The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 27, 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 (November 21 – November 27, 2009)
How to Start a Meal Exchange Exchanging meals with friends and family is not only convenient, but it can also save a lot of money, too.

Consumption Smoothing and Why It Doesn’t Work To put it simply, consumption smoothing (on an individual basis) doesn’t work because we don’t know the future, and if we do everything based on some assumption of the future, we end up making bad moves because the future almost always won’t match that assumption.

Two Years Ago (November 21 – November 27, 2008)
Ten Fundamental Steps for Online Career Networking Reaching out to others online is often seen as being merely signing up for Facebook and LinkedIn, but such efforts just scratch the surface of the potential opportunities out there.

When a Treat Stops Being a Treat – and How to Get It Back I find that if something used to be a treat and is now routine, it often improves my enjoyment of that treat to take a long break from it. When I return, it really feels like a treat.

5 Simple Water Conservation Methods: Do They Save Real Money? Most obvious water conservation methods save some water, but they don’t add up to enormous savings.

Three Years Ago (November 21 – November 27, 2007)
The Expenses of a Soda Pop Addiction – And How to Defeat It Soda addiction, like any substance addiction, not only has an ongoing cost, but also has long term health costs. Cracking that addiction is well worth it.

Twelve Important Things To Talk About When Your Relationship Gets Serious Sitting down with your potential life partner and figuring out what your financial future looks like can really help to bond you together – and can also give you signs of potential problems.

Six Ways to Fight Back When You Lose Financial Focus It’s easy to lose focus. It’s a lot harder to regain that focus.

Four Years Ago (November 21 – November 27, 2006)
PayPerPost, Paris Hilton, and Violating the Trust Between You and Me I still stand by this post, even though I’ve been offered impressive sums for selling out.

Money For Nothing: Five Ways To Put Money In Your Pocket With Zero Effort Yes, even lazy people can save money.

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