The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 13, 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 (March 7 – March 13, 2009)
A Guide to Making Inexpensive and Delicious Homemade Pizza Our homemade pizza makes several meals for our family for a dollar a pop or less. Not only that, it’s delicious and fairly healthy, too.

Frugality and Feeling Deprived Frugality doesn’t have to feel like deprivation at all if you spend some time reflection on what exactly bounty means in your life.

The Frugal Laptop This worked great for about ten months until a separate hardware issue cropped up with the laptop. I’d still advise anyone to try this, though.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Credit Card Interest Rates Reduced This tactic works well, but be aware that many credit card companies might also reduce your credit limit at the same time, particularly if you’ve had a history of being late on your bills.

My Worst Job – And What It Taught Me Those simple, menial tasks that you hate are often the perfect opportunity to show the world that you’re a great worker.

Two Years Ago (March 7 – March 13, 2008)
How I Turned That Ship Around: Another Look At My Financial Meltdown … And The Aftermath When things were at their absolute worst for me financially, here’s the game plan that I followed.

The Financial Recovery Toolkit: Ten Tools I Used In My Financial Turnaround Hand in hand with the above article, here are ten tools I used to make that turnaround possible.

Chipping Away at the Paycheck to Paycheck Routine One big challenge that people have is breaking away from the idea that you have to spend what you earn. Financial security comes from freedom from your work and this is the first step.

The Credit Card Holy Wars: There Is No “Right” Answer … But Here’s My Take Should you have a credit card? Shouldn’t you? I think there are reasonable arguments on both sides of the coin.

Ten Ways to Translate Your Passion Into Additional Income If you’re passionate about something, you already have a leg up over a lot of people in that area. People pay for passion.

Three Years Ago (March 7 – March 13, 2007)
Are Your Friends Always Spending Money? Ten Frugal Activities – And Advice On How To Suggest Them When you begin to turn your financial life around, it’s often a struggle to overcome the social barriers. Here are some tips for making it work.

Why Johnny Can Read: Simpson’s Paradox and the Greatly Exaggerated Death of American Public Education The reason for writing this was an ongoing debate with readers about public versus private school. Is private school worth the dollars?

How To Transition From Car Loans To Paying Cash For Automobiles Paying cash for automobiles is a huge money saver because you’re not paying the interest on the car loans. Here’s how to get there.

Love, Marriage, and Money: Should a Couple Combine Their Finances? This isn’t always a straightforward issue, and it’s not just a trust issue either (which is what people often try to break it down to).

Nine Financial Reasons For Getting Involved In Your Local Community Community involvement can really help out your financial life, directly and indirectly. Here’s how.

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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