Approved, with full moral support!
@handy LOL LOL LOL!
Me too. Renting rocks! Except I don't know what to spend spare money on. I have enough "things" and can't fit more in my apartment anyway. Experiences are on the to-do list now, grand tour of Europe is planned for next year.
Sounds great!! Have funsunrat wrote: ↑Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:30 pmMe too. Renting rocks! Except I don't know what to spend spare money on. I have enough "things" and can't fit more in my apartment anyway. Experiences are on the to-do list now, grand tour of Europe is planned for next year.
Welllllll I DO have to mow my own lawn here, I have a hose, a stepladder, a larger stepladder, all the paint and brushes (inside of the house basic maintenance like painting is on the renter here). I have a nice collection of nails screws and all that jazz built up over the years.JayM wrote: ↑Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:02 am3. The hidden expenses: tools! You have to go buy a lawnmower, an edger, a hose, a stepladder, an extension ladder, paint and paintbrushes/rollers, a drill, a circular saw, a collection of nails, screws, washers, nuts and bolts, etc. etc. so you can do your own maintenance and repairs, plus you may have to go buy a small truck to carry your lumber and other materials home from the store. When renting you can get by with just a few screwdrivers and some pliers and maybe a few wrenches and a roll of duct tape, and may not even need a vehicle depending on the public transport system.
Retirement doesn't necessarily mean sitting around idle, though you can certainly do that if you don't wish to live very much longer. It means that you get to do the things that you enjoy and not have to get up early and go to work for 8-plus hours every day. You can start a small business if you have the capital, you can volunteer at various organizations, you can teach an evening Continuing Adult Education-style class at your local community college, senior center, youth center, church, Scout hall. Or you can attend those CAE classes as a student and learn new things: cooking, foreign languages, crafts and skills. Or attend college as a full-time student. We had a retiree in one of my classes when I was in college. I can't remember which one for sure but I think it was Philosophy 101. She was just taking it to broaden her overall knowledge. Or you can take up hang-gliding, skydiving, scuba diving, mountaineering... or adopt some homeless dogs and/or cats and spend your time giving them a good home and being loved. :) Or move to a different part of the world where it's cheaper to live and become immersed in another culture. Plane tickets aren't all that expensive. Or you can do any combination of these things. The trick is to begin investing in your retirement while you're still young, though that's difficult to do these days if you're crushed by student loan debt, but if you can manage it, always "pay yourself first" from each paycheck by putting 10% of it into long-term savings of some sort like a 401k, or at minimum take out a life insurance policy that pays off when you turn 65 while you're still young and healthy and are low-risk, so it's cheaper.Artim wrote: ↑Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:32 amA lot of retirees find renting easier and better, so they can travel to a city, stay awhile, travel to another, etc. It's probably almost as easy as living in a RV and traveling to visit family and friends all over the place! That sounds like fun if I ever retire... not sure I actually believe in "retirement," though. To be idle, doing little or nothing, instead of passing along the wisdom of age and experience seems like a waste of those last years. I guess I'd rather burn out than rust out.
I think most of us did. That's what made your post so funny. I'm still chuckling, in fact. :)I wonder how many actually got the ski mask reference...
That's usually just either a leaky float or a flapper valve that needs replacing. Those are easy to replace yourself and the parts don't cost very much. If you can build a computer from scratch you can certainly fix a toilet. I have faith in you.Eadwine Rose wrote: ↑Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:34 amWhen things like plumbing breaks, I have a plan for that for a few euros a month. If my faucet starts leaking I can fix it myself, but when the toilet keeps running I just close off the water supply and call those folks, because it is likely something needs replacing.
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