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How to Be the First to Know When People Are Giving Away Free Stuff in Your Neighborhood

2014 April 18
by Aaron

how to find out when free stuff in neighborhoodWould you like to be the first to know when someone in your neighborhood posts something you might find useful up on Craigslist for free?

Now you can with a really neat new online tool called IFTTT (If This Then That). It’s free and very easy to use. I created a little 4 minute video that shows you how to set-up a “recipe” so that you can be the first to know about that new-er gas grill or metal file cabinet the church down the street are getting rid of (that would go perfect in your garage).

Find free stuff in your neighborhood

Basically IFTTT uses different “recipes” to so  that when certain things happen on various channels (ie, Craigslist, blogs, weather channels), you will get notification of that event via email, text message or even a phone call.

IFTTT has been a round for a couple of years now, but seems to be gaining more steam with the desire to make the web more automated. IFTTT Even works with different channels that can alert smart devices in your home to come on when you arrive (as it reads the signal being sent off your location beam on a smartphone).

We’re going to set up a recipe that notifies you of when free stuff is available in your city or town.

In IFTTT, let’s find the Craigslist channel. Click on CHANNELS in the menu and then find the Craigslist logo. Click on er and then go down to browse more recipes. In the search box, type in “#FREESTUFF”. This will bring up the recipe for finding free stuff in your neighborhood.

Next, you’ll want to open up the Craigslist website  in another tab in your browser while keeping IFTTT open. Go to your Craigslist city and then to FOR SALE > FREE. When that comes up, type in your city/town in the search box and hit enter. After that – copy the URL from Craigslist website. We’re gonna place it in the IFTTT recipe that we’re about to customize.

So, going back to IFTTT, go to that Craigslist recipe and we’ll select USE RECIPE.

In the trigger section, we’re going to add the URL we just grabbed from Craigslist. Paste it in there.

And then we are going to fill out the action in for the recipe. The action is that you want Craigslist to send you an email (or text) when free stuff gets posted to it in your neighborhood.

When you’re done, hit UPDATE and the recipe is activated.

Whenever free stuff is involved, time is of the essence. You will now be one of the first (if not the first) to get notified of anything free in your community that might strike your fancy.

Let us know if this helps you snatch up anything cool!

How to Negotiate for More Vacation Time

2014 April 16

charlie_imageIn starting any new job, most people are worried about one thing. MONEY! In the my mind, Rod Stillwell’s request of Jerry Maguire is what I usually want to ask the hiring manager, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!” In all the commotion of deciding to switch jobs often the other benefits are forgotten about. One of those important benefits to consider is vacation.  read more…

Does Walmart’s Savings Catcher Work?

2014 April 14

aaron_image1As I was listening to some tunes via Pandora last week, an ad for Walmart’s Savings Catcher came on. They advertised that you could enter your receipt into their new “Savings Catcher” app and if they find a competitor’s advertised price cheaper than what you paid for it at Walmart, they’ll actually refund you the difference in the form of an e-gift card.

The idea sounded interesting, so I gave it a try on a recent short shopping excursion.  read more…

6 Ways to Save Money When Filing Your Taxes

2014 April 11

money make you mean

Americans spend $140 billion per year to comply with the tax code – that’s a lot of money. And, although that figure may be enough to tempt you to look for ways to cut back on tax prep services, H&R Block reports that consumers who prepare their returns themselves leave $1 billion dollars in unrealized tax savings on the table. Where’s the middle ground, then? If you’re looking for ways to minimize your tax obligation and keep your precious cash out of the hands of accountants and tax prep professionals, check out these six tips.  read more…

Money Hiding Spots From The Great Depression

2014 April 9

charlie_imageAfter the Great Depression, it was hard for lots of people to regain trust in the banks and the entire banking system. Most banks during the depression were over leveraged and had almost 99% of people’s money lent out in car, consumer, and home loans. As a result, when people started losing trust in the banks, then people started running to the banks to get their money out. Understandably, people were “once bitten, and twice shy” from the affects of this tough economic time in our country’s history.

