The Simple Dollar Time Machine – August 8, 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 2-8, 2008)
The Status Quo Bias and Switching Jobs or Careers If the grass is always greener on the other side, why do people often shy away from crossing the fence? The status quo bias rears its ugly head again and keeps us in our place, that’s how.

Is College Really Necessary For All High School Graduates? This generated a brilliant discussion. In a nutshell, I don’t feel that an immediate jump from high school to college is a good choice for a lot of students – even most students.

The Frugal Introvert: Fifty Ways to Have Fun By Yourself on the Cheap I’m an introvert, and I’ve done many of the things on this list. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun by yourself.

My Material Weakness – And My Battle to Overcome It My material weakness is books, and it’s a constant battle to avoid spending money on new books. Most of the time, I’m successful, thanks to these tactics.

Dollars and Sense When Life Hits You Hard Sometimes, we’re just gobsmacked by crises in our lives: a loss of a parent, a spouse, or a child, or perhaps the loss of something we’ve worked on for years. Here’s how to deal with it without losing everything we have.

Two Years Ago (August 2-8, 2007)
Freshly Graduated And About To Get A New Job? Here Are Seven Things To Do To Get Started On The Right Financial Path You’ve just graduated. You’re about to start a new job. Right now is a very key moment for getting yourself on a great financial path right out of the chute.

Rebooting My Net Worth Calculator: Food For Thought On Starting – Or Restarting – Your Own A net worth calculator can be a great way to track your long-term financial progress, but there are times when it’s not as easy as you might think. Here’s how to get started – or restarted – on your own.

Starting A Savings Account For Your Newborn This is a brilliant idea for helping your child out later in life. If you have a child, consider this in addition to their college savings.

How I Build And Use A Price Book After building this and using it for a while, I found that Fareway was constantly winning the battles, so I wound up simply shopping there and saving money with each trip. This is really a great way to figure out what the best value store for grocery shopping is for you.

Ten Ways That I Save Money Golfing Golfing is very expensive, but there are a lot of little things you can do to soften the blow. Trust me, my golf bag has lots of used balls in 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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