The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 2, 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 (December 27, 2008 – January 2, 2009)
New Year’s Resolution Workshop #2: Spend Less Money I really enjoyed the New Year’s Resolution Workshop series from last year. This was one of the best entries, in my opinion.

How We’re Frugally Celebrating the New Year We actually did something very similar this year, too.

Navigating the Hazards of Impulse Purchasing Impulse buys are almost always shots in the dark, but there are a few ways to improve your odds when it comes to impulse buys.

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #4: Protect My Family’s Future Another solid entry in the resolution series, this one did a great job (I thought) of talking about how you can make your family more secure.

New Year’s Resolution Workshop #3: Save for a Down Payment If this is the year to get a big start on a down payment, this is the article for you to read.

Two Years Ago (December 27, 2007 – January 2, 2008)
Six Invaluable Online Resources For Personal Finance Education Want to learn more about personal finance? These six resources will teach you more than you ever thought possible.

How to Define and Stick To a Successful New Year’s Resolution, Financial or Otherwise I often define resolutions for myself. Lately, I’ve become more and more successful at them.

Talking Myself Out Of Frivolous Purchases This is perhaps my biggest challenge when it comes to money management and it’s something I come back to time and time again.

Dealing With A Bad Day Without Spending Money It can be very easy to deal with a bad day by buying some stuff. Here are some ways to avoid that trap.

Life and Discipline: Using the Five Personal Finance Business Cards for Other Aspects of Life I really liked this follow-up to my original “five business cards” post, but I don’t think it was as big of a hit to the readers.

Three Years Ago (December 27, 2006 – January 2, 2007)
Review: Rule #1 This is a surprisingly good book on investing using the principles of value investing. Town does a great job of breaking down the details into readable and sensible chunks.

Give Your Future Self An Amazing Christmas Present Next Year – An Extra Mortgage Payment An extra mortgage payment means that your house will get paid off quite a bit faster than before, pushing you ever closer to debt freedom. Here’s how to make it work.

What Can I Do Today To Make Me Rich In The Future? Every day you carefully consider this question – and take real action on it – is a day you move toward financial success.

Finances 101: Are Stocks Really That Great Of An Investment? In the short term – anything less than ten years or so – the stock market is basically gambling. Over longer timeframes, though, stocks can provide a great return on your money.

How To Calculate Your Net Worth You can use something as simple as a piece of paper or as complex as a full-featured spreadsheet. Either way, calculating your net worth is a valuable personal finance exercise.

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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