November 25th, 2014

Planning for the future, financials, and discharged to indulge the boss lady's nepotism.

-How much money would need tucked away to feel safe if you were laid off unexpectedly in say, about ten minutes?
-How much savings do you currently have? How did you get there (like what are your methods for saving?)
-About how much do you expend per month?
-Do you have a 401k or something equivalent?
-How old are you?

I have a small 401k, am 29, just got laid off/discharged ten minutes ago (my boss's daughter is taking my place) and my have enough savings to last me for 7 months at my current lifestyle (though I owe a hospital a pretty penny). Pretty sure I would need like million dollars to feel completely safe though. I spend about 2 grand a month considering rent, utilities, etc., - but could probably pare it down to 1800 if needed. I got to where I'm at with savings by paying myself first always - even before bills, I've always had a set amount I put away each pay period. I keep track of it on a savings thermometer of sorts I made myself on posterboard which is surrounded by pictures of things I want (house, babies, etc.) to motivate me. Collapse )
chernabog

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Poll #1990222 Since you asked nicely...

Hey TQC, I just made you a sandwich on sliced bread. Before I hand it over, what would you like me to do to it?

Nothing, thanks.
14(15.4%)
Could you cut it in half?
20(22.0%)
Could you cut in half diagonally?
36(39.6%)
Could you cut it into squares?
1(1.1%)
Could you cut it into triangles?
9(9.9%)
Could you trim off the crust?
2(2.2%)
Could you trim off the crust and cut it in half?
0(0.0%)
Could you trim off the crust and cut it in half diagonally?
1(1.1%)
Could you trim off the crust and cut into squares?
0(0.0%)
Could you trim off the crust and cut it into triangles?
1(1.1%)
Could you use this cookie cutter on it?
4(4.4%)
Thanks, but I don't eat sandwiches.
3(3.3%)
Edgar

That last one was one too many, y/y?

You wake up with a rotten hangover. What do you want to eat or drink?

coffee
27(13.8%)
chocolate milk
2(1.0%)
hair of the dog
8(4.1%)
purple drank
0(0.0%)
whatever cola is in the fridge
9(4.6%)
something dry, like toast
18(9.2%)
bacon and eggs
20(10.2%)
pancakes
9(4.6%)
alka seltzer
9(4.6%)
ibuprofen
25(12.8%)
maybe a few sips of water
40(20.4%)
pepto
6(3.1%)
tea
4(2.0%)
tea with sugar
5(2.6%)
NOTHING EVER AGAIN OMG
14(7.1%)

How many drinks did you have, that it would leave you feeling so bad?

1-3
8(9.8%)
3-5
23(28.0%)
6 or more
43(52.4%)
Other
8(9.8%)

Are you sympathetic for others' hangovers?

Yes, as long as they don't whine much.
30(26.8%)
Yes, as long as nobody barfs on me/my shoes.
50(44.6%)
Maybe. A little.
21(18.8%)
No, and I'll explain why in comments.
11(9.8%)
Other
0(0.0%)
towers

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Do you have a work email? A computer at work?
What about a work laptop and/or cell phone you take with you?
How strict is your company about monitoring such devices/accounts?
What's your personal policy?
How much and what level of personal use do you think should be acceptable?

[My answers]I have a work email and a computer at work that's basically mine to use. My boss is pretty up front about the fact that he has monitoring software installed on every computer. I don't mind terribly because I've made it a policy of mine since day one to be only work on the computer, absolutely zero personal use. It also makes it less stressful if he happens to look over my shoulder or hop on it, and I know the most possibly personal use tab open is the weather.

However, I wonder if it's an age/generation thing because both of my parents' work emails have become their de facto main personal email as well, despite having a home email.