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by SavingWithBabies
Fri May 15, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

Still nothing on the (personal) government stimulus payment. I had a recruiter contact me for an interesting position in an early stage company. Seemed like a good fit after talking to some of the team. It would be full time employment. I'm excited about the project -- it's interesting stuff and act...
by SavingWithBabies
Fri May 15, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Income sources other than ‘normal jobs’
Replies: 44
Views: 6638

Re: Income sources other than ‘normal jobs’

@sky Have you sold any in person yet? Could always carry a spare or two and some business cards with website address? Admittedly, slower method but maybe...
by SavingWithBabies
Sat May 09, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: I Saved Some Money, Accumulated So Good
Replies: 195
Views: 46900

Re: I Saved Some Money, Accumulated So Good

Ugh, that kind of stress at work is too much. It's great it was clearly the other guy and he got what he had coming but still... I had some odd interactions with a junior employee on a past recent job and most of it was thankfully witnessed by my manager (well, technical leader) but I still felt gui...
by SavingWithBabies
Sat May 09, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1028
Views: 246866

Re: ffj's early retirement

How do you measure the squareness? I'm picturing starting at one corner, measuring 90 degrees (with what? one of those angle gauges like for cutting wood?) and putting a line to another peg at next corner, confirming 90 and so forth. But depending on the corner you start at, seems like would get won...
by SavingWithBabies
Thu May 07, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

Still waiting on the personal government stimulus payment. I'm being audited for 2018 (turns out they owe me about $1500, we'll see if I get it) and I submitted 2019 and we qualify for the full personal payment but nothing on the IRS website yet. Not too worried about it but curious when it'll pop u...
by SavingWithBabies
Sat May 02, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is doing your own car mechanics "normal"?
Replies: 24
Views: 2053

Re: Is doing your own car mechanics "normal"?

I change my own oil. It is a bit messy but I prefer synthetic and quality filters and then change it once per year (we don't drive that much). I try to time it so I'm not changing it during the winter as that gets old quick. Otherwise, it's basically down to a short task that I try not to rush becau...
by SavingWithBabies
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Five Years, Lord Willing
Replies: 637
Views: 126544

Re: Five Years, Lord Willing

The thing about Zoom is the tech it's built on has been changing rapidly over the past 4-5 years. The problems they solved are now being solved with standards and people are going to build on those standards (well, they already are building on those standards)[*]. Zoom is adapting and using those st...
by SavingWithBabies
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

Progress: 61.4% ($736,500/$1,200,000) minus a big chunk of self-employment taxes Weight: 238 (goal: 215) My wife is missing her gym classes and started exercising at home with Youtube videos of the classes she normally does. I joined her two days ago. Feeling sore but good and planning on continuing...
by SavingWithBabies
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 189
Views: 53882

Re: Fixit Log

That makes sense about the gear. I'll get a replacement and swap it out. I have a copy of a PDF maintenance manual. I saw that part about the timing and it made sense. I'll look for videos on repairing it -- I was hoping to do it with the shaft still in the machine. I was mulling over how to drive o...
by SavingWithBabies
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

The delayed payments for the recent contract work (not 2018 stuff) came through! This should take us to well above 2 years of spending in cash (after taking out taxes). That's a relief that it isn't going to be some long drawn out battle to get paid.
by SavingWithBabies
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE
Replies: 689
Views: 136948

Re: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE

And while I posted the Lazy Daze as an interesting topic, we actually went with an SUV and a hard-sided popup trailer (a TrailManor) due to being 4 people, already having an SUV and it was way more affordable. I liked having a separate tow vehicle from the shelter as we could unhitch and go do thing...
by SavingWithBabies
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 189
Views: 53882

Re: Fixit Log

On the car parts, I really debated the different levels of quality/price for brake rotor and pads on RockAuto for our big SUV when I did a big maintenance push last year. I ended up going for a 2/3 to 3/4 up the price chart set[*] of the normal range (not the super expensive fancy stuff). Overall, h...
by SavingWithBabies
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 189
Views: 53882

Re: Fixit Log

@Sclass So it's time for the first repair on our Elna 72 TSP (72C). I disassembled the machine enough to determine that, as guessed, the hook drive gear that turns the bobbin from below has broken. It's actually had all the teeth ground off. I'm wondering if the bobbin somehow got stuck and it broke...
by SavingWithBabies
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE
Replies: 689
Views: 136948

Re: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE

Shopping for RVs can be fun. Well at least the researching online part. I was impressed with the Lazy Daze RVs. Floor plans: http://www.lazydaze.com/flrplans.htm But they don't capture the wrap around windows at the rear of some models. While expensive to buy, they have a reputation of being well bu...
by SavingWithBabies
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Seeking: Robust DVD player
Replies: 5
Views: 1237

Re: Seeking: Robust DVD player

A blu-ray player has components that need to read smaller areas and deal with scratches more strongly. So it stands to reason that a blu-ray player will likely read scratched discs better than a regular DVD player. I expect there are variances in how they are made and older might not necessarily be ...
by SavingWithBabies
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Five Years, Lord Willing
Replies: 637
Views: 126544

Re: Five Years, Lord Willing

I've been feeling the whiplash too. I did sell but only the stuff I bought on the way down after I realized I was short on cash and my income was going to be negatively impacted. For the first time, I can somewhat relate to those that are "sell everything" but it really does feel like this...
by SavingWithBabies
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

Did my taxes for 2019 so I'd qualify for the free government money. In 2018, we made just about $250k and in 2019, right around $100k. I took part of 2019 off (RVing) and in 2018 I had that "two jobs at once for 5-6 months" thing going on with the extra contracting. For 2020, I think I'm a...
by SavingWithBabies
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

They did pay apparently. I'm still waiting on the payment to come to me. I think there are another 5 invoices or so to that troublesome organization so it'll be interesting to see if each one is a fight. Other contract almost down to no hours although seeing some returns on their marketing so hopefu...
by SavingWithBabies
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Suomalaisen Päiväkirja
Replies: 563
Views: 106564

Re: Suomalaisen Päiväkirja

Glad to hear things are stabilizing. I can somewhat imagine what you've gone through but to actually live that is quite something else. Best wishes.
by SavingWithBabies
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: SWB's path to financial independence
Replies: 257
Views: 61737

Re: SWB's path to financial independence

With the recent turmoil I've been trying to process why I let it get to me. Will it be different at 100% FI? Or perhaps 150% FI? I suspect not however I also don't think I'd get into the same situation again (I don't think I'd be up for people offering me a job at 100% of 150% FI -- I mean in those ...