The Simple Dollar Time Machine – August 1, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine.

One Year Ago (July 26-August 1, 2008)
How to Deal with a Partner That Hides Money Problems If a partner is hiding serious financial issues from the other, there’s likely a deeper problem in the relationship. Here are some tips for digging into this problem – and how to come out clean on the other side.

Class Warfare and The Simple Dollar The rich blame the poor. The poor blame the rich. But that’s not what The Simple Dollar is all about. Ignore the blame, change the game, and find your own path.

Overcoming a Habit of Lying to Yourself About Money Many people lie to themselves about money, disguising the truth so that they don’t have to face the challenge of making major changes to their behavior. Such choices stand directly in the way of financial progress. Here are some ideas for getting past that obstacle.

Some Thoughts on Being Broke and Being Poor I don’t talk about poverty on The Simple Dollar – true poverty is an issue that is far beyond the scope of a blog like this. Instead, I talk about being broke – when people have resources available to them to make a change if they’re willing to step up to the plate.

The Things That Make You Feel Good – And What That Has To Do With Your Money Most of the things that truly make you feel good don’t involve spending money. So why do we keep spending money in an effort to make ourselves feel good?

Two Years Ago (July 26-August 1, 2007)
Applying Jerry Seinfeld’s “Chain” Concept To Personal Finance Jerry Seinfeld dropped one of the best personal productivity tips I’ve ever heard: simply try to build “chains” of consecutive days where you work at your craft. This works well for many avenues of life – and personal finance is no different.

Healthy, Cheap, Tasty, and Quick: The Grocery Store Grand Slam and Eight Tips on How To Achieve It Those are the four factors that we use at the grocery store, and it’s rare when we can hit all four at once (usually, three out of four is good enough). Eight ways to find that “grand slam” are included here.

A Guide To Setting And Reaching A Net Worth Goal I find that net worth is the best metric for charting your personal finance success, and setting goals is a great way to achieve the big things you want in life. So why not combine the two?

10 More Ways To Entertain Young Children For $1 Or Less (Without The TV) Entertaining young children is a persistent issue around our house. Here are some tips that worked really well with our son when he was almost two.

Personal Finance In A Family Crisis Whenever a major family crisis happens, people get together and help each other. That can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be with just a bit of advance planning that can be done any time.

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

Nine Ways to Get More out of The Simple Dollar
This is kind of a FAQ for new readers and is posted each week along with the Time Machine. Here are nine great ways for new readers to dig deeper into The Simple Dollar.

1. Subscribe by email or RSS. Visiting The Simple Dollar’s website is great, but for many people, it’s more convenient to receive the articles in another form. It’s easy to join 60,000 other subscribers and get The Simple Dollar’s content by email or in your RSS feeder (if you’re unfamiliar with RSS, check out Google Reader.

2. Comment. Each article on The Simple Dollar has lively discussion. Just click on the green square in the upper right of each article on the website and join in!

3. Read my story of financial meltdown and recovery. The Simple Dollar isn’t based on what I’ve read in books or learned in school. I’ve made a lifetime of financial mistakes – The Simple Dollar is a record of what works for me during the process of getting my life on a better track.

4. Download my free 49 page e-book. Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance On Just One Page is completely free. It summarizes all of the key lessons I’ve learned along the way about personal finance in one tidy package – in fact, all of the main principles can be found right on the cover.

5. Follow me on Twitter. I post tons of interesting articles, quotes, follow-up material, commentary, and other material on Twitter. Follow me! If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s essentially an open discussion forum for people to share ideas and thoughts with other like-minded folks – you just choose the people you want to listen to and their ideas and thoughts are all delivered to you on a single page.

6. Dig through “31 Days to Fix Your Finances.” 31 Days to Fix Your Finances is an article series that outlines how you can get a grip on your finances over the course of a month.

7. Send me your questions and suggestions. Send me an email and let me know what you’re thinking, what you’d like to see, and any questions you might have. I try to respond to as many emails as possible and I read them all. I may even use your question in a future article!

8. Become a “Friend of The Simple Dollar.” If you find the stuff on The Simple Dollar valuable and are willing to spend five minutes or so a month to help me out with small things, please consider signing up to be a “Friend of The Simple Dollar”.

9. Email a great article you find to a friend. Find an article that you think your friend would love? At the bottom of each article, you’ll find a link that says “Email this” – just click on that, type in your friend’s address, and send it right along to them!

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  1. David says:

    Hi Trent,

    I just wanted to say, this is a great article. Thanks for taking me back in time because I’m new to your site. I’ll be sure to download the book and check out some of the old articles. Keep them coming.

    -TruEngineer

  2. David says:

    Now this is a great idea. Especially for those of us newer to your blog. I just recently started folowing you and have been very impressed with the amount of good info I’ve gained from you. Now, I have about a whole week’s worth of reading….thanks!

  3. Daniel says:

    That post on class warfare is an excellent one… and it’s fascinating to read the comments both defending and excoriating the reader who emailed you.

    At the end of the day, I guess it’s a lot easier to shoot the messenger (i.e., criticize Trent for being “rich”) than to take ownership of your personal situation.

    Dan
    Casual Kitchen

  4. Great idea, Trent, thanks. Been reading for less than a year, so there is alot of good info for me to pick up on.

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