Money Masters: Three Thrifty Guys

This weeks’s Money Masters are Charlie, Mark and Aaron of the Three Thrifty Guys. We stumbled on the Thrifty Guys while looking at blog rolls on other personal finance blogs. What struck to us about their approach is that they focus more on keeping what money you earn and less on earning more money. As many know, it’s not necessarily how much you make, but how much you save. Secretaries and librarians have died millionaires.

What’s even more interesting to us is that they break down some of their more useful blog posts into three categories, “Newbie Thriftster”, “Semi Thriftster” and “Savvy Thriftster”. This helps customize your thrifting based on your level of thrifting experience. This is smart because as we’re reminded every year, people will profess resolutions to make 180 degree changes in their lives, then give up because making those changes is too hard. The Three Thrifty Guys’ approach helps ensure their readers won’t give up before they succeed.

They, also, provide thrifty tips broken down into categories, such as Auto, Household, Health, Money and Purchases. This makes it easier to tackle your needs at any given time. Learn more about the Three Thrifty Guys below.

1. What’s your story?

Charlie, Mark and I started the site back in April of 2010 to help us stay accountable to getting out of debt and gaining financial freedom. We wanted to share our experiences with others in hopes they might be helped as well. Our mission at Three Thrifty Guys is to help keep a few more dollars in people’s pockets (or purses). If we can do that – we’re happy.

2. What’s your point of view, as a personal finance blogger?

Point of view? We really just want to share our experience and offer hope to others who may be struggling with getting out of debt or gaining financial freedom. All of us come from different backgrounds – but it shapes so much of our attitude on living a thrifty lifestyle. I had excellent parents who were weren’t in debt – good with money (overall) – but I wound up with $40k in debt at one point in my life (mostly from credit cards). While some of that is personality too, there is so many emotions at play in our personal finances. Sometimes we need a wake-up call.

3. In one sentence, what’s one piece of sage advice from your personal finance background that you’d like to share with our readers?

Keep gratitude front and center. It often keeps me from coveting – and in general – lack of gratefulness for what I already have. There’s a quote out there – can’t remember the exact verbiage – but it speaks to the fact that most of our unhappiness comes from comparing ourselves to others (and what they have). I hardly meet unhappy, grateful people.

Check out the ThreeThriftyGuys.com website and subscribe to their newsletter. These three guys and sometimes two other guys and a girl have an interesting perspective for anyone seeking financial independence, especially those seeking to become debt free.

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