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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7550 on: June 05, 2020, 07:04:57 PM »
I bought an extra 50 lb bag of flour for a friend who didn't end up needing it, so then I had to wait until I finished up my own 50 lb bag before I could reclaim the closet space taken up by the other bag...

I have to choke back comments like "so what? I've been doing that for years!" when people start gushing to me about how they are growing scallion ends or making their own chicken broth or whatever...

We needed an extra laptop so all our kids could do class Zooms at the same time, so I assembled one good one out of two old broken Macbooks... but the resulting laptop is still so old that many websites don't support the browsers...

+1. Installed Lubuntu on an old 3 GB RAM Intel Core 2 Deo box. Fast enough for my 2nd grader. Now to plug in a USB Wifi and it's all good.

Throw Linux on it. There are really bare bones versions that will have modern browsers but a small OS hardware requirement. You can also skin them to look like OSX.

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« Reply #7551 on: June 06, 2020, 08:15:25 PM »
I was looking through pre-retirement checklists this afternoon. I keep thinking there must be something more to be ready, besides spend money on the boat. The checklists ended up providing more amusement than edification.

One said that I have to commit to saving more each month. Don't think about what you could spend the money on, just commit to save more every month from now on. I shared that one with DH so that we could have a good laugh.

Meanwhile, I can't figure out how to participate in the July 7th spending blackout, because most days are no spend days.

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« Reply #7552 on: June 08, 2020, 05:29:16 PM »
Just saw that you know about things like Linux... ;)

Good luck with the project!
Thanks! 

In the end I managed to get the thing to work by upgrading stepwise all the way from Snow Leopard to El Capitan... it was very painful.

I'll probably put Linux on the cannibalized Macbook eventually, once we pick up some new parts for it. 

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« Reply #7553 on: June 09, 2020, 10:07:39 AM »
Freaking hell.

At a hotel now and being the person that I am, I chose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Except the stairs down exiting to the street trigger an alarm when the final door is opened. Okay, so I go up one floor to exit through the hotel but the damn door back inside is locked from the outside, so Iím stuck. Stupid Americans canít fathom in designing buildings that people might want to us their legs to walk.

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« Reply #7554 on: June 09, 2020, 10:10:10 AM »
Other MPP I encountered the other day:

I was setting up utilities at our new place we are moving to and called to have the power transfťrťd over to my name. They couldnít figure out how to navigate the concept of me not working, not collecting pension or SS, and living off my assets. So I had to pay a deposit to get the lights turned on because they had no option to let me show I had X assets in a bank account. Hah

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« Reply #7555 on: June 09, 2020, 10:31:39 AM »
Other MPP I encountered the other day:

I was setting up utilities at our new place we are moving to and called to have the power transfťrťd over to my name. They couldnít figure out how to navigate the concept of me not working, not collecting pension or SS, and living off my assets. So I had to pay a deposit to get the lights turned on because they had no option to let me show I had X assets in a bank account. Hah

Strange. What do all the thousands of (multi)millionaires do? Buy a power plant?? Not to mention artists etc. who have no regular income.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7556 on: June 09, 2020, 10:34:00 AM »
Freaking hell.

At a hotel now and being the person that I am, I chose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Except the stairs down exiting to the street trigger an alarm when the final door is opened. Okay, so I go up one floor to exit through the hotel but the damn door back inside is locked from the outside, so Iím stuck. Stupid Americans canít fathom in designing buildings that people might want to us their legs to walk.

I've had that happen to me before.

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« Reply #7557 on: June 09, 2020, 10:47:18 AM »
Freaking hell.

At a hotel now and being the person that I am, I chose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Except the stairs down exiting to the street trigger an alarm when the final door is opened. Okay, so I go up one floor to exit through the hotel but the damn door back inside is locked from the outside, so I’m stuck. Stupid Americans can’t fathom in designing buildings that people might want to us their legs to walk.

And worse than that, most Americans aren't even aware that this is the case.  I learned the hard way, many years ago when I was early for an interview and decided to take the stairs.  I climbed to the right floor, couldn't get in because that door was locked, decended to the exit, set off the alarm, had to talk my way out of that situation (security guard), then race for the elevators, and run for the office because I'm late.  I had a great story to tell in the interview, stood out from the competition, and got the job, but had to ride the elevator down every day I worked for that company so that I could walk at lunch.
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« Reply #7558 on: June 09, 2020, 10:48:32 AM »
Other MPP I encountered the other day:

I was setting up utilities at our new place we are moving to and called to have the power transfťrťd over to my name. They couldnít figure out how to navigate the concept of me not working, not collecting pension or SS, and living off my assets. So I had to pay a deposit to get the lights turned on because they had no option to let me show I had X assets in a bank account. Hah

Strange. What do all the thousands of (multi)millionaires do? Buy a power plant?? Not to mention artists etc. who have no regular income.
I know, right? I guess they all pay a $100 deposit. I didnít care because we are trying to hit a spending minimum for credit card points, but otherwise it would be irritating.