As a result, people stopped saving their money in the banks, and resulted to hiding their money and valuables in their home. From talking with my Grandpa, he expressed how no one trusted the local banks. They were viewed as a bunch of crooks, and Grandpa still had a disgust for one particular banker who foreclosed on one of his dad’s properties. read more…

What Do I Do With Damaged Money?

2014 April 7

aaron_image1The other day I found a coin on the ground and it was defaced so bad that I couldn’t make out what its value was. I’m sure you’ve come across a coin or bill that has been pretty damaged as well (be it cut, missing parts, water damaged, burnt, etc). So, what can you do with it?

What is considered damaged currency?

damaged money

Via the Bureau of Engraving

With most of us carrying plastic as our means of payment today – coming across damaged money is becoming less and less of an issue. And yet, this still happens to us. Perhaps we accidentally have a $5 bill sitting in with some papers that need shredding and then right as we see the papers entering the shredder, notice ‘ol Lincoln’s mug getting torn into pieces.

Or more tragically, we have money stashed away in a drawer then our house goes up in flames and we come across it during clean-up.

According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, damaged or mutilated money is

NOT CLEARLY more than one-half of the original note and/or, in such condition that the value is questionable and special examination is required to determine its value.   read more…

A Look Back at My Budget – 10 Years Ago

2014 April 4
by Aaron

aaron_image1I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my simple budget 10 years ago this month and see what I was buying with my money and what type of income I was bringing in. Granted, I was less than a year into my “get-0ut-of-debt” journey, but I was well on my way and was going to stick to it.

It’s amazing to think back to those times. I never thought I’d get out of debt. Fortunately, I had been given a couple of family loans (one from my mother and the other from a half-brother – which was yet to come). Although I ended up paying these back, they were able to give me some breathing room in that I didn’t have the accumulating interest.  read more…

Republic Wireless Review – One Month Trial

2014 April 2

charlie_imageLast month I had a friend from church approach me, and asked, “Have you ever heard of Republic Wireless?” He went on to say they offer the Moto X phone and a plan at just $25 per month. It really caught my attention, seemed like a great option and included unlimited texting/data. I had to try it out and see if this wireless provider was all that my friend had touted it to be.

Republic Wireless Moto X PhoneIn walking through the website and signing up for phone and service I was immediately caught by how easy to use and clean that the website was presented. With a lot of these discount cell phone service providers, you often find the website and ordering process cumbersome. Not Republic Wireless!

Since I’ve had the phone over the past month, I’ve had plenty of time to see the pros and cons, and weigh it against the other cell phone services I’ve reviewed (Virgin Mobile Review and Walmart Family Mobile Review) and currently use. Here are few of the key features of the phone and its services.  read more…

How to Make Money Online

2014 March 31

We’re in a time when traditional bricks-and-mortar jobs – especially the kind that pay a living wage and offer full benefits – are becoming increasingly scarce. At the same time, opportunities to make money online are increasing all the time.

We may even be in a major shift in the occupational landscape, one of historic proportions. Just as workers went from farms to factories more than a century ago, and from factories to office suites more than 50 years ago, there may be a shift toward Internet jobs taking place in our own time.

If that’s the case, where are the best job opportunities? When it comes to the Internet, there aren’t too many jobs, at least not as we traditionally define them. But there is incredible opportunity! That being the case, the question needs to be rephrased: where are the best income opportunities on the Internet?  read more…

How I Got Rid of Constipation, Acne, Belly Fat and Lowered My Depression Symptoms Without Paying a Doctor or Taking Meds

2014 March 28
by Aaron

aaron_image1I have to admit – I hesitated in writing this post for awhile. We aren’t exactly a health blog here. Or, are we Three Thrifty Doctors.  But after some deliberation and consternation (without constipation mind you), I figured if I could inspire or help someone else out with this post – so be it and may God bless him or her.

I guess I have to tell you at the onset to take what I’m about to say as my personal experience. I’m not trying to prescribe a diet or a way of life for you. Nor am I saying that going to a health professional or taking medicine is ultimately a bad thing. What I am hoping to accomplish here is to share my story and then also give you some food for thought before spending more money on doctors and drugs (which – I think – is our knee-jerk reaction in American life).  read more…