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by Salathor
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Only Rice and Beans Response from friend on Spending Goal
Replies: 32
Views: 2404

Re: Only Rice and Beans Response from friend on Spending Goal

That's about our spending for a family of four with a paid off house in a high COL area. The thing is, you don't have to eat just rice and beans. You DO have to cook pretty much everything yourself though. No hiring personal chefs to cook for you in far away kitchens and send the food, frozen, to yo...
by Salathor
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Sleeping problems
Replies: 27
Views: 4144

Re: Sleeping problems

I know this is late, but I have a question--do you do stuff in bed before you go to sleep? I know you said you WERE using the computer. Hopefully you stopped. But for me, I really have to end ALL stuff in bed or I don't get much sleep. If I want to read, I do it in the other room before hand, etc. I...
by Salathor
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Protecting against dementia
Replies: 47
Views: 3039

Re: Protecting against dementia

Apparently only the stronger versions. So maybe file this under possible but not plausible. This was a short term study with finite dose exposure. Dunno about long term bioaccumulation, but I do know that "some people" are popping Benadryl like candy instead of pursuing lifestyle modifica...
by Salathor
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Your macro/mkt prediction for 2020? Let's see who gets it right
Replies: 42
Views: 4167

Re: Your macro/mkt prediction for 2020? Let's see who gets it right

I predict a neutral year, equities wise, hitting November within +/- 5% of where we are now. I'm not sure whether Trump will be reelected, but I predict he gets more individual votes than he did in 2016. If he wins, I see a moderate-to-neutral end of the year. If he loses, I see an immediate bump bu...
by Salathor
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Cash or card?
Replies: 38
Views: 5219

Re: Cash or card?

Travel points are basically worthless, especially at ERE levels. Like someone else said, sign ups can be slightly rewarding, but are kind of a hassle. The biggest advantage I have found was with the price protection feature some credit cards offer. If something goes on sale within X days (often 30),...
by Salathor
Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Fox's Journey: And Onto the Sunlight!
Replies: 913
Views: 181691

Re: Fox's Journey: And Onto the Sunlight!

Mortgages are largely not tax deductible anymore since the standard deduction increased so much. I would personally just pay cash for the house to increase resilience and reduce dependence on income. Utah seems really nice. My dad lived there for a while as a young man to ski. Lots of Mormons, which...
by Salathor
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Warning: WH seeks to limit/deport immigrants using ACA and other gov. services
Replies: 212
Views: 46086

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

So are you really arguing that the government gets to tell you where to live? And that some legal residents of the USA have more rights than others? Whether you think this PARTICULAR policy is just or not is one thing, but the very idea that anyone who is allowed any legal residency within a nation...
by Salathor
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: C40's Journal
Replies: 1092
Views: 301392

Re: C40's Journal

How is Thailand going? Are you seeing any of the Visa action that Mr. Free @33 (Dividend Mantra) has been reporting lately? He said he had to leave after being there for the last two years.
by Salathor
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Something From Nothing Log
Replies: 634
Views: 163303

Re: Something From Nothing Log

That's how kombucha people are. We brewed it for about six months before getting pretty sure we were being poisoned by it. Everyone says it's safe, but we were increasingly uncomfortable drinking it. We tossed our SCOBY.
by Salathor
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Something From Nothing Log
Replies: 634
Views: 163303

Re: Something From Nothing Log

Man what a deal. My wife was looking at those for if we switch to full-time RVing. But we live in CA and can't buy them for whatever reason. Something something fluoride. (That part's a joke.)
by Salathor
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: To eat wheat: yay or nay?
Replies: 10
Views: 2384

Re: To eat wheat: yay or nay?

I was skeptical about this at first, but when I tried to make natural sourdough, I found that any conventionally grown flour completely killed my sourdough culture. I had to use organic wheat flour or else the sourdough culture completely died. My wife makes sourdough and we've had a culture for th...
by Salathor
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Get Paid $10,000 to Move to Tulsa or Vermont
Replies: 17
Views: 4827

Re: Get Paid $10,000 to Move to Tulsa or Vermont

Boy I'd do Topeka or Tusla in a heartbeat for 10-15 grand. Not sure if it would be worth it given that I could just keep my CURRENT full-time job and make more money though. Need some remote work I guess.
by Salathor
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Lemur Journal!
Replies: 527
Views: 121593

Re: Lemur Journal!

@jacob . Thanks! Now I remember...Would like to calculate this myself soon. Maybe add some different foods as well such as potatoes, beans, lentils, etc...and see what the math comes out to. The good news is that pretty much all the real staples are similar prices (except for white flour, which is ...
by Salathor
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The KonMari method
Replies: 89
Views: 22322

Re: The KonMari method

I agree with Ertyu here. I watched Marie Kondo's show on NF (I recommend one episode; I think that's enough. Personally, I liked the one with the guy with like 200 pairs of shoes) and never thought she was a frugalist or advocating frugality. Looking at the interviews she did, I saw immediately the ...
by Salathor
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: C40's Journal
Replies: 1092
Views: 301392

Re: C40's Journal

Where are you staying so far? Are you in a hotel or did you find a month-to-month apartment situation? Does the pricing differ either way?
by Salathor
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: How far are you willing to walk to work?
Replies: 22
Views: 3411

Re: How far are you willing to walk to work?

Just get one of those electric scooters, you can even get some with folding bike tires if you wanted studded tires for winter 45 min commute sounds shitty if you're so close I laughed at this one. I've been trying to talk my wife into letting me get one for like eight months, but it's a nonstarter....
by Salathor
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: The Man Who Solved the Market
Replies: 12
Views: 2169

Re: The Man Who Solved the Market

The book is definitely going on my 'check out from the library' pile, along with the new Houllebeque (sp?) novel. Not a huge fan of his writing, but I found Submission to be very thought provoking. Anyone who read that and said he was an Islamophobe missed the point.
by Salathor
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: How far are you willing to walk to work?
Replies: 22
Views: 3411

How far are you willing to walk to work?

I live just about 3 miles from my office. As a government employee, I can ride public transit for free, which ends up equating to about a 45 minute commute (due to time spent waiting). This is the same as it would take me to walk if I were really hoofing it and averaging 4 mph, but it's far more com...
by Salathor
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: The Man Who Solved the Market
Replies: 12
Views: 2169

Re: The Man Who Solved the Market

@MI — It’s a yarn. @Salathor — The book isn’t about politics. It doesn’t even come up until the last couple of chapters. I meant sarcastically that the review overemphasized politics--I'm not sure every review needs to have a disclaimer these days that one of its subjects is a conservative. "F...
by Salathor
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: The Man Who Solved the Market
Replies: 12
Views: 2169

Re: The Man Who Solved the Market

I really feel like the NYT review needed to pull Trump into it a few more times than they did, since this is a book about politics and the election.