Author: Charlie

An IT professional, Charlie also buys and sells liens, lives on the cheap and runs marathons. In his spare moments, he raises 3 children, does the dishes and writes one post a week. His former blog, Frugal Retirement Plan, has been cited by US News and World Report. He saves money on his cell phone bill by using Republic Wireless.

6 Tips To Stay On Track With New Years Resolutions

Earlier this week I heard on the radio that 50% of people will have given up on their New Years Resolution in 3 weeks. It’s hard to believe that we start out the fresh New Year with great intentions, but fail to follow through. A lot of times we really need to follow through on some …

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Passive Income Streams: December 2017 Report

2017 is now in the books and boy what a year it has been. I think most people can agree that almost all asset classes have risen this year, and it has been extremely productive for our passive income streams. This year I set out some lofty goals and was able to make over $13,000 …

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Can You Pay for Private Education with 529 Plans? YES!

Last week the House passed the new tax bill, and in it, they signed into law that you can now pay for private schooling with your 529 plan. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, and I really haven’t heard much about it. For a few of the articles it is made to sound like the …

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How to Distress Furniture

At threethriftyguys.com we aren’t always about being thrifty, but we are also about being resourceful. Here is a story of how my wife and I distressed a kitchen cart. Over this past fourth of July weekend my wife and I the opportunity of making a distressed kitchen cart. We found this cheap black kitchen cart …

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How to Make a Lego Table – with Storage Containers

Earlier this year my wife came to me with a picture, and said, “Build me one of these, please!” It was a picture of a Lego table with storage containers. It had some flat Lego base plates glued to a board with storage containers underneath. I thought….hmm…this table looks easy enough, I’m a man! I can tackle this small …

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Passive Income Streams: November 2017 Report

Just when I thought the winter weather was going to have a cooling effect on my multiple income streams, then November came along and proved me wrong. Airbnb produced $0 in October, then picked up again in November netting us $566. Overall, it was a solid month for us getting $1,291 in all my side …

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How to Plan for Retirement Like Clark Griswold

Every Christmas season my wife and I have series of movies that we pull out and watch between Thanksgiving and Christmas time. This past weekend we pulled out one of our classics, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! If it isn’t part of your regular Christmas movie set, then it needs to be! I love almost every …

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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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Garmin Forerunner 235 with Heart Rate Monitor Review

For 2017 my employer had a fitness challenge to everyone that participated in our healthcare plans. The challenge was to walk 7,500 or more steps every day from August 28th to October 6th. In return, we had the opportunity to earn $250 in our HSA (health savings account), which definitely helps with our medical bills …

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