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by conwy
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Off-grid water filtration
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Off-grid water filtration

"Water water everywhere, but not a drop to spare", as they say. Given the concerning increase in water shortages around the world, including countries like Australia (where I'm from) I've been investigating ways of collecting drinking water off-the-grid. First there are solar stills which look cheap...
by conwy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Learning auto maintenance and repair
Replies: 21
Views: 864

Learning auto maintenance and repair

Hi all, I'm a little ashamed to admit that I know little or nothing about car repair or maintenance. Apart from changing oil or replacing a tire (and even those I'd probably have to Google a bit for), I'd be practically useless if faced with a broken down car or van. For those of you who have such s...
by conwy
Tue May 15, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Bhuddist take on Healthcare, Suffering & Death
Replies: 23
Views: 1747

Re: Bhuddist take on Healthcare, Suffering & Death

chenda wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Accepting that there are certain things we can't fully know or understand, at least in this life.
Agree with this! I'd even prefer to enjoy and revel in the mystery.
by conwy
Wed May 09, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Advantages to foreign savings or investments?
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Advantages to foreign savings or investments?

Due to life circumstances, it happens that I have my money in two countries at once: 1) An investment platform and a high-interest savings account in Australia 2) A current account in the UK Most of my live savings are in Australia (1). But I'm currently working in the UK and putting the earnings fr...
by conwy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from AU / NZ
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: Hi from AU / NZ

Great to see another person join the movement. I'm also from Australia (though currently living abroad).

I'll check our your blog.

Thanks for the inspiration and best luck on your journey.

Good on ya, mate!
by conwy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Experiment: ERE Share House
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Re: Experiment: ERE Share House

Gilberto de Piento wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:31 am
6) Produce reality TV show. Be sure to include plot lines like "who ate all the lentils?"
I laughed, but actually seriously, this could make for a nice Netflix mini-series! Especially with the extreme saving aspect of it!
by conwy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Experiment: ERE Share House
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Re: Experiment: ERE Share House

This is sort of like the extreme version of the tiny house village movement https://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2018/tiny-home-village-fd.html Looks interesting. I'd really like if the messiness could be solved in clean, consistent ways, kind of like how Ikea makes furniture-shoppi...
by conwy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Experiment: ERE Share House
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Re: Experiment: ERE Share House

Yes, if you can find them and keep them. (4) provides some stability, but what do you do when people want to move out? Can you attract new people fast enough? How do you handle vacancies? Practically speaking, there's the issue of leasing for multiple people. Who is on the contract? Other people ha...
by conwy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: A simple thanks
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: A simple thanks

Great work on achieving your financial freedom. Still working towards mine, but getting very close now. Will be most satisfying when the time comes. :)
by conwy
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Experiment: ERE Share House
Replies: 13
Views: 1261

Experiment: ERE Share House

Hi everyone, I wanted to propose an experiment: an ERE Share House. How this would work is: 1) A number of us, say 4-5 people, whose jobs/businesses are clustered around a similar location and who are in the accumulation phase and maintain the shared goal of retiring early, would exchange contact de...
by conwy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Getting food from $200/mo to $100/mo? Adventures in making your own food!
Replies: 14
Views: 1886

Re: Getting food from $200/mo to $100/mo? Adventures in making your own food!

My daily spend, broken up by food-group: Protein/Grains - Oats - $0.25 Protein/Fat/Legumes - Peanuts - $0.25 Greens - Cabbage/Kale/Etc - $2-3 Carrots - Big discounted bags - $0.50 Chocolate - Order online in bulk - $0.70 Coffee - Instant - $0.25 (approx) Fruit - Frozen Berries - $1.40 Fish - Sardine...
by conwy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Wealth, money, numbers
Replies: 19
Views: 2202

Re: Wealth, money, numbers

wealth is not money in the bank and in the markets, but the home in a nice place, the comfortable and reliable means of transport, the enriched life with agreeable and stimulating friends, art and music, plentiful 'flow' experiences, and of course the insurances, available money, and other arrangem...
by conwy
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Money vs Position vs Skill
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Money vs Position vs Skill

It seems like a lot of jobs - especially white collar and/or tech-sector jobs - fall into three groups (sometimes overlapping): Money - the well, or at least, better-paid gigs. These can range from highly specialised contractors on 6-figures through to more generalised but higher-ranking middle and ...
by conwy
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: TheDistance - businesses that lasted 25 years or more
Replies: 1
Views: 291

TheDistance - businesses that lasted 25 years or more

Just got recommended this by Jason Fried: TheDistance

Looks like an interesting resource. I'm pretty sure the ideas that make for sustainable, long-term businesses would be a gold-mine for ERE-ers such as myself.

Going to have lots of fun listening to their podcast during my morning commute.
by conwy
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: ERE Chatroom?
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

Re: ERE Chatroom?

Maybe regularly scheduled chats with specific topics would work in addition to the normal spontaneous stuff? This! I would be keen on "workshops" centred around a given theme, with someone chosen to lead the discussion, followed by an open-ended discussion period, in which people ask questions, deb...
by conwy
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: ERE Chatroom?
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

ERE Chatroom?

Would anyone be interested in joining an ERE-oriented chatroom? I was thinking something along the lines of an IRC channel or even a group chat in WhatsApp? It would be awesome to have a constantly active, live feed of people from around the world, providing constant motivation to eachother to keep ...
by conwy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Elastic budgeting
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Elastic budgeting

Jacob, I’m only partway through the book but I might now pay special attention to Ch 7.

7Wannabe5, yes fair point too. I’m striving to live healthy but there’s a good chunk of medical issues that are environmental or genetic and outside one’s control.
by conwy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Thoughts about respectability
Replies: 26
Views: 2300

Thoughts about respectability

I've been having some thoughts lately about respectability. These are partly inspired by a lecture given by a sociologist that I found on YouTube (I'll try and find it and post the link). In the lecture, she breaks down her concept of respectability, to do with social standing and social pressures. ...
by conwy
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Elastic budgeting
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Elastic budgeting

Lately I've been learning about Reactive Programming , and finding some of the ideas interesting in relation to early retirement lifestyle and budgeting, particularly the concept of elasticity – the ability to scale resources up and down in response to circumstances. During the accumulating phase, t...
by conwy
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Increase job market resilience and optimize beyond money
Replies: 8
Views: 1069

Re: Increase job market resilience and optimize beyond money

I've found it helpful to focus on the actions of your job. The hows . The things you act on (e.g. emails, documents, chat sessions, phonecalls, etc) may be relevant only to your current employer, but the way you perform those actions (including the techniques, habits, mental models, behaviours, repe...