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.

Total Wireless Review – My In-store Experience and Plan Performance

We recently had the chance to take a closer look at Total Wireless and want to share our in-store experience and thoughts on the overall plan performance. Who is Total Wireless? Total Wireless is another MVNO provider whose parent company is Tracfone. They are a low-cost carrier with no contracts, no commitments, and coverage on the …

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6 Things You Don’t Need to Upgrade

It seems we’re in a time where everything is in constant change and improvement. It’s not “good” just to sit idle. We’re bombarded with the constant upgrade packages and the latest and newest this or that. If you’re in a job more than three to five years now, you’re viewed as a slug (who’s not …

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Are You Suffering From ‘Frugality Fatigue’?

I had to laugh a little when I read the headline on our public radio’s website this morning: “Frugality Fatigue May Fuel Increased Holiday Spending This Year“. The article goes on to cite a University of Minnesota professor’s claims that consumers (I really don’t like that word) have a “pent-up” urge to spend a bunch of …

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Veteran’s Day

I was able to watch some of the History Channel’s “Vietnam in HD” special that first aired several years ago. It was a riveting documentary with amazing combat footage showing what the men (and women) faced during this long and difficult conflict. It had been the first time in modern warfare where battles were won …

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What Happened to Treats?

A couple times a month, my parents held a “popcorn party” night where my brother and I would get to watch a movie on the brand-new VHS player, eat homemade popcorn and indulge in our favorite beverage: RC Cola. I remember those nights fondly and was grateful for the times we got to “have fun” …

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How to Easily (and Cheaply) Clean Your Soffit Vents

Last fall we got a notice from our homeowner association we needed to ensure our soffit vents were cleaned out before the first snow arrived. They relayed to us, blocked soffit vents are one of the leading causes of ice dams forming on the roof. Eek!  Here’s an article I wrote about how poor insulation …

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6 Cheap and Easy Home Improvements That Make a Big Difference

When we moved into our 1982-built townhome a couple years ago, there were some major design “no-no’s” going on. I loved the ’80’s as much as the next fella – but there are certainly some things that should have been left there! Among them are shag carpet, floral patterned couches and gold-colored anything (Gag me …

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6 Ways to Save Money on Insurance (Written by an Insurance Agent)

Since obtaining insurance can be somewhat complex and difficult to ensure you are getting the right type of insurance coverage, while not paying too much – I thought I would ask my insurance agent if they might have some ways to help us save more on our policies. Huge thanks Trina of McAlpin Agency in …

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5 Unique Ways to Live Mortgage Free

Inspired by the British television show, How to Live Mortgage Free I’ve recently been watching on Netflix and our debt-free, thrifty guy, Charlie – I’ve been considering different ways that I could possibly live mortgage-free. And, I’m not necessarily talking about getting a 6-figure job, saving 50% of your income, working 80 hr work weeks and …

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