Good housekeeping

from Minimum/financial independence Regular extreme perspective books on good housekeeping (in case you need to learn it from a book 😉 ) just won’t cut it. Indeed when it comes to financial independence, information targeting “norms” is often useless

. Hence, one must look elsewhere. I get inspiration, not from money management books on the treadmill, but from books on system theory, biology, primitive life (Neolithic), war, philosophy, missions, … (for investments I use whatever the professionals use).

I still enjoy going to rep when financial services firms contact me trying to sell their various asset allocation plans as if they have somehow discovered the Holy Grail.

One of these books is Good Boatkeeping by Zora Aiken. On the boat, water, fuel (for cooking), and storage are at a premium. So its use must be improved. On earth these cost money. If it is improved on the ground as well, then there is money to be saved. The book (warning: I got an older one than the one in the link) contains a huge list of points with advice. So I will not list them all. Suffice it to say I am amazed at how many things we store in our fridge that really don’t need to be stored in the fridge given some preparation (cheese, eggs, lettuce,…). This means a smaller refrigerator and therefore lower operating costs. I’m very old now (ha!) and I remember refrigerators getting progressively bigger and bigger in my lifetime.

There are other tips on how to avoid mistakes when the windows are open due to lack of air conditioning (air conditioning is evil!). One method suggests getting a gecko, but warns that it won’t work if you have a cat or dog lest you start your own food chain. There are also tips on how to keep the kids entertained (paid work?) given the lack of TV (TVs are evil!). How to do laundry (washing lines, rainwater) and so on.

This book is a keeper, so I’m putting it on my wish list at (I got it from the library).
Almost two years later, the paperback came out.
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