The Simple Dollar Time Machine – July 11, 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 (July 5-11, 2008)
Seven Websites That Saved Me Money in the Last Week I save money on the ‘net all the time. One week, I simply jotted down every website I visited that actually saved me money in some way – and here are the seven that either reduced my spending or helped my finances in some other way. These all actually work – they all helped my bottom line and I still use all of these.

Ten Tactics for Improving Your Luck Yes, I believe you actually can improve your luck, mostly by putting yourself in positions where more “lucky” things are likely to happen. Here are ten ways you can do just that.

Finding the Motivation to Get Started on Major Tasks It’s often hard to get started on a huge project. I discovered this with my first book – it was much more difficult than simply jumping in. Often, the size of the project made me step back and pause. Here’s how I overcame it.

When Personal Finance Is Boring: Five Tactics for People Who’d Rather Do ANYTHING Than Manage Their Money I’m sure you know someone who’d rather be shot than have to think about managing their money in any way. This article is for them – five little ways they can improve their financial state without digging into the dreaded “money management.”

The First Steps Away from Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living Quite often, people who are living paycheck-to-paycheck feel stuck. They have no idea how to get started towards changing anything. Here are ten ways to begin chipping away at that brick wall.

Two Years Ago (July 5-11, 2007)
Ten Financial Bulls: Moving From Desperation To Financial Enlightenment Using A Zen Parable After reading a Zen parable called “Ten Bulls” about the path to enlightenment, I realized that the parable applied very well to financial growth, going from debt to financial freedom. I discuss the analogy in detail here.

One Thing You Can Do Today That Will Put You In Better Financial Shape Tomorrow This is a guaranteed technique that you can do today that will improve your financial position in the days to come. Even better, you can apply this technique any day and the effect will be largely the same.

Walking Through a Financial Horror Story A reader writes in with a depressing tale about her financial state. Here, I do my best to piece through it and figure out what she can possibly do next.

Review: It Pays to Talk This is a great book about the difficult subject of talking to family members about money issues. As time goes by, I appreciate it more and more, particularly as we begin having serious money conversations with our parents.

Time For A Change: Seven Things To Consider When Choosing A New Career Path I wrote this as I was doing my own soul searching with regards to a career direction. Was switching to a completely different career – one without a steady paycheck – the right move for me? Here are the things I was thinking about.

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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