That’s a seriously big part of why I don’t have kids.
@Sleve McDichael, On one hand you can comfortably afford bills and save up for a cool vacation once a year, and on the other you can have lack of sleep and clean up a surprising amount of poop on the daily.
@sticky 2, i will take whats behind choose #1 thank you
@Sleve McDichael, A lot of our friends keep asking when my wife & I are going to start a family. We tend to shrug, make noncommittal noises and change the subject - but what we’re generally thinking is “we go on four foreign holidays a year and just put down a reservation a Tesla - you have four kids, and stress smoke. When your life looks better than ours, we’ll have kids”.
@Sleve McDichael, Who downvoted you for this? It’s an honest reason not to have kids - and a much better idea than having kids and resenting them forever!
@Nellybert , people always ask me and my girlfriend when are we having kids and our polite answer is we're not in the financial position to be thinking about it but our honest answer is we don't want to deal with the stress and we value our peace and quiet
@sticky 2, My lack of sleep comes from gaming until 5am most nights...
@Nellybert , Thank you! My wife and I know what we need to be happy. I like my late nights and gaming, she likes to spend hours working on her paintings. We know that if we had kids, we wouldn’t have time to be ourselves.
@Nellybert , yep when your wife is a slut and fuvks up parenting and you cant say crap about it. But on a side note all the hard work pays off to see their faces light up with joy.
@Sleve McDichael, Indeed. I personally feel that the right time to become parents is when you are willing to devote your life to being a parent - doesn’t mean giving up everything you like, but you need to want to put your kids first. Before then, you run the risk of being a shítty parent.
@Cuactemoc4919, I’m sure that being a parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, and I really hope to be a good parent one day - I just know I’d fúck it up right now, and I wouldn’t want that.
@Nellybert , if you are going to have kids dont wait too long. You might not realize it but our parents are getting older and it's nice for them to get to see the kid grow into an adult. This is something I'm kind of dealing with now, wish I would have had her earlier.
@CrazyRightWinger, I know. I live with the regret of knowing that my dad never got to see any grandchildren.
He wasn’t terribly old, but cancer is a bitch.
@Nellybert , A good parent (my mom, for example), sets their personal interests and life aside when they have kids and focuses their energy on them. Keeping them happy, healthy, loved, kept safe and fed.
I’m far too selfish for that, personally.
To all that ARE parents, my hat is off to you. Especially SINGLE parents.
You’re da real MVP.
Even if and when I have kids, I'm still gonna buy all the consoles and such, and put it under the guise of buying them for the children. When in actuality, we all know the older generations will still appreciate Mario more than the next one.
@TheStarHawk, my dad could never get the hang of using 2 joysticks simultaneously, but he still kicks our butts in super Mario
@TheStarHawk, Same. I’ll probably just have to swap Dead Space for Mario Kart for a few years. No big loss, just a change for me.
Living the dream
Also, I don't buy $1,000 worth of stuff all at once.
@iLikeBigBooks, between me and my hubby we have 10 or so consoles + each have a computer and countless games but most of that was bought by our parents thru the years growing up and we took them with us when we got married and the rest were slowly bough over the course of the years once we were old enough to buy our own stuff. But putting it all together in one spot looks like more money up-front than it really was
@PunnyBaker, Buddy of mine (massive computer geek, but the kind who found a way to get paid an obscene amount of money to be a massive geek) dropped £20,000 in one go building his last PC. I have no idea how he spent that much in one go (that doesn’t include the monitor, I’m told), but apparently it kicks out so much heat they saw a noticeable drop in their heating bill last winter!
@Nellybert , now if you have the income to back it up then i see no issue. I'll be hella jealous of you but if you pay your bills and maintain a savings account and just still have excessive spending money then why not drop that kinda money on entertainment? Its still an obscene amount of money to spend on a computer but theres obviously a market for it and the guy has the money to spare so it just makes sense.
I have more of an issue when i see people with small to average incomes spending thousands of dollars in one go on entertainment stuff. Espescially when they follow it up by complaining about struggling to pay rent or buy food.
@PunnyBaker, Oh yeah, bastard can afford it (yes, I’m jealous - of the salary, if not so much the PC).
I’m with you - don’t buy expensive shít unless you can really afford it. And I don’t mean “I can make the minimum payment each month”, I mean “my salary and disposable income more than covers this expense”. Too many people get themselves in a financial mess cos they can’t stop themselves buying stuff they think they ‘deserve’ even if they can’t actually afford it.
@Nellybert , i have a friend who dropped $2-3,000 on an alien gaming laptop only for it to break 6 months later. He couldnt afford it to begin with and now its useless. Him and another friend are also big into MTG and the one friend has disposable income but he doesnt, yet they both spend almost the same amount on cards. Another friend always gives us heck for spending money on groceries/fresh meat but then he spends that same amount on dollar store energy drinks and various other wasteful things... and still complains to us that he has no money and "we dont understand what its like"
Yeah we do. You're bad with money. We make the same income as you but we just make better choices
@PunnyBaker, It’s like when I see people over here who are on benefits (so their rent is being paid for them, they just have to feed & clothe themselves) complain that they can’t afford to feed their kids - while smoking, drinking, subscribing to pay-TV services, and ordering junk food deliveries. Stop buying cráp you don’t actually need, and learn how to peel a fukkin potato instead of buying fries at McDonalds!
The final panel strongly reminds me of Scott Pilgrim
We love being DINKs.
(Double Income, No Kids)
That's sad, we have all that cool stuff AND a kid to enjoy it with. We've created the next generation of nerds. Guess we just know how to handle money.
All you guys spending like mad with no kids are going to be the second round of baby boomers begging for taxpayers to fund your retirement because you have no kids to love you and cover your Parkinsons pills in your old age. #
“Crap?? Get the fvck out of our house you heathen”
Good board games are way more money than they have any right to be.