The Simple Dollar Time Machine – July 18, 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 12-18, 2008)
100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend It’s surprisingly easy to have a fun, social weekend without spending any extra money at all. Here are 100 ways to do just that – just pick out the ones that work for you!

Preparing a Budget? Ten Tips for Making That Budget Successful Many people jump into budgeting using a ready-made budget they found in the back of some ten year old personal finance book – and then they wonder why it doesn’t work. This article describes a much better approach to that problem.

Ten Tip-Offs That You’re Getting Bogus Financial Information – And Five Antidotes There are a lot of sources of bogus financial information out there. A big part of becoming financially successful is knowing how to figure out quickly if an offer is indeed a rip-off. Here are ten ways to do just that – and five ways to handle such discoveries.

Ten Ways to Find Bargains on Fresh Food My family enjoys eating fresh food, particularly in the summer. However, finding bargains on it can be tricky. This article describes ten ways for finding fresh food on the cheap.

The One Skill That Will Earn You Money, No Matter What You Do What skill is that? You’ll just have to click through to find out!

Two Years Ago (July 12-18, 2007)
The Ten Biggest Money Mistakes I’ve Made Since My Financial Meltdown Everyone makes mistakes, and I’ve certainly made my share. Mistakes are also a big part of learning, and here I discuss ten of my biggest mistakes and what I learned from them.

Lessons From My Grandfather In The Garden All these years later, I still miss my grandfather. He passed away in 1985, when I was seven, but I still have memories of him. He left a real imprint on me during the all-too-brief period that our lives overlapped.

How To Get A Free iPhone Yes, you too can get a free iPhone! Just follow these easy steps and you can have this gadget in your hands! This is not a scam!

Dealing With Those Piles Of Old Baseball Cards In Your Closet This may be the question that I hear the most often from readers: “I have tons of baseball cards from the 80s and 90s in my closet. What’s the best way to sell them?” Hint: if everyone’s looking to sell and few people are looking to buy… the results aren’t good.

How To Set Up Multiple Savings Account Funds Within ING If you use ING Direct, they offer the ability to easily set up multiple savings accounts that you can use for specific savings goals. Here’s exactly how to do it.

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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