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 1 – August 7, 2009)
Putting the Strength of Weak Ties to Work Our lives are loaded with “weak ties” – people we know, but not well. There is a ton of value in maintaining those ties, strengthening them a bit when you can, and
Thoughts on a Low Grocery Bill You know, if you spend a bit of extra time and can trim $30 off of your weekly grocery bill thanks to coupons and meal planning and flyer watching, that’s $120 a month. That’s almost $2,000 a year. That can be a game changer if you do something worthwhile with that money.
Faith as a Guiding Financial Principle If your faith holds deep meaning for you, it can be a powerful tool for helping you make better choices. When you see someone talking about their faith and relating it to personal finance or personal growth, just remember that the faith is a powerful tool for some, but if it’s not a powerful tool for you, that doesn’t discredit the advice at all. You just need to seek the things that are important to you.
The Short Term and the Long Term Choice Quite often, we are faced with choices where one side is beneficial in the short term and the other is beneficial in the long term. A balance is healthy, but the more often you’re able to make the long term choice, the better life you’ll build for yourself.
The Netflix Culture of Excellence – and How to Capture It In Your Own Life I was utterly inspired by this article about how Netflix encourages the best from their employees.
Two Years Ago (August 1 – August 7, 2008)
The Status Quo Bias and Switching Jobs or Careers So often, we are afraid of making what would be a very good career change for us because our minds are wired to be afraid of such change. Overcoming the status quo bias in our careers
Balancing Personal Principles and the Bottom Dollar: The Cost of Healthier Food Choices One of the most challenging aspects of frugality and food is that the cheapest food is often the least healthy. It’s produced in factory settings with chemically-treated ingredients that have been stripped of most of their nutrients and combined with other ingredients to make it taste good. Raw foods are almost always substantially more expensive. How can you balance these facts?
The Frugal Introvert: Fifty Ways to Have Fun By Yourself on the Cheap I’m an introvert and I find a great deal of value in activities that I can do alone. Here are fifty things that can be done alone without shelling out the cash.
Is College Really Necessary For All High School Graduates? Whenever I think about this topic, I think of the pile of friends I have that have struggled finding work with their college degree. Then I think of a family member who is making a very good living plying a trade without any sort of college degree.
Looking at Debt Repayment as an Investment In my eyes, debt repayment is an investment. You can’t change the past, after all, so if you’re facing a debt, an extra payment against that debt is an investment because it reduces your repayment amount.
Three Years Ago (August 1 – August 7, 2007)
A Guide To Setting And Reaching A Net Worth Goal Net worth is an incredibly powerful personal finance metric. Here’s how to set a realistic goal and some tactics for reaching that goal.
The Debt Entrapment: When Your Debt Forces You To Stay At An Untenable Job Debt isn’t just money you owe. It’s freedom you’ve lost.
Freshly Graduated And About To Get A New Job? Here Are Seven Things To Do To Get Started On The Right Financial Path The choices you make right out of college can set the financial tone for your whole life. Making the right first step can be absolutely invaluable.
Seven Ways To Save Money While Cooperating With Your Neighbors – And How To Get Started Our neighbors have been an invaluable resource since we moved in. Getting to know your neighbors is well worth your time.
The New Person At Work Is Getting Paid More Than I Am! How Can I Handle It? Remember, jealousy almost always kills any good thing. The grass is always greener on the other side.
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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