@jfruh Yeah, and if it saves you time and stress, I can definitely see this as a worthwhile expenditure, akin to having a cleaning service or sending your shirts out or whatever.
@faustbanana oh god insurance company bs is enough to make you doubt in the very existence of goodness in the world.
@Caitlin with a C Really good point about kids, especially. Kids are so, so expensive, and so vulnerable and so many things can go wrong and school and health and vacations and ... !!! Just thinking about kids makes me nervous about finances. So while I think this guy totally is rich and probably has some other anxieties that he is funneling into his money-nerves, I think it's pretty normal to worry about providing for your family in (what you perceive to be) an unstable environment.
@olivia Yeah...the maintenance seems like an enormous time and energy suck. My parents own a nice but not-well-maintained house in an urban area. They could afford it, but it was expensive. They put a lot of effort and time and money into it and now they are selling it not because the house isn't great (it's a truly great house!) but because the maintenance is soo soo soooooo much work. It's not just the mortgage, it's the lawn and the cars and the roof and the gutters and the refinancing and the EVERYTHING. It is a money pit. I imagine that having 3 houses, even if they are in tip top shape, would be three times the money pit.
Good job Looooogaaaan! My one thing is to drop my work shoes off at the cobbler so my heels actually have traction. I hate that sound the worn down heels make on the cement.
This was a great read, but ugh, donnnnn't read the comments.
@pterodactylish Yeeeeah. I mean, I get that it's possible to achieve a lifestyle zen when you really just don't want/need more stuff and have avoided debt and live in a nice house and ride a bike or whatever. But he's making two huge assumptions: your desires and situation won't change in the future (What if you have triplets? What if you meet the love of your life and decide to sail around the world for a year together? What if a tornado ruins your house?) and 2. everyone should have the same desires as him (No TV! Only bikes! A job you can walk to!) For instance, we are about to move to Africa for work. We'll even be able to bike to work there, probably! But guess what? It will cost SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS for our parents to visit us there. I know, first world problems, but my point is that NOT ALL OF US ARE YOU, MR MONEY MOUSTACHE, and also, you have no imagination! Some of us can think of MANY MANY WAYS to spend $25,000!
@SarcasticFringehead ha! lifesplain. Perfect word for this.
@elginkevin This is what really gets me about much of the debate about mandating things like paid sick leave and health insurance especially wrt Obamacare. It's like these bosses totally forget that they are but one part of a national economy. Guess what happens when, say, you let children stay on their parent's health insurance til 26? They have more money TO BUY STUFF (like, oh, i donno, pizza? Papa John's, I'm looking at you). Guess what happens when employees don't have to worry about getting sick? They stay put longer, reducing turnover and costing the company less in the long run. Guess what happens when women have babies? They buy stuff for their NEW LITTLE HUMAN BEING.
Some of these are good ideas, but it's my experience that with photographers you get what you pay for. Instagram is nice (and cheap!), but there's no guarantee you'll get what you want, that the photos will be flattering, that they won't devolve into drunken party photos...which is fine, if you're willing to take that risk! Hiring a good photographer was the best (and most!) money I spent on my wedding (the total cost of which came nowhere near $20k.) But yes, you absolutely never ever really should not expect to make money back on your wedding. You throw the party, you pay for it. Do not expect your guests (who, presumably, all come from different financial backgrounds...) to pay you for the price of their meal. Come on.