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O.city
04-17-2015, 12:39 PM
So the wife and I just bought a house last month (hooray a mortgage), now we are furnishing it.

Holy shit why didn't any of you warn me with how much that costs?

I blame everyone here.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 12:40 PM
IKEA is your best friend (and sometimes, worst enemy)

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 12:40 PM
And things seem to cost more every day

vailpass
04-17-2015, 12:41 PM
So the wife and I just bought a house last month (hooray a mortgage), now we are furnishing it.

Holy shit why didn't any of you warn me with how much that costs?

I blame everyone here.

You have kids?

Hoover
04-17-2015, 12:44 PM
quality furniture these days is outrageous. We just bought all new bedroom furniture, not a mattress, just the wood. Hold shit. I love it, but damn we spent a lot of money.

Bugeater
04-17-2015, 12:44 PM
Goodwill.

O.city
04-17-2015, 12:50 PM
You have kids?

20 month old and one dew next month

O.city
04-17-2015, 12:52 PM
Bought new living room furniture, new bedroom suite (clearance) dining room set and our little boy a new bedroom set.

That's a Lotta teeth need fixed to pay for that shit

RunKC
04-17-2015, 12:57 PM
So the wife and I just bought a house last month (hooray a mortgage), now we are furnishing it.

Holy shit why didn't any of you warn me with how much that costs?

I blame everyone here.

20 month old and one dew next month

Damn you should be worrying about childcare before all else. $800 for one kid a month and you have two.

Yikes

ChiefRocka
04-17-2015, 01:00 PM
So the wife and I just bought a house last month (hooray a mortgage), now we are furnishing it.

Holy shit why didn't any of you warn me with how much that costs?

I blame everyone here.

Congrats, same scenario 6 months ago...
Got some good shit from ValueCity on the somewhat cheap.

MahiMike
04-17-2015, 01:00 PM
IKEA, Goodwill, Craigslist. Furniture is way overpriced. Better to get quality stuff 2nd hand, IMO.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:00 PM
Damn you should be worrying about childcare before all else. $800 for one kid a month and you have two.

Yikes

Wife works from home So thats not really an issue.

Plus she makes more than i do working from home, so I'm not too unhappy with it

RollChiefsRoll
04-17-2015, 01:01 PM
Just throw all that stuff on an Ashley furniture card and make minimum payments forever. Screw it.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:04 PM
we bought furniture at ashley.

Luckily, as I just found out a minute ago, the wife hit a pretty large bonus at work so that will lessen the blow.

Also, thankfully I'm a spoiled only child so my parents bought some stuff for us

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 01:07 PM
Who pays 800 a month per kid?

I've got a 2.5 year old that goes to the nicest daycare in town, people that own it were NFPA foster parents of the year and we only pay 90 bucks a week.

I would never want to live in the city again.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:08 PM
Who pays 800 a month per kid?

I've got a 2.5 year old that goes to the nicest daycare in town, people that own it were NFPA foster parents of the year and we only pay 90 bucks a week.

I would never want to live in the city again.

That's what it was in kc for our little one

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 01:11 PM
That's what it was in kc for our little one

Yeah fuck that.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:13 PM
Yeah **** that.

That's why the wife quit teaching to stay home. She then took up a new business thingy and started pulling 6 figures within 2 years so it all worked out.

Easy 6
04-17-2015, 01:13 PM
Quite frankly, the price of a decent couch is a ****ing abomination... 7-8-9 hundred for some cloth or leather and chunks of wood?

One of the biggest rackets out there, no doubt about it, the markup is through the roof.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 01:14 PM
That's why the wife quit teaching to stay home. She then took up a new business thingy and started pulling 6 figures within 2 years so it all worked out.

That's awesome.

RollChiefsRoll
04-17-2015, 01:14 PM
Quite frankly, the price of a decent couch is a ****ing abomination... 7-8-9 hundred for some cloth or leather and chunks of wood?

One of the biggest rackets out there, no doubt about it, the markup is through the roof.

Same deal with mattresses. Your basic Sealy mattress will be between $800 and $1000. If you want something like Tempur Pedic, that crap will go for $2-3000 and up.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:18 PM
That's awesome.

It's nice until April 15.

Wth us both being self employed, it wasn't fun

Easy 6
04-17-2015, 01:18 PM
Same deal with mattresses. Your basic Sealy mattress will be between $800 and $1000. If you want something like Tempur Pedic, that crap will go for $2-3000 and up.

They get away with murder, even new cars don't have NEAR the same amount of markup.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 01:18 PM
That's why the wife quit teaching to stay home. She then took up a new business thingy and started pulling 6 figures within 2 years so it all worked out.

