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Money and Dating, Meal Planning, and Mind Mapping

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A few weeks ago, I mentioned that American Express launched a new community-focused website called Currency and that I would be participating as one of the writers. I’m proud to announce my first article was published yesterday. True Romance: Dating With Financial Attitudes in Mind takes a look at how you can survive early relationships in today’s world, focused more on personal finances.

As I announced yesterday, Consumerism Commentary is giving away four copies of Quicken 2011. Follow that link to find out how you can enter to win.

Here are some articles from throughout the Yakezie blog network, a motivated group of financial and lifestyle blogs threatening to take over the world.

I eat out a lot. It’s had not too as a single individual. Grocery shopping in general is somewhat designed for families. Even in normal quantities, food I buy will often spoil before I have a chance to eat all of it. But I’m not a good food planner. Mighty Bargain Hunter offers some tips for meal planning. I need to break that eating out habit; overall health, losing weight, and being fit are important to me, and I haven’t put the time in effort into doing the right things.

Couple Money presents a great primer for using Excel for saving money on phone bills. Excel is one of my favorite pieces of software since learning Lotus 1-2-3 in DOS in the 1980s. In the article, Elle shows how you can download your phone bill from your carrier’s website, convert it to Excel, analyze patterns using charts, and make decisions about changing your service.

Mind mapping is a relatively new name for an old concept. It takes the concepts of goal setting and idea creating and combines them with flow charts. In short, it is a visualization of related information. My Journey to Millions explains how you can use mind mapping to build an empire (or do anything else you would like, no matter how outrageous).

Updated June 23, 2016 and originally published October 8, 2010.

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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 TakeitEZ

I need to work on decreasing my eating out as well, and it doesn’t help that I am married and have a two year old son. So I am putting my part in buying the family groceries, plus spending more money eating out (mostly lunch). My wife prepares lunch for her and my son, but I am not dedicated enough (too lazy) to take the time to prepare my own food. I added up my last 3 months of eating out and it came out to over $600.00!!!! I could definitely be saving this money. I plan to buckle down this weekend and to make sure I plan my lunch meals so I can buy the ingredients when we I go grocery shopping. Wish me luck!!

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avatar 2 moneyfunk

And he uses a real pic. Nice. :)

So…financial samurai…when are you going to show the real you?

Flexo, I liked your article at GetCurrency. I agree with careful on the credit cards as long as he doesn’t start using coupons on the date! Well, at least the first date.
And MJTM – the mind mapping looks like a great thing for any person to use – especially if you have a serious type A personality and the mind tends to run away. But I wonder if it would be more fun to get the big black marker out with a long role of butcher paper to hang on the wall. ;) Thanks for sharing the good links.

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avatar 3 Financial Samurai

My gravatar is the real me!

I’m not thoroughly impressed that I’m the only one who doesn’t haven’t to put up my mug on Currency. Power!

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avatar 4 Anonymous

I use Mindjet Mind Manager to plan training sessions and presentations. I like it because it is very stable, plays very nice with Microsoft Office products, and has plug-ins for people who do not own it but need to view/use/comment on a map.

Planning a project can be tedious and take a lot of time. I find that projecting the project map onto a screen and then having the entire group work with it works well and keeps us on track from the brainstorming through to completion. Mind Manager allows up to import documents, memos, etc. to the map and export the information in the map to Microsoft Project to fill in major points and steps. Great product.

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avatar 5 Anonymous

Whoa, I haven’t heard a mention of Lotus 1-2-3 in like, forever!

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avatar 6 Anonymous

I meal plan all the time. Granted I have a family to feed, so its practical for me to do so. But its possible and can also be practical for single people as well. It requires some thought, but I find that its well worth the money you can save. You’ll get better at cooking the more you practice. And there’s nothing better then eating your own food, when you’re good at it.

I also want to mention this great excel spreadsheet I use for budgeting. I found it on the web and its free. It’s call Within Your Means. What I love about it, is that it takes everything into consideration, things like incidentals and planning ahead for future purchases. It’s pretty cool.

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avatar 7 Anonymous

I have used Quicken for years. I’ve upgraded year after year, and have found no real difference in the newer version. Thank you for letting me know that upgrading from 2010 to 2011 is no necessary.

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avatar 8 Anonymous


Thanks for mention.

Writing on Currency and US News?! I think it is time you give up the day time gig.

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avatar 9 Anonymous

I’m a little late on this post – whoops! Congrats on the first post at Currency! I really liked it! And I couldn’t belive I saw a “real” pic when I got there – nice! :) Yeah, I agree with Evan – you’ve got it made on the interwebs these days. Oh yeah and I’m totally jealous of those gigs. Can I sign you up to be my mentor??? :)


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