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by inchicago
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

Thanks so much Alice_Au. I wish I had never got into the habit of eating out. Expensive and not good for health really. I have gotten into the habit of not eating lunch out at work. Downtown prices are astronomical and will be more so soon with new taxes and I'm sure what I am bringing is way health...
by inchicago
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

It’s been some time since I last posted so I thought it’s time for an update. It’s been a little over five months since I have had a full-time job. A little over three of those months have been temping at a non-profit. My pay is about 55% less than I was making, and I have no benefits. As crazy as t...
by inchicago
Sun May 19, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

Thanks bigato for the ideas. I will definitely think about what I'll do with, because having a car kind of stresses me out but it does make sense to test it out before just getting rid of it.
by inchicago
Sun May 19, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

bigato, excellent idea! I am only driving it on Saturdays and Sundays right now (if then) so it wouldn't be that hard to stop for 3 months, especially in the summer. The winter is what I worry about.
by inchicago
Sun May 19, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

classical_Liberal, I like the way you think! Actually, I hadn't even thought of that as a long term solution. I have people telling me I'm crazy for even temping. I always respond with I have no debt and my expenses are low so I can do it. I feel like temping will allow me to explore options and may...
by inchicago
Sun May 19, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.
Replies: 657
Views: 157362

Re: A Journey of Mindfulness--the Remaking of Life in Midstream.

I've also put my ERE as a set of milestones. I agree with you that it is very easy to keep adding yet another thing to it as I have done but for me, I like working towards a goal. It keeps me motivated.
by inchicago
Sun May 19, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

Long time, no post. A lot has happened recently. I’m so glad though I started implementing a lot of the ERE principles in my life. It’s allowed me to walk away from a job which was causing me major stress and unhappiness. I have never in my life left a job without having a new one. But that’s what E...
by inchicago
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

Thank you for the comment fell-like-rain. :) You are correct. I had no plan. Just some ideas. I had spent the last week or so coming up with how will I make this happen in 2019. I know where I want things to go, so I'll be putting most of them on automatic so I simply don't have it in the account to...
by inchicago
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Mae & FrugalPatat's Journey
Replies: 58
Views: 8418

Re: Mae's Musings

Congratulations to you both! :)
by inchicago
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

It's been awhile since my last post. I have been reflecting on the past two years and realize I need to get serious about this ERE thing as the clock is ticking every day. I read a journal post earlier (Jin+Guice's) and I was like whoa, that was the best summary I've seen as far as what we are taugh...
by inchicago
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Leaving a job before the one year mark?
Replies: 12
Views: 1925

Re: Leaving a job before the one year mark?

I have been on the hiring end and have seen many resumes with short timeframes for jobs. Sometimes, the person hasn't specified that it was a temporary or contractor position. Sometimes, they just had a bad string of jobs that didn't fit. Sometimes they are just starting out in their career. And som...
by inchicago
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

It’s been so long since I’ve posted, that I forgot my password. Anyway, it’s time for this year’s summary and new goals to be written. 2017 Goals Summary: 1. Learn to invest wisely in stocks. While I did manage to learn a lot more and open up a Roth, I only put in $1,000 for this year. I will contin...
by inchicago
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I think I’ll stick to quarterly updates from now on. So for the best news: I FINALLY GOT A NEW JOB! No more overtime, lots less stress and more money/vacation. I’m still absolutely exhausted from my old job but I’m hoping in another month or two I can start seeing...
by inchicago
Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Anyone else tired of the: "X Reasons why Y" articles?
Replies: 11
Views: 1810

Re: Anyone else tired of the: "X Reasons why Y" articles?

I just happened upon this and wanted to comment that one of my biggest pet peeves are those ridiculous "listicles". They give you a sentence or two, then make you click to the next lame sentence with a lame photo, all the while with tons of spammy ads that my computer and Internet speed do not get a...
by inchicago
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: I need recommendations for board games
Replies: 51
Views: 9013

Re: I need recommendations for board games

Here are a few we have that I enjoy: Ticket to Ride, Spot It (quick fun card game), Colorku (which is like Sudoku but only with colored marbles and it gets more and more challenging), and Brain Box: U.S. States (I used this for international visitors and students and they loved it.) I have more but ...
by inchicago
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: How to Invest 100k in Real Estate?
Replies: 14
Views: 6654

Re: How to Invest 100k in Real Estate?

I would have to agree with JasonR about the storage units (if you can find them). They can bring in some real good cashflow and a lot less hassle.
by inchicago
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Chicago lots for $1
Replies: 3
Views: 2366

Re: Chicago lots for $1

I think this idea is a good one since it cuts down on vacant lots and raises additional tax monies for the city. (The current plan of shutting off different street lights to save a buck has been very annoying.) I am not personally planning on investing in one of these, although I have met several in...
by inchicago
Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

I will feel a lot better when I have the 5-10 years saved, for sure. What I've done to keep myself on track is made cash envelopes for groceries and eating out this month to ensure I don't spend more than I have allocated. It's much more difficult for me to spend cash because I start to panic when I...
by inchicago
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

I wonder if anyone runs into this, that you think about buying something for a holiday or special occasion, and then think, "Where am I going to store it until next year?" It's a good deterrent from buying impulse items or things that will only be used twice a year.
by inchicago
Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: inchicago's journal
Replies: 81
Views: 17700

Re: inchicago's journal

No, I'm starting for 2017 so every month I will be putting aside so much money to fund it until I hit the max. Then, I will continue doing this every year I can.