Posts that Motivate and Inspire Me Week #1

by Scott on June 27, 2008

I have many blogs and websites that I visit throughout the week that inspire and help me think outside the box. These writers have given me new ways to think about my finances, family, and even my body. Stop by and visit these authors, as they just might motivate you as well. If you have a blog or article that motivated you this week, let me know.

In Less than 200 Saving Days Until Christmas FrugalDad wrote about how his family opened a Christmas savings account last year to help budget for 2008. Frugaldad was also motivated by Larry Stewart, the author of Santa’s Secret, and plans to give away $100 to a deserving family this year. Reminds me of the movie Pay it Forward, and how you can bless families through random acts of kindness.

Heidi at Health Nut Wannabe Mom wrote an article Bye, Bye Big Belly And Hello Trim Tummy With These 6 Healthy Food Choices and inspired me this week to drink more water. I need to spend more time investing in my health and personal fitness goals. I typically drink 2-3 cups of coffee, 1-2 diet Pepsi’s, and an occasional glass or two of water a day. My other water source comes from fruit, but I have a hard time drinking the h2o. How much water do you drink each day? I need to drink about 20 ounces more a day to stay hydrated. Yes, sounds easy, but I have been eating a lot of junk lately and not getting enough exercise. Wonder why? Oh, yeah, I’m staying up late writing articles. Heidi has some fantastic ideas for eating healthy and staying fit.

LuLuGal at How I Save Money, posted Tracking My Finances In June: Day 23 and is opening up about her personal income and expenses this month. I really enjoy reading posts about personal finance and budgets, as they inspire my family to save even harder. This is a great opportunity to learn about LuLuGal and her challenge to pay off debt. Also, stop by and wish her mom well, as she is battling an illness.

At Debt Diet, Show Me The Money! is a wonderful post about how to handle a pay raise. The Debt Dieter received a 21% raise in 12 months and writes about how to handle to new money. Would you be tempted to splurge or would you pay off existing debt?

Thank you Frugal Dad, Heidi, at Health Nut Wannabe Mom, Debt Dieter, and LuLuGal, at How I Save Money, for motivating me this week.

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1 lulugal11 June 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for giving a shout out to my blog. It always amazes me when people say that something on my blog inspired them in any way at all because I think I am just a small fish in the blog pond.

I think it is funny that my gripes about spending money encourage other people to save their own money…so thanks again.

Mother was told she will be starting chemotherapy some time next week.

2 DebtDieter June 27, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Thanks so much for including my blog in your post!

It’s been an interesting year for me money wise and I’m glad to say I’ve done smart things with that increase, like paying off 2 of my 7 credits card & having a proper savings account for the first time in my life, at 39!

3 TheFreebieBlogger June 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for stopping by my site. It is funny that we both posted about unclaimed funds. Yours was much better written but I don’t claim to be a writer, just a freebie finder. =)

4 heidi June 28, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Thanks! You made my day! I will be honest and tell you that I force myself to drink the required amount of water and it does make a difference. I usually drink water in the car, outside or after a soda, coffee, etc andyou can alos try water rich foods like yogurt,fruits, veggies, soup, and oatmeal to help you get your water but unfortunately the best thing to do is just drink it. I hate to admit it but I would almost always prefer a diet soda (which I have given up) but I drink the water. You inspire me in finances which are my nemesis-so thank you!

5 Scott July 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm

@LuLuGal Absolutely, reading your blog does inspire as you have been open about your finances and debt.

@Debtdieter I love how you are positive and focus on your goals. Great job paying off 2 of your 7 cards.

@TheFreebieBlogger I love finding lost money. Even as a kid, I can remember finding $20 in the bushes and I was thrilled. Finding money for others, is even better :)

@Heidi I don’t know if I could ever go cold turkey on coffee and diet soda. It is a tough one for me. Water rich foods is a great suggestion and I forgot that they would count towards water intake. I love fruit and yogurt.

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