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2021-12-02 9:51:32 PM  
I know people get paid to write whatever dumbass thought that comes in their head but this is kind of the dumbassed.
 
2021-12-02 10:11:53 PM  
Math?
 
2021-12-03 2:23:22 AM  
It may be expensive, but it's worth it.
 
2021-12-03 2:28:28 AM  
Pretty sure life has never been cheap to be single and live alone. If anything, today is the cheapest it has ever been to live alone.

Go to Bangladesh and have a look at how many people you'll find in a household.
 
2021-12-03 2:28:44 AM  
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2021-12-03 2:29:29 AM  
Whyis life in this country so hostile to single people?

Cause religion.
 
2021-12-03 2:40:36 AM  

Dr. DJ Duckhunt: Whyis life in this country so hostile to single people?

Cause religion.


Or maybe you're the one who laughs at people for having a bad day.
 
2021-12-03 2:43:27 AM  
It's not by design. Not everything bad was set up by a secret cabal many moons ago. It's just common sense. If a house costs £500k it'll be easier to afford with two pay cheques.
 
2021-12-03 2:43:39 AM  
Single, I'd like a catchers mitt, but shiat these biatches be crazy.
 
2021-12-03 2:45:24 AM  

foo monkey: [Fark user image 425x566]


Could be worse, if it just falls asleep during sex.
 
2021-12-03 2:50:47 AM  

foo monkey: [Fark user image image 425x566]


Your right hand is putting words in you left hand's mouth.
 
2021-12-03 2:52:46 AM  
Single people have got to learn to cut costs...
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2021-12-03 2:53:20 AM  
Weird.  In my experience relationships COST me money.

/single
 
2021-12-03 2:55:04 AM  
I'll take Navel-Gazing for $500, Alex.
 
2021-12-03 3:02:45 AM  

foo monkey: [Fark user image 425x566]


I think I may have the same keyboard as you.
 
2021-12-03 3:14:07 AM  
In only juries was as questioning of DAs as they are on Fark. There would be less wrongful convictions.
 
2021-12-03 3:30:19 AM  
"In only", indeed.
 
2021-12-03 3:31:34 AM  
I'm sorry, but being single is a lifestyle choice and it's immoral.
 
2021-12-03 3:37:01 AM  
Debbie Downer is here to remind you that being single can be cheaper than staying in an unhealthy relationship because of financial anxiety.
 
2021-12-03 3:38:27 AM  

foo monkey: [Fark user image image 425x566]


Dang. Single and left-handed.
 
2021-12-03 3:42:56 AM  

mrparks: foo monkey: [Fark user image image 425x566]

Dang. Single and left-handed.


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2021-12-03 3:58:19 AM  
She was inefficient; she is now dead.
Why aren't more of you celebrating her death?
What happened to you monsters?
I used to rely on you for being the absolute WORST.
 
2021-12-03 4:11:30 AM  

Invalid Litter Dept: Weird.  In my experience relationships COST me money.

/single


You might be a bit confused.  You are paying her to go away.  Worth it.
 
2021-12-03 4:29:39 AM  
My ex fiancee was expensive AF took me years to recover from the damage she did to my finances. But I think I am better for it. Best thing about living alone now is the utilities are 2/3 lower than when I was in a relationship.
I do miss having my old roommate around the extra cash was nice to have around and the company was better when she sobered up. Dating can more expensive especially in the early stages.
 
2021-12-03 4:52:40 AM  
I've been divorced and living on my own for eight years now. It took a while to re-establish myself, but I'm better off financially now than I ever have been in my life. My ex was constantly buying things we couldn't afford, and refused to let me look at the books. Now that I'm in control of my own finances, I was able to save up and put a substantial down payment on a rental property, which is turning a modest profit for me. So, dumb article is dumb.
 
2021-12-03 5:08:26 AM  

dyfsunctional: I've been divorced and living on my own for eight years now. It took a while to re-establish myself, but I'm better off financially now than I ever have been in my life. My ex was constantly buying things we couldn't afford, and refused to let me look at the books. Now that I'm in control of my own finances, I was able to save up and put a substantial down payment on a rental property, which is turning a modest profit for me. So, dumb article is dumb.


