The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 20, 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 14 – March 20, 2009)
Is a Frugality Tip That Saves You a Quarter a Waste of Time? Some Notes on Economies of Scale A frugality tip that saves you a quarter twice a day is a tip that saves you $180 a year. That’s a car payment.

My Real Net Worth It can’t really be measured in dollars and cents because there is so much of life that doesn’t have a price tag.

Self-Reliance The more able you are to solve the day-to-day problems of life on your own, the more likely you are to be able to deal with anything that life throws at you. Basic life skills help you time and time gain.

14 Tactics for Getting Ahead At Work – No Matter What Your Job Is All jobs rely on a few key factors for success, mostly revolving around communication skills. Here’s how to use these factors to your advantage.

Teaching a Three Year Old How to Save It’s important to make money questions and concepts consistent for all children, no matter how young or old they might be. The lessons about saving can start very young.

Two Years Ago (March 14 – March 20, 2008)
Deliberate Practice and Personal Finance I’m a huge fan of deliberate practice for improving yourself in any skill, and personal finance is definitely a group of skills – self-control being just the start.

No Regrets I don’t dwell on my mistakes. They happen. I need to learn from them and move on, attempting to apply those lessons in my life today.

Cloth Diapering: A Real-World Analysis We cloth-diapered our first two children, and we’re already completely ready to go with the third one. Cloth diapers are cleaned, folded, and ready for application.

Seven Steps to Finding What You’re Truly Passionate About Some people, unfortunately, never find what it is that they’re truly passionate about. They’re never exposed to it or are steered away from it by strong external influences. Here’s how to find it.

The Workstation Debate: Needs, Wants, and Making a Rational Purchase Here are some of my thought processes about buying a new computer mostly for work purposes. It took me a long time to actually move forward, though.

Three Years Ago (March 14 – March 20, 2007)
I’m Debt Free and I Have a Six Month Emergency Fund – What Now? What do you do when you’ve done all of the starter steps? Now’s the time to start setting big, audacious goals.

How To Handle Guests That Abuse Their Welcome – And Your Wallet Here’s how I deal with the “Cousin Eddie” types.

Graduating In May? Seven Money Things To Do During Your Last Semester If you’re approaching your final semester in school, here are some things to think about.

Want To Maximize Your Career? Here Are The Ten People You Need To Know At Work Most workplaces are filled with people that provide a lot of value if you connect well with them. Here are some of the usual suspects, along with tips on how to build that connection.

How To Start A Simple Garden – Even In An Apartment You don’t need a whole lot of space to start a container garden. 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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