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.

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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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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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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The Top Frauds of 2018 (and How You Can Avoid Being a Victim)

I regularly receive updates from the FTC as they produce some interesting content and let you know about any new or unusual activity out there in regards to trade / commerce and how some “not-nice” people out there could be looking to take advantage of you. They’ve recently released a report on last years fraud …

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How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

Let me just tell you – I’m no handyman. Most of my repairs are done with the aid of YouTube and the help of a trusted professional. So, when my wife said she had gotten something stuck in the garbage disposal the other day and it wasn’t working, my first thought was to think about …

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