On Geography Is The Mother Of History, Or, Where You Live Matters, Choose Wisely

"Disability is ... [t]he kind of federal spending and social safety net even Republicans are okay with." Not really. It's just not #1 on the hit list for most.

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm 0

On City vs. Suburb

@@fo Replying to myself: AND, with the double-skew of including Gen X, and the "own or planning to buy" requirement, which skews older, so it was a pool of almost certainly 1/3+ non-Millennials. Wouldn't shock me it it were over half Gen X. Where are the Fox News unskew-that-poll guys when you need them??

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm 0

On City vs. Suburb

"The survey results, though, could be skewed because they included only millennials who first answered that they bought a home within the past three years or intended to do so in the next three years." Maybe also skewed by including non-Millennials (ie, Gen Xer's) with birth years of 78, 79, 80, 81?? Where's the consensus line? It's not earlier than '82, is it?? That's a BS survey, designed to get the result that the NAHB wanted. btw, Gen X'er, with a house, in the City, and no real desire to live in a 'burb, anywhere, and certainly not a new-construction nightmare 'burb. But can't say it's completely impossible, esp if we were to change cities.

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm 0

On WWYD: "I May Have Just Fallen For My 1st Scam"

"first legitimate scam" Heh. A "legitimate" scam. G.O.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@BillfoldMonkey "I really prefer to be outside when possible." Further irony with the cable bill, then! (NB: Living in a giant, very-thin-paned, glass house on that one! So not really criticism, just find the juxtaposition of the gym and the cable odd/interesting)

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@Vixy Yeah, that's most of what I meant--LUMW covered the other half of it--that the renter's insurance seems high, especially when looked at with the very cheap car coverage. Would make sense if you were going 'state minimum' on the auto, and then backstopping liability with higher renter's limits tho...(which, for anyone thinking about it, *is* a viable option, if you have some amount of assets to protect)

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:01 pm 0

On Deciding to Buy Renters Insurance

@HelloTheFuture it *should* only mean if you have a business where customers come to your home. That you office out of your home shouldn't trigger it, but that probably varies b/t insurers.

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm 0

On Deciding to Buy Renters Insurance

@ronswansonluva So, you think that *everything* that you own that you would want to replace if it all burned up would be obtainable quickly (under 2 weeks?) for $1000? Do you know the item count of the things you own? ALSO: most policies will cover some amount of hotel costs if there is a fire/burst pipe/whatnot that evicts you short term.

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@Vixy "Car Insurance ($180 per 6 mos.): $30/month Renter's Insurance ($220/year): $18.34/month" This seems wrong. Not saying you *are* wrong, but it seems wrong. Does your Renter's Insurance include an umbrella that applies to any auto-related liability?

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@BillfoldMonkey "Cable: $103 YMCA: $70 (too expensive, I need to cancel this)" Hmmm. I don't personally disagree with your priorities there, but $70 for a gym membership is only expensive if you don't use it, and the Cable Bill likely has a lot more negative externalities if you *do* use it, on top of being more expensive.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm 0