Updated on 12.31.07

The Simple Dollar: Best of 2007

Trent Hamm

Over the first full year of The Simple Dollar’s existence, I’ve written a pile of articles, some good, some bad. I went through each month and tried to pick out the five best from that month to produce something of an anthology of 2007. Here they are, the best articles of the year.

+ 31 Days to Fix Your Finances
+ The FICO Battle: Ten Common Tactical Mistakes When Dealing With The Credit Score Blues
+ Review: Real Money
+ Emergency Funds: How and Why You Should Get Started Right Now
+ I Hate Leftovers: Fighting The Battle With Recycled Food … And Winning

+ The Art of the Thank You Note
+ 15 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Career
+ Stay At Home Parenting: Is It Worth It?
+ Twenty Three Ways To Improve Your Finances This Weekend
+ “I’m Too Tired To Cook” – At-Home Dining Solutions For The Overworked Family

+ The Art of the Slow Cooker
+ How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent – And Save Big Money
+ Eight Baby Items We Bought That Weren’t Worth The Money
+ Review: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing
+ Why Johnny Can Read: Simpson’s Paradox and the Greatly Exaggerated Death of American Public Education

+ Review: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
+ Charity: Why You Should Give Your Money Away
+ Ten Financial Reasons To Turn Off Your Television – And Ten Things To Replace It With
+ 15 Ways Department Stores Try To Trick You Into Spending More Than You Need To – And 10 Ways To Fight Back
+ The Economics of Speeding, or How I Got A Ticket This Morning

+ A Reader Runs In Place
+ 101 Goals in 1001 Days
+ Review: Never Eat Alone
+ Six Points of Advice If You’re considering Loaning Money to a Friend
+ The Furniture Dilemma

+ The Financial Implications of Living with Mom and Dad
+ Trimming The Fat: Forty Ways To Reduce Your Monthly Required Spending
+ I’m Making All The Right Moves, But I’m Still Unhappy
+ Interesting Insights Into Life Insurance From An Actuary – How He Would Buy Life Insurance
+ What Aspects Of Personal Finance Bring You Happiness?

+ One Thing You Can Do Today That Will Put You In Better Financial Shape Tomorrow
+ Review: Made to Stick
+ How to Get a Free iPhone
+ Renting to Get Richer?
+ How Much Cash Is Appropriate To Carry?

+ Ten Things Any College Student Can Do To Prepare For Success In Life
+ Losing a Friend Over Money
+ The New Person At Work Is Getting Paid More Than I Am! How Can I Handle It?
+ A Guide To Setting And Reaching A Net Worth Goal
+ The Stay At Home Parenting Question Hits Home – Hard

+ Making A Major Life Change: Is It Time For Kathy To Abandon The City?
+ Is The Value Menu Really A Value? Comparing The Homemade Double Cheeseburger To The McDonald’s $1 Version
+ When A Frugal Life And Social Gift-Giving Come Into Conflict
+ Seven Things I Thought About While Holding My Second Child For The First Time
+ Review: The First National Bank of Dad

+ Reflections on Your Money or Your Life
+ Developing a Financially Frugal Personal Health Plan
+ Ten Steps To Financial Success For A Minimum Wage Earner
+ The $21 Food Week: Is It Possible? Is It Healthy?
+ How Can A Frugal Person Buy Expensive Items? A Deeper Look At Frugality

+ Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards
+ Homemade Bread: Cheap, Delicious, Healthy, and Easier Than You Think
+ Piecing Through A Major Life Decision
+ When All Hope Seems Lost…
+ The Top Ten Personal Finance Books I’ve Ever Read

+ The Meaning of It All
+ Is An All-Cash Lifestyle Useful For Kicking The Debt Habit?
+ Does Peer Pressure Keep Us From Succeeding?
+ Frugality and Socializing: Finding Potential Friends Who Are Not Consumerism-Oriented
+ Going Inside The Wall: What Are We Fighting For?

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  1. I loved the Slow Cooker post (as well as most of the other ones too), but I have to admit that, along with the slow cooker, I bought two items directly because of this blog: A Rival Crock Pot and the Merkur Classic Safety Razor.

    The Crock Pot is great and I’m still learning the intricacies of the razor.

    Thanks Trent and have a happy new year!

  2. Love this site as it is really a goldmine of useful knowledge written in a easy to read format which any layman can understand! Keep up the good work and looking forward to reading the best of 2008!

  3. Seth Miller says:

    I also bought a razor completely because of this blog a few months back. It takes a little getting use to but the advice of shaving with a wet face and with the grain helped a lot.

  4. Cindy S says:

    Trent, I have spent the last hour reading your blog. I started with the 31 days to Fix Your Finances and ended up reading many of your cooking posts. I live by myself so cooking on one weekend for the whole month appeals to me. I’m also going to try the breakfast burritos as my chickens are actually laying eggs now.

    Happy New Year

  5. ylfoo says:

    Personally I love the August Post on Ten Things Any College Student Can Do To Prepare For Success In Life.

    I am a graduating student. So accordign to the post I realized some of the ‘misses’ and the ‘hits’ during my academic studies.

    Certainly the post is a wonderful guide for students.

    Thanks Trent! 2008 will be better!

  6. Kate says:

    Glad that you included “Why Johnny Can Read”. It’s the post that brought me to your blog and I have sent the link to many friends and family members. I recently stumbled across this article when I was doing some research: http://www.nea.org/neatoday/0801/esea.html
    It gives a frightening look at the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on the students it was supposedly designed to help. I encourage anyone who wants public education in place for their children and grandchildren to contact their member of Congress and ask them to support legislation allowing states to use multiple measures to calculate student achievement.

  7. Kate says:

    I have been looking at some of the older posts and realizing that I am tempted to make an impulse buy on a Laptop Lunch ensemble that someone mentioned. Does anyone have one of the Laptop Lunches and can they recommend? I have put it on my calendar for February 1 and will reevaluate the purchase then.

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