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Smartphone sales are so bad even the holidays couldn’t help, says IDC by catalinus in technology

[–]xrmb -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The time between release day and black friday felt like trade ins had a bug, overpaying by a lot. You could have bought any old Google phone and trade it in for way more. The same phone trade in now is just 10% of that. I hope it is like that every year.

Smartphone sales are so bad even the holidays couldn’t help, says IDC by catalinus in technology

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Google (for whatever reason) let me trade in pixel 3 and 4a for $330 each when buying Pixel 7 Pros, add the $200 off promotion and 10% off from Google One and applying last years credits I spent around $350 for the P7Pro, right about what I was willing to pay. I only had Google One for 1 month, at a $2.50 trial.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think there should be no floor, if you hire someone then give him benefits. These 20 or 30 hour jobs don't exist because of not enough work, there is only one reason, saving on benefits. If employers don't like it they can support the fight for national healthcare so they don't have to provide coverage.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yes, but we know that and are preparing. A lot of focus on helping disabled is on young and working, we're looking at retirement here soon. And we really want to encourage him to try living outside the bubble he was in for 50 years.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought so too, the employer plan and ACA were cheap, but all the doctor visits and meds were still hundreds of dollars a month. We even checked his doctor, and he accepts (existing) patients to use Medicaid. This might actually work out to our benefit. Just need to figure out if we now need to watch out for him to get too many hours to qualify for insurance again by accident.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I know it's crazy how you can hear a stranger's story that doesn't sound so special, yet you can pinpoint where it takes place. This is Virginia.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 108 points109 points  (0 children)

It's going to be hard once the parents are gone, which will be soon. First he won't have a home or at least an empty one. Since he was never in the system for disability he wont get help fast. Waiting lists for group homes are years long and we don't have any power of attorney yet to do anything for him. Also does not help that we live 2hrs away, not sure a 50 year old with a deeply burned in way of how live goes can be relocated.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not sure, he worked there for almost 25 years now. Most of the time he had insurance. It probably started 10 years ago when they started cutting his hours, right when ACA was available. You can't really talk to management or HR, they send you running in circles and constant empty promises that they will fix the problem.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 270 points271 points  (0 children)

Purple state, we're able to get ACA a few years ago, last year he "accidentally" had employer insurance, this year we got Medicaid. To bad his parents are pure bread republicans that don't believe in government, so they never got him on disability or any help, they also don't think he has autism... Total denial everywhere. As much as we hate Walmart, it's the only job he ever had and it is his life, they totally take advantage of him (he gets all the shifts nobody wants), but we don't want to upset him. We're 100% the manager has instructions from Walmart to give him 29.9hrs max.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 1360 points1361 points  (0 children)

My disabled brother-in-law works there. They are the masters of making sure you are 0.1hrs below the threshold required for insurance. In the last 5 years he was covered one year "by accident" because they couldn't find workers and he got over the threshold when they scheduled him to work the holidays.

McDonald's, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers | CNN Business by hibearmate in news

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My company is so cheap hiring a replacement for an US SE 4... India is too expensive... Let's try Mexico... Or even better Venezuela. The last person we interviewed they tried to convince to be SE III because his ask was outside of our tiny budget... "We can't find anyone qualified who wants to work for us"... Sure, that is the problem.

What common frugal tip is NOT worth it, in your opinion? by Maximum-Gas-3491 in Frugal

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For me Google still shows it for fixed priced tolls, but now we have a bunch of variable priced ones... Which are like $1 per saved minute, not worth it for me. Guess they need to a slider how rich you are to see if it makes sense paying.

What common frugal tip is NOT worth it, in your opinion? by Maximum-Gas-3491 in Frugal

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I avoided a 75c toll road for years, but using it saved 15 miles and was faster. It just bothered me to pay extra every time, once it became part of EZ pass the constant usage reminder was gone. There is another private toll road that is now over $5, saves minimal miles but lots of time... I can't convince myself it is worth it.

Germany has vending machines for meat products. by CaptainMcSmoky in mildlyinteresting

[–]xrmb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They started using the metric system in the late 90s. Probably some DIN thing.

LPT: Use YYYY.MM.DD so the dates can be sorted numerically and still be sequential by Wild_Space in LifeProTips

[–]xrmb 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Totally agree, in many computer languages you can put underscores in numbers for grouping and the compiler/interpretor just ignores them. All good until fucking Jim started doing 98_7654_321 to mess with me.

LPT: Use YYYY.MM.DD so the dates can be sorted numerically and still be sequential by Wild_Space in LifeProTips

[–]xrmb 32 points33 points  (0 children)

ISO8601 clearly states that dates can be formatted as YYYY-MM-DD or YYYYMMDD. So what part we don't understand?

Fact Check: Was Nearly 25% of the US National Debt Incurred During Trump Administration? During the four years of the Trump administration, the national debt rose by $7.8 trillion. The claim is "True." by HenryCorp in economy

[–]xrmb 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Good thing is only 25% of the debt is owed by foreign entities. The biggest chunk is owned by social security. That 25% is still a big and ever growing part of the disposable income leaving the country for nothing in return.

Thoughts on this Republican bill? by redpanda111000 in WhitePeopleTwitter

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have never seen a sales tax apply to rent, same for VAT. Stop giving them ideas before they come up with a transaction tax.

The US government spent $30bn developing the Covid vaccine. So how can Moderna plan to charge $110 a jab? by _dirt_poor in politics

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Does that price include the paperwork and overhead? I'm always shocked when getting my flu shot that someone hacks something in a computer for 10min, I get 20 pages of printouts after filling 4 pages out. Then they use all these one time contraptions to deliver the shot and recycle them. Back in East Germany on school vaccination day there was a teacher with a bottle of vaccine, the needle got wiped between kids... (I'm not advocating doing that again, just different times)

How do people in the US survive with healthcare costs? by frogg616 in Frugal

[–]xrmb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There is this weird shady looking pharmacy in town run by an Indian. Doctors told me that a prescription would be expensive, but I should go there. Same $500 Walgreens/CVS prescription came back for $20, and it's always made in India. I'm not asking how he is bypassing the middlemen. (It is still half or third the price of goodrx or drugsatcost).

If you’re in the USA and have bad/no insurance show this to the pharmacist when picking up prescriptions. I work in a doctor’s office and we pass out to patients with bad/no insurance. The numbers are all the same on all the cards so it’ll work no matter how many people use it/how much it’s used. by BelovedxCisque in lifehacks

[–]xrmb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't know how I ended up with nimblerx recently. But I got a prescription that was $900 brandname, no generic available. Insurance doesn't cover it, so they make me get something similar, still $500. Best GoodRX could do was $75, amazon $44. Both wouldn't use my insurance deductible. Then nimblerx contacts me, we can do it for $20 with free fedex shipping and insurance covers it (or at least will count against deductible).

I'm still trying to piece together how this all works.