My wife just brought bubba yo work with her until he could walk, then he thought he should be helping to fix cars and stuff so we had to send the little guy to daycare and he is pissed every day when we drop,him off lol. We have to go to the shop and let him see the cars before dropping him every day.

He gets out and walks around the lot and shop inspecting everything there. It's hilarious. Then he has to go look at the cutlass and short wide in the storage and he's ready to go to daycare and play.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 01:19 PM
It's nice until April 15.

Wth us both being self employed, it wasn't fun

Lol, quarterly estimated tax payments should be your friend.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:20 PM
Lol, quarterly estimated tax payments should be your friend.

Yeah they are.

Our little one goes to daycare 2 days per week so mom can work and do some stuff at home and for his own socialiAtion, but it ain't cheap

DJ's left nut
04-17-2015, 01:22 PM
We were shopping about 6 years ago and ended up doing pretty well with Ashley stuff.

They make honest to god dovetail joints in their drawers. While they will still use veneers, it's at least a real wood veneer and it's over solid hard wood rather than any kind of pressed laminate. Really, they've gotten so good with veneers now that a quality veneer top is damn impressive. I'm pretty sure the bed is all hardwood without veneers.

It's a pretty nice mix of price/quality. It's nothing resembling cheap but to get something that's all hardwood you're looking at a $15K bedroom set. This still looks/feels awfully high quality and does so without being insanely high.

EDIT: Looks like that's the route you went as well. Yup, not cheap but there's a hell of a lot worse to be found.

Direckshun
04-17-2015, 01:24 PM
What part of Springtown are you living in?

DC.chief
04-17-2015, 01:24 PM
Who pays 800 a month per kid?

I've got a 2.5 year old that goes to the nicest daycare in town, people that own it were NFPA foster parents of the year and we only pay 90 bucks a week.

I would never want to live in the city again.

A friend of mine who just had a kid said he was going to be paying 265 a week for day care. That's what we get for living just outside DC

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:25 PM
We were shopping about 6 years ago and ended up doing pretty well with Ashley stuff.

They make honest to god dovetail joints in their drawers. While they will still use veneers, it's at least a real wood veneer and it's over solid hard wood rather than any kind of pressed laminate. Really, they've gotten so good with veneers now that a quality veneer top is damn impressive. I'm pretty sure the bed is all hardwood without veneers.

It's a pretty nice mix of price/quality. It's nothing resembling cheap but to get something that's all hardwood you're looking at a $15K bedroom set. This still looks/feels awfully high quality and does so without being insanely high.

Luckily we had a bedroom set from when we first got married, just had to buy a new bed.

Ashley does pretty well too.

I only use lithium disilicate for veneers, but that's a but different lol

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:28 PM
What part of Springtown are you living in?

Northeast

Dunit35
04-17-2015, 01:34 PM
Damn you should be worrying about childcare before all else. $800 for one kid a month and you have two.

Yikes

We are lucky and my mother in law watches our daughter. She refuses to get a job so she's available almost everyday. Pay her around $50/wk.

RunKC
04-17-2015, 01:34 PM
Your wife makes more than you and you are a dentist? Damn man you're set! What the hell does she do?

Pawnmower
04-17-2015, 01:34 PM
That's what it was in kc for our little one

i pay 200 a week out in Cali

and im about to double down as well (congrats OC)

Pawnmower
04-17-2015, 01:35 PM
Your wife makes more than you and you are a dentist? Damn man you're set! What the hell does she do?

no shit

Party at OC's mansion for the 1st away game!!!

sd4chiefs
04-17-2015, 01:36 PM
I still have the bedroom furniture that I bought at Montgomery Wards back in 1978 for $650.

Dunit35
04-17-2015, 01:39 PM
Wait until you start paying maintenance. My HVAC system was replaced today.

Hammock Parties
04-17-2015, 01:40 PM
Dude go to Nebraska Furniture mart. Their clearance section is full of great stuff.

Deberg_1990
04-17-2015, 01:42 PM
Once I start making $15 an hour at Jack in the Box, I should be able to furnish my house.

el borracho
04-17-2015, 01:47 PM
That's why the wife quit teaching to stay home. She then took up a new business thingy and started pulling 6 figures within 2 years so it all worked out.

Six figures from home? What is she doing?

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:50 PM
Dude go to Nebraska Furniture mart. Their clearance section is full of great stuff.

Wish I could, I love that place

RollChiefsRoll
04-17-2015, 01:51 PM
Six figures from home? What is she doing?

