Luann by Greg Evans and Karen Evans for March 20, 2024

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    Doneaver  4 months ago

    T.J. get lost, Brad dial it back and listen to her.

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    Joe1962 Premium Member 4 months ago

    Y’all, do have a lot to talk about, nice to see both of them communicating to each other, they need to keep a open dialogue going.

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    crettawva  4 months ago

    T.J. get lost dam mit.

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    Bwahahaha!  4 months ago

    lame

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    SHIVA  4 months ago

    Bwad’s mind is still back in middle school!!!

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    9thCapricorn  4 months ago

    Didn’t you see Toni pick up the finance book, Brad? She wants to go over the budget and make plans that she would feel confident about starting a family. My bet is she will say their current rental is too small and they need to look at their finances and figure the range of home prices they can afford. She’s like that. Do homework first. Which is very sensible.

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    kenhense  4 months ago

    Toni – You don’t have to buy a house first to have a kid.

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    snsurone76  4 months ago

    That’s a pretty nice house—except that the new room (Shannon’s bedroom) doesn’t quite fit in.

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    snsurone76  4 months ago

    “Not tonight, dear—I have a bank account ache!”

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    nightflight  4 months ago

    Oh, crap. Three is not company, and Toni is going to “talk it down.”

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    Wilkins068  4 months ago

    First the finances folder an th pad of paper. Then the laptop to watch a dirty movie

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    lvlax  4 months ago

    Brad, if she says having a baby is too expensive.. just pass on the kid and get yourself a Lamborghini Murcielago instead. ;)

    So will they have dessert in the bedroom before the week is over?

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    GreasyOldTam  4 months ago

    It’s easy for Brad to start a family. He doesn’t have to give up being a firefighter. What’s Toni going to do for money while she’s pregnant and nursing? Not fighting fires. Are there desk jobs at the fire department she could do? Does she want to do them? If she did, she’d probably already be doing them.

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    nightflight  4 months ago

    Here’s where Toni turns to her list of delay mechanisms, “It’s too late, the neighbors will hear us, TJ will hear us”. And Brad chooses his romantic music : The 1812 Overture, with lots of cannons going off. Not even the world will hear them.

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    Rhetorical_Question   4 months ago

    Toni is a EMT? and Brad is firefighter?

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    Caldonia  4 months ago

    See? TJ is settling for an asexual life here, being their chef and man servant, in a house that will soon be too small for him! It’s so weird and sad for a guy his age!

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    Wilkins068  4 months ago

    Toni’s got her head screwed on right. Brad’s workin on th other part

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    TampaFanatic1  4 months ago

    Looks like Toni is going to explain the economic parameters which will be associated with having a child. Time to crunch the numbers. There is a good chance that if Toni does convince Brad they need to build up a nest egg before starting a family that he will start working a second job when he is off duty to come up with the extra coin. Hopefully TJ does not hook him into one of his get rich quick schemes which he had been famous for back in the days. Occasionally one will pop up from time to time on the retro Luann strip like when he convinced Brad to go into the landscaping business while using all of Frank’s stuff and then mixed up the address of his first client……

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    Robin Harwood  4 months ago

    This expression “start a family “ always grates on me. For most of us, having children is adding to our existing family of parents, siblings, etc.

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    French Persons Premium Member 4 months ago

    The thing about having a kid is that you don’t know what you don’t know. There will be expenses coming that you have no idea are coming.

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    JonGoss  4 months ago

    These are some the best jokes they’ve written in a while.

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    French Persons Premium Member 4 months ago

    Toni doesn’t want kids. This is her chance to do the “we can’t afford it unless we get big promotions and raises“ excuse.

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    tremaine53  4 months ago

    No sugar tonight, Brad.

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    Frank Salem Premium Member 4 months ago

    Poor Brad.

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    Acworthless  4 months ago

    If you wait until you can afford to have a kid, you never will.

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    steven r. Premium Member 4 months ago

    Here we go again…

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    subterrain44  4 months ago

    They both work in a profession where, on any given day, one or the other – or both- may not come home one day. They are each ready to accept that possibility, but what about an innocent child? That possibility carries massive baggage.

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    French Persons Premium Member 4 months ago

    If G&K want to make this really interesting, they should finish out this week with Toni still not anywhere near ready to have kids and making a bunch of excuses, leaving the room, with TJ and Brad alone in the kitchen. TJ grins and says, “Patience, man!” Brad replies, “I have plenty of that… But it is darn near gone, and I’m beginning to reevaluate some of my life choices!”… The last panel on Saturday being an expressionless TJ standing there, with a sour-faced Brad sitting at the table and a dark cloud hanging over his head..

