Category: Spending

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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Blowing Through Money

Three Thrifty Guys is usually all about getting bang for your buck, but for this 4th of July season I wanted to take a light-hearted look at going for the quickest bang for the most buck. And speaking of bang, an average firework at the local stand near my house is $.50 per pop. When …

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How to Tell if You Are Losing Money With a Secret Water Leak

It had been a couple months since my step-son moved out of the house, leaving the wife and I empty nesters for the first time. Ironically, the water bill didn’t offer any evidence to the fact. To my chagrin, our bill had actually managed to climb upwards. “How could this be?” I asked myself. I …

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Financial Peace University Review

“If finances were all about math, then all mathematicians would be millionaires.” In 2015, I was hit with a realization: The reality that finances are more about behavior modification, then about numbers. It is more about suppressing wants and purging your life of debt (like a disease). When my wife and I entered the class, I had …

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How to Make a Lot of Money (and Just Squeak By)

I came across this interesting piece that originally appeared on fellow personal finance blogger, Financial Samurai’s website, about a couple (both lawyers) who earn $500k a year and still don’t have a lot of “leftover” at the end of the year – relatively speaking. The couple was open enough to share their income / expenses …

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TracFone Review – Is it a Good Option?

Since everyone’s needs are so unique – selecting a cell phone plan for yourself or family should be a customized process. What fits one person may not fit another. For example, I use an MVNO provider (Mobile Virtual Network Provider) who rents their coverage from the “Big 4” networks. Typically these providers (Ting, Tello, Twigby, Republic Wireless …

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The Shame in Using Cash

“That’ll be $32.45 please.” My wife grabbed her wallet and took out the cash we had for the trip. Thumbing through some of the bills, she counted them to herself and then searched for some coins. The line was getting longer now and the gentleman behind us tried to entertain himself by looking away at …

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When Should You Buy Your Child a Phone?

The label was right over the zipper and everyone at school had em. In fact, if you didn’t have a pair, you might as well go sit in the corner at lunch and hang your head in shame. Girbauds were the clothing item you had to have in the early 90’s. Rap group Kris Kross and others helped …

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Things You May Want to Check-out on PrimeDay

Amazon’s PrimeDay is officially upon us. Whatever your thoughts are on this national shopping bonanza – one thing is for sure – it is probably one of the biggest sales days for the online shopping conglomerate. As you may be aware, we’re big fans of Amazon. They are making shopping easier and venturing into new …

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