Brazzers

Detoxing
04-17-2015, 01:51 PM
Hell yeah it's expensive, that's why i had to buy my stuff little by little.

"New bedroom set? Pffff....you're gonna have to wait, woman. We just got a new dining set!"

I'm due for a new couch. about 6 years ago i dropped $900 on a "Leather" sofa set. The "Leather" is already starting to crack and peel.

Im going for a Microfiber sectional next.

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:52 PM
Six figures from home? What is she doing?

She's an idenpendent distributor for it works global

O.city
04-17-2015, 01:53 PM
Hell yeah it's expensive, that's why i had to buy my stuff little by little.

"New bedroom set? Pffff....you're gonna have to wait, woman. We just got a new dining set!"

I'm due for a new couch. about 6 years ago i dropped $900 on a "Leather" sofa set. The "Leather" is already starting to crack and peel.

Im going for a Microfiber sectional next.

I like micro, but with kids and dogs no way for us

The Franchise
04-17-2015, 01:54 PM
Who pays 800 a month per kid?

I've got a 2.5 year old that goes to the nicest daycare in town, people that own it were NFPA foster parents of the year and we only pay 90 bucks a week.

I would never want to live in the city again.

We paid $1600 a month for 3....and that was on base. Off base is fucking super expensive. Now we just pay my Dad to watch them.

The Franchise
04-17-2015, 01:59 PM
Wait until you start paying maintenance. My HVAC system was replaced today.

Home warranty FTW.

O.city
04-17-2015, 02:04 PM
You guus think that's alot for daycare, you should see my monthly student loan payment.

Dunit35
04-17-2015, 02:07 PM
I like micro, but with kids and dogs no way for us

I had a cheap micro set that would stain instantly with anything. We bought a much better micro set and everything beads off it.

O.city
04-17-2015, 02:08 PM
I had a cheap micro set that would stain instantly with anything. We bought a much better micro set and everything beads off it.

We had that before kids, but my chocolate labs hair would somehow bury itself in that shit

Hammock Parties
04-17-2015, 02:08 PM
Another good place is estate sales.

BigRedChief
04-17-2015, 02:12 PM
IKEA is your best friend (and sometimes, worst enemy)We furnished our new house with IKEA. It's a cheap modern look.

FTW, the this is why you are broke is a great website
http://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/new/

Pablo
04-17-2015, 02:42 PM
My wife and I are house hunting. I suspect it will be a nice mix of NFM with their two to three year 0% financing and some estate/garage sale bullshit to fill out all the rooms.

All I care about is my new TV and sound system. She can figure the rest out.

eDave
04-17-2015, 02:46 PM
Keep in mind that it is a long term investment.

eDave
04-17-2015, 02:47 PM
We paid $1600 a month for 3....and that was on base. Off base is ****ing super expensive. Now we just pay my Dad to watch them.

Holy shit.

Yay grandpa.

TribalElder
04-17-2015, 02:55 PM
Nebraska furniture mart

0 percent interest for like
10 years

Brock
04-17-2015, 02:57 PM
you can get mattresses cheap on craigslist

BossChief
04-17-2015, 02:58 PM
I've always had great luck at Slumberland in the scratch n dent area.

I got a lazy boy reclining couch and 2 matching recliners for a grand (was marked at 2100 with the retail at over 3k) the best part was there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Didn't "fit right" and once the plastic is off, it goes to clearance.

In the future, check those areas out and start off offering 40% of the marked price. They are always motivated to move the stuff from there.

BossChief
04-17-2015, 03:01 PM
Hell yeah it's expensive, that's why i had to buy my stuff little by little.

"New bedroom set? Pffff....you're gonna have to wait, woman. We just got a new dining set!"

I'm due for a new couch. about 6 years ago i dropped $900 on a "Leather" sofa set. The "Leather" is already starting to crack and peel.

Im going for a Microfiber sectional next.

That's probably warrantied by the manufacturer...even after 6 years.

Bugeater
04-17-2015, 03:05 PM
Not sure why you're sweating the cost of furniture if your wife is pulling in six figures and you're a dentist. #whitepeopleproblems

Bugeater
04-17-2015, 03:06 PM
you can get mattresses cheap on craigslist
:LOL:

Indian Chief
04-17-2015, 03:06 PM
Another good place is estate sales.

This is a great suggestion.

I live in NJ so obviously I have different stores up here, but I went to the Raymour & Flanigan outlet store. (They have demo models, floor models, and items that are discontinued.) I got a dining room table that was a floor model. (A couple of small scratches but otherwise perfect.) And the outlet store has furniture models that they are essentially testing out to see if they would sell in their main stores. I got a couch for under $400, brand new and exactly what I wanted. So there are deals to be had if you look in the right places.

