it lasted because otherwise, we run out of produce mid-week and it saves me a grocery trip.  It's nice to be able to afford to support a local farm, but it literally has eaten up hours of my time the last couple of weeks.

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« Reply #7958 on: September 13, 2020, 05:00:32 PM »
Okay, here's a facepunch worthy MPP. Last night, in the middle of the night, I got a "Thank You for Another Year!" from Rent the Runway. I've rented gowns for formal events from them a couple of times and been pleased with the results. Apparently I must not have unchecked a box somewhere in the last rental process, way back in 2018. So now I have a "renewal" for $32.42.

Fortunately, I don't keep my inbox too tidy. A quick search revealed a "Help! Your CC is expired", followed by a renewal notice a year ago (WTF?), followed by today's surprise. I distinctly remember calling them to cancel it last year when I got the CC expiry notice. Since I haven't received a single other email from them, I'm somewhat surprised. Normally, they're constantly sending shit about new arrivals, your "free" birthday "gift", etc. So I've wasted $64.84. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somehow I just know that cancelling this is going to be a giant PITA. I hope I'm wrong.

And should I have seen it on my CC bill? Sure, but DH pays all the bills. (Love that man!) As long as nothing's way cray-cray out of my normal range, he doesn't question anything I spend. Oops.

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« Reply #7959 on: September 13, 2020, 06:17:59 PM »
Okay, here's a facepunch worthy MPP. Last night, in the middle of the night, I got a "Thank You for Another Year!" from Rent the Runway. I've rented gowns for formal events from them a couple of times and been pleased with the results. Apparently I must not have unchecked a box somewhere in the last rental process, way back in 2018. So now I have a "renewal" for $32.42.

Fortunately, I don't keep my inbox too tidy. A quick search revealed a "Help! Your CC is expired", followed by a renewal notice a year ago (WTF?), followed by today's surprise. I distinctly remember calling them to cancel it last year when I got the CC expiry notice. Since I haven't received a single other email from them, I'm somewhat surprised. Normally, they're constantly sending shit about new arrivals, your "free" birthday "gift", etc. So I've wasted $64.84. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somehow I just know that cancelling this is going to be a giant PITA. I hope I'm wrong.

And should I have seen it on my CC bill? Sure, but DH pays all the bills. (Love that man!) As long as nothing's way cray-cray out of my normal range, he doesn't question anything I spend. Oops.

Rent the runway?  I'll file that under travel

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« Reply #7960 on: September 13, 2020, 08:53:10 PM »
Okay, here's a facepunch worthy MPP. Last night, in the middle of the night, I got a "Thank You for Another Year!" from Rent the Runway. I've rented gowns for formal events from them a couple of times and been pleased with the results. Apparently I must not have unchecked a box somewhere in the last rental process, way back in 2018. So now I have a "renewal" for $32.42.

Fortunately, I don't keep my inbox too tidy. A quick search revealed a "Help! Your CC is expired", followed by a renewal notice a year ago (WTF?), followed by today's surprise. I distinctly remember calling them to cancel it last year when I got the CC expiry notice. Since I haven't received a single other email from them, I'm somewhat surprised. Normally, they're constantly sending shit about new arrivals, your "free" birthday "gift", etc. So I've wasted $64.84. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somehow I just know that cancelling this is going to be a giant PITA. I hope I'm wrong.

And should I have seen it on my CC bill? Sure, but DH pays all the bills. (Love that man!) As long as nothing's way cray-cray out of my normal range, he doesn't question anything I spend. Oops.

Rent the runway?  I'll file that under travel

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« Reply #7961 on: September 17, 2020, 04:23:19 AM »
In windows there are security settings that have to be set correctly to get the camera and microphone to work with zoom and other web apps.    You'll have to google it.

I worked as IT help desk support for a small biz for 18 years alongside many other job titles, so I don't really need the "google it" level of advice... but thanks anyway. I did try to set the settings correctly, but it didn't do what it was supposed to and I didn't have a lot of time to figure it out pre-meeting (and I haven't needed it since). I'll give it another shot at some point before actually spending money on something.