The other utility I called ran a credit check and then was happy to give me service with no $ exchanged.

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« Reply #7559 on: June 09, 2020, 11:00:57 AM »
Okay, this is probably the dumbest cheapism ever but here I go!

Bought a new slow cooker back in January. About March I had used it a few times and it was not cooking hot enough on high. I have used them for years so I know what to expect from low heat and high heat. Took the temperature too and it was low. Anyway, I would have taken back to Walmart but with the virus I was under the impression they were not taking returns. So, I called the 800 number in the book that came with the cooker. The person said they were all working from home so it would take time to resolve the issue. Whether to send me a new cooker or refund me $59.96. Well, months later (today) I got a check in the mail to cover the cost of the cooker. However, they of course couldn't refund me the sales tax since I bought it from Walmart.

The tax is only $3.81 but it irritates me that the state got my money for nothing! I am sure it would take too much work to recover the money and I should just let it go! But GRRRRRR, that makes me mad!

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« Reply #7560 on: June 09, 2020, 12:35:07 PM »
Freaking hell.

At a hotel now and being the person that I am, I chose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Except the stairs down exiting to the street trigger an alarm when the final door is opened. Okay, so I go up one floor to exit through the hotel but the damn door back inside is locked from the outside, so Iím stuck. Stupid Americans canít fathom in designing buildings that people might want to us their legs to walk.
that sucks. 

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« Reply #7561 on: June 09, 2020, 12:54:55 PM »
Freaking hell.

At a hotel now and being the person that I am, I chose to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Except the stairs down exiting to the street trigger an alarm when the final door is opened. Okay, so I go up one floor to exit through the hotel but the damn door back inside is locked from the outside, so Iím stuck. Stupid Americans canít fathom in designing buildings that people might want to us their legs to walk.

This has happened to me many times, and as an American I hate it.  I don't like elevators and much prefer the stairs.  Waiting for an elevator bothers me so much and I am fast on the stairs.  I have been stuck in some really stupid places.  Parking garages are some of the scariest.  I've also gotten routed through some employee sections of hotels to avoid alarms.  Oops, found the laundry.  :).

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« Reply #7562 on: June 09, 2020, 01:11:11 PM »
I know that feel

Used to live on second floor of a high rise.  Had to take the elevator one stop every time because ground stairwell was a fire exit to the street. 

Made sense because it wouldnít be secure to leave open but I guess they could keycard it or architect could have had a lobby connection

On the plus side I didnít need a stair master and could just take the stairs all the way to the roof
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« Reply #7563 on: June 09, 2020, 01:39:21 PM »
Iím a stairs-taker too :). This is mostly encouraged at my work but some areas have locked access so then you have to go down a floor and over to the next building then back up. I have also gotten locked outside in winter with no coat several times.

I got stuck in the lobby of the psychiatric unit once. I had gone with security to transport a patient there which involved a convoluted and unpleasant route through a tunnel under the street. Thought I could just take the stairs down and walk back across the street to my building. Instead the stairs came down to a lobby and my badge did not work to get outside or the rest of the way into the building. Security had to physically come look at my badge before they would let me out.

My slow cooker runs too hot, even on the low setting. I have to go unplug it and plug it back in multiple times during the day or it burns things.

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« Reply #7564 on: June 09, 2020, 01:49:32 PM »
Ugh, the stairs in my office are the same. Pre-covid, I bike to work as much as possible during the summer, and my office has nice bike parking in the garage below the building, with a great shower and locker room on the Lower Level (one floor above the parking garage) of the building. What's super frustrating is that there are NO STAIRS from the garage to the Lower Level- I have to wait for the elevator with all the other folks going up to the various other 10 floors in the building, instead of just a quick hop up a few stairs to the LL. Once on the LL there's a stairwell all the way up to my office but it's just silly that they didn't extend it one level deeper!

