The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Edition

After receiving several dozen “This series was great” emails alongside several hundred “Please make it stop!” emails when it came to the Born to Buy series, along with several requests to “Review some other book … please,” I’ve elected to go back to the old-style book reviews that many readers seemed to quite like – one shot reviews of personal finance and personal productivity books delivered twice a week in a yummy and easy-to-digest package. For newer readers who didn’t see these, the last two I did before starting the Born to Buy series were Larry Winget’s You’re Broke Because You Want To Be and Laura Stack’s Find More Time. Friday mornings usually bring a personal finance book review and Sunday afternoons usually bring a personal productivity or development or career-oriented book review. I have a big pile of them to review with some really intriguing ones in there (including one that ticked me off almost as much as Rich Dad, Poor Dad).

Anyway, now that that’s settled, on with some good personal finance articles! For this week’s roundup, I sent a message out to a whole lot of personal finance bloggers that I know and asked them to give me their best shot – send me a link to what they considered to be the best article on their blog. I got a mountain of responses – more than I expected, by far.

I expected, actually, to read a lot of rubbish. I was pleasantly surprised – there were a lot of really good articles in there. There wasn’t much separation of the wheat from the chaff – these were mostly all good stuff.

Here, I present to you ten of these great articles that really show off the best of some of the blogs in the personal finance niche. I’ll be doing future editions of these if this one proves to be popular.

24 Signs That You Could be in Financial Trouble and How to Get Out of It This is an excellent series that is a great one to send to people that you’re concerned about in terms of finances. I know when I read through it, I thought of myself just a few years ago. (@ generation x finance)

Rent Forever, Don’t Buy a Home This is an excellent “devil’s advocate” piece arguing on behalf of renting instead of homeownership. (@ blueprint for financial prosperity)

5 Strategies to Survive an Economic Slowdown I think the best advice is to always protect yourself – have proper insurance and a nice, healthy emergency fund. (@ moolanomy)

Teach Your Kids About Money With Only 4 Quarters This is actually pretty clever, and you could do it in parallel with a “four bank” system of saving, where your child has four banks – one for spending anytime, one for saving for something big, one for charity, and one for gifts for others. (@ frugal dad)

Things I’ve Learned About Money by Not Having a Lot of It I grew up in this kind of household. It taught me some valuable lessons. (@ being frugal)

100 Ways to Cope with Inflation I so agree with the idea of buying in bulk. Visiting our basement is practically like grocery shopping for “free” at this point. (@ the honest dollar)

Financial Strategies for Infants and Young Children This one really hit home for me. I’m constantly thinking about my own young children and how to teach them the value of a dollar. (@ my dollar plan)

Sixteen Ways Being Disorganized Costs You Money It took me a long time to really understand this – a plan for organization and efficiency helps you out time and time again. You get far more out of it over the long run than you ever put in. (@ mighty bargain hunter)

Cheap Alternatives for the Must-Haves in your Life For me, the best “cheap alternative” I’ve found for my favorite must-have is PaperBackSwap. (@ girls just wanna have funds)

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