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Blogger Dinner in New York, Nannies, and Museums

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of getting together with some of my colleagues in the world of personal finance blogs. Six of us, representing My Journey to Millions, Free From Broke, Investor Junkie, and Money Crashers, met for dinner in New York City. My trip to the city allowed me to get in some of the exercise I missed this past week; with local trains running express, I found myself traveling twenty blocks past my destination and walking briskly back to the restaurant from 72nd Street. Aside from the exercise, it was great to get together with some like-minded bloggers.

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Free museum days from Bank of America. Craig from Free From Broke offers this description of Bank of America’s program that provides an opportunity for their customers to visit certain museums for free. This article refers to last year’s program, but it has been extended into 2011. Bank of America’s website offers the list of museums and cultural institutions across the country that qualify.

Don’t complain about money if you do this. Evan from My Journey to Millions notes that people who spend their money on things that he doesn’t feel worthwhile don’t have the right to complain about their financial situation. For example, if you have a smart phone that costs $120 per month (mine costs $70 per month), you shouldn’t complain about being broke. There’s obviously logic to the argument that indicates that one wouldn’t be broke if they eliminated frivolous expenses. Logic never plays much of a role in finances.

Consumerism Commentary participated in a few Carnivals this past week: Carnival of Personal Finance, Totally Money, Festival of Frugality, Carnival of Credit Score and Debt.

Updated June 18, 2014 and originally published February 7, 2011. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Investor Junkie

Great to meet up Flexo!

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avatar Evan

I still stand by my decision to get the beer sampler!

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avatar DonnaFreedman ♦70 (Newbie)

Logic doesn’t often figure in, does it? I interviewed a CPA who told me she’ll go through a financially troubled couple’s finances, pointing out what could go. There’s always a reason that these things CAN’T go, she says. The reason is rarely a good reason. We humans have a tremendous ability to convince ourselves that the things we want are the things we NEED.

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avatar gotr31 ♦224 (Cent)

Amen to that Donna! It drives me nuts when my friends complain about money and then go out and get their nails done, expensive hair appts and text me on their smartphones. (I do none of those by the way.) But they always have a reason for the expenses. I have really gray hair, I bite my nails, etc.

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avatar eric ♦1,549 (Half-Dollar)

Donna, I’ve met some ppl who have rationalization powers you wouldn’t believe! :D

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avatar shellye ♦107 (Cent)

I have a friend very deeply in debt and working toward paying it off (like a 5-year plan), who always says that food is their biggest budget buster and can’t seem to cut back on it. In the next breath she’ll talk about something funny that happened at one of their weekly meals at family-type, sit-down restaurants! They “just can’t” cut the eating out portion of their budget. And don’t even get me started on all the stuff they buy for their kid because he “needs” a birthday party and big Christmas celebration…

Some people don’t have sense to come in out of the rain, as my grandma would say…

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avatar Craig

It was awesome meeting up with you guys and meeting you Flexo! I love meeting people in person and finding out they are down-to-earth folks which you were Flexo.

And Evan, that beer sampler bordered on a 6-pack!

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avatar Investor Junkie

Hey Craig,

Same here.

Email us the dates, you want to meet up again for lunch (with beer samplers also :-)

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avatar Evan

Hmmm a 6 pack? I still stand by my decision lol

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avatar Craig

To be fair, and for all who read this, you did offer up some to the rest of us.

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avatar skylog ♦368 (Nickel)

would have loved to be a fly on that wall….

love the post by evan. too often i hear people around me who just this, and it makes me crazy. these are the same guys/gals who skimp on tips, are always looking to do something, ask to borrow cash and won’t take even the most basic advice from me regarding how to help themselves.

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avatar Bucksome Boomer ♦236 (Cent)

Sounds like you guys had a great time. Hopefully, we’ll all get to meet in the future.

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