The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 6, 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 (January 31 – February 6, 2009)
It Can’t Love You Back People and relationships are always more valuable than things.

Life Advice to a Graduating College Student This is the type of stuff I wish I had put on my lap when I was about to graduate from college. I was sorely lacking in the “real life” mentors.

The Bills Your Parents Didn’t Have I actually think this is one of the biggest reasons young people struggle financially today. They simply have a big stack of bills that their parents didn’t have at the same stage in life. Our parents didn’t have cell phones. Our parents didn’t have a ‘net bill, either. Our parents didn’t have outsized housing costs, either. That all makes a huge difference.

My Own Private Frugality Not only a nod to one of my favorite movies, but a peek at the truth of frugality: it works a little different for everyone.

The End Is the Beginning How do you keep personal finance fresh after striving for success for so long?

Two Years Ago (January 31 – February 6, 2008)
Online Personal Finance Analysis Tools: Some Thoughts on Quicken Online, Mint, and Wesabe I still stick with my basic conclusion: these tools are great, but the potential danger in aggregating so much data about ourselves in an online environment is worrisome to me.

Little Steps: 100 Great Tips For Saving Money For Those Just Getting Started If you just want a big ol’ bunch of money saving tips, this is the post for you.

Monday Morning: Setting Goals for the Week Ahead This is more or less how I start off most weeks. I find, time and time again, that it gets me in the right mindset for the week.

Nine Tactics for a Frugal Valentine’s Day These are the tactics I use each year when planning Valentine’s Day with my wife. Remember what the purpose of the day is and you can’t fail.

You Can Do This It’s very difficult to start over and adopt new habits. But if others can do this, you can do this.

Three Years Ago (January 31 – February 6, 2007)
Don’t Know How To Cook, But Want To Learn? Here Are The Only Two Books You’ll Ever Need The best books bridge the gap between recipes and how to cook, teaching you the techniques while you’re making interesting and enjoyable dishes.

Child Is Father To The Man: When Financially Stable Children Want To Help Their Parents Prepare For The Future My tactic is to just talk to my parents about it and let them know that I’m in their corner. I think it helps that I really have no interest at all in “my piece” of any estate they might have. I just want them to enjoy their later years without worry.

Ten Tips For A Cheap And Memorable Super Bowl Party Our Super Bowl party involves people coming over to our house, hanging out, playing board games with the football on in the background, and just having a laugh with friends.

Three Money Lessons My Grandfather Taught Me He passed away twenty five years ago and I still miss him.

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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