Started in 2010 by friends, Charlie and Aaron (who were both blogging at the time) – their goal was to keep each other accountable in their financial lives and get out of debt with the hopes their journey might help others out as they wrote about ways to save / make more money, becoming financially free and offering various reviews of products and services.
Charlie is an IT professional by day (who is now debt-free), Aaron is a full-time graphic designer and publisher and our current “third guy”, Matthew, is a high-school math teacher.
The guys do not work for any financial institutions / or other companies. On occasion, we will enter into a content partnership only if we have direct experience with the product / service. (More in sponsorships)
All the guys have positive net worths. And, more importantly, are followers of Jesus Christ.
We primarily earn money for the website in these three areas: affiliate income, content partnerships and advertising.
With affiliate income, we may earn a commission when we recommend a product or service to readers. So, if you visit our article on Republic Wireless and decide to visit their website via the link on that review and end up purchasing their phone service, we earn a commission on that. Since we really only recommend products / services we have personally used (or are using) – we feel comfortable in earning money through this avenue.
Content partnerships happen when a company approaches (sometimes, we'll approach) us with a desire to write about a certain topic related to personal finances and their marketing initiatives. We then craft these articles around their goal to educate others about their product / service, but ensuring these pieces are helpful. We also make sure we disclose to the reader any relationship we may have with the company in the article.
You may notice that we have very few advertisements – and we hope this enriches your experience at the site. We personally don't like a lot of ads when we visit other websites – so don't wish to force that on our readers. But we do put a Google Adsense banner in the sidebars / footers and on various articles to help support what we're doing. This is not a major source of income for us. We are also approached by various advertisers individually about placing banners / ads on the site (but we turn down 75% of these requests).
When we first starting blogging, a lot of other bloggers were writing anonymously. But, with trust being so important on the web – this has changed, causing many more bloggers to “come out” and share photos of themselves and families.
We have shared some personal photos / video from time to time – but we still (largely) blog anonymously for a couple of reasons. One is job related. Currently, one of us works in a government position that requires us to keep our personal life, private. Another reason is that our anonymity is important to us. Our main goal for the site is to share our experiences in the hopes that others may benefit from it. Not to gain notoriety or fame.
Charlie has shared more of his personal finances with readers and more recently (2018) made the last payment on his mortgage to become totally debt-free.
Aaron is still paying off his wife's student loan and home. But, his hopes are to build enough business / asset income to become financially free.
Matthew was debt-free, but has since taken out another mortgage to purchase a larger home for his growing family.
One of Aaron's favorite burger joints is Five Guys. When we first started the site, there were three of us thrifty guys – so we put two and two together and the name stuck.
Here's just a few products and services that we recommend and use:
Mobile phone service
- Quotacy (for online quotes)
Healthcare cost-sharing plan
Most of us guys have learned a lot about personal finance via Dave Ramsey. So, we appreciate and adhere to much of what he espouses in terms of getting ones finances in order. We also recommend books like the Treasure Principle (Randy Alcorn), and some of the PF bloggers out there (Get Rich Slowly, Seedtime, Bible Money Matters, Matt About Money and others).
We love getting offers to write for us from our regular readers / subscribers. Here's a review that one of our readers did for us on a cell service that he uses. From time to time, we will accept guest posts from other bloggers / writers – but it is rare. We value our readership and do not want to present them with information that we don't trust or that are too salesy.