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.

Why Are Many Rich People So Thrifty?

Why are Bill and Warren so happy? Because Warren brought his BOGO coupon so they could get a free lunch at McD’s! Billionaire’s Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were on a trip together when they decided to stop and have lunch together at McDonald’s. Before they got to the counter, Buffett reached into his pocket …

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Life Off the Grid: Living Simply in a 14×14 Home

A few years ago when the tiny house movement was heating up, we connected with LaMar Alexander, an off-the-grid, tiny-home dweller to share about his lifestyle and experiences. We thought it would be fun to connect with him again and see how things have been going. He has over 84,000 YouTube subscribers now, sells architectural plans …

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Should Life Insurance Be Mandatory?

Let me first start by saying that I come from a viewpoint that we probably ought to legislate (control?) behavior less in our society. Less rules about how folks ought to live their lives, the better. I believe we should own and be responsible for our actions and choices. That said, there are some things I realize that are …

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RingPlus Customers: Here’s an Alternative

Our friends at Tello recently alerted us that a competitor of theirs – RingPlus (another MVNO) – may be losing their service license with Sprint as soon as February 11. RingPlus has filed suit against Sprint due to disagreements it has with the provider. Due to this conflict, customers may lose their service within a …

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How to Quickly See if Your Cheap Logo is a Copy

A few months ago a friend of mine came to me with a request to design a logo for a real estate company that he was starting. At first, he showed me a design he had created through an online logo creation service. If he liked it, all he had to pay was $40 and it …

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Should I Donate Money at Checkout?

Yesterday I was at the repair shop after one of our cars had a large bolt stuck in one of the tires, causing a slow leak. When we came to pick-up the vehicle, I was given the total due and then asked if we wished to “round-up” for a local charity. This was one of the …

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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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