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.

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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UNREAL Mobile Review – Unlimited Mobile Starting at $10/mo

When you choose a name like UNREAL Mobile for your cell phone company, you already have a lot to live up to. UNREAL Mobile is a new MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) on the market offering some fairly unbeatable pricing packages. But does it really live up to its name? I’ll get to that in …

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Pet Assure Review – Would You Pay For Pet Health Insurance?

This “disapproving” bunny is Daffodil – our house rabbit. Yes, I know. I didn’t realize you could keep a bunny in a house until I met my wife. And, now, I don’t understand why more people don’t have pet rabbits in their house. While she is a little more expensive than I expected, she’s hopped …

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Tello Review – 2 Years Later

Before I tell you more about Tello – I need to tell-o you about something called a mobile virtual network operator (or MVNO). You may have heard this term before OR know what it is. But for those new to it, it could help you save more on your monthly cell phone bill. To start, a MVNO is: a …

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