Detoxing
04-17-2015, 03:07 PM
you can get mattresses cheap on craigslist

And the bed bugs come free!

Detoxing
04-17-2015, 03:09 PM
We paid $1600 a month for 3....and that was on base. Off base is ****ing super expensive. Now we just pay my Dad to watch them.

Some of you with these high Daycare costs need more Mexicans in your life.

The Franchise
04-17-2015, 03:09 PM
Holy shit.

Yay grandpa.

We pay my Dad $1000 a month.

eDave
04-17-2015, 03:14 PM
We pay my Dad $1000 a month.

That's kinda shitty.

O.city
04-17-2015, 03:15 PM
My wife and I are house hunting. I suspect it will be a nice mix of NFM with their two to three year 0% financing and some estate/garage sale bullshit to fill out all the rooms.

All I care about is my new TV and sound system. She can figure the rest out.

Parents got us a 70 inch vizio 3d led. Pretty pumped

The Franchise
04-17-2015, 03:17 PM
That's kinda shitty.

The thing I like about it is that he takes care of everything.....food....all of that shit. That and he doesn't just sit at home with them. He takes them places and gets them out of the house.

The money fucking sucks though. Doesn't matter though....they'll all be in school 4 months from now.

Valiant
04-17-2015, 03:18 PM
Bought new living room furniture, new bedroom suite (clearance) dining room set and our little boy a new bedroom set.

That's a Lotta teeth need fixed to pay for that shit

I have a 3bed, 3bath house by myself. I have 2 rooms furnished.

Go thrift shopping or quality garage/moving sales.

KChiefs1
04-17-2015, 03:45 PM
Drive around during spring cleaning & get stuff off curbs.

Dunit35
04-17-2015, 03:48 PM
The thing I like about it is that he takes care of everything.....food....all of that shit. That and he doesn't just sit at home with them. He takes them places and gets them out of the house.

The money ****ing sucks though. Doesn't matter though....they'll all be in school 4 months from now.

I can't get my mother in law to pick up after herself, let alone my daughter. Pisses me off to no end.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 03:49 PM
That's a Lotta teeth need fixed to pay for that shit

Fortunately, you're in the right town

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 03:50 PM
Who pays 800 a month per kid?

I've got a 2.5 year old that goes to the nicest daycare in town, people that own it were NFPA foster parents of the year and we only pay 90 bucks a week.

I would never want to live in the city again.

I pay $1,125 for my two year old's preschool each month. Only three more years!

Easy 6
04-17-2015, 04:02 PM
I pay $1,125 for my two year old's preschool each month. Only three more years!

:eek: 1k plus for ****ing preschool, a MONTH? they better be getting free mango/soy smoothies during snacktime and free field trips to the zoo for that.

Good thing you're a legit player in Hollywood because thats outrageous.

eDave
04-17-2015, 04:30 PM
:eek: 1k plus for ****ing preschool, a MONTH? they better be getting free mango/soy smoothies during snacktime and free field trips to the zoo for that.

Good thing you're a legit player in Hollywood because thats outrageous.

Livin in The 'Wood

Rain Man
04-17-2015, 04:36 PM
:eek: 1k plus for ****ing preschool, a MONTH? they better be getting free mango/soy smoothies during snacktime and free field trips to the zoo for that.

Good thing you're a legit player in Hollywood because thats outrageous.

I literally just finished a big study of child care today. For licensed child care, that's not unusual at all. It made me realize why some multi-child households hire nannies. They may be cheaper if you have 2 or 3 kids.

J Diddy
04-17-2015, 04:39 PM
Livin in The 'Wood

The boys in the wood are always hard
Sporting viagra, paying with their card
knowing nothing in life but to be legit
pay a g for daycare and that ain't shit

mr. tegu
04-17-2015, 05:14 PM
If you aren't buying everything from Nebraska Furniture Mart on an interest free store card then you are doing it wrong. Free financing is great.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 05:40 PM
Again I love where I live and wouldn't change it for anything.

Fuck those daycare prices.

NewChief
04-17-2015, 06:41 PM
:eek: 1k plus for ****ing preschool, a MONTH? they better be getting free mango/soy smoothies during snacktime and free field trips to the zoo for that.

Good thing you're a legit player in Hollywood because thats outrageous.

We paid close to that for a while.... In Arkansas. It was for our special needs son, and we decided after a year that we could send him to a cheaper preschool and use the extra money for outside enrichment activities (music lessons and such).

jspchief
04-17-2015, 06:46 PM
Who pays 800 a month per kid?

