No new content today, but you can check out my post over at Making Sense of Cents for tips on avoiding lifestyle inflation.
I’m really starting to like my Friday link love posts. It’s one of the times of the week when I can let loose and just write about my life without having any sort of theme or topic or layout. If I want to put a dancing pug in my Friday post, I don’t have to somehow try and link it to personal finance.
Yesterday I tried out barefoot running for the first time. I tried it because I’ve been reading a lot lately about how running in bare feet can be beneficial to reducing injury rates. I have a terrible running injury that threatens to take me out every time I ramp up training, and I’ve never been able to get rid of it. I’m hoping doing a little bare foot running on the treadmill this winter will help keep it at bay. The downside is my calves are killing me today! I guess it’s understandable that the foot strike dynamic changes when running shoes are removed, so different muscles get used, causing leg pain. All I’m going to say is that I’m glad today is a rest day.
On the debt side of things, I’ve calculated using my handy dandy excel spreadsheet that I’m $122 in extra payments away from finishing up 2012 with under 20k of debt. I’m not sure why I’ve honed in on this number, but I’m really itching to see my overall debt level tick under that 20k mark before New Years. Hopefully I can make it happen! I’m on such a tight budget that I can’t borrow from any of my accounts and funnel money into debt payment, and since it’s Christmas it’s not like I can just take my discretionary income and put it towards debt – I need that for things like rum and eggnog.
So we’ll see, hopefully I have another freakish month of high side income, that’d be nice!
Blog Posts I Loved
Cait at Blonde on a Budget had a lovely night out courtesy of ING and has resolved to redouble her charity efforts.
Jason at Work Save Live presents a lovely gift guide for husbands with suggestions at every price level.
On the flip side, Emily at One Smart Dollar presents her own gift guide for wives or girlfriends.
Kathleen over a Frugal Portland reported that her net worth is up over 250% this year! Way to go girl!
Jessica at Mo Money Mo Houses bought a scale, which I think is a great step towards a healthy lifesyle.
Daisy at When Life Gives You Lemons talk about how to get in the Christmas spirit frugally.
Jeremy from Modest Money delivers another stellar blogging tips post where he talks about optimizing images for your blog.
Bloggers That Loved Me
Here are some blogs that mentioned My Alternate Life last week, thanks guys!
Top Social Sharers
These bloggers did a great job sharing my posts this week. Thanks guys!
Have a good weekend!