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and i really don't think we can afford to buy me a new desk. I mean, i really want one, and this is the perfect time to toss my old one so we don't have to truck it down to VA, and buy a new one there, but caged_admin is going to be making less, and we're going to be paying lots more in rent, and i don't even know how much i'm going to be making once i get a new job. So, no, we oughtn't get me a new desk right now. i mean, we're going to have to buy some kind of large space-saving unit from IKEA as it is.

[mini rant=ON] and it's all well and good for josh's parents to say "Oh, you should throw out all those old things and buy new ones, you can afford it. We were living on 1 salary of $40K a year in 1985, and paying $650 in rent. You'll Do Fine!" I want to say to them, "Look. you are not us. $40K in 2003 buys significantly less than the same salary in 1985, and we won't be paying $650 anymore. we'll be paying just under $1k. And if you think i should have a new desk so much, why don't you bloody well buy me one? huh?" I understand that frugality got them where they are today: living in what i'd call a mansion. But where's the frugality in throwing out several pieces of furniture at once, so you can buy new, just so you don't have to transport them?[mini rant=OFF]

[sigh] They mean well, but sometimes i wonder if they've lost touch...

[Update]: I looked up inflation rates, and found a neat little Inflation calculator here and found that, allowing for inflation, an income of $40,000 back in 1985, would only be worth $23,086.93 in 2003. I can bring that up if they mention it again
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and i really don't think we can afford to buy me a new desk. I mean, i really want one, and this is the perfect time to toss my old one so we don't have to truck it down to VA, and buy a new one there, but <lj user="caged_admin"> is going to be making less, and we're going to be paying lots more in rent, and i don't even know how much i'm going to be making once i get a new job. So, no, we oughtn't get me a new desk right now. i mean, we're going to have to buy some kind of large space-saving unit from IKEA as it is.

<small>[mini rant=ON]</small> and it's all well and good for josh's parents to say "Oh, you should throw out all those old things and buy new ones, you can afford it. We were living on 1 salary of $40K a year in 1985, and paying $650 in rent. You'll Do Fine!" I want to say to them, "Look. you are not us. $40K in 2003 buys significantly less than the same salary in 1985, and we won't <i>be</i> paying $650 anymore. we'll be paying just under $1k. And if you think i should have a new desk so much, why don't you bloody well buy me one? huh?" I understand that frugality got them where they are today: living in what i'd call a mansion. But where's the frugality in throwing out several pieces of furniture at once, so you can buy new, just so you don't have to transport them?<small>[mini rant=OFF]</small>

[sigh] They mean well, but sometimes i wonder if they've lost touch...

[Update]: I looked up inflation rates, and found a neat little Inflation calculator <a href="http://www.halfhill.com/inflation.html">here</a> and found that, allowing for inflation, an income of $40,000 back in 1985, would only be worth $23,086.93 in 2003. I can bring that up if they mention it again <hee hee!>

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realmjit
Sep. 10th, 2003 09:38 pm (UTC)
christ on goddamned pogo stick, sounds like the fucked up optimism I keep hearing about this whole house-buying thing. "later when you have more money, you get add on to it." "maybe you can get a job and then you two can afford a better house." "You could always buy a sattelite dish." Not fucking likely, I already have a job, and you could always buy us the damned dish.
mcmiller
Sep. 11th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
On a much smaller scale, this reminds me of a debate I had with my mom about money (namely my allowance)

Mom: $2 a week should be plenty since you don't have anything to spend it on.
Me: Mom, it takes a full month of saving to buy one paperback book and a single candy bar. I really want $5.
Mom: Well, I only got $5 a week when I was your age, but I had to spend it on other things too.
Me: Really, like what?
Mom: Well, I rode public transportation to and from school, bought my lunch, and maybe I got a comic book and a soda and one or two candy bars.
Me: Mom, that would cost $25 a week! In order to afford one comic book ($2.25-$2.75 before taxes) and a soda ($.50-.75 before taxes) and two candy bars ($1.00 before taxes) I'd have to get over $4 a week.
Mom: Oh. Well I guess I'll talk it over with your dad.

Parents just don't get inflation as a concept.

About the throwing out furniture, Tony's best friends parents are just like that - his friend's mom works at Rent-til-you-don't-want-to-Own or some such, so their house is full of new furniture and big screen TVs. If they don't like a couch, they throw them all out (like, on the curb) and buy new ones. It used to physically pain him because his family had to dumpster dive for all of their furniture.

How much is the new desk of your dreams?
lizzibabe
Sep. 11th, 2003 06:31 am (UTC)
with furniture, i've always been a believer in "use it up, or wear it out" maxim. I mean, i own two pieces of furniture that are older than i am because they had been in my room, and i "inherited" them when i moved out. in fact, one piece is about 90 years old, and was given to my mother as a wedding gift. You've probably seen it, the one i painted midnight blue and spraypainted gold suns, moons, and stars on? So it also pains me to just throw out something that's well made and still functional.

This is the desk i've been drooling over for the past 2 years. The Sauder Xwave; with shipping it'll cost over $200. I did see a corner desk unit at IKEA for only $100 that might do as good (assuming its still there, that is), however, i dislike a corner unit because it'll make me feel closed off from Josh and the rest of the room. I don't feel that the Sauder desk is overly priced though. Those Sauders are high quality items. Josh has a Sauder desk and he loves it to bits.
lizardling
Sep. 11th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC)
*gentlefuzzle*

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