The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 20, 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 (February 14 – February 20, 2009)
Using a Gratitude Journal as a Personal Motivator to Save Money and Enjoy Life I’ve been using one of these for quite a while. It really, really helps to step back very regularly and ask yourself what matters in your life.

Struggling with the Guardianship Question Guardianship is an issue that all parents have to struggle with at one time or another. Who do you choose to take care of your children if you suddenly pass on? It’s not an easy question.

Bulk Breakfast Burritos: Convenient, Cheap, Healthy, and Easier Than You Think I love these things! We make batches of them fairly regularly and I thoroughly enjoy them for breakfast in the mornings.

Ten Vital Tactics for Making the “Money Talk” Work The “money talk” is when you sit down with your partner and discuss financial issues for the first time (or for the first time in a long time). It can be painful – but it doesn’t have to be.

About My Wife, Sarah The Simple Dollar wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her.

Two Years Ago (February 14 – February 20, 2008)
Training Wheels: Why I’m Spending Less and Less Time Managing my Personal Finances Once you have your finances properly in order, it takes much less time than before to keep them working the way you want.

Defeating Superman Syndrome: How to Progress Beyond the “Need” to Be the Financial Hero This was actually a pretty major step in my own financial journey.

Financial Independence: Defining It and Figuring Out How to Get There What does financial independence mean to you? It has very different meanings for different people.

Little Income, Big Debts: Managing Your Money in Your College Years The financial realities of a college student are much different than they are in other stages in life – and thus different concepts are needed to manage money appropriately.

Nine Techniques for Developing Patience Patience is a key part of surviving the long slog of financial recovery. Here are nine ways to cultivate patience in your own life.

Three Years Ago (January 31 – February 6, 2007)
The Art of the Thank You Note A well-timed handwritten thank you note can make all the difference when it comes to securing a job or cementing a personal relationship.

10 Options To Consider Before Getting A Payday Loan Payday loans are financial poison. Here are ten things to try before even considering one.

A Fascinating Look At Edward Bellamy, Inventor Of The Credit Card I really enjoyed researching and writing this article. It let me dig deep into an area I often don’t get to touch on on The Simple Dollar.

15 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help Your Career Yes, right now. You can make a difference sitting at your desk or standing in your workstation.

Is It Unamerican To Invest In International Funds? Does The Question Even Matter Any More? Here, I address nationalism and investing. I tend to think that globalism is here to stay, myself.

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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3 thoughts on “The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 20, 2010

  1. Have there been any changes to your decision / thought process with regard to the guardianship question? There were a lot of good comments in that discussion.

  2. With three children, it might be necessary to reconsider the choice of guardian. Some people can handle two more but not three.

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