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by Sven
Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Aquaculture question
Replies: 12
Views: 1321

<r>An interesting idea! <E>:)</E> Don't forget to avoid fishes getting flushed into the garden though.<br/> You might consider adding some plants in the cistern too. This should help to keep the quality of the water high (adding a filter is probably too hard).<br/> Another thing to consider is insul...
by Sven
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Is saving money worth it?
Replies: 40
Views: 4752

<r>I don't know whether this is the same in the US, but over here in Europe (Belgium to be more specific) inflation is mostly rising due to higher energy prices. So the less energy (oil, electricity, gas,..) you consume, the less you need to worry about that inflation. Inflation is more of a worry f...
by Sven
Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Pick Your Best Historical Role Model
Replies: 26
Views: 2651

<r>Hmm.. looks like i need to do some research about some people.. besides Leonardo da Vinci and Spinoza, i don't know how the other people lived (i am from Europe <E>;-)</E>).<br/> <br/> But the first person that came up to my mind was Warren Buffett as well. I read "The Snowball" (written by Alice...
by Sven
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Decluttering Emotional Items?
Replies: 10
Views: 938

<t>I went to that process as well and what worked for me is the following: first of all try to find out what is the reason stopping you of getting rid of it?<br/> <br/> The memories you have of the good times you spent with that girl? You don't need the letters for that.. the memories will be there ...
by Sven
Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from Flanders (Belgium)
Replies: 3
Views: 690

<r>Welcome to the ERE forum! Nice to see there are other Belgians going through this kind of sites/thinking about an ERE related lifestyle! <E>:-)</E><br/> I wish you good luck with the quest and hope you already made some good progress!<br/> Could you share some of your sources of inspiration? Than...
by Sven
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How Does This Actually Work With Kids?
Replies: 54
Views: 7087

<r>@ tjt: I knew the analogy was not 100% fitting, but hey it came close! <E>:-)</E> Well.. i think the ERE lifestyle gives parents much more time/opportunity to be that fellow airplane or at least check the radar. Working 60 hours a week for sure brings more material stuff in the house and indeed m...
by Sven
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How Does This Actually Work With Kids?
Replies: 54
Views: 7087

<r>I don't have children.. but i used to be one! <E>;-)</E> For what it is worth:<br/> <br/> I think ERE shouldn't be causing too much trouble raising children. I think the essentials for raising children are: healthy housing, healthy food, getting stimulated in whatever they want to do, knowing the...
by Sven
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Buying Gasoline
Replies: 29
Views: 2996

Probably that is not done by the majority of those people you see doing it, but there might also be people doing something like dollar cost averaging at the gas station (at least i heard some people are actually doing that).

by Sven
Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: This Will Crack You Up!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1488

Hehehe.. nice article.. a little rough, but it might be an eye-opener (if the people who's eyes need to be opened also actually read articles like that :-))!

by Sven
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Book idea (collection of personal plans)
Replies: 28
Views: 3488

<r>What i think would be interesting to read is what kind of issues/setbacks these people needed to overcome to succeed. Reading a success story is nice (but IMHO might get quite boring after reading 10 of those in a row), but people on their way to ER(E)/FI probably will get into similar issues or ...
by Sven
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Black Friday Stampede
Replies: 4
Views: 767

Or how close humans can get to a herd of brainless zombies..
One of those reasons why to avoid any sales period as much as possible..

by Sven
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: what about the 50 mil lottery?
Replies: 17
Views: 1560

<r>As some others here.. I wouldn't change a thing (besides putting aside some part of the money for a really rainy day).. I have everything that i need and trust myself to be able to get everything what i need.. when i need it.. if ever <E>:-)</E><br/> Something that has always fascinated me: buy a...
by Sven
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: ERE Objections
Replies: 94
Views: 13530

<t>If people respond with such objections, then maybe they are not ready yet to understand ERE/FI. They just need to come to some point first themselves and from there you can guide them.. but they first need to be 'open' for it. "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink"<br/> <br/...
by Sven
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Running vs. walking in the rain
Replies: 3
Views: 735

<r>In most cases you are probably right, but also the situation influences the results.<br/> <br/> - When you are walking/running too close to the road when a truck passes by.. it usually doesn't make much of a difference.. you get wet! <E>:-)</E><br/> <br/> - While walking you have more time to sco...
by Sven
Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Going blue-collar
Replies: 40
Views: 5508

<t>I am not sure from where in Europe you are exactly, but maybe you can look into the dredging industry. The bigger groups (DEME/Jan De Nul/..) also do projects all over the world (creating/enhancing islands/harbors/..) and salary is quite good. 'Disadvantage' is that you are not able to come back ...
by Sven
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Saving too much?
Replies: 23
Views: 2958

<r>Sad to hear about your loss! <E>:-(</E><br/> I think we all have (had) some moments that we wonder we are overdoing it.. or at least i had.. and i am kinda sure there will be more such moments coming. :-s<br/> But which seems to work for me to get through these moments: in the beginning of the ye...
by Sven
Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Confess your ERE sins
Replies: 39
Views: 3661

<r>@ HSpencer:<br/> <br/> They have a high tax on liquor, high VAT on food/drinks and high labor costs (i guess transport costs also don't help for imported goods as it is kind of hard to reach). So if you go to a bar/restaurant and ask for some beer, then those factors hit you all.<br/> <br/> Ways ...
by Sven
Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Confess your ERE sins
Replies: 39
Views: 3661

<t>My worst ERE sin: buying a house i can't/don't use at all.. :-s As the moment i bought the house, the company i was working for offered the opportunity to work abroad full time.. which i took with both hands. Luckily my sister is able to use it.. if she moves out, i will need to find a solution f...
by Sven
Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Uh oh, China's premier is a Stoic!
Replies: 15
Views: 1735

<r>@ Jacob: Well.. i really hope you will get there too! <E>:-)</E> I think it would be easier for ERE to 'become mainstream' over there, than it would become so in the Western part of the world. A lot of the things that would appear to us (spoiled kids of the West <E>;-)</E>) as 'extreme', wouldn't...
by Sven
Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Uh oh, China's premier is a Stoic!
Replies: 15
Views: 1735

Or at least he should read the ERE book! :-) Even better: make it standard lecture at the Chinese schools.. I think Jacob wouldn't mind that! :-)