The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 16, 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 10 – January 16, 2009)
Children, Christmas, and the Materialism Battle I had mixed feelings about a video showing fifty children go CRAZY on Christmas morning after receiving a Wii – so I wrote about it.

The Selling of Gold I found the strong-arm selling of gold during the height of the financial crisis (and the selling is still going on) to be rather questionable at best. Here’s why.

Advantages We all have various advantages and disadvantages in life – there is no equality unless we’re all the same person. The person who succeeds is the person who doesn’t use those advantages and disadvantages as an excuse to not do anything and complain.

Review: Scratch Beginning An excellent book, and a review that started a great discussion.

The Secrets to Entrepreneurship? Or More? Many of the “secrets” for succeeding in entrepreneurship are the same as the “secrets” for succeeding in life.

Two Years Ago (January 10 – January 16, 2008)
The Basics: Eight Tactics To Use When You’re Just Starting To Turn Things Around I speak from experience – big time – with this article. Those first few months after making the commitment to change can be very exciting – and very difficult.

Airport Frugality in the Era of New Security Regulations After watching an airport security person dump out my bottled water, I realized that most of the usual frugal tactics don’t work when entering an airport. So I adapted my choices a bit.

My Favorite Bargain: The Free Newspaper I read CityView and Juice (the two free Des Moines papers) almost every week. They’re both worthwhile and CityView in particular has some very good articles. See what your city has.

Changing Values, Changing Priorities We all change and grow. Almost every time, we’re far better off embracing those changes than fighting them.

Maximizing the Free (or Nearly Free) Things That Make You Feel Good A walk in the woods. An afternoon spent playing with the kids. Cleaning the kitchen with the radio on. They make me feel good – and they’re free (or close enough to it).

Three Years Ago (January 10 – January 16, 2007)
Why Income Inequality Matters: Motivation Instead of being upset or depressed that you’re not earning as much as someone else, use it as a motivator. People all over the world use the financial success of the United States as a motivator, for example.

Afraid To Talk About Money With Your Spouse? Ten Tips For “The Talk” It’s often hard to break down the wall and have that first serious conversation with your spouse about money, especially when there are financial problems. Here are some tactics for making it work.

When Your Income From Investments Covers Your Living Expenses: The “Crossover Point” This is pretty much my ten year personal finance goal (well… ten years, with a lot of hope). I dream of the day when our living expenses are covered by savings and investments.

The Treasury Note Retirement Plan I know of at least two separate people who have done this, and it’s worked very well for them.

How To Quit Your Job In One Year: A Step By Step Guide I came amazingly close to following this plan myself, as I quit my job about thirteen months after writing this post.

If you’d like to browse through more of the archives, visit the chronology, where all posts are listed in chronological order.

Nine Ways to Get More out of The Simple Dollar
This is kind of a FAQ for new readers and is posted each week along with the Time Machine. Here are nine great ways for new readers to dig deeper into The Simple Dollar.
1. Subscribe by email or RSS. Visiting The Simple Dollar’s website is great, but for many people, it’s more convenient to receive the articles in another form. It’s easy to join 60,000 other subscribers and get The Simple Dollar’s content by email or in your RSS feeder (if you’re unfamiliar with RSS, check out Google Reader.

2. Comment. Each article on The Simple Dollar has lively discussion. Just click on the green square in the upper right of each article on the website and join in!

3. Read my story of financial meltdown and recovery. The Simple Dollar isn’t based on what I’ve read in books or learned in school. I’ve made a lifetime of financial mistakes – The Simple Dollar is a record of what works for me during the process of getting my life on a better track.

4. Download my free 49 page e-book. Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance On Just One Page is completely free. It summarizes all of the key lessons I’ve learned along the way about personal finance in one tidy package – in fact, all of the main principles can be found right on the cover.

5. Follow me on Twitter – or other social networks. I post tons of interesting articles, quotes, follow-up material, commentary, and other material on Twitter. Follow me! If you’re unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s essentially an open discussion forum for people to share ideas and thoughts with other like-minded folks – you just choose the people you want to listen to and their ideas and thoughts are all delivered to you on a single page.

I also participate on several other social networks. Feel free to check me out on (it’s where I collect links, from which I select the ones that appear in my weekly roundups), wakoopa (what software I use), GoodReads (what books I’m reading), Facebook, and FriendFeed (which aggregates everything). I also have an irregularly-updated personal site,

6. Dig through “31 Days to Fix Your Finances.” 31 Days to Fix Your Finances is an article series that outlines how you can get a grip on your finances over the course of a month.

7. Send me your questions and suggestions. Send me an email and let me know what you’re thinking, what you’d like to see, and any questions you might have. I try to respond to as many emails as possible and I read them all. I may even use your question in a future article!

8. Email a great article you find to a friend. Find an article that you think your friend would love? At the bottom of each article, you’ll find a link that says “Email this” – just click on that, type in your friend’s address, and send it right along to them!

Loading Disqus Comments ...