Author: Aaron

Helped start Three Thrifty Guys with his friends Charlie and Mark after being inspired by how they lived their lives “on the thrift”. A designer by day, Aaron was once $40k in debt. After 5 years – he dug himself out and lives to tell about it. Aaron has also blogged at the StarTribune.

How I Use Customer Loyalty to Save Money

Every year, I get on this kick to review all of our expenses and then see what I can do about reducing or even eliminating some of them. So, I went at it last week to see what I could do to reduce some of them. Most of our recurring expenses are fairly low considering what …

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Limited Time Plan Offers From Tello

A big goal I have for 2017 is to focus on optimizing our money the best I can. And one of the best ways to do this is to focus on lowering expenses. To that end, I recently made another cell phone switch from Republic Wireless to Tello. And, so far, I’m really glad I …

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21 Rules for Personal Finance

This past month, I came across an excellent post by Certified Financial Advisor, Ben Carlson, entitled “20 Rules for Personal Finance.” I thought it was so practical and succinct, I asked Ben if we could repost his “rules for personal finance.” 1. Salary is not the same as savings. Your net worth is more important than how …

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Our Most Popular Personal Finance Posts of 2016

Feels like we were just putting together an end-of-the-year post! Here’s a look back at some of the more popular posts from 2016 based on traffic to the page. Some of these got picked up by our friends at Lifehacker – so that definitely helped in getting more visibility. Where there any that you found particularly …

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24 of the Best Tweets About Personal Finance This Year

Sometimes 140 characters is all you need to get a good dose of information. So today, we are looking back at some of the best money tweets we discovered this past year (some contain links to various posts). Got any other good ones? "Money isn’t the currency of life. Living is the currency of life." …

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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Refinance (Advice From a Pro)

Several years ago my wife and I decided to refinance our home (and then a year later, our rental house). One of the main reasons for the refinance was to lower our monthly payment as well as take advantage of the lower interest rates. Another factor was that we didn’t have any short or long-term …

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When Buying More Makes Sense

The other day I had to make a run to Home Depot to get some bulbs and batteries. When I got to the battery aisle, I was immediately struck with all the different quantity options available for purchase. One package had 4 batteries for almost $4 – while another had 16 batteries for $11. But …

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3 DIY Projects That Saved Us Thousands This Year

2016 has been the year of the DIY projects. And for a fella like me who recognizes that not all men are equipped with handyman skills (like myself) and would prefer to outsource such tasks to more qualified persons, these jobs were a bit stretching, to say the least. I certainly did not go gung-ho into these projects, but was …

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Helpful Senior Citizen Benefits (Written By a Senior)

The following is a guest post by my mother who is debt-free and lives very modestly in Small Town, USA. While she does not work for pay, she spends time blessing others by giving of herself and her time.  My son has invited me to write an article for this blog about senior citizen benefits. I share his …

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