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    The Electrician  4 months ago

    Got news for ya Brad, she’s not into the kid thing.

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    Ellis97  4 months ago

    Sounds like they are gonna have to really manage their money if they want kids. Why else would Toni pull out their finance files?

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    Just-me  4 months ago

    First order of business is sending TJ packing.

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    BLUEBONNETS Premium Member 4 months ago

    For some reason I am reminded of a line from an old Guy Clark song “and that old time feeling draws circles around the block, like old women without children, holding hands with the clock.”

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    ctolson  4 months ago

    Brad – “No I think it’s desert time. I’ll see you later. Bye”

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    Call me Ishmael  4 months ago

    One would think that an hour of Shannon would inspire him to get vasectomized.

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    DawnQuinn1  4 months ago

    Finances? NEVER hold off having a family until you can afford it, because you will never have either.

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    DaBump Premium Member 4 months ago

    SOMEbody has to be sensible about this. But don’t overdo it, Toni. At some point with things like this you just have to take the plunge.

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    Call me Ishmael  4 months ago

    But seriously- a kid changes every aspect of the parents’ relationship. A difficult kid can ruin a marriage. A kid is a tremendous responsibility. Toni understands that all too well.

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    locake  4 months ago

    Once they have kids, there will be less sex. Brad should think about that.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 4 months ago

    This is why Toni is amazing. She’s a serious person who wants to try to plan things to avoid problems as much as possible. But she does it by discussing together with others and looking for solutions that can work for everyone, not imposing her ideas sure that they are the only valid ones. Even though she first tried to cool Brad’s enthusiasm and she seemed unsure, it looks now like she’s thinking about how they can make having a child possible with much more conviction and seriousness than Brad.

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    BFletch651  4 months ago

    Sound finances as foreplay? That works.

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    locake  4 months ago

    Extra expenses were not the main concern when we raised kids. One was special needs and had social and emotional issues. The other was an extreme extrovert while my husband and I are introverts . We already had a 3 bedroom house before we had kids, so we didn’t need a bigger house. Money was never a huge concern. We both kept the same cars for many years and didn’t spend money on expensive clothes or habits.

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    preacherman Premium Member 4 months ago

    Man, aside from being beautiful, she’s super practical.

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    pls72550  4 months ago

    they should buy that house and add a second story for 3 more bedrooms and a bathroom. it would be cheaper than buying another house.

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    Troglodyte  4 months ago

    Ahh…bummer. Brad was kinda hoping Toni would be his laptop! :D

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    Will E. Makeit Premium Member 4 months ago

    TJ get lost…Toni and Brad need to get begetting…

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    RonaldHulin  4 months ago

    To put it in TJs terms, sounds like the building permit got revoked and is under review due to revenue.

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    timzsixty9  4 months ago

    if you wait until you can AFFORD a child….we’d have a substantially SMALLER population!

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    hoffquotes2  4 months ago

    Well based on LuAnn universe time it hasn’t been that long. Even Shannon is about the same age

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    Bruce1253  4 months ago

    The decision to have a kid is usually not based on finances. . . .

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    eced52  4 months ago

    This is getting serious.

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    BJShipley1  4 months ago

    “I know I just said we could maybe start trying to have a kid, but I’m still gonna do that thing where I change the subject every time you suggest physical intimacy. Maybe I’ll get pregnant by magic.”

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    Bruce1253  4 months ago

    I can tell all ‘y all, that being a GrandPa is the best job there is. I don’t change poopy diapers, I don’t put up with screaming kids, my job is to fill them full of chocolate. . . . and give them back!!!! Ya gotta go through the Parent thing first, but it you do a good job you get to graduate to being a GrandPa :-)))

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    Elaine1975  4 months ago

    Toni is being realistic. Starting with birth at a hospital (and yes insurance should cover most of it), you’re looking at about $10,000 these days. Babies are cute, but they come with a big price tag. According to a US Department of Agriculture report, the average middle-income family spends between $12,000 and $14,000 on child-related expenses each year.1 For newborns, the cost is higher. Some studies show numbers ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 for the child’s first year of life, depending on location and household income.

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    comic reader 22  4 months ago

    Toni is right. It would be so much easier to have children if you have a good income and not a lot of debt. It’s depressing when everything is financially challenging and you have to worry about how you’re going to give your kids the things they need and want.

