The Simple Dollar Time Machine: April 3, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine.

One Year Ago (March 28 – April 3, 2009)
Eight Thoughts for New Parents Having a child doesn’t have to be a financial train wreck (though it can be). Approach it with caution and some sensibility – trust me, your baby doesn’t need a lot of stuff, he needs a lot of time and love.

You Can’t Get Better Results Without Changing Anything If you want better results in your life, you’re going to have to make a change. Doing the same old thing is going to get you the same old results.

Theodore Roosevelt on Careers and Financial Success Theodore Roosevelt has long been one of my personal heroes. His writings are full of insight.

Synergy in Life and Money The choices you make in your life that seem non-financial quite often synergize deeply with the success (or failure) of your finances. It’s all tied together, really.

A Reasonable Marriage Here are some pointers for how to have a loving and meaningful marriage that can result in success for both of you.

Two Years Ago (March 28 – April 3, 2008)
Does It Make Financial (and Social) Sense to Consider Moving? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. There are some core things to consider, though, if you’re even considering it at all.

The Connections Between Mental, Physical, and Financial Clutter Clutter fills up your life, eating away at your energy, your living space, and your money.

The First Money Talk: The When and How of a Conversation Every Couple Needs to Have I get more questions that are precisely answered by this article than anything else I’ve ever written. So many people realize they need to sit down with their spouse and talk about money, but it seem so scary.

Daycare: Personal, Family, and Financial Responsibilities in Balance Daycare is an interesting thing to talk about because many people have very intimate feelings about it and about how it reflects on the relationship they have with their child.

Is Investing in Individual Stocks Merely Gambling – Or Something More? There is something more to it, but it requires a lot of focus, study, and discipline to do well at it. Many professional investors don’t have that.

Three Years Ago (March 28 – April 3, 2007)
What The 1960s Taught Our Parents About Money – And Why We Should Filter Their Financial Advice My parents grew up (or went through early adulthood) in the 1960s and, compared to what young adulthood is like today, they have vastly different ideas about things. For example, a newly married couple in their early twenties can’t easily just go buy a house – it doesn’t work like that any more.

When Your Friends Don’t Care About Personal Finance – And You Do This can be a sure sign of conflict – or it can be something easily resolvable. It all depends on how you address it.

Nine Social Skills To Practice – Even For The Socially Unskilled Like Myself I still use these when I’m facing social encounters. I’m just naturally an introvert.

What Being A Cubs Fan Taught Me About Personal Finance Is it too early to start shouting “wait until next year”?

Forget The Ads, Magazines Try To Sell You Stuff In The Content So does radio. So does television. Even some books do it. Being aware of the tactics helps.

If you’d like to browse through more of the archives, visit the chronology, where all posts are listed in chronological order.

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