100% right.
Single people have less money than married couples?
Ya don't say.
Also, it's nobody's job to make your life easy as a single parent, I was one and nobody did it for me. Not much help from the ex either, who couldnt manage their own life.
 
2021-12-03 5:10:47 AM  
Being single means I'm a lot more conservative in what I do with my money, and is likely true of most people.  Instead of taking lavish vacations and such people around me were doing in my late 20s and early-to-mid 30s, I bought a really modest starter house that required ~$25k of work, which was done over 5 years.  I worked out what I needed for one year of savings, and decided to double it just in case, and saved over the course of eight years to get there.  I drive a nine-year-old Nissan that is starting to have pretty bad rust issues. I'm 37 now and have a really good foundation in case something goes wrong, but had to sacrifice quite a bit over 10 years to get here.

The hardest thing about being single when you'd rather be homeless than move in with one of your parents is that dealing with unexpected events (job loss, health issues, etc.) has to be prioritized much more before they happen because you don't have anyone to fall back on.

/should have just invested in Zoom and Moderna in March 2020 I guess
//was really lucky and had enough grants and scholarships to not graduate with student loan debt
 
2021-12-03 5:32:09 AM  
*shrugs* Single and 40, but I've got a solid financial situation where 1/3 of each paycheque covers the monthly bills, 1/3 goes to retirement savings and 1/3 tends to go to food and fun stuff. I could probably turn that into a 40/60 split of spend/save but I like rewarding myself and doting on the furry things.
If I had a partner earning a comparable amount we could both work 4 day weeks take the occasional nice vacation and retire at 55.
But that's very clearly not going to happen so I'll settle for a comfortable retirement with lots of furry friends.
 
2021-12-03 5:38:05 AM  

Slaxl: It's not by design. Not everything bad was set up by a secret cabal many moons ago. It's just common sense. If a house costs £500k it'll be easier to afford with two pay cheques.


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2021-12-03 5:43:01 AM  
The whole financial argument falls apart when you present it to someone like me, whose spouse makes twice what I do.
 
2021-12-03 5:50:58 AM  
The writer should marry my wife and see if life is cheaper.
 
2021-12-03 5:58:18 AM  
I knew a woman wrote this article even before I clicked.

Lady, nothing is more expensive than a relationship.  Nothing.  You're out there having to, like, do stuff and shiat.  Dinners and movies and birthdays and jewelry.

And if you get to the comfortable, settled down stage, there's diapers and more mouths to feed and college funds and more birthdays and allowances.  And then you have to get away from it all, which means plane tickets or RV rentals.

Just embrace your loneliness.  It's cheap.
 
2021-12-03 6:04:31 AM  
Flowers On The Wall
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2021-12-03 6:11:42 AM  

waxbeans: In only juries was as questioning of DAs as they are on Fark. There would be less wrongful convictions.


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2021-12-03 6:39:45 AM  
You can string together a series of anecdotes to identify whatever trend you'd like.  It's tough all over.
 
2021-12-03 6:53:36 AM  
Married with a daughter, and all I have to do is look at my monthly budget spreadsheets (individual and joint) to see that, if we were to get divorced, I'd be as rich as Croesus.

/okay, I wouldn't actually be rich, but I'd certainly be much better off financially, because I'd be able to scale back on quite a few expenses
 
2021-12-03 7:07:25 AM  
Then there's the smaller stuff: the utility bills; the internet and phone bills; Netflix, Hulu, and all your other streaming subscriptions.

I've noticed this a few times lately and it's surprised me how fast these things became normalized as necessary expenses.
 
2021-12-03 7:19:35 AM  

mrparks: foo monkey: [Fark user image image 425x566]

Dang. Single and left-handed.


Hey, I resemble that remark. I weighed in at 199.6 pounds yesterday. Down from 241. So I working on looking better.
 
2021-12-03 7:23:52 AM  

lefty248: mrparks: foo monkey: [Fark user image image 425x566]

Dang. Single and left-handed.

Hey, I resemble that remark. I weighed in at 199.6 pounds yesterday. Down from 241. So I working on looking better.


I'm working.
 
2021-12-03 7:39:09 AM  
In america, if youre not married with 2.2 kids, a 2 car garage and white picket fence, you are subhuman scum and should die immediately.

That is the only lifestyle that is america approved and sanctioned, All the rest of you are in this country illegitimately.

