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Old 01-21-10, 08:06 AM   #1
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Confessions

While I don't intend for this to become an ongoing "postsecret"-esque thread, this came to my realization a few days ago and I need to acknowledge this to myself.

I am 30 and I worked as an engineer from about 23/24 to 27, earning $50k a year and being single at the time, I could buy lots of bike-related equipment. I consider myself frugal and I don't consider myself a big spender, for instance I've never had the urge to buy a LCD tv, or HD-stuff. I drive a stock 2000 Honda civic. The list goes on. I think at the time I didn't really consider my living standard as anything substantial or extravagent.

A political science bachelor and a Masters degree later, and a few apts later, I look at the bank account with tribulation because while I have no problem with groceries, bike equipment is COMPLETELY out of the question. I lust after so many things(Williams System 19, Vittoria new rubber, SRAM OG-1070 to name a few) that sometimes I wonder if I am going crazy. I guess the thing I am trying to say is that I never fully took in the entire picture when I when back to school, I was disenchanted with work so I returned to school. Part of me is still stuck thinking about all the stuff I want. The easiet choice is just to tell myself, "you don't need those things, yours isn't broken" But hell, it's not easy.
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Old 01-21-10, 08:26 AM   #2
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Maybe reading Matthew 6:19-21 will help.
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Maybe reading Matthew 6:19-21 will help.
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Old 01-21-10, 08:37 AM   #4
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...okay.
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Just trying to make it easier for you brother.
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oh yeah, I know. I took me quite a long minute before I realize what that was. Not the most religious person here mate, but thanks for the passages.
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oh yeah, I know. I took me quite a long minute before I realize what that was. Not the most religious person here mate, but thanks for the passages.
Yep, I think jsharr is telling you to buy what you want.

More and more people are putting their total focus on building up a huge bank account, "just in case". While it's good to be prepared, it might not be healthy to put ALL your focus on trying to protect yourself. 'Cause we're just one natural disaster or economic collapse from losing it all. You've got to live life, and sometimes that means treating yourself to a new set of wheels, or at least a nice shiny new cassette and chain. At least this is how I justified the powertap I bought last Fall. :thumbsup:
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That passage was written by a zealot who was expecting the immanent return of Christ. If you want it by it. If you can't dont. I want nice tings I can't afford. I don't have to trick myself though. I hate to say it but nice things out of my price range are further clues into the class system of America and how we strive regardless of our intention to be at the top. It's the entire argument for communism. The oppression of the poor through the endless want of stuff. Why oppress a class when they can do it themselves. I'm not a communist mind you but they were right if people refuse to recognize it.
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Maybe reading Matthew 6:19-21 will help.
last time I checked this was the FOO, not P&R. I'd rather not hear about "god" and whats written in his "bible" if you don't mind.
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You've earned your money, you don't seem to be wasteful so why not get yourself something you deserve and worked hard for? ENJOY the fruits of your labor.
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last time I checked this was the FOO, not P&R. I'd rather not hear about "god" and whats written in his "bible" if you don't mind.
It seems to me he wasn't making a religious statement by it, and it wasn't your question anyways. I think you'll survive the reference.

So TriEngineer, did you miss "wife" in that list of things that changed in the past couple years, or was school that expensive?

I'm roughly where you were in the "then" side of the equation, but without the interest in political science...I'm just trying to make sure no longer being satisfied with my stock 2002 Civic, etc isn't in my future.
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last time I checked this was the FOO, not P&R. I'd rather not hear about "god" and whats written in his "bible" if you don't mind.
No one said you had to read it.

I was gonna suggest he read Sidartha or the Tao Te Ching,, does that hurt your feelings or is that one of the cool religions in your book?


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Looks to me like you went back to school to better yourself not to get rich. So think about that. BTW I wish I made 50k a year
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You have to find a balance since you never know what the future holds. Spend everything now and you might be in a trailer eating cat food when your 70, however, you may have a heart attack at 45 and leave all your money to your family as well. Enjoy yourself now but don't bankrupt yourself.
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You have to find a balance since you never know what the future holds. Spend everything now and you might be in a trailer eating cat food when your 70, however, you may have a heart attack at 45 and leave all your money to your family as well. Enjoy yourself now but don't bankrupt yourself.
I think I am trying to prevent myself eating cat food in a trailer at 45...hahaha
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OP - sounds like you've made a decision to better your life in the future. This may or may not mean that you'll be making more money, but you hopefully will enjoy your job more than your past one. Unfortunately the consequence of that decision means you'll have to penny-pinch for a few years. You're still young so don't be too concerned. For most of us, life is a balance between discresionary spending and savings. A person needs to have some savings for emergency use. That may be 3-12 months of savings depending on your age and responsibilities. However a person needs to enjoy life as well. Right now your enjoyment just requires you to be a bit more creative, not keeping up with the latest bike paraphenalia. Try juggling ... it got me through my schooling
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