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Weekend Reading: Negotiations, Cooking, and Happiness

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Yesterday, I signed up for my second photography class, meeting every Saturday afternoon for eight weeks starting in January. I learned much from the first class I took last summer, and I have been looking for a more advanced class. My photography skills have a long way to go, and with what I consider two full-time jobs it is difficult for me to find time to practice. My goals with the class are to work on finding the “art” in the world and capturing it the way I want in the camera.

Here are some articles worth reading this weekend.

You Can Negotiate Anything. The focus of this article on Get Rich Slowly, Herb Cohen, was interviewed in September for the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. The article focuses on the main ideas behind Herb’s book, You Can Negotiate Anything.

How to Cook More, Eat Out Less. This is a perennial goal of mine that never seems to gain much traction. I feel constrained for time now, and cooking seems to take time away from me. Ordering dinner in is always quicker, particularly when I can place my order online in one browser tab while I’m writing an article in another. On this topic, also check out Save Money: Dining Out vs. Groceries Analyzed at Debt Free Adventure.

Money CAN Buy Happiness. Travel and entertainment can be expensive, so having money helps build experiences that enrich you life. But happiness has many forms, and there are plenty of experiences that can bring happiness without breaking the bank. What makes you happy?

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is being featured on Charles Schwab’s Roth IRA home page. The featured interview focusing on Roth IRA conversions in 2010 with Schwab’s Bryan Olson was published here in September.

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Have a great weekend!

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Updated May 5, 2014 and originally published December 12, 2009.

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Luke Landes 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 Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar 1 Anonymous

I am picking up my wife the Olympus E-Volt 520 as her first SLR for Christmas, Any tips?

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avatar 2 Luke Landes

Sounds like a great camera… my only tip is to use it often. And John had a good idea, too.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

Tell her she is a beautiful woman and that you’re excited about spending the rest of your life with her!

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avatar 4 Anonymous

I’ll try that out John! It works especially in conjunction with a $500 camera LOL

You can check her blog at she even talks about the camera there!

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avatar 5 Anonymous

Mmm I want a D-SLR but can’t decide 1) Which one, and 2) If it’s worth it. I don’t know if it’s something I would pick up as a hobby and enjoy or if I would stop putting effort into it. I’ve always wanted to get better at photography.

Thanks for the link, too!

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avatar 6 Anonymous


The one thing that worked for the Wife and I is hit up a local camera shop they are passionate and LOVE to talk about the subject (get a quote Amazon is usually better though)

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avatar 7 Anonymous

Thanks for the shout out my man, why I’m this slow at noticing this is beyond me ;) Happy Holidays!

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avatar 8 Anonymous

I’m even slower than J. Money — I appreciate the mention.

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