The Simple Dollar Time Machine – June 6, 2009

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

One Year Ago (May 31-June 6, 2008)
Planning for the Long Haul: My Family’s Lifetime Financial Plan We’re still pretty much sticking to this plan a year later. Nothing has really changed, except for, to some extent, the “retire early” part, since we’re both passionate about our work. We’re also on track for our 2009 goal.

Money Magazine’s “7 Investments You Need Now,” Portfolio Theory, and My Own Plans for the Future A mixture of railing against the “fund of the month” type of financial writing along with how to translate it into something truly useful, as well as a primer on basic portfolio theory. Mmm… a tasty mix!

Making Frugality a Game For people who thrive on competition, this is one way to make frugality really work in your home.

Got Credit Card Debt? Ten Tactics to Use Right Now to Get It Under Control If you’re sitting there with a big mountain of credit card bills and you’re simply wondering where to go from here, here’s ten things you can do immediately to start taking charge of the situation.

Ten Clever Money Savers You Might Want To Try This Weekend Some of these are really timely, because they focus on tactics that work great in June but perhaps don’t work well in November.

Two Years Ago (May 31-June 6, 2007)
Ten Financial Matters I Wish I Had Discussed With My Wife Before We Got Married This is a pretty good list of things for any couple to discuss, particularly during the run-up to marriage, but also afterward. My wife and I would have started our marriage on a better foot with these conversations.

Comparing Yourself To An Earlier Generation – And Blowing The Comparison To Bits The financial reality of your generation is different than the ones before it – and the ones after it, for that matter. Don’t judge your success by what your parents did at a similar age – and don’t judge your children’s success by where you were at their age.

Save Time, Effort, And Money With A Monthly Home and Auto Maintenance Checklist If you own a home or an automobile, it’s well worth your while to spend an afternoon once a month practicing proper maintenance. Things will last longer and you will save money – a lot of it. Here’s a lengthy checklist to get you started.

The Simple Dollar Convinces Someone to Quit Their Job This was actually the very first moment when I realized that the things I wrote really impacted people’s lives. It was exciting, but simultaneously quite scary.

A Guide To Eating Well Without Spending A Fortune Although we spend more on food than we should, it’s primarily because we buy things like organic milk and free range chickens. Our baseline of food spending is actually really low, and here’s how we do it.

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 – June 6, 2009

  1. I think it is awesome that your words were able to inspire someone enough to make a change in their life. I hope that I can accomplish the same thing with my words on my blog. That has to be a wonderful feeling; having someone validate your work.

  2. Thanks for the subscription – it makes for interesting reading and sensible ideas. After reading the article ‘Comparing yourself to an earlier generation …’ I wonder what would be said now that the economic situation has changed so radically – how are people coping with their 401Ks and savings going down the drain. These ideas were sensible at the time, but can this article be re-run for today’s market please, so we can get a good comparison in answers. Thanks.

  3. So, Trent – the question on everyone’s mind: have you heard from Kelly the young woman who quit her job to invest in her education? Two years later, it’d be really cool to have an update on how she’s doing!

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