The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 4, 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 (November 28 – December 4, 2009)
Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel I have mixed feelings about the “prosperity gospel.” I don’t agree with the theology, but I do like it as a self-improvement tool.

Putting the “Important but Not Urgent” Tasks Above the “Urgent but Not Important” Tasks Mastering this, in my opinion, is a big key to personal success in every dimension of life. There are so many “urgent but not important” things in our lives and when we put them atop the “important but not urgent” things, we lose.

Why Are Oranges Always on Sale in December? Seasonal Food Sales and How to Take Advantage of Them I am always keeping an eye out for fresh produce on sale.

Two Years Ago (November 28 – December 4, 2008)
A Long December A long December and I’ve reason to believe that the next one will be better than the last.

Cutting Down on the “Hidden” Costs of After-School Activities Eating out, mall stops, buying beverages at the game – these were all part of after-school activities for me and they were all expensive. How can you cut that down?

Internal and External Signals If you can get a grip on all of those external signals, you can get a grip on some of the poor spending choices you make in your life.

Three Years Ago (November 28 – December 4, 2007)
Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards This is very concise summary of my perspective on personal finance.

An Inheritance of Collectibles What do you do if you inherit a collection of stuff that you don’t know much about? Here’s how I would handle it.

Simple Frugality By The Hourly Rate I often look at frugal decisions in terms of the value per hour that they provide. For example, if I can spend five seconds going across the room to flip a switch that controls four 60 watt bulbs and the lights then stay off for eight hours, that switch flip saved me about twenty cents. Figuring that for an hourly rate makes the value of that five seconds very high.

Four Years Ago (November 28 – December 4, 2006)
Money as a Social Barrier I think that if you’re finding money to be your social barrier, it may only be a proxy for something else.

Building a Better Blog for 2007 Here’s a compilation of my advice on getting a blog going. I put everything I ever learned about blogging to work here on The Simple Dollar and it seems to have worked out.

Is Living Cheap Really Worth It? Ask Alan and Bob If you can shave just a few percent off of your spending, it can have life-altering effects.

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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One thought on “The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 4, 2010

  1. valleycat1 says:

    Re Oranges cheaper in winter – Actually, the reason they’re cheaper is that winter is when they are ready to be picked and packed; they have to come off the trees then so the growers can get the trees ready for next year’s crop. So not only is there a plentiful supply all at once, but the storage costs haven’t started piling up. [That's also why citrus tastes better in December or straight off the tree - commercial storage over time will deteriorate the flavor.]

    Most American-grown oranges you buy during the year were probably picked in December, possibly January. Good fresh citrus will keep a long time in the fridge (not the freezer). The fruit actually needs a little bit of cold to push the sugar content up (either on the tree or after picked).

    If you find a great sale price on California citrus in the Fall, they’re clearing out the prior year’s stored fruit & it probably won’t taste as good.

    We grow tangerines which are picked in March or early April; we have a number of citrus varieties in our yard for personal use – just started picking some varieties – others mature at different times during the next few months. Beyond a point, the fruit starts drying up or dropping from the tree, so you have to pick them or lose them. The only thing we’ve found that hold pretty well on the tree for months are grapefruit.

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