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by KevinW
Wed May 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: What Do You Eat for Weight Loss?
Replies: 105
Views: 9984

Re: What Do You Eat for Weight Loss?

As @herp says, I recommend the strategy of logging everything you eat and enforcing a daily (or weekly) calorie budget, targeting 0.5 to 1 pound lost per week. This is similar to the YMOYL exercise of logging all spending, in that it forces you to be conscious about the bottom-line of where resource...
by KevinW
Wed May 10, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: MS Office-installing an older version?
Replies: 7
Views: 494

Re: MS Office-installing an older version?

+1 to LibreOffice/OpenOffice or Google Docs If you are a professional and your clients demand Word specifically, I doubt that an obsolete version of Word will be acceptable for very long. Microsoft tends to intentionally break backwards-compatibility to force users to upgrade. In this case Word is a...
by KevinW
Wed May 10, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Alternative Investments as opposed to work
Replies: 36
Views: 3011

Re: Alternative Investments as opposed to work

Here are some businesses I've considered: coin laundry vending machines automated car wash rental houses vacation rentals (airbnb) flipping cars Since you have capital up front, you could buy a distressed house in cash, renovate it yourself while camping onsite, finance it at its improved value, ren...
by KevinW
Wed May 10, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: When DIY spins out of control...
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: When DIY spins out of control...

Yeah, sometimes it's just cheaper to buy the pre-packaged mass-produced commodity.
by KevinW
Wed May 10, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Coffee consumption questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1228

Re: Coffee consumption questions

+1 to French press and grinding your own beans.
by KevinW
Wed May 03, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Cheapest way to move my modest amount of stuff to a new city?
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: Cheapest way to move my modest amount of stuff to a new city?

I used to like Alamo and Dollar, but all these companies are about the same.
by KevinW
Wed May 03, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Cheapest way to move my modest amount of stuff to a new city?
Replies: 21
Views: 1470

Re: Cheapest way to move my modest amount of stuff to a new city?

I used minivans from car rental companies (e.g. Enterprise) for several of these bachelor/minimalist sorts of moves. The Dodge/Chrysler minivans have "stow-and-go" seats that fold flat so you can fit a large amount of cargo in there, and the rental company is none the wiser. You can rent one for 24 ...
by KevinW
Wed May 03, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Is it unhealthy to eat the same meals daily?
Replies: 35
Views: 2552

Re: Is it unhealthy to eat the same meals daily?

The risk is that a routine diet may have a "blind spot" for one or more essential nutrients which will eventually cause you to be malnourished and sick (e.g. vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy). I'd recommend logging all your foods over a period of say 1 week and calculating whether you meet the rec...
by KevinW
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Varieties of salt and cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 922

Re: Varieties of salt and cooking

Also, as @BRUTE pointed out, the shape of the salt kernels has an effect too. Again, following common sense, fine table salt tends to disperse evenly while coarse Kosher salt concentrates in clumps. On something like a salad or steak, it can be nice to get a little burst of intense salt. But in a so...
by KevinW
Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Varieties of salt and cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 922

Re: Varieties of salt and cooking

The gourmet salts have traces of minerals aside from pure NaCl. The effect follows common sense, the trace minerals change the flavor and color slightly. Personally I prefer to control flavor and color with other ingredients (spices, herbs, etc.). But if the salt works for you, more power to you. It...
by KevinW
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Free exercise
Replies: 31
Views: 2681

Re: Free exercise

Ideas for strength training, from largest initial investment to smallest: new home gym ("Bowflex"), used home gym, weightlifting equipment, monkii bars (https://monkii.co/), kettlebells, bodyweight exercises with pullup bar (http://www.simplefit.org/), bodyweight exercises at a public park, bodyweig...
by KevinW
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Going Vegan
Replies: 23
Views: 2348

Re: Going Vegan

Resist the urge to eat the real thing by avoiding eating the substandard imitations! +1 I'm not vegan myself but I do try to be mostly plant-based. Trying to replicate the SAD in plant form doesn't work well. It involves a lot of highly processed, expensive, meat "alternatives" that are ultimately ...
by KevinW
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: How to Buy a Couch
Replies: 18
Views: 2313

Re: How to Buy a Couch

Another option for BIFL is Arts & Crafts style wood sofas. In the $3000 range but last practically forever with occasional refurbishment. Another standby is the Ikea "Klippan" loveseat: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S89130239/ $299, with a wide selection of replaceable covers. When the ...
by KevinW
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: BIFL Stocks
Replies: 13
Views: 1251

Re: BIFL Stocks

I don't think I'd feel comfortable saying any stock is BIFL +1 See the "Nifty Fifty" for an attempt at making this kind of list circa the 1960s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nifty_Fifty Many of them are either distressed, or have already gone out of business. If you want to lock something in for l...
by KevinW
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: 10 year old Prius or Accord?
Replies: 11
Views: 2216

Re: 10 year old Prius or Accord?

