The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 13, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine.

One Year Ago (June 7-13, 2008)
Review: Please Send Money Dara Duguay’s book is one of the best I’ve read at addressing the financial realities of college students. Strike that – the best.

How to Budget Using ING Direct (Or Another Full-Service Online Bank) It’s amazing to me how easy it is to use online tools for automatic budgeting. Here’s an excellent description of how to do exactly that if you use ING Direct.

My Entrepreneurial Inspiration I call him Dad. Also, this post includes a great sidebar discussing whether or not being a writer is a form of entrepreneurship.

Sixteen Ways to Go Out on the Town on the Cheap It can be really hard to enjoy an evening out with the gang without spending a lot more money than you might want. Here are some simple and subtle ways to curb that.

Discussion: What Should Be Part of a High School Consumer Education Curriculum? Some passionate discussion about a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. How can we possibly get good personal finance information into high schools in a form that will actually make them care about it?

Two Years Ago (June 7-13, 2007)
How To Get Off The Treadmill: A Detailed Guide To Becoming Self-Employed I wrote this as I was essentially moving myself through the process. There’s a lot of good advice here. Biggest tip: avoid the charlatans. Everything you need to make it is already inside you – you don’t need a “get rich quick” kit.

What Aspects Of Personal Finance Bring You Happiness? Yes, managing my money makes me happy. Here’s why.

I’m Making All The Right Moves, But I’m Still Unhappy Just getting your money in the right order isn’t a guaranteed ticket to happiness – it’s just one piece of the puzzle. This is a great discussion of the rest of the equation.

Eight Free Things That My Family Uses In The Community Most towns are loaded with tons of great free things to do and see. Here are eight that we use all the time.

Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People I consider this one an essential read for pretty much everyone. It provides a lot of good clues for making social situations work better, plus provides some insights into how others behave.

If you’d like to browse through more of the archives, visit the chronology, where all posts are listed in chronological order.

Eight Ways to Get More out of The Simple Dollar
This is kind of a FAQ for new readers and is posted each week along with the Time Machine. Here are eight great ways for new readers to dig deeper into The Simple Dollar.

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3. Read my story of financial meltdown and recovery. The Simple Dollar isn’t based on what I’ve read in books or learned in school. I’ve made a lifetime of financial mistakes – The Simple Dollar is a record of what works for me during the process of getting my life on a better track.

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6. Dig through “31 Days to Fix Your Finances.” 31 Days to Fix Your Finances is an article series that outlines how you can get a grip on your finances over the course of a month.

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  1. Hey Trent,

    It looks like you’ve been busy. I’m just new to your site and I like what I see. Thanks for your ongoing contribution.

  2. Andy says:

    Steve’s site is fairly weak. I’d skip it

  3. Prashanth says:

    Trent,

    I have been reading TSD for about a little over a month, off and on, and man, you have a wealth of knowledge over here. I am truly impressed by the collection of articles, and by the discussions your writings have generated. I can honestly say that I will keep coming back to feed my thirst for financial knowledge as well as learn from other readers here.

    Thanks for a job well done and ongoing!

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