The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 9, 2010

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 3 – October 9, 2009)
15 Ways to Be a Leader Today – or Any Day The best way to build social connections is to step up and be a leader of a group. Here’s how to do just that.

A Weekend at Our House A typical weekend at our house is family-oriented and it rarely involves spending much money.

The “Local Store Premium” – How Much Is It Worth to You? It’s worth quite a bit, actually, when you start calculating the costs of shopping elsewhere.

Frugal Soups and Stews: Great Solutions for Busy Weekends We often make soups and stews in our slow cooker on weekends. We put the ingredients in in the morning, then eat it for dinner whenever we happen to come in from the park.

Is This All There Is? If you feel that your life is empty, it’s time to step back and re-evaluate how you’re spending your time and who you’re spending it with.

Two Years Ago (October 3 – October 9, 2008)
Some Thoughts on the Fulfillment Curve Once you reach a certain point in a particular area in your life, there’s diminishing returns from adding more to your life in that area.

The Entrepreneurial Drive (Or Lack Thereof) I think some people have an entrepreneurial fire – and some do not.

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to a Romantic and Highly Frugal Date Night My wife and I do something along these lines as often as we can, usually involving a grandparent or two who asks to babysit.

Opening the Door to Helping Your Parents The transition from your parents taking care of you to you taking care of your parents can be a tough one.

Ten Things I Wish I’d Done Differently While Buying a House The best reason to look back at the past is to find out what you can do better in the future.

Three Years Ago (October 3 – October 9, 2007)
Five Lessons My Friend’s Passing Taught Me About Money, Life, And Everything Else The person that I’m writing about here passed away three years ago. I still miss him. He was a great guy.

Frugality Campaigning: How To Support Your Favorite Candidate Or Cause With Frugal Living It’s more than putting your money where your mouth is. It’s putting your behavior where your mouth is.

How To Minimize The Cost (And Maximize The Benefit) Of Eating Out For Business Is it worth the cost of eating out? It can be, as long as you’re sensible about it.

Ten Steps To Financial Success For A Minimum Wage Earner I wrote this in response to a commenter who lamented how difficult it was to live on minimum wage.

The $21 Food Week: Is It Possible? Is It Healthy? I don’t think it’s healthy over the long term. $1 per meal for every meal in the week is really pushing 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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  1. Dave M says:

    You’re still using the boilerplate “hundreds of great articles”?? When YOU wrote ALL of them? There are ways to toot your own horn, then there’s sounding like a blowhard.

  2. annie says:

    many thanks for the hundreds of great articles !! its an excellent resource that i have been enjoying for a while now and i wanted to take the time to thank you. I enjoy your writings and look forward to getting all your new articles which are so motivating and uplifting so keep up the great work.

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