The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 28, 2010

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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 (August 22 – August 28, 2009)
Eating What You Have On Hand My wife and I do these kinds of “pantry dives” every once in a while. We do it to go through the stuff we’ve bought in bulk before it gets too old – things like dry pasta and the like.

Are Poor People Lazy? First of all, let’s distinguish between “poor” (people who don’t have money because of external influences) and “broke” (people who don’t have money because of personal choices). I have a lot of sympathy and desire to help the poor – not so much with the broke, because they can help themselves (though I will give them advice because lack of knowledge can be at work there).

That’s Just the Way It Is? Very few things are “just the way it is.” You can make choices to impact almost everything in your life. It’s really up to you and what you make of it.

Eleven Things You Can Do Today to Fall Behind Financially Yes, fall behind. These are common things that people do all the time.

Cultural Divides There are so many cultural concerns that change the choices we make as adults. The more we can learn from other cultures and adapt our own choices, the better off we are.

Two Years Ago (August 22 – August 28, 2008)
Starting a Bulk-Buying Co-op with Your Friends, Family, and Neighbors You’re never going to use those 36 rolls of toilet paper at Costco? Why not split the cost of the jumbo pack with three friends – each of you paying 25% – and keep nine rolls each at a much lower cost than you’d get elsewhere?

Personal Finance 101: Money Market Accounts Versus Normal Savings Accounts There are some differences – they’re subtle differences, but worth knowing.

Is a Positive Attitude Enough? A positive attitude alone won’t change the world, but a positive attitude is often the difference between success and failure.

Buying Things Because They’re on Sale Is an Awful Way to Save Money This is a big reason why I don’t use general coupon sites. I don’t want to wind up buying stuff I don’t really need or don’t really want just because it’s a “sale.”

Nine Things to Do When the Going Gets Tough There comes a time for everyone where tightening the screws makes all the difference.

Three Years Ago (August 22 – August 28, 2007)
Evaluating My Magazine Subscriptions: Which Ones Are Worth It And Which Ones Aren’t? I do this on a regular basis – and over time, my subscriptions have changed. When I “retire,” they’ll change again (because there are several periodicals I love to read, but I simply don’t have the time to keep up with).

Having A Second Child? Seven Frugal Tips For Getting Ready I remember these days fondly, when we just had our oldest child.

Getting Over The “Taboo” Of Generics And Store Brands I really like the idea of just taking the labels off of stuff. It helps a lot with resisting brand imprinting.

The Real Scoop On Rewards Credit Cards They work … if you’re careful with them.

The Lawn Care Dilemma: How Much Time And Effort Should You Spend? I don’t think there’s an absolute formula for everyone. However, I also think it’s one of those things that’s worth thinking about, because lawn care has both a time and a money cost.

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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2 thoughts on “The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 28, 2010

  1. As a new Simple Dollar reader, this time machine post has been helpful to me in directing me to post covering topics I missed the first time around. Good idea!

  2. “I Can’t Find a Job in This Economy!”

    No truer words encapsulate a situation better than your statements in this part of today s article.I have a close relative who will not “lower” himself to work in any occupation that he feels is “beneath” him, while descending into financial oblivion.

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