The Simple Dollar Time Machine: August 22, 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 (August 16-22, 2008)
Review: Financial Infidelity This is the perfect book to read if you find that your spouse is lying to you – or you’re lying to your spouse – about money.

Fourteen Techniques for Improving Your Work-Life Balance One of the biggest challenges of the modern workplace is figuring out a clear dividing line between personal life and professional work. Here are fourteen tactics that work for creating that line in your own life.

What Features Are Most Important For Your Primary Bank? My Thoughts and Recommendations Your primary bank should live up to certain minimum standards or else you’re getting ripped off. Here are the features that I see as essential for your primary bank.

Cheap Supper Night: Hacking One Meal a Week to Save Money One night a week, shoot for the absolute minimum cost you can swing on your dinner meal. You’ll find, time and time again, that this saves you a surprising amount of cash. Enjoy those beans, folks!

This Is the Right Personal Finance Book for You! There are lots of personal finance books that are perfect for very specific audiences. Here’s a list of those books and those audiences, which can help you find the right book for you. (I should re-do this post, actually, with some newer choices…).

Two Years Ago (August 16-22, 2007)
Two Commenters Disagree: Why Risk Is Interesting I really liked this debate about personal risk between two commenters, so I turned it into a post that itself drew a lot of discussion.

Tackling Breakfast: Healthy, Inexpensive, And Easy Meals To Get Me Started In The Morning Breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day. It helps to set your sleep cycle, gives you an energy boost to start the day, and raises your metabolism after sleep. Here’s how to get your motor running in a healthy way on a budget.

Six Maintenance Lessons I’ve Learned During My First Month As A Homeowner For me, home maintenance was perhaps the biggest surprise as a new homeowner. Here are six lessons I learned very quickly after getting a house of my own.

A Frugal Dilemma: Inheriting Stuff You Wouldn’t Normally Use What do you do when you inherit a bunch of stuff that you wouldn’t normally use? My suggestion, in a nutshell: try out stuff, but don’t be afraid to sell off all of it (unless it has some deep sentimental value, of course).

Five Money Lessons For Preschoolers – And Applying Them To My Own Child I have two young children, so teaching simple lessons that they can understand is something near and dear to my heart.

Should You Follow An Investment Strategy If It Makes You Uncomfortable? I Say Never Some people got quite angry with this one, but I still stand by it: if you’re not comfortable with an investment and it’s outside your risk tolerance, dump it. No investment is worth staying up at night, sweating the fluctuations of the market.

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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