Thrifty Green Planting: Annuals

This post was written by Aaron’s wife several years ago. Given that spring planting is upon us, we thought it may be a good time repost. Every year I look forward to the arrival of the warmer months.  Where we live, we are limited in the amount of months that we can enjoy Zone 4 …

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Is the IRS Handcuffed to Offer Better Services?

I heard a report on NPR this morning and it just didn’t sit right with me. With it being tax day – a national holiday worthy of a day off and celebrations everywhere – I thought I would share. According to a report by ProPublica – there is a bill making its rounds around Congress …

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Unique Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards

If you’re an avid shopper at Amazon (and it seems that a lot of folks are these days), there are now plenty of ways to earn gift cards from the online retailer. Some are as easy as making your regular / routine purchases! Let’s look at some of these ways. Would love to hear about …

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How to Teach Kids About Saving Money

For parents, the greatest responsibility (besides leading them to Christ) we have is showing our kids how to manage their money. With how much our world is centered around money, and the trials and tribulations that are associated with money, we owe it to our kids to teach them for 18 years of their life …

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Visible Mobile Review – More Cell Service For Less

One thing is visibly clear to me. When it comes to cell phone providers, there are now plenty out there to fit any need or want. And now, enter Visible: a low(er)-cost, unlimited talk, text and data, cell service running on the Verizon 4G LTE network. Who is Visible? Visible is a subsidiary of Verizon …

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Would Knowing Everyone’s Salaries Demotivate You?

There’s been a lot more talk about the “need” to openly share ones salary with the world. This is particularly coming from the more liberal leaning folks, suggesting that knowing what others are paid will lead to more equal pay for equal work (among other things). But is it truly the right thing to do? …

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How I Quickly Settled an Unresolved Consumer Complaint

A couple years ago, my wife went down to attend a family member’s wedding. She rented a vehicle from a company that we’ll affectionately refer to as “Not-Thrifty Rental” for the duration of this post (or NTR for short).   After the trip was over and I was going through some of the expenses, I …

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How Netflix Has Changed American’s Finances

I love Netflix, like the next guy. But, I think it’s helped change our personal finance habits – for the worse. But Netflix isn’t the only culprit. Many software companies have turned to a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, where customers are required to pay a monthly subscription to “rent” their programs. In the …

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Interview With Joshua Becker on Minimalism

The following was first published several years ago, but thought we would combine the two interviews that took place with Charlie and Joshua on minimalism. Enjoy. Last week our church had a speaker come in for a Tuesday night special on “Doubling Your Impact.” I got word from one of our friends that the speaker …

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Why Do You Do That With Your Finances?

In his recent Friday Forward blog, author and CEO Robert Glazer, shares the “pot roast” story (you may know it): A mother was preparing a pot roast for her family’s Easter meal while her young daughter helped. Knowing her daughter was very curious, the mother clarified each step. As she was preparing to put the …

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