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« Reply #7565 on: June 09, 2020, 02:00:33 PM »
My last job had the same issue with stair exits--you could (and many of us did) take the stairs down, and exit into the lobby, but IIRC, you couldn't get back into the stairwell from the lobby.  And taking the elevator to the 2nd floor just so you could hop out, badge through the door, and go over to the stairwell to walk up the next two floors was impractical.

At my job now, I'm on the 2nd floor, and there is no elevator :)

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« Reply #7566 on: June 09, 2020, 11:27:34 PM »
Ugh, the stairs in my office are the same. Pre-covid, I bike to work as much as possible during the summer, and my office has nice bike parking in the garage below the building, with a great shower and locker room on the Lower Level (one floor above the parking garage) of the building. What's super frustrating is that there are NO STAIRS from the garage to the Lower Level- I have to wait for the elevator with all the other folks going up to the various other 10 floors in the building, instead of just a quick hop up a few stairs to the LL. Once on the LL there's a stairwell all the way up to my office but it's just silly that they didn't extend it one level deeper!
Here in socialist Germany ;) that would be illegal because of fire. You know, where everyone tells you to not use the elevator?

I am surprised you dont have regulations like "there have to be at least two ways of exits".

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« Reply #7567 on: June 10, 2020, 12:12:12 AM »
That was my first reaction but then I realized there is probably an external fire exit to the street from LL and like my situation itís locked to the outside and will alarm if you leave

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« Reply #7568 on: June 10, 2020, 06:28:30 AM »
Ugh, the stairs in my office are the same. Pre-covid, I bike to work as much as possible during the summer, and my office has nice bike parking in the garage below the building, with a great shower and locker room on the Lower Level (one floor above the parking garage) of the building. What's super frustrating is that there are NO STAIRS from the garage to the Lower Level- I have to wait for the elevator with all the other folks going up to the various other 10 floors in the building, instead of just a quick hop up a few stairs to the LL. Once on the LL there's a stairwell all the way up to my office but it's just silly that they didn't extend it one level deeper!
Here in socialist Germany ;) that would be illegal because of fire. You know, where everyone tells you to not use the elevator?

I am surprised you dont have regulations like "there have to be at least two ways of exits".
There are stairs for fire exits, but they donít have to be pretty or convenient or open for regular use..... sigh

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« Reply #7569 on: June 10, 2020, 06:42:44 AM »
There are stairs for fire exits, but they donít have to be pretty or convenient or open for regular use..... sigh

Yep there are other stairs/exits from the building to the street and from the parking garage to the street, the elevator is the only thing connecting the garage to the building.

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« Reply #7570 on: June 10, 2020, 08:57:38 AM »
Iím a stairs-taker too :). This is mostly encouraged at my work but some areas have locked access so then you have to go down a floor and over to the next building then back up. I have also gotten locked outside in winter with no coat several times.

I got stuck in the lobby of the psychiatric unit once. I had gone with security to transport a patient there which involved a convoluted and unpleasant route through a tunnel under the street. Thought I could just take the stairs down and walk back across the street to my building. Instead the stairs came down to a lobby and my badge did not work to get outside or the rest of the way into the building. Security had to physically come look at my badge before they would let me out.

My slow cooker runs too hot, even on the low setting. I have to go unplug it and plug it back in multiple times during the day or it burns things.
Plugin mechanical outlet timers with 2 "on" and 2 "off" pegs are $5-$10.

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« Reply #7571 on: June 10, 2020, 09:35:00 AM »
Iím a stairs-taker too :). This is mostly encouraged at my work but some areas have locked access so then you have to go down a floor and over to the next building then back up. I have also gotten locked outside in winter with no coat several times.

I got stuck in the lobby of the psychiatric unit once. I had gone with security to transport a patient there which involved a convoluted and unpleasant route through a tunnel under the street. Thought I could just take the stairs down and walk back across the street to my building. Instead the stairs came down to a lobby and my badge did not work to get outside or the rest of the way into the building. Security had to physically come look at my badge before they would let me out.

My slow cooker runs too hot, even on the low setting. I have to go unplug it and plug it back in multiple times during the day or it burns things.
Plugin mechanical outlet timers with 2 "on" and 2 "off" pegs are $5-$10.

If you like doing DYI electronics you could create your own Slow Cooker Temperature Control using a dimmer switch.

https://vaporbaker.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-and-use-slow-cooker.html

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« Reply #7572 on: June 10, 2020, 01:21:29 PM »
I budget to the penny - not because I need a budget to keep my spending in line but because I like perfect records. It helps with tax planning, keeping track of my savings rate, trend analysis, and more.