Knowing me, I probably unchecked the option to include a webcam when I ordered it to save $7... :-P  Who knew we'd all be spending our lives in video conferences in 2020.

Reminds me of all the DOD contractor laptops i've seen where they paid someone to take the camera out... I wonder if they had to pay someone to put some of them back in this year...

Not DOD, but within DHS.  Pre Covid, we had limited non blue line access with our laptops.  No video and only 10% of the work force could be use it at the same time.  Miraculously over the course of a weekend in March the system was upgrade so we could massively work from home and use video too.  Which mean the CIO’s office had the solution already and somebody kept saying we don’t need to do that.

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« Reply #7962 on: September 17, 2020, 04:38:10 AM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess it’s probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The “white coat investor” blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). I’ve never heard of a car being called a black and white.

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« Reply #7963 on: September 17, 2020, 05:54:49 AM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess it’s probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The “white coat investor” blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). I’ve never heard of a car being called a black and white.

Ours are black and white but generally called police cars or cop cars. 

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« Reply #7964 on: September 17, 2020, 06:36:36 AM »
Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). I’ve never heard of a car being called a black and white.
The saying goes back quite a few decades, to a time when police cars were traditionally black and white--black on the front and rear thirds, and white for the passenger compartment.

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« Reply #7965 on: September 17, 2020, 09:18:40 AM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess it’s probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The “white coat investor” blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). I’ve never heard of a car being called a black and white.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7967 on: September 17, 2020, 11:51:57 PM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.

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« Reply #7968 on: September 18, 2020, 12:58:54 AM »
@Dollar Slice would something like this work?  I wonder if it could be diy-ed with odds and ends? 

Or ye old bend a hanger and hook it onto a command hook?


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« Reply #7969 on: September 18, 2020, 01:57:30 AM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.


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« Reply #7970 on: September 18, 2020, 04:24:52 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_white_(police_vehicle)
Yeah, that one here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_white_(police_vehicle)#/media/File:Transit_Police_New_Livery.JPG
is what I had in mind when I heard the term. Or with a stripe in the middle length wise.

Probably from the Police Academy movies :D

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« Reply #7971 on: September 18, 2020, 08:30:18 AM »
@Dollar Slice would something like this work?  I wonder if it could be diy-ed with odds and ends? 

Or ye old bend a hanger and hook it onto a command hook?

Yeah, something like that is what I need. There's also an oddly-placed towel ring about 16" above the toilet paper holder (that never gets used, because who on earth would put a towel on the TP?). I could probably attach something to that.

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« Reply #7972 on: September 18, 2020, 09:13:03 AM »
I just found out Charmin will send you a free extender. I requested one. Will update everyone when it arrives.

https://www.charmin.com/en-us/about-us/charmin-guarantees

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« Reply #7973 on: September 18, 2020, 12:33:31 PM »
My MPP is probably my brother's problem.  He works for the credit union I use.  Any time I have a question, I text him first.  Since the new online portal came out, I'm probably driving him crazy.  Like today, I scheduled a transfer from my CU to my HYSA to happen next week.  I now have a weird pending transaction for $0.00 to the bank that holds my HYSA for tomorrow.  It's never done that before.  I'm guessing that most of his customers wouldn't notice and/or care, but I've already texted him and asked about it on the chat feature.

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« Reply #7974 on: September 18, 2020, 01:33:14 PM »
I just found out Charmin will send you a free extender. I requested one. Will update everyone when it arrives.

https://www.charmin.com/en-us/about-us/charmin-guarantees
 


I i wish Costco did that!   Their Kirkland rolls are not only too fat for the holder in my apartment, they are too wide!

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« Reply #7975 on: September 19, 2020, 09:59:39 AM »
MPP: My workplace is switching HSA vendors. During a webinar yesterday, we were told that our current investments would be liquidated sometime in February, and we'd be able to invest in the new options some time after that (a specific timeline wasn't given). I just feel like we're going to miss out on several days of gains during that time.

