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by heyhey
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Preppers?
Replies: 98
Views: 17185

Re: Preppers?

I don't think there's much to worry about wrt food and water. The problem will be fresh vegetables and fruit, which we don't produce enough of. We will have enough calories, and water isn't an issue. It's just that we are used to having a huge variety of fresh food that doesn't grow in this country...
by heyhey
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Creative Writing, deliberate practice, and politely asking for feedback
Replies: 22
Views: 2394

Re: Creative Writing, deliberate practice, and politely asking for feedback

I would second finding a critique group, but it doesn't have to be a real-life group. An internet group can be easier because you don't get into the personality likes and dislikes so much. But internet groups usually come out of taking an online writing course that you pay for, in my experience. So ...
by heyhey
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Quiz: Do you live in a bubble (elitist)
Replies: 72
Views: 7776

Re: Quiz: Do you live in a bubble (elitist)

I scored 22 on the original quiz. I automatically had a No for any questions asking if I'd lived in an American whatever, and I didn't understand some questions, eg "In secondary school, did you letter in anything?" Despite watching a lot of American movies growing up, I still have no idea what that...
by heyhey
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Should everyone be allowed to vote?
Replies: 80
Views: 7883

Re: Should everyone be allowed to vote?

Sometimes people are right that their vote doesn't count, as I think you have basically the same situation we have, where you are voting within a region. If you know you are in the overwhelming minority for your region (a Labour voter in a safe Tory seat, a Democrat voter in an always Republican sta...
by heyhey
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]
Replies: 8
Views: 933

Re: What should I watch out for/how to go about opening investment accounts in the US? [German national/US passport]

Does this involve putting your money in accounts in her name? I hate to throw cold water but don't forget to guard against the relationship breaking up.
by heyhey
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Heyhey's journal
Replies: 42
Views: 7680

Re: Heyhey's journal

Thanks, Wolf and Bankai. I'm kind of semi-independent now - I'm self-employed, I don't have a job. If my income suddenly went to zero, I might need to get a job for 7 or 8 years, but probably not more. This is because I am in my late 40s now and I could live on the UK state pension which I will get ...
by heyhey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Heyhey's journal
Replies: 42
Views: 7680

Re: Heyhey's journal

I want to get back into this. I have been tracking, and I've been saving, but my income hasn't been so high and I've been spending more than I'd like. My net worth end of March 2018 was £56,055. So it has increased by just under £10K in the 17 months since I last posted. That's not as much as I'd ho...
by heyhey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Vegan Food Rotation
Replies: 8
Views: 1168

Re: Vegan Food Rotation

I suggest you use fresh vegetables instead of frozen. There is a little more preparation time, but a lot more taste. You can still freeze the finished product. Are you including onion? Onion is tasty. Begin by frying the onion in 2 teaspoons of oil on a low heat until it is slightly transparent, the...
by heyhey
Sat May 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Is it unhealthy to eat the same meals daily?
Replies: 35
Views: 5706

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

@Wads to go back to your first post, if you are still here ;)

Have you considered the concerns some people have about storing and reheating rice? I wouldn't keep cooked rice more than 2 days. In fact, in your situation I'd make the veggie/beans combo in big amounts but cook rice fresh each day.
by heyhey
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Heyhey's journal
Replies: 42
Views: 7680

Re: Heyhey's journal

October 2016 Income (after tax): £1,323 Fixed work gig: £400 Variable self employment: £906 Misc (used book sales): £17 Expenditure: £935 Housing: £235 Utilities: £0 (paid quarterly) Insurance: £250 (paid annually) Groceries: £112 Household: £53 Health/personal care: £140 Transport: £6 Entertainmen...
by heyhey
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Heyhey's journal
Replies: 42
Views: 7680

Re: Heyhey's journal

Thank you, Noedig. I am in my forties, so not very extreme. I think I have changed the thinking, but I am still struggling with some aspects of consumption. I'll post October's figures now. November is actually going pretty well. I have cut out alcohol, which makes a big difference, not only because...
by heyhey
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: already sick of the grind
Replies: 10
Views: 3634

Re: already sick of the grind

My parents have said they'd help me buy a place of my own if I got a girlfriend or something, but I'm not sure what "help" means and am too tactful to ask. I'm intrigued by the "or something". Or a boyfriend? Or a cat? Welcome to the forum :D ETA: Just read your other post. Sorry, you probably didn...
by heyhey
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Heyhey's journal
Replies: 42
Views: 7680

Re: Heyhey's journal

September 2016 Income (after tax): £2,634 Fixed work gig: £400 Variable self employment: £2,164 Misc (used book sales): £70 Expenditure: £1,377 Housing: £235 Utilities: £404 Groceries: £151 Household: £89 Health/personal care: £327 Transport: £35 Entertainment: £122 Clothes: £0 Gifts: £15 Surplus/s...
by heyhey
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Something From Nothing Log
Replies: 387
Views: 86386

Re: Something From Nothing Log

I guess they would have cancelled those tickets. The person they were addressed to would surely have called to say they hadn't arrived, and had them reissued to his/her correct address. I think you were right to call before doing anything. It would be terrible to sell them and your buyer show up for...
by heyhey
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Deliberately coasting to FI?
Replies: 38
Views: 11914

Re: Deliberately coasting to FI?

I switched out of employment to be self-employed. I have done a semi-ER while still working. My definition of "work" has become so vague, it is hard to say how much time I spend on it, but let's say I aim for 4 hours a day but often do less. This could have been a massive fail financially, but it wo...
by heyhey
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Alcohol moderation
Replies: 109
Views: 22004

Re: Alcohol moderation

I had a hard-living, hard-drinking uncle who greatly enjoyed his life and I'm sure would have agreed "he would prefer to be dead in 5 years after 5 years of good living, than removing some of his pleasures and perhaps (but not necessarily) living into his dotage". He suffered a stroke and was bedrid...
by heyhey
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Serious food storage
Replies: 47
Views: 7498

Re: Serious food storage

I have been reading about historical disasters (mostly massive volcano eruptions, e.g. 1815-6) and I see the reasoning for storing 6+ months of food. But it seems to me it makes sense to buy regular pack sizes and keep it in the packs it comes in, which are generally sealed. Maybe this depends where...
by heyhey
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Feeling more judged than usual?
Replies: 37
Views: 7903

Re: Feeling more judged than usual?

What really bugs me TBH is not people's comments on my lifestyle, but their whingeing about their own. Maybe this is something that happens later. It's the "I could never afford to buy my own place" while they look at mine as if it has been gifted to me by angels. From people whose salaries are twi...
by heyhey
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Feeling more judged than usual?
Replies: 37
Views: 7903

Re: Feeling more judged than usual?

Yeah, I tend to get this a lot. As in: "You only have ONE car? For two people?" "Your house is...spartan." "You don't have cable TV?" Laugh it off. It's your life and you get to live it how you want. I get this kind of thing. I grew up with one car for 5 people...but all the same, when I say that m...
by heyhey
Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Heyhey's journal
Replies: 42
Views: 7680

Re: Heyhey's journal

After I posted yesterday, I realised that I could and should do a more accurate calculation of tax and NI, and subtract it before I post income. I can't spread it evenly over the year without knowing what my income for the rest of the year will be, but I can calculate it month-by-month on the basis ...