I've received a few referral bonuses from credit cards, some from referring my wife and some from referral posts here and elsewhere on the internet. Those bonuses are going to be taxable, so I have to include them in income on my spreadsheet, but then I don't know where to put them in expenses. My spreadsheet defaults to put any money not assigned to any expenses to go into misc savings. However, there is no money unless I cash out the points. I've thought about putting that money in under the vacation line item, as that's where it'll eventually be used. However, I haven't previously recorded signup bonuses in the budget. If I'm going to record these taxable points as vacation funds, then I should record my other points as nontaxable income and vacation expense as well. Doing so will also bring my savings rate down a couple percentage points.

Basically, life is chaos, and putting everything in neat little boxes is not as simple as I'd prefer.

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« Reply #7573 on: June 10, 2020, 01:25:38 PM »
@DadJokes , this is why I determined that budgeting is not good for my mental health. Embrace the chaos.

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« Reply #7574 on: June 11, 2020, 02:48:02 AM »
I have a Mustachian People Problem caused by my car insurance of all things. The problem is the emotional rollercoaster it has produced leaving me simultaneously feeling overjoyed, guilty and bewildered. Itís all too much, I need a lie down. Who would have thought that boring car insurance could be so dramatic!

I received a letter from my car insurance company telling me they were going to refund £25 of my annual bill because of the lockdown and reduced car usage as a result. Well woohoo! Thatís an unexpected bonus to the monthly savings. That was the overjoyed bit.

My mind quickly turned to the fact that I actually hadnít reduced my car mileage during the lockdown. My overjoyed feeling rapidly turned to guilt. I wasnít breaking lockdown rules itís just that being in super Mustachian mode Iíve reduced my car mileage over the last year or so to only using it once a week for an essential trip. However should I have tried to reduce this further to once a fortnight or something? Oo er. I donít know. Even though this would only have really been symbolic, at least I could have honestly claimed I made the effort to reduce my mileage. But dress it up all I like I can not say I made any attempt to reduce my mileage during lockdown even though I was fully complying with the rules. So Iím being paid £25 for having made no effort whatsoever.

The bewildered part comes from analysing my other actions over the last three months and realising my super Mustachian mode Iíve been in for a couple of years is pretty much the same thing as full lockdown. Crumbs, what a funny thing! I havenít felt at all deprived but now Iím starting to think Iím a bit weird (or even more weird than I originally thought I was).


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« Reply #7575 on: June 11, 2020, 03:20:50 AM »
I have a Mustachian People Problem caused by my car insurance of all things. The problem is the emotional rollercoaster it has produced leaving me simultaneously feeling overjoyed, guilty and bewildered. Itís all too much, I need a lie down. Who would have thought that boring car insurance could be so dramatic!

I received a letter from my car insurance company telling me they were going to refund £25 of my annual bill because of the lockdown and reduced car usage as a result. Well woohoo! Thatís an unexpected bonus to the monthly savings. That was the overjoyed bit.

My mind quickly turned to the fact that I actually hadnít reduced my car mileage during the lockdown. My overjoyed feeling rapidly turned to guilt. I wasnít breaking lockdown rules itís just that being in super Mustachian mode Iíve reduced my car mileage over the last year or so to only using it once a week for an essential trip. However should I have tried to reduce this further to once a fortnight or something? Oo er. I donít know. Even though this would only have really been symbolic, at least I could have honestly claimed I made the effort to reduce my mileage. But dress it up all I like I can not say I made any attempt to reduce my mileage during lockdown even though I was fully complying with the rules. So Iím being paid £25 for having made no effort whatsoever.

The bewildered part comes from analysing my other actions over the last three months and realising my super Mustachian mode Iíve been in for a couple of years is pretty much the same thing as full lockdown. Crumbs, what a funny thing! I havenít felt at all deprived but now Iím starting to think Iím a bit weird (or even more weird than I originally thought I was).

Don't feel guilty.  The risk pool is down overall.  Even if you personally didn't drive less, your risk is lower because other people are driving less so fewer other people to collide with.  So the insurance companies are sitting on extra cash because they didn't have to pay out as many claims.  Which is why they are returning premiums to you (and in many cases ordered to do so by oversight bodies).  The premiums returned to you will be less than that returned to other drivers who drive a lot more than you.

