I want, I want, I want.
Mr. 1500 coming at you this week to ask about your wheels. I’m surprised we haven’t already asked this. Maybe we have? I really don’t remember and Google is saying that we haven’t, so I’m going to ask it anyway. Besides, I’m exhausted after a day of hiking and working on our house.
Anyway, I finally drove a Tesla recently and it was astounding. This thing is a technical marvel. However, first I’ll turn it over to Mrs. 1500 to respond to last week’s questions.
Last week we asked what is the income disparity between you and your significant other, inspired by a Dear Abby letter from a woman who feels that since she works so hard to make $XX, she doesn’t want to date anyone who makes less than she does. Mr. 1500 has always made more than I do (did) but it was never an issue between us. He knew I wasn’t dating him for his money. (It was for his dinosaur collection, of course.)
I wondered what you all thought, and you did not disappoint. Debtless in Texas‘s wife makes more than he does, to the tune of 5 digits! Go, Mrs. DiT. But he also had a really amazing comment, “I would much rather have someone who makes less than I do and saves 80% of it than someone who makes more and spends 120% of it.”
Charles Makes Sense said, “There is no income disparity in our house, even though my paycheck accounts for 99% of our current income. In our house, what’s mine is hers and hers is mine–we make the same amount of money, and we always will. In our view, being married means we have everything in common, and that includes income.”
I actually got several responses similar to this, “What’s mine is theirs and what’s theirs is mine.” I totally get that, and that is how the 1500’s view money as well. I stay home to raise the girls while he works. Our littlest starts Kindergarten in the fall. As luck would have it, she just missed the birthdate cutoff last year, so she will be almost 6 when she starts Kindergarten. She will be going to full day Kindergarten, and I will have to find something to occupy my time.
I am trying to build up a real estate business, and our local real estate market is ridiculously hot. This is good if you are a seller, and great if you have clients. If you are just starting out, in a town you just moved to and don’t really know many people, this isn’t such a great thing. Everyone and their mother is a real estate agent. Anyone you meet already knows 15 other real estate agents. I got my license to facilitate our own property purchases, but it would still be nice to sell a house every once in a while.
Several people made the comment that perhaps the woman from the original letter had been used by men for her money. That is certainly what it sounded like in the letter, but the way she phrased it made it seem as though anyone who didn’t make the same money she did was automatically discounted. That just seems snobby to me.
What about people like teachers? They make nothing, and the things they have to put up with from the kids and parents is ridiculous. My sister is a teacher, and the things she tells me makes me want to slap some of these parents. I would much rather be with a teacher, who was passionate about their work and a genuinely nice person on top of that, than some high paid executive who was a massive tool.
The income disparity among readers varied greatly, from almost nothing, to more than 21 times their partner’s income. Holy cannoli!
(Note to Zaxon, did you propose yet?)
Yes, it actually has an “Insane” mode. And let me tell you, I made the most of it.
And now back over to Mr. 1500 to discuss cars. I’m glad he gets to talk about cars to you for a while. Believe me, there is no shortage of car-talk in the 1500 household…
A couple weeks ago, I drove a Tesla P85D. This is the new, 691 horsepower, all wheel drive version of the Model S. I even got to try the new Insane mode on an autocross course. It was mind blowing. If I wasn’t so addicted to saving, I’d pry 10% off my money pile and go buy one. That would be ridiculous though. I will buy an electric vehicle at some point, but that is a story for another time. The Tesla deserves a post all its own.
So tell me, what do you drive? Let us know make, model and how many miles. Bonus points will be awarded to those who own a vehicle with a manual transmission.
One more thing
A rare selfie. Please don’t make fun of my hairy legs
Some of our blogger buddies are coming in from out of town and we’re planning a little get-together this Saturday evening.
There will be food and dinosaurs. I’d love to meet some new frugal friends. If you can make it to Boulder County, hit me up over on the contact page.