The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 27, 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 21-27, 2008)
Addiction and Personal Finance Addiction is a dangerous thing. It can destroy finances, families, friendships, and lives. Having faced addiction in my own past, here are some of my own thoughts on the issue.

You Can’t Buy Love Love doesn’t have a price tag. If you’re throwing money at someone or something to try to make them love you, it won’t work.

Starting a Natural Collection A natural collection is a great free way to rediscover and enjoy the environment around you. My mother-in-law collects rocks, for one.

Ceiling Fan Hacks: Save Big on Energy Use A few simple tricks can maximize the value you get from your ceiling fans, cutting your energy bill and increasing your comfort in the process.

Giving Now Versus Giving Later: The Gospel of Wealth Versus Everyday Charity Should you build individual wealth and give a large amount later, or give what you have now? It’s a tricky question, indeed.

Two Years Ago (June 21-27, 2007)
Money, Spirituality, and Charity This sums up my feelings on the intersection of money, religion, and charitable giving quite well.

You Don’t Need Six Figures: The Financial Realities of Living in Iowa I’d far rather live in “boring” Iowa than in an “exciting” large metro area. The cost of living is so low, yet there are still tons of opportunities for things to do.

Trimming The Fat: Forty Ways To Reduce Your Monthly Required Spending Monthly bills will eat you for breakfast if you let them. It’s a great place to start looking for ways to trim your spending.

Cook Once, Eat Twice With A Crockpot Here’s how to make reusable meals in a crockpot. Our favorite strategy, actually, is cooking a bunch of chicken breasts at once in the crockpot, freezing them, then using them in other dishes.

The Financial Implications Of Living With Mom And Dad Moving back into the nest is a major challenge for both parents and children. Here’s some advice for making it work for both sides of the coin.

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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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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