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by pete
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Follow wife to other country vs. stay and take good offer
Replies: 17
Views: 5856

Re: Follow wife to other country vs. stay and take good offe

Many post-doc jobs end up being crap with really long hours, so you're not going to see much of your wife anyway. If you really do see that double paycheck, I would stay in Belgium. I would also step up the savings/investing. You could get by with a smaller apartment, houseshare, etc for the two yea...
by pete
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The Tyranny of "Stuff" at Christmas!!
Replies: 39
Views: 10005

Re: The Tyranny of "Stuff" at Christmas!!

Some gift cards will have expired by this time next year. The notice is in the small print
by pete
Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Tiny House Rentals/Village. Instant Semi or Full ERE?
Replies: 9
Views: 3256

Re: Tiny House Rentals/Village. Instant Semi or Full ERE?

Most communities have zoning laws which require a certain minimum size house, certain required lot setbacks
$500 a month? That's just plain greed. If you were trying for $300 a month you would be more admirable.
by pete
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: 7Wannabe5's Journal
Replies: 19
Views: 5671

Re: 7Wannabe5's Journal

Even if someone takes away your higher earnings, you will still use it to qualify for a higher social security monthly. It isn't too hard to become a Ren. (Wo)Man. Just learn one thing at a time, master it, then go on to the next. Five years from now your friends will wonder how you learned so many ...
by pete
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: In Liberal Arts College: How Can I Become a Tradesman, too?
Replies: 6
Views: 2559

Re: In Liberal Arts College: How Can I Become a Tradesman, t

Perhaps he can get a one year delayed entry because he wants to do volunteer work. He could then do Habitat for Humanity for the solid year
by pete
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Team Tree House - any experiences?
Replies: 8
Views: 3037

Re: Team Tree House - any experiences?

I did Treehouse for a month. I finished the first Wordpress option and half of the PHP (also the HTML and most of the CSS). I soon realized I needed more of a basic intro. I cancelled out, and got two intro books on each subject (the for Dummies and one competitor each). After I finish them, and fee...
by pete
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: In Liberal Arts College: How Can I Become a Tradesman, too?
Replies: 6
Views: 2559

Re: In Liberal Arts College: How Can I Become a Tradesman, t

I understand where you're coming from. Man is a tool-using animal, yet most of the college majors shun getting your hands dirty. How are you going to finance college? 1. Enroll at the local community college. Choose a machine shop or welding program (they may have different program names nowadays.) ...
by pete
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Help me stop worrying!
Replies: 20
Views: 6078

Re: Help me stop worrying!

Worrying about worries just makes the worries worse as it concentrates the mind on worrying. For the possible problem tenant, start learning some aspect of the building trade whether it be carpentry, plumbing or whatever. Plus, you will qualify for the builder's discount. Job loss? Read the classifi...
by pete
Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Input on choice of job path appreciated
Replies: 19
Views: 5000

Re: Input on choice of job path appreciated

Will you like becoming a high school teacher in math & physics? Gee, hard to tell until you actually try it. Can you register as a substitute teacher limiting yourself to physics and upper math? If you want to tinker all day, then you should consider becoming a college professor. Businesses gene...
by pete
Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: parents with "normal" salaries...doing ERE? Blogs?
Replies: 30
Views: 6303

Re: parents with "normal" salaries...doing ERE? Blogs?

While the upfront costs will be higher, going to rechargeable batteries for the most used will save. On washing dishes by hand -- that will depend on whether you let the water keep running or not. Easiest is to let the dishes soak for a while. Helps to have a two compartment sink -- one for hot, sud...
by pete
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: parents with "normal" salaries...doing ERE? Blogs?
Replies: 30
Views: 6303

Re: parents with "normal" salaries...doing ERE? Blogs?

I think saving $8k a year is great. Is your $50 a month saving for medical a 'medical savings account' (msa) and therefore pretax dollars? Are you able to reload/refill your printer cartridges yourself? This can bring the cost way down. In the winter, I place fabric covered Celotex in most of the no...
by pete
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: College Student Laundry
Replies: 10
Views: 2451

Re: College Student Laundry

Using a bucket & plunger or a washing board takes too much time. Always wash a full load, anything less is wastefull. Add your roomie's laundry if need be and split the cost. Stay in the laundry room (and do reading) so your laundry doesn't walk off. If using liquid detergent, use no more than a...
by pete
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: parents with "normal" salaries...doing ERE? Blogs?
Replies: 30
Views: 6303

Re: parents with "normal" salaries...doing ERE? Blogs?

the cost of disposable diapers adds up quickly. Getting a pack of washable diapers for part of the day may be a lot cheaper. Instead of your husband cutting his hair, he may get better results if youcut it for him. The library should be able to get you books on family haircutting. Public school unti...