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  • disneysteve
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    This month's cell phone bill included the final payment on my phone. I've taken the payment plan on our last couple of phones since it is 0% financing. Really no benefit to paying it upfront. Beginning next month, our bill will be $21.44 lower.

    I'm not currently planning to replace my phone, though I might take it for a new battery as the current one isn't holding a charge nearly as long as it used to (which is normal with rechargeables). That will only cost about $60 which is way cheaper than a new phone.

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  • kork13
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    I've got two(-ish) for today:
    1) We found and bought for DW a good quality, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring for $26,500. As DW readily states, I'm a terrible negotiator (I'm too invested in everyone winning, not solely myself)... but we were able to successfully talk the seller down $1,000 from asking, which is perhaps ~$500 below nominal KBB value. The car did have some minor glass chips, and old (repaired) minor body damage from ~30k miles ago, but we hired a mechanic to do a (exceptionally thorough) inspection, and he was actually impressed by the quality workmanship of the repair. Overall, we got her a great car for a good price. DW is happy, so I'm happy.

    2) My youngest brother, who has kinda wandered through adult life a bit, had a BIG win today, and I'm just cheering for him by proxy. I've tried really hard to be available to him as a mentor/advisor in an "only-slightly-pushy-older-brother" kind of way, and yesterday he called to chat about an opportunity that came up for him. However, I promised him to keep it quiet for him until he's able to call & give everyone in the family the good news himself.... So I'm gonna crow about it here because I'm thrilled for him, and proud of the work & choices he's made. He graduated college this winter (a semester late, from his second university, at age 25...as I said, he sorta wandered a bit) with a bachelor's degree in aviation (or something of the sort), plus his private, instrument, & commercial pilot licenses. For the last ~3 years, he's been working for a regional (mountain west) air cargo company as the dispatcher/office manager for their hub in central Utah. When he was first looking for a college job, this one fit the bill perfectly (slow pace, easy hours, decent pay, adjacent to the field he's studying, and he had friends who previously worked with them that loved the company). I kinda pushed him to pursue the job, and urged him to build a rapport with the various leaders in the company to potentially leverage his time there as a perfect post-graduation on-ramp into a pilot job. For those unfamiliar with the industry, the typical track for young pilots (once they've got their licenses) is to somehow accumulate their flight hours up to around 750-1000 flight hours, then get in as a junior First Pilot with a cargo, charter, or small regional airline company, and become a qualified Captain around 1500 flight hours. Once they build up to 2000-2500 hours, they can start applying to "the Bigs," a.k.a. Delta, United, American, etc. My brother graduated with ~150 hours (which is typical). Most young pilots either have to pay $200+ per flight hour to build up the necessary hours to get hired, many will hire on with flight schools as flight instructors, or otherwise join the military & fly with the military for 10+ years before jumping to the airlines. My brother didn't want to do any of those things, so he's been (very) slowly building his hours flying (currently at ~200 hours) once or twice a week, but paying a discounted rate for the flight time. Otherwise, he's been working 2-3 jobs, saving money, and just enjoying his freedom. This week, he had a discussion with the air cargo company's chief pilot, who offered to hire him on as effectively an unpaid intern, fly the crap out of him (flying & classroom academics 8-10 hrs/day, 6 days a week), until he accumulates 900 flight hours & get an official (proper, paid) job with them as a First Pilot, likely over the course of 4-6 months. At 1200 hours, they'll promote him to Captain, and he'll owe the company another 1-2 years of contracted flying as a captain before he's free to pursue other companies. Over yesterday and today, I (and a friend of his) were able to both talk him out of a "life experience" trip to Mexico for 3 months, and to jump on this job opportunity immediately. As you're all likely aware, the airline industry is suffering right now with the COVID downturn in travel, etc., so many of his cohorts are struggling to get pilot jobs anywhere, or those employed are getting laid off. So for him to secure a job like this, with such a clearly defined & promising career path, is simply phenomenal. My brother reached out to his chief pilot again, accepted the offer, and just asked for another couple months to build up his cash reserves (to ~$30k from its current ~$20k) in order for him to be able to live the indentured servant life for the next 6 months. He could actually live for ~8 months on his $20k, but that would wipe him out, and he's unwilling to go into all of this without a healthy buffer. So all in all, the fact that he's got his living expenses budgeted out, the means/smarts over the last few years to have saved as much as he has, and a plan for accomplishing his career goals like this just makes me incredibly proud of him. The ONLY negative (besides 6 months of challenging, unpaid work, but he's excited about that) is that he'll need to move to the company's headquarters in Billings, Montana. But as a young, single guy with not much in the way of possessions (besides a car, bed, clothes, and dog), a move like that is easy. Plus, I goofed up (i.e., he never got) his Christmas gift this year of some promised housewares (vacuum, blender, that sort), I agreed a while ago to have a standing IOU with him to pay for a U-Haul van whenever he needs to move somewhere for a job that we've all been waiting/hoping he'd get soon. So I'm happy to help move him up to Montana to get started on his career as a professional pilot! I'M SO THRILLED FOR & PROUD OF HIM!!!

