The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 17, 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 (July 11 – July 17, 2009)
Nine Ways I Use Google Calendar to Keep My Money Straight Since I wrote this post, Google Calendar has become one of the single most essential tools in my life. I almost completely rely on my calendar.

Rule #5: Talk About Money (and Be Honest). So many financial issues could easily be resolved with a little bit of serious, honest conversation.

Frugality’s Sacred Cows There are no absolute rules to follow when you’re trying to maximize every dollar. Some things seem to consistently work – but nothing always works. You’re rewarded for having an agile mind.

How Low Can You Go? Cheesy Corkscrews with Crunchy Bacon Topping This is one of my favorite food posts – mostly because it ends in unmitigated disaster.

How Much Is Your Time Worth? Thoughts on Speeding Speeding isn’t really worth it unless you argue that you’re essentially never going to get pulled over for speeding – ever.

Two Years Ago (July 11 – July 17, 2008)
Is Money All There Is? Why Chasing the Big Dollars Isn’t the Answer for Everyone I decided long ago that it’s not the answer for me. I don’t want to be a millionaire tomorrow.

Ten Tip-Offs That You’re Getting Bogus Financial Information – And Five Antidotes Pay attention to the details. If they won’t reveal them, it’s probably bogus. (And that’s just one of them.)

100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend We do “money free weekends” all the time at home. It’s usually a family weekend at home and usually involves walking to the park and doing things along those lines.

Preparing a Budget? Ten Tips for Making That Budget Successful The real key to a successful budget is time and careful thought. That trumps everything else.

Making Expensive Hobbies More Financially Manageable You have to break down what you really love about the hobby. Isolate that moment that brings you joy. Often, you’ll find that you’re overpaying for that moment.

Three Years Ago (July 11 – July 17, 2007)
Ten Financial Bulls: Moving From Desperation To Financial Enlightenment Using A Zen Parable I really enjoyed putting together this post. It allowed me to draw on a passion of mine (religious exploration) and connect it to financial advantage.

The Ten Biggest Money Mistakes I’ve Made Since My Financial Meltdown This just scratches the surface of my mistakes.

Why I Lean Towards Repaying Debts Above All – And Why You Might Not Feel The Same I think there’s a case for investing instead of repaying debts, but as time goes on, I move more and more towards telling people to simply repay their debts first and foremost.

Procrastination, Money, And Me Procrastination used to be a major problem in my life. Over the years, I’ve come up with many ways to fix it.

Fighting Despair And Keeping Focus On Being Debt Free You’ve got to focus on the real goals. Being debt free can be ho-hum, but what does that mean in your life? Will you be able to move? Will you be able to switch jobs? Think of it in terms of your life.

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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