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Where to Get Free Magazines, Online Courses and Letters from the President

2015 January 26
by Aaron

Everyone likes freebies. Here’s a few places around the web where you can get free things and keep a few more bucks in your pocket! We hope to continue this feature every month. Please let us know if you have found any other free stuff around the web or elsewhere.

where to get free magazines

Free magazines

I love flipping through different magazines. Being visually inclined and a golfer, I love looking at good design magazines and golf magazines. Here’s a cool website called Magastack that I just found out about that has a ton of well-known magazines online that you can peruse – for free.

Free ebooks

If you enjoy reading digital books, Amazon actually has a good number of free ebooks that you can download for free.

Free elearning

Online education is growing more and more popular – and I hope it continues to do so, to offset the obscene costs of college. Khan Academy is well-known for offering free online education.

Free DVDs

A sister site of the infamous, PaperBackSwap website, SwapaDVD.com has over 250,000 DVDs that are available for swapping. The only catch here is that you need to earn credits through swapping some of your old DVDs that you don’t want anymore.

Free documentaries

I’m a big fan of documentaries. I was very pleased to happen upon this site called DocumentaryHeaven.com that holds a bunch of movies you can view for free.

Free greetings from the President

When I was younger, I remember my grandma getting a letter from the President of the United States when she turned 80. I thought that was pretty cool. Little did I know, the White House sends out greetings to newlywed’s, births and retirements with a simple request.

What are some other cool places you’ve found free stuff this month?

How to Estimate Your 2014 Tax Return

2015 January 21
by Aaron

estimate taxes
When I was younger, I used to love doing my own taxes. My dad would pick-up a 1040EZ form from the library and help me get my W-2 together from my employer.

Things were easy then. And, I always got a refund.  read more…

9 Things to Purchase at Trader Joe’s Because They Are (Usually) Cheaper Than Anywhere Else

2015 January 19
by Aaron

My wife and I are fans of Trader Joe’s. If you’re fortunate enough to have a location in your area, there are some items you might want to purchase there instead of at your local grocer, warehouse store or your preferred shopping destination.

I’ve written before about how to save money at Trader Joe’s (TJs) (for Jean Chatzky’s website) since we frequent it several times a month. They claim to have the least expensive prices in town on a lot of goods and consider a “sale” to a be a four-letter word. From their website:  read more…

How I Pay $10 a Month for My Cell Phone

2015 January 14

As I’ve gotten older, it takes me longer to make changes that otherwise would be a “no-brainer”. And, this even goes for things that I know will save me money – like my cell phone bill.

But, after reading about Charlie’s experience earlier last year and doing a little research on my own, I decided to take the plunge and signed up for Republic Wireless last August.

I wanted to share about my (almost) 5 months of experience with their service and how it’s gone (the good and the bad). If you are looking for a technical review of Republic Wireless, this isn’t it.  read more…

What Things Are You Willing to Pay a Premium Price For? (Even Though You Can Get Them Cheaper)

2015 January 9

This is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile: things that I’m willing to pay a premium price for, though I can find them cheaper elsewhere. For us thrifty types, this is sometimes a tough pill to swallow – but often makes sense.

I’ll often buy at a premium if the following are true:

  • The item is much better quality than its competitors – and will last longer
  • There is an unbeatable guarantee or warranty with the product/service
  • The customer service is exceptional
  • It’s one-of-a-kind
  • I want to splurge (rare) or buying a gift

read more…

How to Score Discounts With Customer Loyalty

2015 January 7

I’ve written before about using customer loyalty to your advantage. Often, we see “newbie” customers getting rewarded when they sign up for a service or purchase a product. This kinda irks me.

I realize that companies need to continually add new users/purchasers to their roster. It’s just part of the market economy and (if they are publicly traded), an important aspect to increasing “shareholder value”.

Sometimes in that pursuit to more and more profits, they forget about one of their biggest asset: the existing, loyal customerread more…

January 2015 – Charlie’s Gift Card Challenge

2015 January 5

charlie_image2014 is now in the rear view mirror, and 2015 is well on it’s way. With that said, Christmas just came and went like a thief in the night, and most peoples’ finances are reeling from the drain it had on their checking account. My family is no different.

This year we started our Christmas shopping in October, and our flexible spending checking account is down significantly. With that said, my wife and I sat down prior to the new year and realized we needed to make some changes (her idea)! Gotta love a woman who loves to talk about finances! So we sat down and realized that we had ton of gift cards, which might be able to help us to get back on financial track in 2015. After adding them all up and our gifted cash we realized we had $520 in Christmas gift cards. read more…

Our Most Read Articles from 2014

2014 December 31
by Aaron

We’d like to take a moment to reflect on the year that has past and to express our gratitude for your time and attention. It means a lot to us that you stop by, comment and read our blog.

We hope that 2015 will be an even better year for TTG as we aim to provide you more relevant and useful content that will “help you keep a few more bucks in your pocket.” We’ll also be offering the ability to join our new membership program that (we trust) will save you even more money and help you to flourish in your personal finances.

As always, shoot us a note if you have a comment or suggestion. We love hearing from you. Have a happy new year! read more…

How to Earn Starbucks Gift Cards (and More) Just By Searching the Web

2014 December 29
by Matthew

matthewMy wife has recently developed a habit of heading to Starbucks periodically – and she always seems to have a gift card. I was curious to where all of these gift cards were coming from – so I asked her, and she told me it was because she switched to Bing as a search engine.

“So you’re telling me that you get gift cards sent to you just by using Bing instead of Google?” I inquired.

“Bing-o!” she snapped back.  read more…

What to Do When a Complaint Falls on Deaf Ears

2014 December 22

when complaints land on deaf earsOver this past Thanksgiving, a relative of mine was telling me about a problem he was having with a newer water heater he had installed. It hadn’t been working correctly since it was put in.

He wasn’t able to resolve the issue with the contractor he’d hired to install the water heater or the company who manufactured it, so he wrote a letter to the state’s Attorney General.  read more…