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« Reply #7976 on: September 19, 2020, 10:09:23 AM »
MPP: My workplace is switching HSA vendors. During a webinar yesterday, we were told that our current investments would be liquidated sometime in February, and we'd be able to invest in the new options some time after that (a specific timeline wasn't given). I just feel like we're going to miss out on several days of gains during that time.

Or losses. Most of the time, a couple of days here or there isn't a big deal.

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« Reply #7977 on: September 19, 2020, 10:29:43 AM »
MPP: My workplace is switching HSA vendors. During a webinar yesterday, we were told that our current investments would be liquidated sometime in February, and we'd be able to invest in the new options some time after that (a specific timeline wasn't given). I just feel like we're going to miss out on several days of gains during that time.

Or losses. Most of the time, a couple of days here or there isn't a big deal.

You're right. It'll probably be fine. But if I miss out on several big days because we changed HSA vendor, I'm not going to be happy.

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« Reply #7978 on: September 19, 2020, 10:40:31 AM »
MPP: My workplace is switching HSA vendors. During a webinar yesterday, we were told that our current investments would be liquidated sometime in February, and we'd be able to invest in the new options some time after that (a specific timeline wasn't given). I just feel like we're going to miss out on several days of gains during that time.

Or losses. Most of the time, a couple of days here or there isn't a big deal.

You're right. It'll probably be fine. But if I miss out on several big days because we changed HSA vendor, I'm not going to be happy.

You could look into transferring to Fidelity, so that you have more control over the timing, but you will still likely have to liquidate.

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« Reply #7979 on: September 19, 2020, 10:49:02 AM »
You could look into transferring to Fidelity, so that you have more control over the timing, but you will still likely have to liquidate.

+1000 to Transferring it to Fidelity. I recently switched jobs -- and I needed to move funds out of my "PayFlex" HSA...  PayFlex wasn't as "horrible" as some employer HSA plan can be... But it certainly wasn't great either.  It's great to now have my funds in a Fidelity HSA, where there are no fees to worry about, and I can invest however I choose.

Fidelity makes it easy to open a HSA account, and to fund it from assets at another HSA custodian.  I was able to transfer all of my assets by filling out a form on Fidelity's website, and uploading a PDF of my most recent HSA account statement.  No phone calls needed!  The Fidelity site did give me the option to transfer assets "in kind" -- but I liquidated mine first anyway.

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« Reply #7980 on: September 19, 2020, 11:02:17 AM »
You could look into transferring to Fidelity, so that you have more control over the timing, but you will still likely have to liquidate.

+1000 to Transferring it to Fidelity. I recently switched jobs -- and I needed to move funds out of my "PayFlex" HSA...  PayFlex wasn't as "horrible" as some employer HSA plan can be... But it certainly wasn't great either.  It's great to now have my funds in a Fidelity HSA, where there are no fees to worry about, and I can invest however I choose.

Fidelity makes it easy to open a HSA account, and to fund it from assets at another HSA custodian.  I was able to transfer all of my assets by filling out a form on Fidelity's website, and uploading a PDF of my most recent HSA account statement.  No phone calls needed!  The Fidelity site did give me the option to transfer assets "in kind" -- but I liquidated mine first anyway.
That is super super helpful information for me!  DH and I are looking at leaving our jobs in the near-ish future and we have most of our other investments already at Fidelity, so moving our HSA's to Fidelity would be ideal.

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« Reply #7981 on: September 20, 2020, 03:32:46 AM »
You could look into transferring to Fidelity, so that you have more control over the timing, but you will still likely have to liquidate.

+1000 to Transferring it to Fidelity. I recently switched jobs -- and I needed to move funds out of my "PayFlex" HSA...  PayFlex wasn't as "horrible" as some employer HSA plan can be... But it certainly wasn't great either.  It's great to now have my funds in a Fidelity HSA, where there are no fees to worry about, and I can invest however I choose.

Fidelity makes it easy to open a HSA account, and to fund it from assets at another HSA custodian.  I was able to transfer all of my assets by filling out a form on Fidelity's website, and uploading a PDF of my most recent HSA account statement.  No phone calls needed!  The Fidelity site did give me the option to transfer assets "in kind" -- but I liquidated mine first anyway.

