The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 17, 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 (October 11 – 17, 2008)
Minimizing the Impact of Job Loss: Short Term Tactics and Long Term Career Pillars The more “career pillars” you have, the more stable your career is. What are “career pillars” and how do you build them? This article explains it all.

18 Things a New Homeowner Should Do Immediately to Save Money Whenever you move into a new home, there are several little home maintenance tweaks that, if you do them right off the bat before you start moving stuff in, can be really easy to do and can save you quite a bit of money. Well worth reading if you’re about to move!

How to Plan Ahead for Next Week’s Meals (And Save Significant Money): A Step-By-Step Guide The more care we put into planning our meals in advance, the more money we save without reducing the quality of our meals. Naturally, there’s a balancing act between money and time, but our techniques balance things in a way that we’re happy with.

Money Podcasts: How to Listen to Personal Finance Commentary and Advice at Your Convenience These are the money podcasts I listened to about a year ago – the list slowly changes over time. All of these podcasts seem to still be going and all are excellent, however.

How Much Extra Should You Pay for Fuel Efficiency? Here’s How We’re Calculating It I’m a big believer that, if you own a car for a long time, fuel efficiency can greatly affect how much you should pay for the car. Here’s how we made that calculation when we were first shopping for a car.

Two Years Ago (October 11 – 17, 2007)
10 Simple Ways to Beat Impulse Buying Impulse buying is perhaps my greatest financial enemy. Here are ten techniques I use to avoid my worst financial impulses.

Dealing With Professional Exhaustion In A Financially Sensible Way Any time a person engages in a mentally or physically challenging career path, exhaustion eventually becomes a real danger. How can one deal with professional burnout without changing careers or going on a long sabbatical? Here are some approaches that seem to work.

Building A Personal Productivity And Development Library: What’s Essential, What Isn’t Here are some of the best personal development and productivity books I’ve read. Each of these books provided some sort of deep personal insight for me, helping me to improve my life in some fashion.

The Feeling You Get From A Coca-Cola Classic: How Advertising Tickles Your Wallet – And Five Ways To Fight It Advertisers use many, many tricks to convince you to buy their product. Here are some of the best techniques that they use and some ways to recognize the effect of advertising and not allow it to affect your spending.

Some Notes on the Environment: Why I Care And Why An Inconvenient Truth Doesn’t Matter Frugality and “going green” have a lot of overlap. While I do practice some environmentalism, I don’t worry about it in global terms. Instead, this is my argument for focusing on environmentalism locally – and how it can also benefit your wallet.

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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