I’ve decided to join my colleagues like J.D. by taking the One Hundred Pushup Challenge. I started on Monday and I plan to continue with my second day of training Wednesday evening. I’ve been meaning to improve my health and fitness — I promise myself to do so every year but find it hard to summon the motivation despite its importance — but this might be a communal way to kick-start my health endeavors. Also, a co-worker keeps trying to get me to go with her to the gym to take her husband’s weight class, so I may give in soon.
Here are a few articles from the Money Blog Network that caught my eye recently.
Five Cent Nickel explains how he hacked his MPG and increased his gas-mileage by 15%. He was able to do this without dangerously “hypermiling.” By accelerating gradually, anticipating braking, and minimizing air conditioner usage, he’s saving more than $0.50 per gallon.
Circumventing Realtors and Negotiating Directly. Here Free Money Finance asks some questions about working directly with sellers, spurred by a comment left by a visitor. I found GeekMan’s comments on this post interesting.
Get Rich Slowly shared a personal letter from his father to him from when he was a teenager, full of financial and life advice. I particularly like numbers 4 and 6.
In response to Zero to One Million: How I Built A Company to $1 Million in Sales… And How You Can, Too., Wise Bread presents 16 Ways to Get Money for Your Business.
With deals aplenty, Mighty Bargain Hunter warns that buying a cheap gas-guzzler may backfire.
Social Security Death Benefits. Cathy, filling in for JLP at AllFinancialMatters, explains what she learned about these particular benefits.