I've got a 2.5 year old that goes to the nicest daycare in town, people that own it were NFPA foster parents of the year and we only pay 90 bucks a week.

I would never want to live in the city again.
Living in bumfuck Missouri has its advantages. And meth.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 06:53 PM
Living in bumfuck Missouri has its advantages. And meth.

Yep and FUCK meth. most have moved to oxys here and FUCK pills too

lewdog
04-17-2015, 07:06 PM
Stop having kids.....profit.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 07:11 PM
Stop having kids.....profit.

I wouldn't trade them for anything. And thinking about it, if I was in the city paying double for daycare I would also be able to charge at least double per labor hour.

lewdog
04-17-2015, 07:13 PM
I wouldn't trade them for anything. And thinking about it, if I was in the city paying double for daycare I would also be able to charge at least double per labor hour.

Good to know there's a crook around every corner.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 07:16 PM
Good to know there's a crook around every corner.

Yeah, going rate for the area is = crook.

I hate you

J Diddy
04-17-2015, 07:17 PM
Yeah, going rate for the area is = crook.

I hate you

lewdog is really jewdog

Don't talk money with jewdog

lewdog
04-17-2015, 07:17 PM
But there's so much lol in this thread. OP and his wife making 200k/year and can't afford furniture!? Seems like someone might have a drug habit we don't know about.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 07:17 PM
:eek: 1k plus for ****ing preschool, a MONTH? they better be getting free mango/soy smoothies during snacktime and free field trips to the zoo for that.

Good thing you're a legit player in Hollywood because thats outrageous.

It's an amazing preschool. It's a fine arts school, so there's plenty if singing, drawing and painting. The kids even have yoga twice a week! The teachers are nothing less than saints, seriously. Helping to potty train 2 year olds while changing potty and poopy diapers? Providing constant love and attention while parents work? It's nearly priceless.

And yes, there are a ton of Hollywood "players" that have their children in this school but that can be said at almost any of the local preschools. But most importantly, the parents are awesome, although my wife did have to sign a waiver last week to attend a birthday party, because she and my daughter were filmed for a Bravo TV show.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 07:19 PM
lewdog is really jewdog

Don't talk money with jewdog

I hate him.

lewdog
04-17-2015, 07:19 PM
Yeah, going rate for the area is = crook.

I hate you

lewdog is really jewdog

Don't talk money with jewdog

ROFL

I pitch shit to Jason because he's a helpful dude and I just like to tell him mechanics are crooks since that's the going feeling usually. He seems legit.

J Diddy
04-17-2015, 07:19 PM
It's an amazing preschool. It's a fine arts school, so there's plenty if singing, drawing and painting. The kids even have yoga twice a week! The teachers are nothing less than saints, seriously. Helping to potty train 2 year olds while changing potty and poopy diapers? Providing constant love and attention while parents work? It's nearly priceless.

And yes, there are a ton of Hollywood "players" that have their children in this school but that can be said at almost any of the local preschools. But most importantly, the parents are awesome, although my wife did have to sign a waiver last week to attend a birthday party, because she and my daughter were filmed for a Bravo TV show.

My child's preschool was pretty much the introduction to television as a baby sitter.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 07:20 PM
Again I love where I live and wouldn't change it for anything.

Me, too. :D

J Diddy
04-17-2015, 07:20 PM
I hate him.

I don't think you do. I think you love him more than life itself.

J Diddy
04-17-2015, 07:20 PM
ROFL

I pitch shit to Jason because he's a helpful dude and I just like to tell him mechanics are crooks since that's the going feeling usually. He seems legit.

He is to legit to quit.

Heh heh

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 07:21 PM
I don't think you do. I think you love him more than life itself.

Not quite that much, but I'm quite enamored with him.

SAUTO
04-17-2015, 07:21 PM
Me, too. :D

Understandable

Psyko Tek
04-17-2015, 07:38 PM
20 month old and one dew next month

then DO NOT GET NICE STUFF
KIDS DESTROY NICE STUFF

they also destroy cheap shit, but it is cheap shit

NewChief
04-17-2015, 07:39 PM
It's an amazing preschool. It's a fine arts school, so there's plenty if singing, drawing and painting. The kids even have yoga twice a week! The teachers are nothing less than saints, seriously. Helping to potty train 2 year olds while changing potty and poopy diapers? Providing constant love and attention while parents work? It's nearly priceless.

