It may be kind of a cliché of sorts, but I like old maps. Hand-designed cartography may not be considered art by anyone who knows anything about art (and I do), but there is something about the lines and the underlying vision of the world before satellite imagery that I find attractive. On my living room wall, I have a reproduction of a map of Asia by Thomas Jefferys, similar to this one.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that now is a good time to use Flexible Spending Accounts before you lose them. Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has the same idea and is sharing ideas for spending down the money. I wouldn’t suggest buying things you don’t need or things that you wouldn’t otherwise buy with other money. The best option is to stock up on products that you know you’ll use like cold medicine, aspirin, and contact lens solution (if that applies).
Free Money Finance asks Did You (or Will You) Buy Yourself a Gift This Christmas? That’s an interesting question. I think there is temptation to use the holidays as an excuse to splurge a little bit on yourself, but there’s no real harm unless this spending is above your means or if you’re sacrificing something else for your own benefit. A few weeks ago, I purchased myself a GPS navigation system. I’ve wanted one for many years and have been holding off for a while. I guess I would consider that a holiday gift for myself.
Finally, on Moolanomy, Patrick from Cash Money Life writes a guest article about Six Streams of Income. He’s talking about alternative income — money generated from anything other than your day job, including dividends, side businesses, seasonal jobs, rental properties, part-time jobs, and royalties/patents. During the holiday season, having some extra income can’t hurt if you believe in a culture of buying gifts.
Published or updated December 19, 2007.