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Old 07-22-09, 01:57 PM   #1
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An observation about controlling finances.

Controlling my finances is almost exactly like losing weight and staying in shape. There are a billion ways to do it wrong, but the solution is dead simple.

Excel is an awesome mathematics package; if only it came with a decent spreadsheet editor...
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Controlling my finances is almost exactly like losing weight and staying in shape.
actually I find they are exact opposites - you want to take in more dollars than you spend, and do the exact opposite with calories.

Sadly, I am on the wrong side of these ratios more often than not.
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Yep. Like a lot of things, it's simple but not easy.
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actually I find they are exact opposites - you want to take in more dollars than you spend, and do the exact opposite with calories.

Sadly, I am on the wrong side of these ratios more often than not.
In that regard, yes, but I was alluding more to the commitment and meticulousness of doing so. At least in the beginning anyway, when spending $100-$1000 makes a dent.
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It just helps me to see all the little expenses add up. Between lunch, bars, and movies, I'll rack up $500-1000 on my credit card that's easily avoidable. Then I'll eat PB&J, drink PBR, and watch streaming movies online for a month before returning to my old ways.
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Old 07-22-09, 03:50 PM   #6
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I thought the title said controlling fiancees, and was expecting a much different discussion.
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Old 07-22-09, 03:56 PM   #7
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here are some more words of wisdom

buy low sell high
calories in calories out

Now...if only someone can work out how to put it into practice.
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I don't drink outside the house, neither I drink much.

I don't dine out nor I buy lunch very often.

Even in this economy, I can swing a vacation to Hawaii.
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