Thats why we made it illegal to build anyt8ing but single-family homes, and its why the only retail we have are big-box stores that sell everything in family-sized bulk containers.
 
2021-12-03 7:40:28 AM  

Creoena: Being single means I'm a lot more conservative in what I do with my money, and is likely true of most people.  Instead of taking lavish vacations and such people around me were doing in my late 20s and early-to-mid 30s, I bought a really modest starter house that required ~$25k of work, which was done over 5 years.  I worked out what I needed for one year of savings, and decided to double it just in case, and saved over the course of eight years to get there.  I drive a nine-year-old Nissan that is starting to have pretty bad rust issues. I'm 37 now and have a really good foundation in case something goes wrong, but had to sacrifice quite a bit over 10 years to get here.

The hardest thing about being single when you'd rather be homeless than move in with one of your parents is that dealing with unexpected events (job loss, health issues, etc.) has to be prioritized much more before they happen because you don't have anyone to fall back on.

/should have just invested in Zoom and Moderna in March 2020 I guess
//was really lucky and had enough grants and scholarships to not graduate with student loan debt


The hardest thing about being single is that if you get sick, there's no one to help you out.
 
2021-12-03 7:51:12 AM  
The best part of living alone my whole life is I never have to get divorced.
 
2021-12-03 8:02:57 AM  

Invalid Litter Dept: Weird.  In my experience relationships COST me money.

/single


Yeah, but you can adjust the quality of hooker whenever you need to.

Good week at the track? $2000 escort.
Bad week at the blackjack table: $5 crack whore.
 
2021-12-03 8:04:02 AM  

Animatronik: Also, it's nobody's job to make your life easy as a single parent, I was one and nobody did it for me. Not much help from the ex either, who couldnt manage their own life.


"Nobody helped ME therefore nobody deserves to be helped!"
 
2021-12-03 8:08:06 AM  
"Then there's the smaller stuff: the utility bills; the internet and phone bills; Netflix, Hulu, and all your other streaming subscriptions."

I think I see part of the problem of to many expenses adding up over time. The move to everything being a subscription service isn't helping.
 
2021-12-03 8:09:37 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Creoena: Being single means I'm a lot more conservative in what I do with my money, and is likely true of most people.  Instead of taking lavish vacations and such people around me were doing in my late 20s and early-to-mid 30s, I bought a really modest starter house that required ~$25k of work, which was done over 5 years.  I worked out what I needed for one year of savings, and decided to double it just in case, and saved over the course of eight years to get there.  I drive a nine-year-old Nissan that is starting to have pretty bad rust issues. I'm 37 now and have a really good foundation in case something goes wrong, but had to sacrifice quite a bit over 10 years to get here.

The hardest thing about being single when you'd rather be homeless than move in with one of your parents is that dealing with unexpected events (job loss, health issues, etc.) has to be prioritized much more before they happen because you don't have anyone to fall back on.

/should have just invested in Zoom and Moderna in March 2020 I guess
//was really lucky and had enough grants and scholarships to not graduate with student loan debt

The hardest thing about being single is that if you get sick, there's no one to help you out.


Or get old and to the point where you end up one of those people found after the house smells to bad and the neighbors call someone.
 
2021-12-03 8:09:56 AM  

Slaxl: It's not by design. Not everything bad was set up by a secret cabal many moons ago. It's just common sense. If a house costs £500k it'll be easier to afford with two pay cheques.


Well, except for that whole tax code that often benefits married people.  That's exactly by design.  Oh and the sewer bill that's based on the number of toilets in your house, not on how much water you use.  And the trash bill that's a flat fee and not based on how much trash you produce.  Any kind of flat fee not based on usage is shafting single people.  We pay more in taxes and get much less benefit from them as well.
 
2021-12-03 8:10:47 AM  
A lot of people in this thread trying to use their own lousy taste in partners to justify why it's good to be alone.
 
2021-12-03 8:18:44 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: The best part of living alone my whole life is I never have to get divorced.


You have missed out on your emancipation day. I celebrate mine annually.  Divorce is difficult, however it was the best $110,000, plus lawyer fee's, I ever spent.
 
2021-12-03 8:19:56 AM  
It costs more because it's worth it.
 
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