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 (October 10 – October 16, 2009)
Hidden Treasures from Thrift Shops I love shopping at thrift stores for staples like clothes and spare tools. Sometimes, I discover a treasure.
Extracting the Child Who Stayed in the Nest Too Long This is an issue that many parents find themselves dealing with as their child grows up. When do you boot the large baby bird out of the nest?
Mirror Neurons: Why Watching Others Succeed Won’t Help You Succeed This is why I’ve essentially stopped watching Food Network.
The Forgetful Mind More and more, I find my tendency to write down every spare thought or thing to do saves me.
When One Partner Is Self-Employed These are issues that my wife and I have worked through over the past few years.
Two Years Ago (October 10 – October 16, 2008)
Stop Trying to Impress Other People This is one of the biggest single keys out there for improving your financial situation. People are going to make up their mind about you anyway, so stop wasting your time and money trying to be something you’re not.
Talking to a Child About Home Foreclosure This is a money conversation I hope I never have to have with my children.
How Much Extra Should You Pay for Fuel Efficiency? Here’s How We’re Calculating It Fuel efficiency is a major criteria for us because we do quite a lot of road tripping to visit family.
Ten Steps for Remaining Calm in a Financially Turbulent Time So many media sources were calling for financial apocalypse in late 2008. My philosophy? Calm down.
How to Plan Ahead for Next Week’s Meals (And Save Significant Money): A Step-By-Step Guide This is pretty much exactly how we shop for groceries.
Three Years Ago (October 10 – October 16, 2007)
The Feeling You Get From A Coca-Cola Classic: How Advertising Tickles Your Wallet – And Five Ways To Fight It Advertising is far more clever and influential than people give it credit for. You might fast forward through the commercials – but what about all the ads in the program?
Adventures in Frugality: Preparing Food in Advance for a House Full of People We find ourselves doing this surprisingly often. In fact, we did it at least three times so far this year.
Selling My Future, One Dollar At A Time Every time you spend a dollar on something pointless, it’s a dollar you don’t have down the road when you really need them.
Dealing With Professional Exhaustion In A Financially Sensible Way Just walking away from your job is never a good solution – not without some careful planning, anyway.
Children’s Gifts: Don’t Spend A Lot On What They Don’t Want It’s so easy to just imagine the stuff you think your children want and buy them. In truth, most kids don’t really want very much.
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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