And yes, there are a ton of Hollywood "players" that have their children in this school but that can be said at almost any of the local preschools. But most importantly, the parents are awesome, although my wife did have to sign a waiver last week to attend a birthday party, because she and my daughter were filmed for a Bravo TV show.

Our "amazing" preschool kind of sucked ass. It's kind of an unschooling preschool where they let kids explore their interests. So our son sat and played with matchbox cars for 8 hours a day. Other kids who were interested in violin and shit like that were facilitated in doing that, but we were paying over a grand a month for our son to sit and play with matchbox cars, no shit.

But it's the place with Land Rovers and BMW's and such filling the carpool line, and everyone raves about it and tells each other how awesome the school is... and since they're paying enough that it better freaking be awesome, they keep telling themselves it's awesome. Plus, it's been around a long time, so now you have like second generation kids going whose parents went to school there and have fond memories of it. I swear they're paying for reputation, though.

Also, this school goes up to 8th grade, at which point kids transition into public schools (or another private school). Since I teach in public school, I often have kids who went through their system, and the kids almost always tell me, "Don't leave your kids there through elementary. They won't understand the meaning of a deadline or how to actually do homework or manage workflow." It's the kind of place that says, "Oh! You want to study Mercury? Awesome, your project is on Mercury this year." Which is awesome. But then they also do the, "Oh! Your project isn't ready? That's okay. Just keep working at it." And that goes on forever and leads to a ton of kids not really understanding deadlines.

Also, the food sucked ass. Seriously. For that kind of loot, I expected them to be eating some amazing food, but it was like peanut butter and jelly on white bread with some freaking campbell's soup. Ridiculous.

We sent our second son to a little startup preschool with the poors (we were one of the few people who paid full tuition), and it was freaking amazing. Organic food. Kids helped prepare the food. School gardens. Insanely awesome holistic programs (yoga, african drumming, step (yes, like black fraternity step) class, hip hop dance class, ballet, character building class, etc..) . Crazy diverse with special needs kids and a sincere effort to include all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Robotics programs. Dance. Music. Etc.. And we were paying like 400 a month (at full tuition. Crazy).

The only problem with that school was that it's funded by a crazy ass church and almost all the staffers and half the kids who go there are members of the church. The other half of us were all local commie hippie types, so that was an interesting blend.

J Diddy
04-17-2015, 07:41 PM
then DO NOT GET NICE STUFF
KIDS DESTROY NICE STUFF

they also destroy cheap shit, but it is cheap shit

I remember my son pouring some sticky liquid on our new couch. I remember thinking how many hours I had to work to afford that couch. I remember him looking me in the eyes and saying "I'm sorry Daddy I love you." I remember getting over it real fast.

That being said, I'm billing him for it when he gets of age.

PhillyChiefFan
04-17-2015, 07:57 PM
I started building our furniture because it pissed me off that it was so damn expensive to buy quality furniture.

NewChief
04-17-2015, 07:59 PM
For furniture, we generally go with a mixture of actual nice pieces (Eames, Miller, etc..) and IKEA and/or thrift store or garage sale shit.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 09:47 PM
Our "amazing" preschool kind of sucked ass.

I'm very sorry to hear that your experience wasn't great or even good.

We're fortunate in that our 7 year old spend three years at this preschool, with excellent results. Two years after she "graduated" (and they had an awesome graduation ceremony), her closet friends are still from that preschool.

They have musicals each quarter and our youngest really shined in the Winter Celebration. They have a true stage, sound system and Hollywood choreographers and set designers (and some Dad's that are cinematographers that film everything!) and it's so much fun to see the kids sing and dance.

It really is the perfect setting for your children and I'm sorry that yours didn't work out initially.

Buehler445
04-17-2015, 10:00 PM
It's nice until April 15.

Wth us both being self employed, it wasn't fun

Estimates.

I like micro, but with kids and dogs no way for us

Get it waterproofed. Shit is awesome.

Al Bundy
04-17-2015, 10:03 PM
All of my furniture comes from Crate & Barrel. Expensive, but my chair, ottoman and sofa are 8 years old.

TinyEvel
04-17-2015, 10:37 PM
I'm moving here from Calfornia. Was hoping for the "lower cost of living."
Other than house cost and gas, I'm not seeing it.

mr. tegu
04-17-2015, 10:40 PM
I'm moving here from Calfornia. Was hoping for the "lower cost of living."
Other than house cost and gas, I'm not seeing it.

Nebraska Furniture Mart. Free financing for years.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 10:41 PM
I'm moving here from Calfornia. Was hoping for the "lower cost of living."
Other than house cost and gas, I'm not seeing it.

