Linkworthy: Gardens, Nurses and Foreigners

My weekend was far busier than I anticipated but hey, that’s life and it’s all good busy around here these days.

I’m changing the way I do some things around here so this Linkworthy will be a bit different.

My pick for this week goes to Austin at Foreigners Finance. He played off an article I wrote about some personal finance tools, but he focused on his preferred method of managing his finance, a simple Google Docs spreadsheet that he manually enters everything into and keeps very granular track of his money. Personally, I’m a techy and a huge automation nut. I use Mint.com for my budgeting software but I can see Austin’s point, “Since you’re manually putting in the numbers, you’ll understand your money better.”

Putting yourself right in the mix, just like when you bake a cake. If you bake a cake, you can understand all the ingredients going into it, all the hard work it took to make and you can better understand and enjoy the final product. Others that eat that cake may enjoy it, but will not have the same understanding of what it took to put everything together and make that cake.

Austin’s Foreigner’s Finance is a really interesting site. I’m intrigued at his background and his current way of life, teaching English in Japan. Very cool.

Here are the roundups PF Firewall was mentioned in:

I wanted to thank all of you Yakezie members for the way you really reach out to each other and help each other. I think the group is turning more into a close family than a group of bloggers.

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» Money FunkNo Gravatar said: { Apr 11, 2010 - 08:04:42 }

Thanks for the link luv.

Austin has been putting out some great blog posts! I think he really deserves more attention to his blog. All the great interviews he’s been posting are cool, too.

Brunch is going to be my new weekend gig. Think it turned out okay?
.-= Money Funk´s last blog ..Brunch with Christine =-.

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» Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar said: { Apr 11, 2010 - 09:04:33 }

I agree Christine, I hadn’t heard of Austin’s blog before Yakezie put us together, but I really like what he’s doing over there.

I think the brunch came out really well! I’ll have to keep a lookout for next weeks.

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» AustinNo Gravatar said: { Apr 11, 2010 - 11:04:13 }

Aww, you guys are making me blush 😉
.-= Austin´s last blog ..Interview with an American ESL Teacher in Brazil =-.

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» Money ReasonsNo Gravatar said: { Apr 13, 2010 - 03:04:29 }

Thanks for the mention too!

Kudo to Austin, I think that experience would be awesome!!!
.-= Money Reasons´s last blog ..Are You Tracking Your Cash Flow? You’d Better Be! =-.

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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

No prob, MR, and I agree. I have often thought that a little time outside the States (or outside one’s home country) would do everyone some good. It’s a huge eye opener.

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» Guy G.No Gravatar said: { Apr 18, 2010 - 08:04:11 }

Hey Jesse,

You’re right about what you’ve said regarding the Yakezie members. Partnership and the “Pushing up of Others” will help us all. I think that the personal development and finance niche can only grow, and that means more opportunity to affect change and make a positive difference in people’s lives. If we can all help each other grow, then we’ll be able to help others in a more meaningful way.

Talk to you soon,
Guy
.-= Guy G.´s last blog ..Grocery Saving Tips – Tips on Budgeting =-.

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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Hey Guy,

Thanks, they are a great bunch, and surprising how awesome the support is from each of them to everyone. I agree, there is a ton of room to grow, and with groups like these, helping eachother can bring out the best in all of us and give the best content to readers as possible. It all works out for the best.

Thanks for your comments!

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» Guy G.No Gravatar said: { Apr 19, 2010 - 11:04:51 }

Hey Jesse,

I’ve seen some of Austin’s stuff too. He’s going to have a guest post on our blog sometime this week actually.
Suburban dollar is good too.

Thanks for sharing the links,
Guy
.-= Guy G.´s last blog ..Investing Basics – Tips on Budgeting =-.

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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Hey Guy,

Absolutely, they are both great writers! I’ll have to watch for Austin’s guest post.

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» Dr DeanNo Gravatar said: { May 1, 2010 - 12:05:15 }

I am enjoying getting to know all you “youngsters….” in Yakezie!

Thanks for the mention!
.-= Dr Dean´s last blog ..Your Emergency Fund-Let’s Fine Tune That Baby!!! =-.

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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Thanks Dean, I’m enjoying getting to know some of the veterans around here 🙂

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» JerretNo Gravatar said: { Sep 9, 2010 - 08:09:04 }

I did the whole “granular” thing for 5 years. I hated it. When you’re dealing with receipts (for me anyway), you’ll miss a few.

And that’s what made it so frustrating. Knowing that I was watching it like a hawk yet missing $50-$75 a month because of receipt fail.

Automating has done wonders for my psyche.

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Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

There is a certain stress threshold that has to be watched when taking control of something. Sometimes it's worth just letting it run on autopilot.

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