Calorie counter for my wallet
November 9, 2010 10:24 AM Subscribe
I'd love to get a handle on my money the same way I'm getting a handle on my eating. I've been using Fatsecret
and its corresponding Android app
for several weeks now to lose weight...and it's working! I think the reasons it works for me are A) it forces me to eat consciously; I know I will be entering the calories, so instead of scarfing eight cookies, I'm counting so I can enter the right amount in Fatsecret later, B) It's simple (takes only a moment to choose a food, dropdown menu for portion, barcode scanner/can enter food anywhere with app; I don't have to think about when, what, how often to eat), C) It's almost like a game (Hey, only 74% of allotted calories today! Woo!) I want something like that for money.
posted by The Dutchman to work & money (9 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Mint is too easy -- it pulls in data from my credit cards and bank account on its own and it doesn't require any conscious thought. Something that's trickier than counting calories, though, is that spending a fixed, daily amount isn't realistic, and yet I still need this to be a really simple system (even at the sacrifice of some fancier features) or I won't use it; I'll just think about using it. Any suggestions?