Housing?

If you get out to south Johnson County to Leawood, Lenexa, et al, you should be able to find great properties with huge yards and great schools for a fraction of the cost.

If you need an agent, I can hook you up with an amazing Keller-Williams guy that I've known since I was 12 years old.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 10:44 PM
I'm moving here from Calfornia. Was hoping for the "lower cost of living."
Other than house cost and gas, I'm not seeing it.

Food is more costly. The veggies aren't as good or fresh because they've sat on a refrigerated truck for four days. Beef, chicken and pork are a fraction of the cost (and way, way, way, better) but fish is astronomical.

You pay a premium for bad sushi, IMO.

mr. tegu
04-17-2015, 10:45 PM
Do big box stores like Home Depot adjust prices in the store based on their location in the country?

TinyEvel
04-17-2015, 10:54 PM
Food is more costly. The veggies aren't as good or fresh because they've sat on a refrigerated truck for four days. Beef, chicken and pork are a fraction of the cost (and way, way, way, better) but fish is astronomical.

You pay a premium for bad sushi, IMO.

I hear you on the produce, already experienced it.

Meat? paid 5 bucks for two skinless chicken breasts at Price Chopper. Not a deal.

Sushi? Had what yelped at 4.5 and it was on par with grocery store sushi in Ca.

House? OP and South Leawood are a bargain compared to CA but too far from everything. We got something closer and we're satisfied. Comparibly.

mr. tegu
04-17-2015, 10:58 PM
Everything in KC is basically 20 minutes from everything else.

Mojo Jojo
04-17-2015, 11:04 PM
Duh...last house my ex and I bought half down cash plus a $30K budget for new furniture...still wasn't enough.

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 11:09 PM
House? OP and South Leawood are a bargain compared to CA but too far from everything. We got something closer and we're satisfied. Comparibly.

I grew up out there so the drive doesn't bother me. If you lived there, could you cut across Metcalf or Roe or Nall to I-35? I'm not familiar with your location.

Best of luck, Dude! And "objects are much closer than they appear".

:D

DaneMcCloud
04-17-2015, 11:18 PM
Some place called Mission Hills. Supposed to be near this thing called the Plaza. I think it's a mall? Bought it thorough an agent. Is it good?

You already purchased? Awesome!

To be honest, I've only driven through Mission Hills. I've never been in a house or neighborhood there. Congrats!

007
04-18-2015, 02:06 AM
If we ever move again, I am including everything with the house and buying new EVERYTHING for the new home. Moving all that shit sucks ass.

Al Bundy
04-18-2015, 06:31 AM
Do big box stores like Home Depot adjust prices in the store based on their location in the country?

No, especially with everything being online.

NewChief
04-18-2015, 06:54 AM
I'm very sorry to hear that your experience wasn't great or even good.

We're fortunate in that our 7 year old spend three years at this preschool, with excellent results. Two years after she "graduated" (and they had an awesome graduation ceremony), her closet friends are still from that preschool.

They have musicals each quarter and our youngest really shined in the Winter Celebration. They have a true stage, sound system and Hollywood choreographers and set designers (and some Dad's that are cinematographers that film everything!) and it's so much fun to see the kids sing and dance.

It really is the perfect setting for your children and I'm sorry that yours didn't work out initially.

Yeah. We really thought that we were going to get something along the lines of the experience you all have had due to the reputation of this school. Just blows me away that people will continue to pay premium dollar for an inferior product just because of reputation.

The Montessori here is uhhh... nice now, though (picture below). So it's starting to compete with the place mentioned above.

http://media.arkansasonline.com/img/photos/2012/08/13/FN-MONTESSORI-SCHOOL-004_t598.jpg?b7052f07a6139e7088ebc43100469802b2560d37

I couldn't be happier with our public school system here, though. We've been blessed with great teachers and experiences, especially for our special needs son. While they certainly haven't coddled him and treated him as exceptional, they've made workmanlike progress with him that amazes me. Hell, we didn't think he'd ever be able to read, and he's now on grade level and reads for multiple hours a day if allowed to.

SAUTO
04-18-2015, 11:09 AM
No, especially with everything being online.

. oreilly auto parts does

Al Bundy
04-18-2015, 04:38 PM
. oreilly auto parts does

That's surprising. I know the company I work for doesn't.

SAUTO
04-18-2015, 04:49 PM
That's surprising. I know the company I work for doesn't.