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« Reply #7576 on: June 11, 2020, 03:25:05 AM »
Phew thanks dragoncar. That helps with the guilt. Iíll just remain in a state of bewilderment instead :-)

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« Reply #7577 on: June 11, 2020, 08:16:49 AM »


The bewildered part comes from analysing my other actions over the last three months and realising my super Mustachian mode Iíve been in for a couple of years is pretty much the same thing as full lockdown. Crumbs, what a funny thing! I havenít felt at all deprived but now Iím starting to think Iím a bit weird (or even more weird than I originally thought I was).

We havenít had full lockdown but social distancing. I havenít actually changed my behaviour that much more than that there has been a nice stop in work related social stuff. Now I can blame it on social distancing. I actually feel a bit deprived due to lack of personal travel but that is the only thing.

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« Reply #7578 on: June 11, 2020, 09:15:50 AM »
Yes the work related social stuff not occurring has certainly been a plus. That one is a Mustachian People Benefit.

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« Reply #7579 on: June 11, 2020, 09:25:27 AM »
I have a Mustachian People Problem caused by my car insurance of all things. The problem is the emotional rollercoaster it has produced leaving me simultaneously feeling overjoyed, guilty and bewildered. Itís all too much, I need a lie down. Who would have thought that boring car insurance could be so dramatic!

I received a letter from my car insurance company telling me they were going to refund £25 of my annual bill because of the lockdown and reduced car usage as a result. Well woohoo! Thatís an unexpected bonus to the monthly savings. That was the overjoyed bit.

My mind quickly turned to the fact that I actually hadnít reduced my car mileage during the lockdown. My overjoyed feeling rapidly turned to guilt. I wasnít breaking lockdown rules itís just that being in super Mustachian mode Iíve reduced my car mileage over the last year or so to only using it once a week for an essential trip. However should I have tried to reduce this further to once a fortnight or something? Oo er. I donít know. Even though this would only have really been symbolic, at least I could have honestly claimed I made the effort to reduce my mileage. But dress it up all I like I can not say I made any attempt to reduce my mileage during lockdown even though I was fully complying with the rules. So Iím being paid £25 for having made no effort whatsoever.

The bewildered part comes from analysing my other actions over the last three months and realising my super Mustachian mode Iíve been in for a couple of years is pretty much the same thing as full lockdown. Crumbs, what a funny thing! I havenít felt at all deprived but now Iím starting to think Iím a bit weird (or even more weird than I originally thought I was).

Don't feel guilty.  The risk pool is down overall.  Even if you personally didn't drive less, your risk is lower because other people are driving less so fewer other people to collide with.  So the insurance companies are sitting on extra cash because they didn't have to pay out as many claims.  Which is why they are returning premiums to you (and in many cases ordered to do so by oversight bodies).  The premiums returned to you will be less than that returned to other drivers who drive a lot more than you.

^This.

Michigan and California I believe have ordered refunds. That's just off the top of my head. And yes, even amongst the population that is more typically "essential workers", driving is down. At my company, claims are down about 40% overall.

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« Reply #7580 on: June 11, 2020, 11:36:33 AM »
Sibley, you're in P&C too??? At least for my insurance company, I believe we applied a flat refund to everyone just because it was a lot easier to implement quickly than trying to figure out who was actually driving less.

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« Reply #7581 on: June 11, 2020, 11:59:12 AM »
Sibley, you're in P&C too??? At least for my insurance company, I believe we applied a flat refund to everyone just because it was a lot easier to implement quickly than trying to figure out who was actually driving less.

Yep. *waves from P&C world*

I think we did a flat refund, but wasn't involved so don't know the details. And I don't think we'd have the detail anyway.

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« Reply #7582 on: June 11, 2020, 12:33:37 PM »
Sibley, you're in P&C too??? At least for my insurance company, I believe we applied a flat refund to everyone just because it was a lot easier to implement quickly than trying to figure out who was actually driving less.

Yep. *waves from P&C world*

I think we did a flat refund, but wasn't involved so don't know the details. And I don't think we'd have the detail anyway.

Flat meaning not based on driving or flat meaning the same dollar amount per customer?  If the latter that seems like it would piss off your best customers.  Geico just refunded like 15% of policy

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« Reply #7583 on: June 11, 2020, 02:36:06 PM »
Flat as in a flat percentage. A trucking account that's actually driving more with COVID gets 15% off, as does the pharmaceutical sales fleet that is completely 100% shut down because they're not allowed to visit hospitals at all.

