From Great Depression

Lessons I Learned From My Great Depression Parents

My parents were products of parents that lived through the heart of the Depression. They had Great Depression living practiced every day of their life. Consequently, I am the product of Great Depression grandparents, which was passed down through both my parents. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. In talking …

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Money Hiding Spots From The Great Depression

After 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 …

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5 Things Growing Up on a Farm Taught Me About Finances

In my youth, I had the lucky chance to be raised on a farm in Iowa. Growing up I thought a lot differently and hated going out to do chores, shoveling  pig manure, or walking beans. At the time it felt pointless, and I felt like free labor to my dad, Grandpa, and uncle. Without …

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My Favorite Posts From The Last 3 Years

So in the three and a half years that Aaron and I have been writing for ThreeThriftyGuys.com we’ve compiled a number of posts. 690 posts to be exact! In that time I’ve used the blog to stretch me personally, and hopefully help others along the way. Doing so wasn’t always easy, but I can say …

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Reducing Risks to Your Family’s Finances

I work in the IT industry as a virtualization engineer, and 90% of my job is about reducing risk, eliminate single points of failure and implementing redundancy. Everyday a number of situations arise in my regular job that make me think of how my requirements can apply to personal finances. Recently, when Cyprus depositors lost …

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12 Money Saving Tips From The Great Depression

Growing up on a farm during the early 80’s I was privileged to watch my folks try and make ends meet through the farming crisis. Luckily, my parents weren’t alone, but had my Grandparents only three miles away to help each other out. My Grandparents, who survived the Great Depression, knew a thing or two …

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On This Day: 100 Years Ago

I love skimming through old newspapers and magazines to see what kind of things people were concerned about in their day and to glean any wisdom/insights from different generations. Just as Charlie has shared what he’s learned from his grandpa about the Great Depression and living as a farmer – there is so much precious gold in …

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The Millionaire Who Was Frugal for a Greater Purpose

Earlier this year, I came across an interesting story in the Huffington Post. It was about a 96-year old woman who died in late 2010 and left $1.7 million to the Salvation Army. This happens all the time, right: rich folks leaving large amounts to charities? True – but Elinor Sauerwein wasn’t known for her …

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How to Prepare for Financial Storms – Financial Weatherman

Whenever I look at the news and CNBC I never really see anyone that’s defined themselves as a “financial weatherman.” We have our nightly news where our weatherman tries to predict what’s going to happen in next day to 5 days, but even then it’s hard for them to really know. To me, my financial …

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