Yep their site wants zip code. Then prices are different for different stores

SAUTO
04-18-2015, 04:49 PM
So if I order online I order wherever is cheapest then stock transfer to my store

BlackOp
04-18-2015, 05:34 PM
I bought $700 worth of CB2 furniture for $60 off Craigslist this week. There was an entire stainless steel kitchen set (fridge/microwave/dishwasher/stove) for $500 on there too..Furniture gets beat up... buy used. Same with cars..depreciating assets are a shit investment. I bought my couch/chair off CL too...was almost $2000 at Crate and Barrel..got the set for $400 in great shape.

NewChief
04-18-2015, 05:57 PM
I bought $700 worth of CB2 furniture for $60 off Craigslist this week. There was an entire stainless steel kitchen set (fridge/microwave/dishwasher/stove) for $500 on there too..Furniture gets beat up... buy used. Same with cars..depreciating assets are a shit investment. I bought my couch/chair off CL too...was almost $2000 at Crate and Barrel..got the set for $400 in great shape.

I hate you.

People around here aren't posting up CB2 furniture on CL, unfortunately.

BlackOp
04-19-2015, 10:19 PM
I hate you.

People around here aren't posting up CB2 furniture on CL, unfortunately.

It's interesting..I was thinking about that. I live in a huge city. There is a ton of money flying around..and people move or redecorate. CL is an awesome resource here...in smaller areas..probably not so much.

Buehler445
04-19-2015, 10:43 PM
It's interesting..I was thinking about that. I live in a huge city. There is a ton of money flying around..and people move or redecorate. CL is an awesome resource here...in smaller areas..probably not so much.

We have Scott City Trader on facebook. Rarely is there anything sold there for more than $20. You can fill up a mansion sized house with absolute dogshit in a hurry though.

Captain Obvious
04-19-2015, 11:55 PM
Hope you don't have to. Buy a decent sized area rug. Those are ridiculous.

Mojo Rising
04-20-2015, 12:53 AM
I bought $700 worth of CB2 furniture for $60 off Craigslist this week. There was an entire stainless steel kitchen set (fridge/microwave/dishwasher/stove) for $500 on there too..Furniture gets beat up... buy used. Same with cars..depreciating assets are a shit investment. I bought my couch/chair off CL too...was almost $2000 at Crate and Barrel..got the set for $400 in great shape.

When I lived in SF I used Craigslist frequently. It was legitimately people selling stuff that didn't work for them anymore and they made it a good value for both parties. Whenever I sold on Craigslist I did the same.

In So Cal Craigslist it is more of a site for people to re-sell items they buy and clean up from a garage sale and try to sell as like new. It has rendered the site useless to me. Sellers are so cheap that they price an item on Ebay an charge the same price so they don't have to pay the Ebay/Paypal fees.

beach tribe
04-20-2015, 04:45 AM
So the wife and I just bought a house last month (hooray a mortgage), now we are furnishing it.

Holy shit why didn't any of you warn me with how much that costs?

I blame everyone here.

Learn how to refinish wood.
Craigslist.
Pocket.

Buying new furniture is crazy.
Except for the bed, of course, and even then, we are just talking the mattress.
I found my dining room table in front of a dumpster. LOL.
Sand, stain, polyurethane. BeTter than new: $15.

beach tribe
04-20-2015, 04:47 AM
Looks like Im a little late to the party.

Stanley Nickels
04-20-2015, 06:27 AM
It's nice until April 15.

Wth us both being self employed, it wasn't fun

I'm in the same boat, but I live on the Kansas side, so my state taxes are ZERO. Regardless of political affiliation, and the long-term outcome of that tax structure, it's still pretty nice, because self-employment tax at the federal level can hurt pretty bad.

O.city
04-20-2015, 08:03 AM
Learn how to refinish wood.
Craigslist.
Pocket.

Buying new furniture is crazy.
Except for the bed, of course, and even then, we are just talking the mattress.
I found my dining room table in front of a dumpster. LOL.
Sand, stain, polyurethane. BeTter than new: $15.

I aint got time for that

vailpass
04-20-2015, 01:27 PM
I bought $700 worth of CB2 furniture for $60 off Craigslist this week. There was an entire stainless steel kitchen set (fridge/microwave/dishwasher/stove) for $500 on there too..Furniture gets beat up... buy used. Same with cars..depreciating assets are a shit investment. I bought my couch/chair off CL too...was almost $2000 at Crate and Barrel..got the set for $400 in great shape.

Who told you a car is an investment? It's not. It's an expense.

lewdog
04-20-2015, 06:26 PM
Who told you a car is an investment? It's not. It's an expense.

Yup, how people see it as an investment is beyond me. When else would you invest money into something knowing you are going to lose money on that "investment?"