The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 19, 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 (September 13-19, 2008)
The Psychological and Emotional Attachment to What We Have and What We Want “I want this and I won’t be talked out of it.” It’s perhaps not exactly how we think, but the basic idea is familiar to all of us. Overcoming that – and being rational about it – is a big key to personal finance success.

Using TreasuryDirect for Conservative Investing TreasuryDirect is a fantastic service run by the United States government for investing in U.S. treasuries. Here’s how to utilize that service for conservative investing success.

The Least Important Bill What’s your least important bill? Why are you still paying it?

What a Frugality Expert Is – And Why I’m Not One I often get pointed at as being a “frugality expert” or a “personal finance expert.” I’m not either – I’m just an ordinary guy talking openly about my money journey.

Eight Tactics for Handling Greeting Card Occasions I don’t like sending mass-produced greeting cards, but I do like to recognize others at key moments in their life. Here’s how I navigate that dichotomy.

Two Years Ago (September 13-19, 2007)
Seven Pieces Of Financial Advice For A High School Student High schoolers are often taking their first steps into the real world. Here are some great tips for them so they don’t take poor steps starting out.

Teaching Yourself To Cook At Home: Ten Tips From My Kitchen To Yours Cooking at home is a tremendous way to save money, teach yourself skills, and eat healthier, all at once. It just takes the courage to get started.

There Are Two Guaranteed Ways To Improve Your Financial Situation … But Which Is Better? Earn more and spend less. Both serve to increase the “gap” between your spending and your earnings, which is what you need for financial success. But which is better?

How I Practice Voluntary Simplicity Voluntary simplicity basically means choosing to live a simpler lifestyle with fewer things to maintain and be responsible for. It gives you more free time and saves you significant money, too.

What Should Your Net Worth Be? Why “The Millionaire Next Door” Equation Falls Short – And What A Better Thumbnail Calculation Might Look Like Many “thumbnails” for net worth overestimate one’s net worth when they’re young and sometimes underestimate it when they’re older. Here are my thoughts on it, along with a better thumbnail calculation.

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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One thought on “The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 19, 2009

  1. I love your post about psychological attachment. As a psych major that means a lot to me. On a related note, I write quite often about growing healthy long hair. It’s an effort in commitment and focus, since it takes several years and, during the course of that time, you have to be extremely aware of the food you eat and your hair care habits. Then comes the big day when you cut your hair, and all of that focus and attention goes to benefit Locks of Love. Now THAT is an exercise in attachment.

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