I've thought about that, but I also don't want another step to have to go through every month. Can I set things up so that my monthly $550 is automatically sent to Fidelity & invested there? Or am I going to have to do it manually? Then it's just another account that I have to keep track of as well.

We currently have Payflex, which has no fees under our current plan, and the investment options have been sufficient for me (I currently have VFIAX). The new vendor also won't have any fees and will also have Vanguard funds. One thing I do really like about state government is that they manage to negotiate low/no fees very well with our plans.

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« Reply #7982 on: September 20, 2020, 07:47:23 AM »
You could look into transferring to Fidelity, so that you have more control over the timing, but you will still likely have to liquidate.

+1000 to Transferring it to Fidelity. I recently switched jobs -- and I needed to move funds out of my "PayFlex" HSA...  PayFlex wasn't as "horrible" as some employer HSA plan can be... But it certainly wasn't great either.  It's great to now have my funds in a Fidelity HSA, where there are no fees to worry about, and I can invest however I choose.

Fidelity makes it easy to open a HSA account, and to fund it from assets at another HSA custodian.  I was able to transfer all of my assets by filling out a form on Fidelity's website, and uploading a PDF of my most recent HSA account statement.  No phone calls needed!  The Fidelity site did give me the option to transfer assets "in kind" -- but I liquidated mine first anyway.

I've thought about that, but I also don't want another step to have to go through every month. Can I set things up so that my monthly $550 is automatically sent to Fidelity & invested there? Or am I going to have to do it manually? Then it's just another account that I have to keep track of as well.

We currently have Payflex, which has no fees under our current plan, and the investment options have been sufficient for me (I currently have VFIAX). The new vendor also won't have any fees and will also have Vanguard funds. One thing I do really like about state government is that they manage to negotiate low/no fees very well with our plans.

You could transfer the existing funds to Fidelity, then set up.the. new account and leave it in place. Or, just ignore the market for a few days while the official transfer takes place (that is what we did when Megacorp transitioned).

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« Reply #7983 on: September 20, 2020, 07:57:14 AM »
We currently have Payflex, which has no fees under our current plan, and the investment options have been sufficient for me (I currently have VFIAX). The new vendor also won't have any fees and will also have Vanguard funds. One thing I do really like about state government is that they manage to negotiate low/no fees very well with our plans.

If I were in your situation, I'd do the following:
1) Open a Fidelity HSA, and move the funds from PayFlex to Fidelity.
2) Make any "new" payroll contributions to the new HSA at the new custodian that your employer has chosen.
3) No need to make regular transfers form the "new HSA" account to your Fidelity HSA account. You can keep both open, no problem.

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« Reply #7984 on: September 20, 2020, 09:11:55 AM »
I just found out Charmin will send you a free extender. I requested one. Will update everyone when it arrives.

https://www.charmin.com/en-us/about-us/charmin-guarantees
 
I i wish Costco did that!   Their Kirkland rolls are not only too fat for the holder in my apartment, they are too wide!
That's because over the last decade, TP manufacturers have sneakily narrowed the rolls to save money, thinking consumers wouldn't notice. Costco insisted they not do that to their members. It's not just the Kirkland TP, it's every brand they sell. That's why it cracks me up when people say they can get it cheaper elsewhere. Maybe so, but it's often not an apples-to-apples comparison.

I have a TP holder that is too narrow for Costco rolls. It's in a half bath that has no storage. Once in a while, I go around the house and switch out all the partially used rolls in the other bathrooms with the fat new rolls. I fill the holder with the partials, and problem solved.  It's a guest bathroom that doesn't get used much, so I only have to do it once in a while.

Slicey, I like your plunger idea. I would use something to protect the bottom roll from the plunger cup. Maybe thread a coffee filter over it, then load up the handle?