I got an email from my personal agent showing the following refunds of April and May premium by carrier: Auto Owners 15%, Chubb 35%, Cincinnati 15%, MetLife 15%, Progressive 20%, PURE 15%*, Secura 15%, Travelers 15%, West Bend Mutual $50 payment, Western National 15%.

*PURE credit applies from the time stay-at-home orders were introduced until they're lifted.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7584 on: June 11, 2020, 02:49:00 PM »
My auto insurance is so damn low the 15% premium refund barely registers. Roughly equivalent to a free burrito with extra guac.

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« Reply #7585 on: June 11, 2020, 03:48:17 PM »
Flat as in a flat percentage. A trucking account that's actually driving more with COVID gets 15% off, as does the pharmaceutical sales fleet that is completely 100% shut down because they're not allowed to visit hospitals at all.

I got an email from my personal agent showing the following refunds of April and May premium by carrier: Auto Owners 15%, Chubb 35%, Cincinnati 15%, MetLife 15%, Progressive 20%, PURE 15%*, Secura 15%, Travelers 15%, West Bend Mutual $50 payment, Western National 15%.

*PURE credit applies from the time stay-at-home orders were introduced until they're lifted.

Ok thanks.  But claim risk can still be down if mileage is up right?  Based on fewer other assholes on the road
(Of course my personal experience during lockdown was that good drivers stayed home and what was left on the road was roughly divided between people driving 2x the speed limit and people driving 1/2 the speed limit)

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« Reply #7586 on: June 11, 2020, 03:48:52 PM »
My auto insurance is so damn low the 15% premium refund barely registers. Roughly equivalent to a free burrito with extra guac.

Hey guac is good.  If someone offers me free guac Iím not gonna complain

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« Reply #7587 on: June 12, 2020, 06:54:01 AM »
Sibley, you're in P&C too??? At least for my insurance company, I believe we applied a flat refund to everyone just because it was a lot easier to implement quickly than trying to figure out who was actually driving less.

Yep. *waves from P&C world*

I think we did a flat refund, but wasn't involved so don't know the details. And I don't think we'd have the detail anyway.

Flat meaning not based on driving or flat meaning the same dollar amount per customer?  If the latter that seems like it would piss off your best customers.  Geico just refunded like 15% of policy

% of premium, I assume for specific months.

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« Reply #7588 on: June 12, 2020, 06:58:57 AM »
Flat as in a flat percentage. A trucking account that's actually driving more with COVID gets 15% off, as does the pharmaceutical sales fleet that is completely 100% shut down because they're not allowed to visit hospitals at all.

I got an email from my personal agent showing the following refunds of April and May premium by carrier: Auto Owners 15%, Chubb 35%, Cincinnati 15%, MetLife 15%, Progressive 20%, PURE 15%*, Secura 15%, Travelers 15%, West Bend Mutual $50 payment, Western National 15%.

*PURE credit applies from the time stay-at-home orders were introduced until they're lifted.

To add to the list, since I happen to know them:
Allstate and Kemper both did 2 rounds of 15%

And why did PURE make it so hard on themselves? That's going to be a nightmare to track.

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« Reply #7589 on: June 12, 2020, 07:07:10 AM »
And why did PURE make it so hard on themselves? That's going to be a nightmare to track.

Best guess is that they did it before anyone else, or without checking what the market was doing. Maybe they thought it'd save them the hassle of announcing a June/July refund?

My auto carrier is Cincy, but I haven't gotten anything from them yet.

Some family members really lucked out from West Bend. They have a non-owned auto policy, which is only like $150/year, and they're going to get $50 back.

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« Reply #7590 on: June 12, 2020, 02:42:50 PM »
Flat as in a flat percentage. A trucking account that's actually driving more with COVID gets 15% off, as does the pharmaceutical sales fleet that is completely 100% shut down because they're not allowed to visit hospitals at all.

I got an email from my personal agent showing the following refunds of April and May premium by carrier: Auto Owners 15%, Chubb 35%, Cincinnati 15%, MetLife 15%, Progressive 20%, PURE 15%*, Secura 15%, Travelers 15%, West Bend Mutual $50 payment, Western National 15%.

*PURE credit applies from the time stay-at-home orders were introduced until they're lifted.

To add to the list, since I happen to know them:
Allstate and Kemper both did 2 rounds of 15%

And why did PURE make it so hard on themselves? That's going to be a nightmare to track.
We just got our third car insurance refund, about $22 each time.  Interestingly it's not the exact same amount each time, so there must be some math going on there.  I won't turn down the refund, we are barely driving these days.

