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 (December 5 – December 11, 2009)
Personal Finance 101: What Does FDIC Insurance Really Mean? In a nutshell, it means that if your bank fails, your account is insured up to $250,000 and, likely, it’ll appear as an account at another bank within a week or so.
Brand Preferences and Frugality Can a frugal person have brand preferences? Certainly, as long as they’re based on something tangible about the product.
Most of Us Have Never Experienced a True Economic Meltdown This is not the 1930s. It is not the Weimar Republic.
Two Years Ago (December 5 – December 11, 2008)
If You Don’t Need It, It’s Not a Deal! Bargain shopping for the sake of finding bargains on stuff you don’t need isn’t really bargain shopping at all.
Family Traditions: What Children Really Want for Christmas They want traditions. They want family. They want time with people that love them. Christmas memories aren’t created from an expensive gift from an absent parent.
The Best Moment of Your Day If you keep track of these, you’ll begin to find that most of them have very little to do with any form of spending money.
Three Years Ago (December 5 – December 11, 2007)
Building a Foundation: Ten Things To Do First If You’re Looking At Starting Your Own Business Most of the things you need to do to get ready involve planning and thinking about what you’re doing. Things like filing paperwork are just icing on the cake.
Does Peer Pressure Keep Us From Succeeding? We are often very similar to the average of our five closest friends. Your peers somewhat define who you are.
Facing A Difficult Personal Finance Decision (Or Other Major Decision)? Try These Seven Techniques I often use the “pros and cons” list idea to help me with difficult decisions.
Four Years Ago (December 5 – December 11, 2006)
Battling The Convenience and Costs of Fast Food I freely admit that I like an order of French fries when I’m on the road.
Lauren’s Problem: Overdrafts Mixed With Solid Planning Quite often, personal finance problems are resolved by being better organized.
Figuring Out What Money Really Is Money is a representation of the time you spent doing something for someone else – typically some form of work. When you spend money, you’re essentially trading away your time and energy.
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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