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 (November 14 – November 20, 2009)
The 40/30/30 Rule The idea here is that you spend 40% of your income on basic bills, 30% on saving for the future, and 30% on enjoying life. This split actually works, but it’s very difficult for many people to actually execute.
Personal Finance 101: How Averages Lie There are three types of untruths: lies, big lies, and statistics. The trick is knowing which is which.
My Garage Sale and Thrifting Toolkit I keep a few things on hand whenever I go to thrift stores or yard sales or any situation where I’ll be perusing used stuff at a high discount. Be prepared and you will find value.
Two Years Ago (November 14 – November 20, 2008)
Some Thoughts on Personal Finance Coaching I think coaching can be a good thing, but I think people can often overpay drastically for such coaching.
Personal Finance 101: Deflation and You What happens to your pocketbook when deflation occurs? It’s not really a pretty thing, even if it sounds good on the surface.
Seven Tactics for Turning Short-Term Intensity Into Long-Term Intensity It’s easy to get excited about something in the short term, but how do you transform that into long-term intensity that will really take you places?
Three Years Ago (November 14 – November 20, 2007)
How to Maintain Friendships With Non-Frugal People If you’re very frugal and you have a friend who likes to spend wildly, it can be difficult to maintain a relationship with them. Here are some tactics for doing just that.
Seven Ways To Get Books For Free (Or Close To It) I love to read. Tactics for acquiring free books are always a good thing.
Finding Motivation and Meaning in the Drudgery of Personal Finance It can be very difficult at times to keep moving forward with one’s financial progress. How do you find meaning in all of it?
Four Years Ago (November 14 – November 20, 2006)
A Christmas List: Before and After Financial Armageddon This was one of the first times I realized that my internal desires had really shifted in the wake of our financial meltdown. That felt really good.
The Value of Personal Appearance Our personal appearance is surprisingly important. There are many basic steps people can take to maintain a very good level of personal appearance.
Minimizing the Personal Cost of Business Travel When I used to travel frequently for work, there were often lots of incidental costs as I went along. After a while, I learned how to minimize those incidental costs.
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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