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« Reply #7985 on: September 20, 2020, 10:25:31 AM »
I just found out Charmin will send you a free extender. I requested one. Will update everyone when it arrives.

https://www.charmin.com/en-us/about-us/charmin-guarantees
 
I i wish Costco did that!   Their Kirkland rolls are not only too fat for the holder in my apartment, they are too wide!
That's because over the last decade, TP manufacturers have sneakily narrowed the rolls to save money, thinking consumers wouldn't notice. Costco insisted they not do that to their members. It's not just the Kirkland TP, it's every brand they sell. That's why it cracks me up when people say they can get it cheaper elsewhere. Maybe so, but it's often not an apples-to-apples comparison.

I have a TP holder that is too narrow for Costco rolls. It's in a half bath that has no storage. Once in a while, I go around the house and switch out all the partially used rolls in the other bathrooms with the fat new rolls. I fill the holder with the partials, and problem solved.  It's a guest bathroom that doesn't get used much, so I only have to do it once in a while.

Slicey, I like your plunger idea. I would use something to protect the bottom roll from the plunger cup. Maybe thread a coffee filter over it, then load up the handle?

It's not the fatness, it is the actual width.  My Costco also sells Cottonelle, which fits just fine.  Dollarama sells a nice TP holder with storage, but it seemed a bit much to get it when the dispenser is installed.

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« Reply #7986 on: September 20, 2020, 11:39:23 AM »
Just remember - the advantage of having the HSA auto-deducted from your paycheck means that you don't pay FICA taxes on that deduction.

If you move your HSA to Fidelity and do your own deposits, you will still pay FICA on those funds - so effectively an 8% loss.

Best of all worlds: auto-deduct from employer paycheck, and the transfer monthly to Fidelity HSA account...

We currently have Payflex, which has no fees under our current plan, and the investment options have been sufficient for me (I currently have VFIAX). The new vendor also won't have any fees and will also have Vanguard funds. One thing I do really like about state government is that they manage to negotiate low/no fees very well with our plans.

If I were in your situation, I'd do the following:
1) Open a Fidelity HSA, and move the funds from PayFlex to Fidelity.
2) Make any "new" payroll contributions to the new HSA at the new custodian that your employer has chosen.
3) No need to make regular transfers form the "new HSA" account to your Fidelity HSA account. You can keep both open, no problem.

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« Reply #7987 on: September 20, 2020, 06:10:56 PM »
That's why it cracks me up when people say they can get it cheaper elsewhere. Maybe so, but it's often not an apples-to-apples comparison.


Dollars per softness-pound or GTFO*



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« Reply #7988 on: September 20, 2020, 07:17:43 PM »
That's why it cracks me up when people say they can get it cheaper elsewhere. Maybe so, but it's often not an apples-to-apples comparison.


Dollars per softness-pound or GTFO*



*I'll also accept dollars per sqft-ply

I don't use TP by the in², though. I use it by the square-- so the appropriate comparison measurement is $/square, unless the area per square is different enough to cause me to use one more/less square per wipe (or the thickness is great enough to cause me to use one more/ less square per wipe). Then again, I'm a folder instead of a buncher; I can see how any extra in² might make a difference in a different usage system.

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« Reply #7989 on: September 20, 2020, 10:28:27 PM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLq6whfg2pA

My toilet paper roll holder broke sometime around 2010 and at that point I realized toilet paper roll holders are a complete and total scam--not a single one of them should have ever been sold. Since the break the toilet paper sits happily on the shelf next to the toilet and weird, the world hasn't ended.

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« Reply #7990 on: September 21, 2020, 12:19:54 AM »


My toilet paper roll holder broke sometime around 2010 and at that point I realized toilet paper roll holders are a complete and total scam--not a single one of them should have ever been sold. Since the break the toilet paper sits happily on the shelf next to the toilet and weird, the world hasn't ended.

Only works if you've got two hands available.

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« Reply #7991 on: September 21, 2020, 03:42:26 AM »


My toilet paper roll holder broke sometime around 2010 and at that point I realized toilet paper roll holders are a complete and total scam--not a single one of them should have ever been sold. Since the break the toilet paper sits happily on the shelf next to the toilet and weird, the world hasn't ended.

Only works if you've got two hands available.
I also need two hands to get the paper off the roll. One for stopping to roll and one to get the paper.
I don't see the difference and since I moved I also don't use a holder anymore since I have a perfectly placed *lack of English word* besides the throne. If you have a bare wall there though it's better to have a holder, dragoncar. 

