So many members of the Upper Class here! I'm impressed. I make about $100k a year and am clearly in the middle class. I max out my 401k every year and pay a shit-ton in taxes, so my take-home is modest. That said, I am a household of one. Should be pretty sweet but it really isn't.
Let this be a lesson to people who love the convenience of not having to pay for a ride out of their wallet, then and there. I won't do this or any other virtual payment nonsense. I work too hard for my money to spend it this foolishly.
I'm going to go check my account....
@Gef the Talking Mongoose Haha! I've done that before. I played penny stocks in 2000, taking a $2000 stake up to $11,000. Then watching in horror as it went back to zero, paralyzed by fear, unable to make sensible decisions. The money manager does take a fee, but I think he's worth it. For one thing, he put 10% of my money in some kind of contrarian fun that is going up as the market is tanking, helping my bottom line quite a bit.
@ECW I agree. And meanwhile, I'm hoping the market stays low till Friday when my 401K contribution hits.
Hello, other people with (some) money! I got a bequest from my father, not huge, but it's being "managed" by a guy at UBS in blue chip type stocks that pay dividends, and the balance has been falling more than I like. I'm kinda wishing I'd paid off my mortgage and student loan instead of getting mixed up with the frigging Market.
@Kate I know. I especially love it when Hilary gets on her high horse with home owners who don't understand why "must-haves" are flying off their lists! And Realtor David looks just like Putin, right?
One thing I find rather crazy on so many of the HGTV shows is that the people looking for or renovating houses always wants giant kitchens and bathrooms, and as many bathrooms as possible. Do they employ staff???? I have the tiniest kitchen and tiniest bathroom imaginable and I hate cleaning them. What would I do with one of these "spa" or "oasis" bathrooms? Yikes!
@ThatJenn Me too as well. Stuck with cable cuz of HGTV! I watch Property Brothers, Buying and Selling (same hosts), Flip or Flop, Rehab Addict, and Love It or List It. I need all these shows. I will also make do with some Beachfront Living and House Hunters, if I must.
You could certainly maintain a home base in a location less pricey than Manhattan. Like Queens! It really doesn't totally suck in Queens and you'd save a lot of money, have a place to keep your stuff that you don't care about, and have a place to come "home" to.