    (p.s. sorry for the novel!)
    Last edited by kork13; 05-22-2020, 08:38 PM.

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  • james.hendrickson
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    Nice, nothing like a stimulus payment to make your day.

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  • scfr
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    After being on the table since the stay at home order went in to effect in my state, layoffs and furloughs are now officially off the table at my steady/regular job. (My 2nd job is an entirely different story, but a win is a win is a win.)

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  • kork13
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    I'm not big on buying new technology stuff regularly, so my laptop that I've used regularly has been ~8 years old, a 2012 MacBook Pro. Battery & processing were finally getting bogged down enough to convince me to replace it at Christmastime, which I did. But the win is that I was able to get a $105 trade-in credit for it through Best Buy's buy-back program!

    I'll be using the credit to help buy my next phone (trying to hold out for the Pixel 4a, rumored for release in early June)... My current cell phone (original Pixel phone from 4 years ago) is on its last legs due to a battery that won't last more than ~15 minutes off a charger/battery backup. (As I said, I hate replacing technology.) I could technically trade in my Pixel for $12-$15, though it may not be worth the effort, except for allowing it to be recycled for the valuable metals/minerals it contains.

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  • disneysteve
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    This is sort of a win but also a loss. Since Disney World has been closed since March, they gave annual pass holders two options. We could either have the expiration date of our pass extended by however many days the parks remain closed or we could get a partial refund for the length of time they are closed. Initially I was going to take the extension but it became clear that we aren't going there anytime soon. Even after they reopen, we're not going to risk that level of travel for a while. I called today to request the refund. I don't know how much it will be yet as it depends how long they stay closed but I think the pass was about $900 so a 3-month refund would be roughly $200 or so.

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  • kork13
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    Originally posted by bjl584 View Post
    Nice.

    Out of curiosity, how crowded were the airports and your flights?
    I was gonna comment on that (somewhere.... After some sleep....) -- the first flight (ANC - SEA) was exactly what you'd expect. Plane was less than 50% full, and of course all the middle seats were empty. Anchorage airport was a ghost town.

    Seattle was a different story. It wasn't as busy as it normally is, but there was still alot of activity. And our SEA - PHX flight looked close to COVID capacity (almost full, except middle seats). Phoenix airport was deserted, but we were also the last ones off what looked like the last flight of the night. Even more dead than ANC, and I barely saw a dozen non-employees in the airport.

    My only conclusion is that it clearly is depending on locale. I don't know what restrictions are in place in Seattle or Phoenix, but Anchorage is starting to slowly reopen. Also, Seattle is a major regional hub, while ANC/PHX are not as much.

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  • bjl584
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    I cut a tree down the other day.
    It was dying and was close to the house.
    I finally got around to safely getting it on the ground.

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  • bjl584
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    Originally posted by kork13 View Post
    The last couple days have been a whirlwind, but hugely successful. We finished the final prep on our house for sale before leaving the state, dropped off my car for shipping, then we made all of our travel on time, and managed to wrangle 8 suitcases, 4 carry-on's, 2 young kids, myself, and a stressed-out/sleep-deprived wife through 3 airports, 2 flights, 2 cars, a bus, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    Moving is rough, and I frankly don't do it well.... But the best news of the day: our house is under contract for sale! We got the news just as our second flight was about to takeoff. The accepted deal is about what I was planning toward, which is nice. We're just happy to get it going toward sale! Woohoo!!

    Nice.

    Out of curiosity, how crowded were the airports and your flights?

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  • kork13
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    The last couple days have been a whirlwind, but hugely successful. We finished the final prep on our house for sale before leaving the state, dropped off my car for shipping, then we made all of our travel on time, and managed to wrangle 8 suitcases, 4 carry-on's, 2 young kids, myself, and a stressed-out/sleep-deprived wife through 3 airports, 2 flights, 2 cars, a bus, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    Moving is rough, and I frankly don't do it well.... But the best news of the day: our house is under contract for sale! We got the news just as our second flight was about to takeoff. The accepted deal is about what I was planning toward, which is nice. We're just happy to get it going toward sale! Woohoo!!

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  • QuarterMillionMan
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    Paid off remaining balance of $12,900 ($19,300 total auto loan including taxes, license, etc) for my 2018 Dodge Journey. Saving a few thousand off future interest payments.

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  • disneysteve
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    I took advantage of the Marriott gift card 20% off deal I posted about in another thread. I bought three $1,000 cards so that will save us $600 off of future hotel stays. Of course I charged them to my Marriott Visa so I still get my reward points. Now we just need this pandemic to calm down so we can actually go somewhere.

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  • rennigade
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    Was able to finally pick up half gallon of hand sanitizer at walmart. Last one one the shelf. It was on bottom shelf, tucked waaaay back. Guess no one wanted to bend over to see if anything was there. $6...ill take it!

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  • bjl584
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    Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post
    I got my stimulus funds. I'll consider that a win.
    Mid June for mine to arrive.

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