If what you want is a transportation appliance, meaning a car that will just work efficiently and with minimal maintenance and mind-space, get "the smallest Toyota that meets your needs." Toyota has really mastered this niche across their line. IMO, a supermini hatchback (Yaris) suffices for most si...
by KevinW
Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Permanent Portfolio in this environment?
Replies: 30
Views: 3727

Re: Permanent Portfolio in this environment?

Right, the PP is not designed to generate income, rather its goal is total return. In addition to yield, some returns come from capital appreciation. Stocks are expected to produce a real return through capital appreciation. Gold is expected to appreciate at the rate of inflation over long time fram...
by KevinW
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Permanent Portfolio in this environment?
Replies: 30
Views: 3727

Re: Permanent Portfolio in this environment?

@classical_Liberal You're right, historically there has been a lot of prosperity, a little recession, and only a few years of deflation or severe inflation. If that pattern continues, a prosperity-weighted portfolio is more optimal in the long run, no doubt. My first counter is that this is a future...
by KevinW
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Permanent Portfolio in this environment?
Replies: 30
Views: 3727

Re: Permanent Portfolio in this environment?

+1, the PP should be considered as a holistic self-regulating system. Quoting from the PP writeup on the ERE wiki (http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/index.php?title=Permanent_Portfolio), Another key premise is that the future is unknowable. As a consequence, it is impossible to make accurate pr...
by KevinW
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sources for Bulk Foods
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Sources for Bulk Foods

Minced garlic, ginger paste, olive oil, canola oil, ghee, table salt, black pepper, vinegar, canned diced tomatoes, basmati rice, all-purpose flour, carrots, yellow onions, russet potatoes, and whole chickens. I buy these primarily from Costco, but some non-membership big box stores are in my rotati...
by KevinW
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: ERE Cooking for beginners
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

Re: ERE Cooking for beginners

If your slow cooker dried out, it probably didn't have enough liquid. Usually liquid needs to cover all the dry ingredients. Prepared recipes should get that right. Pressure cookers and microwaves operate on different principles. A pressure cooker increases pressure which, as you might remember from...
by KevinW
Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: ERE Cooking for beginners
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

Re: ERE Cooking for beginners

Pressure cookers and slow cookers are different, but both are potentially useful. A slow cooker can braise a big batch of food (like pulled pork or a big stew) for hours. It's particularly useful because it can be left unattended, so it can cook overnight or while you're away at work.
by KevinW
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Need some help making a money decison
Replies: 9
Views: 1312

Re: Need some help making a money decison

If I were you I would prioritize this way: 1. Save up some operating cash, AKA "emergency fund" in other circles. This allows you to ride out cash flow issues (rent due before paycheck clears), buy in bulk, self-insure small items (refrigerator contents), avoid financing (buy phone in cash instead o...
by KevinW
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: ERE Cooking for beginners
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

Re: ERE Cooking for beginners

My first pressure cooker was a small Presto from a thrift store that looked at least 30 years old. It worked fine but the size was limiting and it was difficult to clean. Then I splurged on a Kuhn-Rikon, which you could say is the Mercedes of pressure cookers, because it's probably overpriced, but i...
by KevinW
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: ERE Cooking for beginners
Replies: 20
Views: 2592

Re: ERE Cooking for beginners

Strategy:
http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/ ... _and_sales

I think you'll find the kinds of recipes you want in the "More-With-Less Cookbook."
by KevinW
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Durable shoes
Replies: 99
Views: 16518

Re: Durable shoes

Conventional wisdom is to put shoe trees (e.g. http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/shoe-care/shoe-trees/full-toe-cedar-shoe-trees/SF604.html ) in your shoes immediately after you take the shoes off, and let a pair of shoes air dry at least one day between wearings. That probably necessitates at least ...