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by Scott 2
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How to make more money without much of any schooling?
Replies: 42
Views: 2799

Re: How to make more money without much of any schooling?

If I understand the immigration website correctly, the sweet spot may be a 2 year degree, but a 1 year certificate might be enough? https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/eligibility/federal-skilled-workers.html https://www.canada.ca/en/immi...
by Scott 2
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Semi-ERE Experiment - Month 3 - "The Art Of Not Working At Work"
Replies: 511
Views: 79408

Re: Semi-ERE Experiment - Month 3 - "The Art Of Not Working At Work"

I fought against the path for a long time, but two player mode seems required for a long term relationship. Between returns on existing investments and skills learned reaching a single person SWR, sorting resources for two people isn't that much harder. Watching your partner waste decades on somethi...
by Scott 2
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How to make more money without much of any schooling?
Replies: 42
Views: 2799

Re: How to make more money without much of any schooling?

You don't need a degree to get well paid programming work. Employers are DESPERATE for people who can code. There is almost zero stigma in not having a degree. I'm not sure there's ever been a better time to get into the industry. Self directed learning, boot camps, apprenticeships - if you have an ...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 149
Views: 27015

Re: What I Spend

Tracking rules are mostly the same as when I started this thread. One change - I now pay for most of my spouse's expenses and am including them in the recurring total. Going into August, I have rough expectations of: Recurring: $1450 Food: $500 Help: $200 Shopping: $100 Work Travel: $300 A first pas...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 149
Views: 27015

Re: What I Spend

Big work trip this week. The changes I've made are already gaining momentum: 1. We're moving forward on a direct report to help with the new skill I've been leveling. A strong internal candidate is lined up. During the conversation, I was able to plant seeds for a multi-year vision that would transf...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bigato's journal
Replies: 383
Views: 54166

Re: bigato's journal

I am very interested to read about your experience with the autism specialist. The expense and time involved have stopped me from seeking such help, but I often wonder what the returns would be. I know the coping strategies I have adopted from various books and videos do make my life a lot better.
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: ERE doesn't make day to day life better
Replies: 28
Views: 3455

Re: ERE doesn't make day to day life better

+1 classical_liberal Find coworkers you peer with. Use the ERE skills and resources to move up or out. When your web of goals is fully complementary, the time spent at work becomes fun. You can look forward to large parts of your work day and get paid well. IMO one of the most interesting parts of t...
by Scott 2
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 149
Views: 27015

Re: What I Spend

New phone is working well. I ran into hidden expenses of a case and extra charging cables. Another $25. If I want fast charging, I need to buy some more current usb to AC adapters as well. I'll see if it becomes a problem. The effort I put into leveling my work stuff is starting to show results. My ...
by Scott 2
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: An American Millennial
Replies: 283
Views: 53493

Re: An American Millennial

Congratulations! I think you'll do really well. The self directed growth you've done over the last year will be a huge asset. A lot of developers struggle with finding their own way.

I looked back at your first post. Big changes in only three years.
by Scott 2
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: FreedomPop
Replies: 30
Views: 3580

Re: FreedomPop

I switched from Republic Wireless to Mint Mobile a few days ago. My existing number was working in a couple hours. No complaints so far.

My biggest area of concern was being constrained to the T-mobile network. It seems ok the places I go, but lack of roaming is an issue for some.
by Scott 2
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Where to park cash?
Replies: 16
Views: 1819

Re: Where to park cash?

I'm with a major bank, getting money market and cd rates slightly lower than the best listed here. I also have a savings account with them that gives relatively poor returns, for liquid funds. It's all connected and makes life easy though. Wealthfront sounded a little too good to be true - better ra...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 149
Views: 27015

Re: What I Spend

Got the new phone setup on Mint Mobile. I jumped from a moto G on Android 5 to a moto G7 on android 9. Upgrades - 4x the RAM, 4x the processing power, 8x the storage and 6x the monthly cell data (over 4g lte instead of 3g). Same monthly plan price. I promptly turned off all the other new features, m...
by Scott 2
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: I Saved Some Money, Accumulated So Good
Replies: 76
Views: 12247

Re: I Saved Some Money, Accumulated So Good

Do you every take any in person yoga classes? I find it one of the easiest ways to socialize. People tend to be very welcoming.
by Scott 2
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Washers vs Wipers - where do you stand?
Replies: 19
Views: 2508

Re: Washers vs Wipers - where do you stand?

Before I invested in a bidet, I picked up a 3 pack of perineal irrigation bottles: https://www.amazon.com/Perineal-Lavette-Irrigation-Bottle-Pack/dp/B07B9N9RQH I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the whole experience, especially if I'd tolerate a cold water spray. The bidet is great, but the bottles ar...
by Scott 2
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 149
Views: 27015

Re: What I Spend

I ordered a moto g7, because of a prime day deal. I'm debating between staying on republic wireless or moving to mint mobile.
by Scott 2
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: What I Spend
Replies: 149
Views: 27015

Re: What I Spend

Frugal stuff My wife cut my hair and it turned out great, as good as the best barber I've found locally. The process did take us about 2 hours, but we were both nervous to screw it up. We think things can get much faster. I actively dislike the good barber, so this is a very welcome change. About 2...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Life Expectancy Health and Spending
Replies: 14
Views: 1796

Re: Life Expectancy Health and Spending

Yes, I did some life expectancy calculators when I first started out. I found in the time frames I was considering, ie do I live to 70 or 95? - the difference in safe withdrawal rate wasn't all that much. It was lost in the noise of other safety margins included in my projections. This was welcome n...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Ways of improving your social capital?
Replies: 41
Views: 4434

Re: Ways of improving your social capital?

Bottom line - the world is made for extroverts. If you are introverted, you will forever be at a disadvantage. I am learning to "use their words". I ally with a strong extrovert, sell them on my ideas and share credit. They don't have to think about the introvert stuff, I don't have to talk to peop...
by Scott 2
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Ways of improving your social capital?
Replies: 41
Views: 4434

Re: Ways of improving your social capital?

You will notice that some of the questions are somewhat imprudent. It is amazing the things people will tell you if you simply take the time to ask. I've noticed a strange analog to the Franklin Effect where people feel closer to you if they've told you something personal. This kind of thing drives...
by Scott 2
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Best affordable workout bench?
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: Best affordable workout bench?

I have an adjustable bench from Rogue and buyer's remorse. It's too heavy, too big, not enough settings, etc. It is very stable, which is why I bought it, but that turns out not be worth the trade off. This was my second choice and what I wish I'd ordered: https://www.garagegymreviews.com/rep-fitnes...