The Simple Dollar Time Machine: June 5, 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 (May 30 – June 5, 2009)
Seven Hidden Lessons from “Getting Things Done” I thought this would be a good one to look back at given that we’re in the middle of an ongoing series about “Getting Things Done.”

Some Thoughts on Scalable Careers, Your Job, and “Side Hustles” Having a scalable career is perhaps the best way for the average person to get rich. The only problem is that most people aren’t working in scalable careers.

How to Organize and Host a Frugal Block Party I’ve been considering having one of these next month when my book arrives in stores.

Building Your Career, One Brick at a Time Every action you take at work is another brick in the wall. What kind of wall do you want to build? A stable one that can carry you high? Or a wobbly one that could collapse at any time?

Is Renting a Vehicle for a Long Road Trip Worth It? Our Math Says Yes We wound up putting six people in a rental van for a very long road trip. According to our math, it was more cost-effective than driving two separate cars.

Two Years Ago (May 30 – June 5, 2008)
The Methods You Use to Deal with Ordinary Life Will Fail You As an Investor Investing is often counter-intuitive. If you treat it like everyday life (i.e., run away from danger, run towards what everyone else is doing), you’ll fail.

Ten Clever Money Savers You Might Want To Try This Weekend There are so many little things you can do to effortlessly shave a few dollars from your spending. Do enough of them and you’ll start to transform your life.

Got Credit Card Debt? Ten Tactics to Use Right Now to Get It Under Control Credit card debt is pernicious. Here are some tactics to start turning the tide.

The Total Experience of a Purchase A purchase isn’t just an exchange of money for something else. There are a lot of additional elements that increase the value exchanged on both sides.

Planning for the Long Haul: My Family’s Lifetime Financial Plan I’m constantly thinking about the long term future of my family and how I can do things differently to improve our collective future. It’s part of my “long term thinking” I try to do regularly.

Three Years Ago (May 30 – June 5, 2007)
Save Time, Effort, And Money With A Monthly Home and Auto Maintenance Checklist I attempt to follow this checklist to the best of my ability. Much of the time, I succeed.

My Kitchen Bookshelf For me, the valuable books in the kitchen aren’t collections of recipes. They’re clear explanations of techniques. I don’t need a lemon meringue pie recipe – I need to know how to make those meringue peaks.

Does Ultra-Frugality Mean That You Don’t Need A 401(k) Or A Roth IRA? Frugality is not a substitute for investing. Investing preserves the financial benefits of frugality.

Personal Finance Success Comes More From Smart Budgeting Than Smart Investing You’re better off squeezing a little more out of your family budget than agonizing about the “perfect” investment. Investing $100 more a month will almost always make more of a difference than 0.5% better return on an investment.

A Guide To Eating Well Without Spending A Fortune You don’t have to spend a mint to eat healthy and eat tasty, too. You just have to spend (and behave) wisely.

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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