The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 30, 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 (January 24 – January 30, 2009)
The Frugal Magic of the “Five Ingredient Crock Pot Meal” Add five ingredients to a crock pot before you leave for work. Turn it on low. Come home, turn it off, and serve a delicious home-cooked meal. Sounds like a plan to me.

Treasures in the Cupboard: Eight Tactics We Use to Maximize the Value of Our Pantry Our pantry remains overstuffed, but we actually go through the items on a pretty regular basis. It’s my baking hobby that results in us having nine different kinds of flour, after all.

The Iceland Scenario: What Can You Do? In 2008, Iceland was the sixth wealthiest nation on earth. They then suffered an economic meltdown of disastrous proportions, affecting everyone in the country. What would you do if it happened here?

Finding Your Way Home I find myself more and more doing things the way my parents did when I was growing up.

Making the Hard Choice Do you choose the path that leads to mediocrity – the easy path – or the path that leads to success? It’s an interesting way to look at pretty much every decision in your life.

Two Years Ago (January 24 – January 30, 2008)
How to Find One’s Credit Report and Credit Score Inexpensively and Safely Hint: don’t use freecreditreport.com.

Emotional Fulfillment and Financial Success It’s very difficult to find lasting financial success if you’re unhappy with your life and the direction it’s going in.

Wallet Hacking: Six Tactics for Modifying Your Wallet to Minimize Your Spending and Maximize Your Time The wallet is often the centerpiece of bad spending habits. Here’s how to physically modify your wallet to help break those habits.

Twelve Invaluable Life and Money Hacks: Little Daily Steps for Finding the Money and Time to Get Things Done It’s little steps like these that help you find the time and space for the things that you want to do instead of being overloaded all of the time.

Robert Kiyosaki and Learning From Another Perspective I’m not a fan of Robert Kiyosaki, but I still have gained value from reading his books. Here’s why (and how).

Three Years Ago (January 24 – January 30, 2007)
The Life Map: Connecting Your Daily Activities And Spending To Your Lifelong Goals And Dreams I just tried this activity again and found it really insightful in terms of figuring out where I want to go and what it’ll take to get there.

Reader Question: College Student Crushed By Credit Cards Many college students find themselves buried in credit card debt. Here’s some advice on digging out.

Setting Daily Metrics For Personal Finance Success (And Success In Other Areas, Too!) I find that this works very well for keeping me on task. I literally have a daily checklist that, if I’m not through it, I keep working on in well into the evening, and I don’t let myself do other things until those things are done.

Ten Signs Of Questionable Financial Writing Whenever I see these elements in a financial story, my warning bells go off.

Five Sources For Great, Inexpensive (Often Free) Entertainment In Your Neighborhood Your community is loaded with entertainment options – they’re just not as heavily advertised as the latest showing of Avatar. Here’s how to find some of those options.

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: January 30, 2010

  1. Trent, I’ve been baking since before you were born, and I’ve been buying “flour”, in bulk from the baker when possible (US living in Greece since ’73) and don’t understand 9 kinds. Sometimes we get whole wheat. Maybe you mean things like rye flour which I can’t get. Anyway “The Voice of Experience” says you don’t need 9 kinds. Simplify! as Thoreau said and live deliberately.

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