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« Reply #7992 on: September 21, 2020, 07:52:38 AM »
For everyone trying to transfer money out of your HSA - be aware that the IRS limits the number of rollovers you can do per year to 1. And you might get charged for direct transfers. And that's assuming your employer allows it.

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« Reply #7993 on: September 21, 2020, 08:08:38 AM »
For everyone trying to transfer money out of your HSA - be aware that the IRS limits the number of rollovers you can do per year to 1. And you might get charged for direct transfers. And that's assuming your employer allows it.

This only applies to an HSA rollover, which is where you withdraw funds from one institution and then send it to another institution and act as a middleman.  An HSA transfer is where you don't act as a middleman, instead the money is sent directly from one institution to another institution, and you can make an unlimited number of HSA transfers.  I'm unclear on why anyone would ever do a rollover instead of just a transfer.

Also the money in an HSA is yours free and clear to do whatever you wish.  Your employer cannot stop you from transfering money out.  There are no rules like there are with 401ks to prevent you from just taking the money wherever you want.

They may however charge a transfer fee (or they might not, it depends on the company) to transfer money to another institution.  If this is the case you may want to limit the number of transfers to reduce the number of transfer fees.
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« Reply #7994 on: September 21, 2020, 08:26:12 AM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLq6whfg2pA

My toilet paper roll holder broke sometime around 2010 and at that point I realized toilet paper roll holders are a complete and total scam--not a single one of them should have ever been sold. Since the break the toilet paper sits happily on the shelf next to the toilet and weird, the world hasn't ended.

Some toilet paper holders are scams.  But some are functional works of art.












Don't malign the simple toilet paper holder simply because you're using the wrong one.


:P

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« Reply #7995 on: September 21, 2020, 08:43:31 AM »
Toilet paper holders are necessary in our house! They are a designated place for toilet paper to be and because they are anchored in place it is much more likely for tp to actually be where it’s supposed to be, unlike when you designate a shelf space for tp, there is no guarantee that tp will actually be returned to the designated place. I speak from experience.

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« Reply #7996 on: September 22, 2020, 01:19:18 PM »


My toilet paper roll holder broke sometime around 2010 and at that point I realized toilet paper roll holders are a complete and total scam--not a single one of them should have ever been sold. Since the break the toilet paper sits happily on the shelf next to the toilet and weird, the world hasn't ended.

Only works if you've got two hands available.
I also need two hands to get the paper off the roll. One for stopping to roll and one to get the paper.
I don't see the difference and since I moved I also don't use a holder anymore since I have a perfectly placed *lack of English word* besides the throne. If you have a bare wall there though it's better to have a holder, dragoncar.

You gotta practice the pull-n-snap.  Have you tried adjusting your papyric tensioner?

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« Reply #7997 on: September 22, 2020, 04:58:29 PM »
I forgot my lunch AND didn't get my parking validated before the one person in the office who can authorize validation left for the day. $23 I wasn't expecting to spend! AAARGH.

I did manage to get to the library to get my book on hold before it closed. And I have enough leftovers from lunch to eat for dinner. Small succor to a bereft Mustachian.

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« Reply #7998 on: September 22, 2020, 05:55:27 PM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.

I think I detect a theme there.    What do your wall sconces and table lamps look like?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLq6whfg2pA

My toilet paper roll holder broke sometime around 2010 and at that point I realized toilet paper roll holders are a complete and total scam--not a single one of them should have ever been sold. Since the break the toilet paper sits happily on the shelf next to the toilet and weird, the world hasn't ended.

Some toilet paper holders are scams.  But some are functional works of art.












Don't malign the simple toilet paper holder simply because you're using the wrong one.


:P

I think I detect a theme there.    What do your wall sconces and table lamps look like?
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« Reply #7999 on: September 22, 2020, 06:03:30 PM »

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). I’ve never heard of a car being called a black and white.
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Ours are black and white but generally called police cars or cop cars.
They were all black and white when Broderick Crawford was chief!
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