4th of July in the USA!!

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 647 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

It's the 4th of July in the USA!! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend like traveling to any great USA location's?

Personally, I'm working A LOT no thanks to the lack of employ's at the grocery store I work at. Just did 20 hours of overtime on my last paycheck. Other than working a lot, seeing some BIG fireworks that are being launched from the field next to my condo complex, hiking my local 3400 foot ski hill and doing a BBQ with some friends and leaving it at that. My truck is parked more in my parking lot than is being used to travel somewhere.

Locally, the area I live in is a major tourist hot spot here in Idaho and is currently OVERWHELMED with tourist. Never seen this many on the 4th. For once, I'm incouraging you not to travel here just because there are all ready to many of you tourist here. LOL

2. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 146 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

AAA is estimating 47 million people will travel this 4 day weekend, 44 million of them by car and gas at Costco near me is $3.85 per gallon, sounds like a real good time to stay home and BBQ with friends.

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1599 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting 55vineyard

.... gas at Costco near me is $3.85 per gallon, ...

Petrol in New Zealand is NZD2.20 ish (that's USD 1.54) per litre which works out at USD5.83 per US gallon (same digits, different order). And Andyf will now come on here harping on about his EV!!! :):):)

4. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 647 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting 55vineyard

.....and gas at Costco near me is $3.85 per gallon.....

US$3.33 a gallon at the nearest Costco to me which is in Twin Falls, Idaho as of July 4th.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

And Andyf will now come on here harping on about his EV!!! :):):)

220 miles today at a cost of £2, so about 0.9p a mile. I don't know why you guys are still killing our biosphere by burning that stuff.
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(Was that okay?)

Actually the thing that stumped me about the original post was that I didn't have a cultural reference for a paycheck as a period of time. Is that 20hrs overtime in a month, a week?

6. Posted by Cottonwood (Respected Member 647 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

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Actually the thing that stumped me about the original post was that I didn't have a cultural reference for a paycheck as a period of time. Is that 20hrs overtime in a month, a week?

20hrs overtime per paycheck which covers a 2 week time period plus the 40 hours per week of regular work.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Cottonwood

paycheck which covers a 2 week time period

I thought I had a vague recollection of hearing that it was common in the US to be paid every two weeks.

Do bills like rent and utilities follow the same schedule? If not, I could see a lot of people who are bad with money getting in a mess.

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9. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 146 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Rent is normally monthly, utilities vary. My landlord pays for gas, trash and water so I only pay the electric. DWP (Department of Water and Power) bills are every other month,not sure about Edison. Phone bills are monthly as are bills for cable and satellite TV.

10. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 257 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Andy, over the course of my professional life I was paid either weekly or twice monthly. Yes, you had to budget for your bills, which were generally monthly for rent or mortgage, and the same for utilities. Car payments were monthly, and insurance (home + auto) could be quarterly or twice annually. Health insurance, if you had it, was usually paid monthly as well. Some of the cost came come out of your paycheck if you worked for a company which provided an individual/family program that paid for part of medical policy costs.

Same with retirement saving/matching programs: save a specified amount out of your regular paycheck - usually between 1% and 5% - and the company would match it up to 100% at the end of the year, depending on profits. Not all companies offered this benefit but it was "free money" if you were lucky enough to work for one who did (I was.)

Due to our age and retirement status, my DH and I are currently on Medicare ( U.S. federal health insurance) and we pay premiums monthly. It doesn't cover all of our medical costs but helps with a lot.