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by Frugalitifree
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Subsidizing mortgage with renters
Replies: 11
Views: 3563

Re: Subsidizing mortgage with renters

I did this for quite some time and found it very effective. My housemates overpaid my mortgage and I lived with renters a lot of my life so no issue for me on that front. Alas I (happily) found a significant other and we preferred to live w/o others so together we pay the mortgage now(I pay the lion...
by Frugalitifree
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Heating a bonus room, separate from main heat
Replies: 22
Views: 4423

Re: Heating a bonus room, separate from main heat

I own 2 Whitfield pellet stoves. They came with my first house, I have replaced nearly every component, between the two. Combustion fan, auger motor, auger bushings, distribution fan, vacuum sensor, control board, high and low limit switches. They are pretty simple to troubleshoot, but parts are un...
by Frugalitifree
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: What Percentage of Expenses should go to Rent?
Replies: 32
Views: 8790

Re: What Percentage of Expenses should go to Rent?

Yes, there is a rule that rent generally should not be more than 25% of your gross monthly salary. And some landlords require that from their renters. I should say that it’s better to follow this rule. One time I have the situation when I spent approximately 40% on my rent. And everything was alrig...
by Frugalitifree
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

Thats great, its not your imagination. My roaster recommends two to three days resting to allow gases emit off the beans and for the flavours to settle. Any coffee you get from a proper coffee shop will have beans that have been rested appropriately. As far as shiny beans, this is a matter of prefe...
by Frugalitifree
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

Thanks for sharing this. I finally got some green beans and roasted them in my popper. I had some funny results. First I smell like smoke. The right darkness (that I like) comes on so fast I really need to watch things. I get all Smokey. Second, I let the beans rest a day and I was disappointed wit...
by Frugalitifree
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 101138

Re: Halfmoon's journal

My favourite journal here. Keep the memories coming Halfmoon, there's a lovely flow to your prose.
by Frugalitifree
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Advice on Smartphones
Replies: 16
Views: 2933

Re: Advice on Smartphones

Loads of second hand ones out there for free or reduced.
by Frugalitifree
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

I set up an extension lead for my popcorn maker and roast my beans outside. The wind itself takes care of the chaff. the thing is to take the beans off after the second pop, but of course this depends on your preference and how the bean roasts. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later. How do you like you...
by Frugalitifree
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

Ah, ok thanks! I haven't been keeping up-to-date with my redit parlance:-) The aeropress isn't something I've tried though have heard only positive feedback. I'm in love with my espresso machine. If you love your coffee it is worth sourcing one at a price that you would consider good value. In the l...
by Frugalitifree
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

Hi Bryan. , how do you mean subbed to roasting? My supplier also throws in a free coffee! Forced air may well be the best system, but perhaps I'm a little lazy. My freezer is bigger than I need(rental) and isn't near full. Its kept at -19C, which is probably too cold from a financial perspective, an...
by Frugalitifree
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Re: Roasting Coffee at Home

I did it in a pan a few times. Strongest caffeine kick I ever felt. However, I didn't feel like spending 30+ minutes to make a cup of coffee, so I stopped. Bought the green beans at a coffee shop and paid the same as for roasted ones, so no financial incentives. Using the popcorn maker I roast seve...
by Frugalitifree
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Share Your Life Hacks!
Replies: 68
Views: 18791

Re: Share Your Life Hacks!

I created a separate thread for this post below. Perhaps it would have been best to post here.

Roasting your coffee beans at home using a popcorn maker. saves a pile of money and is quite a lot of fun. Recommended
by Frugalitifree
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Roasting Coffee at Home
Replies: 21
Views: 4711

Roasting Coffee at Home

So again, can't see a reference to this cost cutter so here it is. I'm a bit of a coffee nut. So in my search for the financially optimal way of feeding my addiction I came across this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTsC6JWM0qU It details how to roast coffee beans using a popcorn maker. I us...
by Frugalitifree
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Attic Insulation
Replies: 6
Views: 1342

Re: Attic Insulation

Cheers to one and all. I will avoid the (somewhat silly) paper option. My house is particularly old(and charming in my eyes) so will have to investigate ventilation amongst other things. This will be part of my summer project. That and fine tuning my FI skill set.
by Frugalitifree
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: 2016 Hottest Year on Record (Third Record Year in a Row)
Replies: 25
Views: 4862

Re: 2016 Hottest Year on Record (Third Record Year in a Row)

He can show some leadership in the right direction. That's what real politics is about. But I agree, critical mass un a bottom-up forcing of the agenda would be most effective in creating a platform for change.
by Frugalitifree
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Attic Insulation
Replies: 6
Views: 1342

Attic Insulation

I've had a look through the forum and there doesn't seem to be a topic addressing insulation. So here goes... I've recently bought a house(ERE proofed, promise) and would like to insulate the attic space. Before I go to the expense of buying insulation I was wondering if anyone here had insulated th...
by Frugalitifree
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Avoiding unsafe water when traveling?
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Re: Avoiding unsafe water when traveling?

Bottled water should be viewed as a no-no on this site no? :-) If you get a water filter as used by trekkers/campers you'll never be in trouble. Fill up in the morning, or during the day. https://www.rei.com/product/695265/msr-miniworks-ex-water-filter I have that one. It's the business. I however g...