The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 26, 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 (June 20 – June 26, 2009)
How Low Can You Go? Moorish-Style Chickpea And Spinach Stew I thoroughly enjoyed this meal – it was one of the best vegetarian dishes I’ve ever tried.

Some Thoughts on the “Lake Wobegon” Effect People often overestimate their luck, their fortunes, and their skills. You’re better off vastly underestimating it instead.

Friendships and Financial Responsibility If you find that your friends aren’t matching up well with your growing values, it’s okay to move on. Friendships that were meant to last will last – and those that weren’t meant to last won’t.

Fifteen Things to Do to Make Jumping into Freelancing/Self-Employment Financially Successful Self-employment can be a wonderful thing, but if you don’t have self-discipline, it’s never going to work.

When Is a Child Ready for an Allowance? It depends on whether you’re tying it to chores or not (we’re not – we’re giving a small allowance independent of chores). If you’re doing it independently, do it early so that the lessons can be built over a long period of time.

Two Years Ago (June 20 – June 26, 2008)
You Can’t Buy Love Don’t even try. What’s going to eventually make love blossom is you. Not your money. Not your stuff.

Starting a Natural Collection Whenever I re-read this article, I think of my aunt’s amazing collection of geodes, built up carefully over many decades.

Ceiling Fan Hacks: Save Big on Energy Use Proper ceiling fan use can save you a truckload on your energy bills.

The Economics of Children’s Birthday Parties I really don’t see the point in spending much on a child’s birthday party. They seem to have as much fun with companionship as they do with tons of expensive entertainments.

Addiction and Personal Finance An addiction to anything makes personal finance very difficult because that addiction eats up all of your spare time and money.

Three Years Ago (June 20 – June 26, 2007)
You Don’t Need Six Figures: The Financial Realities of Living in Iowa I’m a huge fan of living in Iowa. Open skies, open air, low cost of living – it’s wonderful.

Money, Spirituality, and Charity What can you do with the gifts you have to make the world a better place? It’s a tougher question than you think.

Predicting the Future: Where Will Tax Brackets Go In Thirty Years? Taxes will be higher in thirty years. I’m extremely confident of that prediction. They really have nowhere to go but up.

Cook Once, Eat Twice With A Crockpot Clever use of a crockpot can greatly stretch the food you buy into multiple meals, turning a good bargain into a great one.

Trimming The Fat: Forty Ways To Reduce Your Monthly Required Spending This is one of those nice “checklist” posts, designed to help you curb all of those monthly bills that drain on your savings.

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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