The Simple Dollar: Best of 2008

2008 was the second full year of existence for The Simple Dollar. Over the course of the year, I posted some 700 articles – some good, some bad, and some ugly. Below, I tried to pick out most of the good ones to create something of an anthology for 2008. Hope you enjoy it! (By the way, here’s 2007′s anthology).

January
The Basics: Eight Tactics To Use When You’re Just Starting To Turn Things Around
The One Month Coupon Strategy: A Really Clever Way to Make Coupons Worthwhile
Online Personal Finance Analysis Tools: Some Thoughts on Quicken Online, Mint, and Wesabe
Wallet Hacking: Six Tactics for Modifying Your Wallet to Minimize Your Spending and Maximize Your Time
Video Games and Frugality

February
Little Steps: 100 Great Tips For Saving Money For Those Just Getting Started
The Changing of the Guard: $4 Generic Presciptions at Wal-Mart and Target
Defeating Superman Syndrome: How to Progress Beyond the “Need” to Be the Financial Hero
Training Wheels: Why I’m Spending Less and Less Time Managing my Personal Finances
25 Questions to Think About Before Your Next Job Interview

March
“Freegans,” Dumpster Diving, and the Limits of Frugality
The Financial Recovery Toolkit: Ten Tools I Used In My Financial Turnaround
Ten Ways to Translate Your Passion Into Additional Income
Is Success a Choice?
Is Jim Cramer a Positive or a Negative Influence on the Average Investor?

April
The First Money Talk: The When and How of a Conversation Every Couple Needs to Have
Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: A Detailed Visual Guide
8 Ways to Easily Reduce the Energy Consumption of Your Computer – and Save Big Money
Budgeting 101: How a Simple Budget Helped Me – And Can Help You, Too
Are Rechargeable Batteries Really Cost Effective?

May
Making and Maintaining a Master Information Document
Making Your Own Homemade Oatmeal Packets: A Visual Guide and Cost Analysis
An Interview With Amy Dacyczyn, The Author of The Tightwad Gazette
The Monthly Grind: Sixteen Hardcore Tactics for Minimizing Your Monthly Bills
The Essential Bookshelf: The Only Eight Books I’ve Kept (After Hundreds of Reviews)

June
Review: You’re So Money
How to Budget Using ING Direct (Or Another Full-Service Online Bank)
How We Organize Our Coupons and Execute Our Coupon Strategy
No Time for Frugality: Cutting Financial Corners with No Time Investment
A Clever Trick for Automatically Finding Deals You Want at Amazon

July
The Minimalist Kitchen: What You Need (and Don’t Need) to Set Up Your First Workable Home Kitchen
Should You “Debt Snowball” Directly into a Savings Account Instead of a Debt Payment?
Ten Tactics for Improving Your Luck
100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend
Some Thoughts on Being Broke and Being Poor

August
The Frugal Introvert: Fifty Ways to Have Fun By Yourself on the Cheap
A Frugal Guide to the Iowa State Fair (or Any Similar County or State Fair)
This Is the Right Personal Finance Book for You!
Everything’s So Easy for Pauline: Thoughts on Luck, Fate, Money, and Life (my favorite of the year)
How to Avoid the Trap of Splurging as a Reward for “Being Good”

September
Twelve Tactics to Prepare For and Minimize Winter Heating Bills (Besides Woodstoves)
Why One-Budget-Fits-All Doesn’t Work – And Why It’s Difficult to Compare Spending Between People and Families
Fifteen Ways to Have Cheap Fun With Your Kids Using a $1 End Roll of Paper
The Aldi Question: Does One Bad Experience Spoil the Soup?
The Twelve Biggest Personal Finance Mistakes People Make Over and Over Again

October
The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself
Some Thoughts on the Fulfillment Curve
Stop Trying to Impress Other People
Giving Outside the Box: Generosity on a Limited Budget
Eight Things You Should Do Immediately to Save Money When You Buy a Car

November
A Guide to Winterizing Your House
The Readers Speak Out: Their 25 Best Actions for Saving Money
What’s It All About?
A Long December
When a Treat Stops Being a Treat – and How to Get It Back

December
Announcing My First Book, “365 Ways to Live Cheap” (a major moment for me)
Gas Price Deflation: Should It Affect What Automobiles We Purchase?
Eighteen Tips for a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding
Synergizing Hobbies and Career for Greater Personal Success
Planning Ahead for Next Year’s Garden

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  1. Curt says:

    Wow. I’ve impressed with how many good articles you can write.

  2. BonzoGal says:

    A VERY happy New Year to you and yours, Trent, and thanks for all your wonderful and helpful writing.

    And to all of the folks who post comments- the happiest and most prosperous year to you all, and thank you all for your fun, interesting, educational, sometimes frustrating, always interesting writings!

    Cheers! (Clink of glass containing champagne purchased with double coupons)

  3. MrsMoney says:

    Wow, I am impressed too! Have a happy new year!

  4. Katie says:

    Thank you for this compilation! I just subscribed to your blog in November, and it was great to see which articles you thought were the best this year which I had missed. Happy New Year!

  5. Ranganathan says:

    Dear Trent, A VERY Happy New Year to you, your family and to all TSD readers!

  6. Happy New Year! Here’s to another year of learning and growth, thanks Trent!

  7. Shevy says:

    Happy New Year!

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