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« Reply #7591 on: June 13, 2020, 12:41:24 AM »
Flat as in a flat percentage. A trucking account that's actually driving more with COVID gets 15% off, as does the pharmaceutical sales fleet that is completely 100% shut down because they're not allowed to visit hospitals at all.

I got an email from my personal agent showing the following refunds of April and May premium by carrier: Auto Owners 15%, Chubb 35%, Cincinnati 15%, MetLife 15%, Progressive 20%, PURE 15%*, Secura 15%, Travelers 15%, West Bend Mutual $50 payment, Western National 15%.

*PURE credit applies from the time stay-at-home orders were introduced until they're lifted.

To add to the list, since I happen to know them:
Allstate and Kemper both did 2 rounds of 15%

And why did PURE make it so hard on themselves? That's going to be a nightmare to track.
We just got our third car insurance refund, about $22 each time.  Interestingly it's not the exact same amount each time, so there must be some math going on there.  I won't turn down the refund, we are barely driving these days.

WAIT! You mean you get it per month? You get $22 refund per month? You get as much refund as I pay?
Car insurance in the US is frightful. Or are you driving a clown car?

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« Reply #7592 on: June 13, 2020, 01:33:11 AM »
I was enjoying my pool today, like I do every day, but went back to this MMM post just for fun.  I am in my pool every day, even in the winter, and it brings me a whole new lease on life.  I don't think I'd be outside in the Houston summer, our kids wouldn't be outside with their friends, and we wouldn't enjoy the view of the pool outside our window if the pool were not there.  I guess, if I'm paying $20 a day, then this 'latte habit' is my downfall and I'll just have to work that extra year.  Egads!  I appreciate the awareness, but life is so complicated, this is one area I'm more than happy to have paid for and moved on.  Whew, cheers to paid off extravagance.

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« Reply #7593 on: June 13, 2020, 02:30:12 AM »
Okay, this is probably the dumbest cheapism ever but here I go!

Bought a new slow cooker back in January. About March I had used it a few times and it was not cooking hot enough on high. I have used them for years so I know what to expect from low heat and high heat. Took the temperature too and it was low. Anyway, I would have taken back to Walmart but with the virus I was under the impression they were not taking returns. So, I called the 800 number in the book that came with the cooker. The person said they were all working from home so it would take time to resolve the issue. Whether to send me a new cooker or refund me $59.96. Well, months later (today) I got a check in the mail to cover the cost of the cooker. However, they of course couldn't refund me the sales tax since I bought it from Walmart.

The tax is only $3.81 but it irritates me that the state got my money for nothing! I am sure it would take too much work to recover the money and I should just let it go! But GRRRRRR, that makes me mad!
Wait!  You're saying what you have is a slow cooker that works perfectly fine on low and it only cost you $3.81 out of pocket? Sounds like a screaming deal to me!

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« Reply #7594 on: June 13, 2020, 03:05:19 AM »
I was enjoying my pool today, like I do every day, but went back to this MMM post just for fun.  I am in my pool every day, even in the winter, and it brings me a whole new lease on life.  I don't think I'd be outside in the Houston summer, our kids wouldn't be outside with their friends, and we wouldn't enjoy the view of the pool outside our window if the pool were not there.  I guess, if I'm paying $20 a day, then this 'latte habit' is my downfall and I'll just have to work that extra year.  Egads!  I appreciate the awareness, but life is so complicated, this is one area I'm more than happy to have paid for and moved on.  Whew, cheers to paid off extravagance.
Everyone needs something fun where she doesn't look at the costs (much). In your case you are paying 20 dollar for how many people?

That said, I don't know if it is a mustachian problem, but I got some ebooks for my birthday that was a few days ago. When I bought them they were 36Ä. The day after my birthday Amazon showed me the pack again (I always wonder why you get shown things in ads that you already own) - and it was 33Ä.
I was a bit bummed since I didn't read them while the price was still "high".

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7595 on: June 13, 2020, 03:38:25 AM »
I was enjoying my pool today, like I do every day, but went back to this MMM post just for fun.  I am in my pool every day, even in the winter, and it brings me a whole new lease on life.  I don't think I'd be outside in the Houston summer, our kids wouldn't be outside with their friends, and we wouldn't enjoy the view of the pool outside our window if the pool were not there.  I guess, if I'm paying $20 a day, then this 'latte habit' is my downfall and I'll just have to work that extra year.  Egads!  I appreciate the awareness, but life is so complicated, this is one area I'm more than happy to have paid for and moved on.  Whew, cheers to paid off extravagance.

