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 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Can I rely on Social Security being there by retirement?

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:33 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 2124


Plan on it being there, but being reduced to about 70%. That is the level where SS is projected to be fully funded by current tax levels. I agree that 70% is a good thing to plan on. But even that is the worst case that is being volleyed around. Just remember, old people vote. It's going to be very...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: what do you do when you're not well off?

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:57 am 

Replies: 39
Views: 3906


On a bit of a side track from these posts, on rereading the original post a few times, I realized there were numbers there as "salaries I see posted on here that make me feel poor" and had a revelation. I make a comfortable salary, and last year at my old job, I was making six figures (bar...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: And now for some economic news that really matters to all of

Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:36 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 961


There may be a couple other things to add here too. -- Traditional bakeries are also making more cupcakes now, often in batches for weddings, birthdays, etc. Buying by the dozen is always cheaper than the individual cupcakes per unit. -- Cupcake bakeries are showing up more and more in the suburbs a...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Driving in the winter up north

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:46 am 

Replies: 47
Views: 9940


I went to college for 4 years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where 4 feet of snow was called "Tuesday". The town I was in was rather hilly (like San Francisco hilly), and I drove a series of late 70's sedans and station wagons. I did fine without chains, studs, etc. and only had all w...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Credit Karma

 Post subject: Re: Credit Karma
Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:20 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 2422


I use it, and also have IdentityGuard, which is at a discount from Costco. CK isn't quite as good as the paid service, but seems to estimate some of the other related credit scores pretty well, and is close enough on FICO that it's a good ballpark. Definitely worth a try if you're just curious, and ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Lump Sum Pension

 Post subject: Re: Lump Sum Pension
Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:18 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 2505


I'm pretty sure I know the company, because I just got one of those letters, and I left last year. I doubt they're going under anytime soon, since they're the sort of company that falls in the category of those that get bailouts from time to time. That said, I could see the pension buyout being a pr...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Can't find skilled workers

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:10 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 8357


Not sure about factory workers, but in the IT industry, this sort of thing really translates to one of the following: -- We can't find the skills we want at the prices we want to pay -- We want to change law X that lets us cut overhead somehow -- We refuse to train anyone, for fear that someone else...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Debt Collector

 Post subject: Re: Debt Collector
Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:53 am 

Replies: 38
Views: 12826


Honestly, it sounds like a scam more than anything legitimate. Even if it's legit, it's too old to be on your credit report, and it's not legit unless they provide paperwork. Worse, if you do just up and pay it, it most likely WILL end up on your credit report, with a much newer date (possibly this ...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: What are the most cost effective things to buy from Costco

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:13 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 2405


The number one buy for me is disposable razors[0]. They don't go bad, and they have to be like half price at Costco. Also, the gas if your Costco has a gas station. It's cheap, and if you have their Amex card, you get like 4% back. Those are my top two. Great deals on some of the (few) processed foo...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Monthly Grocery Bill

 Post subject: Re: Monthly Grocery Bill
Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:04 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 11145


Yeah, this number is statistically useless. You don't know if they're including non-foodstuffs that come from a grocery store (i.e. shampoo), eating out (my grocery bill would be that if I ate lunch out every day and some evenings too!), etc. If there's a membership involved to buy in bulk, you don'...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: ING rate changes again...

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:05 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 6043


What kombat said. Also, I think pretty much every option is going to be the same right now, and CD rates are comparably bad. It'll stay this way until the gub'mint decides to crank up the interest rate again. For now, well, they're keeping it low because YOU'RE NOT BUYING ENOUGH STUFF!!!!!! ~EEE~ P....

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Seriously? I should hide my degree right now?

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:31 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 2094


Media scandal aside (which will likely go away soon for a missing pretty teenage girl, celebrity breakup, political sex romp, etc.), I used to work with a bunch of PSU alums, and am friends with a few. If you're anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic, removing the name of the school would be *really* bad advi...

 Forum: Personal Finance   Topic: Best software for combined budget?

Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:46 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 1018


Background first: My fiance and I have lived together for a few years now, and have had a combined budget for most of that time. We currently use a spreadsheet method that I figured out for myself ages ago, and we modified to work for us. Unfortunately, it's not automated, takes forever to keep our ...

 Forum: General Discussion   Topic: Would You Give Up The Internet For 1 Million Dollars?

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:27 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 6493


Yes, because with 1 million dollars, I'd be able finally hook up that individually wrapped bacon I've been dreaming about.

I imagine you could find that on Amazon. . .

Oh crap. Never mind.
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