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Re: How's your life going at 33%
Old 02-13-2004, 12:10 PM   #61
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Re: How's your life going at 33%

I'm jumping back to the "cars" post.

Instinctively I believe this is doable (having a car at
basically no net cost to you). I have not done it myself,
but I have done a lot of buying and selling post-ER
and big mark-ups have come pretty easily. I like to
negotiate so that helps. Once my mother asked a friend
what her son did for a living. The answer? "Oh buys and sells, buys and sells." I thought this was a silly
answer at the time. Now, however, I am a believer.
Of course, it requires some work so I mostly just

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Re: How's your life going at 33%
Old 02-13-2004, 01:44 PM   #62
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Re: How's your life going at 33%

I'm probably even less inclined to buy and sell than you are, John. I have a brother who gets such a charge out of making a good deal that he doesn't see it as work. It's almost like a game to him and he loves to win (and to play even when he doesn't always win). On the other hand, he despises record-keeping, the monthly task of paying the household bills, and saving/filing/organizing receipts for tax purposes. Yet I kind of enjoy such tasks. So we plan to trade when I leave the job and have some extra time. I'll pay his monthly bills from the comfort of my home and a few other things in that realm, and he'll keep me supplied with a car from his continually replenishing stock. It probably won't cost him much beyond a little time since he handles hundreds of cars each year and is all set up to do it. I won't be driving a new Lexus, but a five year old Accord or Camry at no cost beyond three or four hours a month working out of my home is plenty good enough for me.

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