MMMs pool advice is highly regional, as one gets much more use out of a pool in Texas than one does in Canada. He was also including the opportunity cost of the funds used to buy the pool, which change if the pool comes with the house. (Provided the house is not more expensive because it has a pool, in my area they are not).


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« Reply #7596 on: June 13, 2020, 09:57:55 AM »
I was enjoying my pool today, like I do every day, but went back to this MMM post just for fun.  I am in my pool every day, even in the winter, and it brings me a whole new lease on life.  I don't think I'd be outside in the Houston summer, our kids wouldn't be outside with their friends, and we wouldn't enjoy the view of the pool outside our window if the pool were not there.  I guess, if I'm paying $20 a day, then this 'latte habit' is my downfall and I'll just have to work that extra year.  Egads!  I appreciate the awareness, but life is so complicated, this is one area I'm more than happy to have paid for and moved on.  Whew, cheers to paid off extravagance.
As I understand it, mustachianism is about maximizing your joy or utility per dollar spent.  You're clearly getting a LOT of both out of your pool.

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« Reply #7597 on: June 13, 2020, 02:11:39 PM »
I bought an extra 50 lb bag of flour for a friend who didn't end up needing it, so then I had to wait until I finished up my own 50 lb bag before I could reclaim the closet space taken up by the other bag...

I have to choke back comments like "so what? I've been doing that for years!" when people start gushing to me about how they are growing scallion ends or making their own chicken broth or whatever...

We needed an extra laptop so all our kids could do class Zooms at the same time, so I assembled one good one out of two old broken Macbooks... but the resulting laptop is still so old that many websites don't support the browsers...

+1. Installed Lubuntu on an old 3 GB RAM Intel Core 2 Deo box. Fast enough for my 2nd grader. Now to plug in a USB Wifi and it's all good.

Throw Linux on it. There are really bare bones versions that will have modern browsers but a small OS hardware requirement. You can also skin them to look like OSX.

Writing this response on a Lubuntu-powered $20 thrift store laptop right now :)

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« Reply #7598 on: June 15, 2020, 02:21:36 AM »
I have a Mustachian People Problem caused by my car insurance of all things. The problem is the emotional rollercoaster it has produced leaving me simultaneously feeling overjoyed, guilty and bewildered. Itís all too much, I need a lie down. Who would have thought that boring car insurance could be so dramatic!

I received a letter from my car insurance company telling me they were going to refund £25 of my annual bill because of the lockdown and reduced car usage as a result. Well woohoo! Thatís an unexpected bonus to the monthly savings. That was the overjoyed bit.

My mind quickly turned to the fact that I actually hadnít reduced my car mileage during the lockdown. My overjoyed feeling rapidly turned to guilt. I wasnít breaking lockdown rules itís just that being in super Mustachian mode Iíve reduced my car mileage over the last year or so to only using it once a week for an essential trip. However should I have tried to reduce this further to once a fortnight or something? Oo er. I donít know. Even though this would only have really been symbolic, at least I could have honestly claimed I made the effort to reduce my mileage. But dress it up all I like I can not say I made any attempt to reduce my mileage during lockdown even though I was fully complying with the rules. So Iím being paid £25 for having made no effort whatsoever.

The bewildered part comes from analysing my other actions over the last three months and realising my super Mustachian mode Iíve been in for a couple of years is pretty much the same thing as full lockdown. Crumbs, what a funny thing! I havenít felt at all deprived but now Iím starting to think Iím a bit weird (or even more weird than I originally thought I was).

Don't feel guilty.  The risk pool is down overall.  Even if you personally didn't drive less, your risk is lower because other people are driving less so fewer other people to collide with.  So the insurance companies are sitting on extra cash because they didn't have to pay out as many claims.  Which is why they are returning premiums to you (and in many cases ordered to do so by oversight bodies).  The premiums returned to you will be less than that returned to other drivers who drive a lot more than you.

Fewer people are out and about stealing or breaking into cars, so that risk has gone down too.

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« Reply #7599 on: June 15, 2020, 07:16:45 AM »
Fewer people are out and about stealing or breaking into cars, so that risk has gone down too.

Clearly you're not in Minnesota. :) https://www.startribune.com/officers-slashed-tires-on-vehicles-parked-during-mpls-protests-unrest/571105692/