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.
Updated December 29, 2010 and originally published June 18, 2008.