The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 7, 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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine.

One Year Ago (November 1-7, 2008)
Lessons from that Old Coffee Can over the Kitchen Sink This post makes me feel good because it conjures up one of my few very vivid memories of my paternal grandmother, who passed away when I was seven. Almost all of my memories of her make me feel as though she loved me very much.

A Guide to Winterizing Your House Winterizing your home can be a very powerful way to cut down on your winter season expenditures.

Excuses, Excuses It’s incredibly easy to make excuses. It’s incredibly hard to look past them and realize that often you have only yourself to blame.

The Suitcase Test: The Things You Really Need For me, this was a really powerful thought experiment. I do it every once in a while and it gives me great insight into what’s important and what’s not important in my life.

How to Focus in a Heavily Distracting Time These are the tactics I use when I have to work near the holiday season. For example, it’s two days before Christmas, I’m trying to get some work done, and there’s nothing but chaos around me.

Two Years Ago (November 1-7, 2007)
Revisiting The Happiness Scale This is a pretty interesting revelation about the things that bring us happiness in a given day and how it relates to how we spend monney.

Review: Born to Buy While it doesn’t offer personal finance advice per se, I found that Born to Buy had more impact on my decisions as a parent than any book I’ve read so far (except for perhaps Mindset).

Should I Eliminate Financial Support For My Child After High School? This one really fired up some debate. I’m in favor of eliminating such support, by the way.

Should I Go Without Health Insurance For A Better Career Situation? I really hope that this question becomes a non-factor in the near future. The lack of opportunity to buy health insurance shouldn’t restrict anyone from making a good career choice.

How to Construct a Killer Resume, From Start to Finish The advice here still generally holds. I’ve long thought about making an updated version of this article with a real-world example in it.

Three Years Ago (November 1-7, 2006)
Turning Off The Financially Irresponsible Mindset This article includes five really simple and straightforward tactics for changing your financial mindset. I really like how some of the earliest articles on The Simple Dollar reveal nascent versions of many of the values I’ve come to rely on in my life.

Liquid Laptop Accident? 9 Steps To Save Your Laptop I still remember this horrible, gooey mess like it was yesterday.

14 Ways Your Computer Can Put Money In Your Pocket I believe a home computer can be one of the greatest resources for saving money in a home.

The Road To Financial Armageddon #5: Love and Marriage This is a partcularly painful entry for me to read now, because I see that our shared love didn’t have to be signified with a spending orgy.

The Road to Financial Armageddon #7: Here Comes Baby That baby wound up being the inspiration for our financial turnaround.

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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