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    CAMom  4 months ago

    I like the fact that Toni is being sensible. She wouldn’t be able to work as a firefighter for a time when she’s pregnant, then no work during maternity leave (unless her Dept offers paid time). then there’ll be daycare when she goes back, if she goes back. She’s being a good future parent by looking at finances, as what affects them will also affect the baby. Losing half your salary is a BIG thing, and daycare is not cheap!

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    eladee AKA Wally  4 months ago

    The reality of having a kid verses the sheer emotional joy of it. Two worlds collide.

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    David Huie Green ForceIsAUsefulFiction  4 months ago

    “Desert us. Bug off. Scram. Hasta la vista. Git.”

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    Tom Eisenmenger  4 months ago

    Kind of reminds me of “Idiocracy” where all of the intelligent folks would rationalize why not to have kids, eventually leaving no one but idiots running things. Toni, you will be the downfall of civilization!

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    tcayer  4 months ago

    Let’s recap. They both have great paying civil service jobs with lots of off time. They live in a house owned by Brad’s parents. If they are too dumb to kick out TJ, then they have a built in babysitter.

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    kjnrun  4 months ago

    Now, that is a good line.

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    Wilkins068  4 months ago

    This might take a turn. Back on February 11th of 2017 Brad an Toni played a game of ‘strip budgeting’ an when they ran out of clothes they raced towards the bedroom

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    jrankin1959  4 months ago

    Patience, dear boy, patience…

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    The Quiet One  4 months ago

    Sometimes things aren’t what they seem.

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    mindjob  4 months ago

    Brad was ready for dessert at the Y

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  4 months ago

    Enjoy that wine now,Toni….you’re coming up on 9 months abstinence

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  4 months ago

    EXTRA EXPENSES ON HAVING A BABY

    Crib. Disposable or cloth?baby food—regular or designer?And what if the kid doesn’t like spinach?

    And specially deep bathtub to have the kid in and save a bundle on hospital bills.

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    gammaguy  4 months ago

    @kenhense: “Toni – You don’t have to buy a house first to have a kid.”

    No, but what most of the commenters here seem to be ignoring (unaware of?) is that there’s much more to “having” a kid than a house and-or money, and those other factors both impact and are impacted by money.

    Having a child implies raising that child, i.e., teaching the child both skills and “appropriate” behavior. This requires both effort and time on the part of the parents. Especially in the first few years, this requires that at least one parent needs to be available at all times, even when not in close proximity. Both parents having full time jobs away from the child is not only unsatisfactory, but dangerous… dangerous to the child’s development, and possibly also to its physical safety.

    I suspect that Toni is aware of this, and probably not only because of her experience with Shannon. Brad, on the other hand, does not seem to have even realized that having a child requires involvement, much less what that would entail. And that’s in spite of Shannon’s intrusions. And it’s not that he would expect Toni to do all the work; he hasn’t yet realized that “work” is involved.

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    kaffekup   4 months ago

    They’ve been firefighters for years, they split the rent with TJ.

    How can they be so broke?

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    luann1212  4 months ago

    Toni is being practical, very fact based, security in facts right? Brad is emotional along with his best friend TJ. Toni is also but her defense mechanism, her security is practicality. Its her body btw. What wins emotion or practiality?

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    smsrt  4 months ago

    Well said Brad. that’s mansplaining’ at its best.

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    alexius23  4 months ago

    I believe the cost of raising a child is $233,000 from conception to age 18

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    computerprogrammer2028  4 months ago

    Wive tend to want their (A) Their own house (B) Money in good shape. And yes in that order prior to starting that new venture. After that bundle of joy arrives, man those bills start piling up quickly!!!

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    kdikeda  4 months ago

    Does TJ ALWAYS have to butt in? They should ask him to leave long enough for them to have a private conversation.

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    billdaviswords  4 months ago

    T.J. …..GO. AWAY.

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    ACTIVIST1234  4 months ago

    Two definitions of marital conversation— TJ and Brad assume the easier definition.

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    eddi-TBH  4 months ago

    Brad gets the best line today.

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    RSH  4 months ago

    TJ is trying to create mood; Brad wants to get on with it; Toni wants to talks about the cost of having and raising a child; somewhere there’s middle ground. At least she ’s thinking seriously about it but in a different way from Brad.

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    Rhetorical_Question   4 months ago

    Mrs. Horner’s house is next door to the Halper’s house. July 12 2001

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    Rhetorical_Question   4 months ago

    Mrs. Horner’s house was a two bedroom home. Thay converted a utility space into a bedroom for Shannon.

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    RSH  4 months ago

    what a cute house; it’s not some ugly cul-de-sac job with giant garage door front and center.

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    Teto85 Premium Member 4 months ago

    This is where Vatican Roulette comes into play.

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