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by chicago81
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: SWR milestone record
Replies: 237
Views: 109250

Re: SWR milestone record

July 2019 - 4.03%
by chicago81
Sat May 18, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What kind of bank account should I open?
Replies: 22
Views: 4114

Re: What kind of bank account should I open?

Ally online bank is excellent. Completely free/no-fee checking and savings accounts, with very good savings account rates. They reimburse up to $10 foreign ATM fees per month too. No physical presence, so you wouldn't be able to get cashier's checks or do cash deposits though. (I keep a Chase accoun...
by chicago81
Thu May 02, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Plantar Fasciitis
Replies: 18
Views: 2428

Re: Plantar Fasciitis

Oh my goodness, I've been suffering from this since just before the new year. It is awful. I've bought so many different things on Amazon trying to resolve it. My crappy employer-provided-health insurance has a small network, so I can't get in to see a podiatrist until mid June. My primary doc presc...
by chicago81
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: A retirement in prison
Replies: 29
Views: 7358

Re: A retirement in prison

Nope. No way. We can put a number on our FIRE or ERE goals... But I cannot put a number on my freedom.
by chicago81
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Alternatives to Google News?
Replies: 40
Views: 10284

Re: Alternatives to Google News?

Google News recently switched to a "minimalist baby"-format with tonnes of white space and about 1/3 of the information density of the "classic" format. Why, oh why is the internet increasingly being designed for people who type with their thumbs and mouth the words they're reading? :evil: I've fou...
by chicago81
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Rental accommodation once retired
Replies: 46
Views: 7782

Re: Rental accommodation once retired

One thing to be aware of, in certain rental markets: There are sometimes laws in particular locales that stipulate that landlords have to use the same pre-defined criteria by which to evaluate all potential tenants. In nearly all cases, one piece of that criteria would certainly be based on employme...
by chicago81
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Feeling guilty while learning math
Replies: 18
Views: 3853

Re: Feeling guilty while learning math

I'm 15 years removed from college life, but at the time I was studying for my degree, I can totally relate to the comments from the OP. Not specifically with mathematics in particular, but on a whole bunch of topics. With a full schedule of classes, and possibly working part-time concurrently, and k...
by chicago81
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How to deal with performance ratings in workplace
Replies: 20
Views: 3613

Re: How to deal with performance ratings in workplace

Agree with the last few posters. Don't approach the boss with an "offer" to leave. Just ride it out (coast) until they get rid of you. Just make sure you don't do anything that would cause them to fire you "for cause" or for "gross misconduct." Approach it as if you don't give a flying F.. because i...
by chicago81
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The soft coup against US President Trump
Replies: 20
Views: 3897

Re: The soft coup against US President Trump

The thing I'm eagerly waiting to find out, is...

if Mueller's office was so quick to come out to refute this report from BuzzFeed.... does that mean a significant portion of "the other stuff that has been reported/said/speculated-on by all kinds of sources" has a lot of truth to it?
by chicago81
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: what happens to baby boomers who didn't save for retirement?
Replies: 20
Views: 3602

Re: what happens to baby boomers who didn't save for retirement?

Try calculating the expected payout: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10070.pdf ... Note that if you're married but didn't have much of an income or any income of your own but you're married, you have the option of claiming 50% of your spouse's benefit instead of whatever you'd get under your own num...
by chicago81
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: List of essentials
Replies: 45
Views: 9584

Re: List of essentials

The blender is essential for our cooking. Used almost daily. Most meats are cooked in a frying pan, with a blended vegetable puree added in after the meat is mostly fully cooked. The puree usually consists of any combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic clove, green/red/yellow/jalapeno peppers, fresh...
by chicago81
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: RANT: Holidays made miserable by a compulsive talker
Replies: 6
Views: 1432

RANT: Holidays made miserable by a compulsive talker

Ahh the holidays. A time when we "get to" (or "have to"?) be with family. I have a mother who I believe is a compulsive talker (no diagnosis), and who also suffers from an anxiety disorder (diagnosed). I am miserable and frustrated whenever I am around her. She worries and stresses about everything,...
by chicago81
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Market Crash?
Replies: 18
Views: 3523

Re: Market Crash?

After seeing the dot-com crash while I was in college, and then experiencing the 08-09 crash with assets invested in the stock market... this week felt like... almost nothing for me. (And my back-of-the-envelope estimate is that my net-worth decreased by probably more than 100K in this past week or ...
by chicago81
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Suze Orman Hates FIRE
Replies: 41
Views: 7920

Re: Suze Orman Hates FIRE

I listened to the whole interview podcast, and the whole follow-up podcast. I'm sure Suze has helped a whole lot of "financially illiterate" folks in the past. That being said... What I heard from her in that interview was pretty ridiculous. Her entire argument against FIRE seemed to revolve around ...
by chicago81
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Using Stock Broker Margin to Buy Real Estate
Replies: 6
Views: 990

Re: Using Stock Broker Margin to Buy Real Estate

You can get more leverage at IB if you have portfolio margin instead of RegT margining.
by chicago81
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fridge not running
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Re: Fridge not running

Only 4 years old? I'd check to see if it was still under warranty.
by chicago81
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services
Replies: 217
Views: 36115

Re: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services

Here's something that's REAL. My brother-in-law has been living in the United States for more than 25 years and is on TPS status. He did not get married, so he has had no path to citizenship. Now that TPS has been officially cancelled, he is going to be forced to leave the place where he has lived, ...
by chicago81
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services
Replies: 217
Views: 36115

Re: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services

jacob wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:03 am
  • 25% support separating families at the border
What in the actual fuck?

This is looking more and more appealing... and I am not far off from having the required funds:

https://canadafreepress.com/article/can ... hip-almost
by chicago81
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services
Replies: 217
Views: 36115

Re: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services

This infuriates me. I am in a situation where my family could be potentially impacted if this rule if it is put into effect. Over the past 15 years I’ve paid nearly 250K in federal income taxes alone. I will be absolutely livid if they tell me that my spouse can no longer be a citizen and can be dep...
by chicago81
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Art of Not Being Governed
Replies: 107
Views: 17360

Re: How Will My Fascination with ERE Affect My Marriage?

Maybe you just need to put those feminine wiles to use. Like set up a date night where you cook him a home made meal made from scratch, show yourself off in a dress you made by hand, prop him up be letting him beat you in a game of chess, and then when you are relaxing in your newly decluttered liv...