November 8, 2012

Shop Alone (312/365)

When I’m buying groceries, I shop alone. When I’m buying household items, I shop alone. When I’m buying gifts, I shop alone. The only time you’ll find me in a store with others is when circumstances practically force it on me. It’s not that I’m anti-social – I quite like spending time with people. It’s simply that shopping with others costs me money. […]

5 Ways to Make Extra Money this Holiday Season

There is probably no greater time when your budget feels strained than the holidays. If you have children, of course, they expect presents both from you and Santa. […]

ING Direct Will Soon Become Capital One 360

Remember when the news first broke back in the summer of 2011 about Capital One buying ING Direct? Final approval of thus deal was granted in February 2012, but nothing more had been announced — until yesterday, that is. Yesterday afternoon I received an e-mail saying that they’re changing their name to “Capital One 360,” but promising that everything else will remain the same. […]

5 Ways You Could Be Revealing Your Secret Job Search

In a perfect world, you would let your current employer know that you are looking for a new job. However, there are some reasons that job hunters keep their search secret from current employers and co-workers. Even while you are trying to keep your job search secret, though, you might be leaving clues for others. […]

Reader Mailbag: Reading Long Books

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Roth IRAs and standard IRAs 2. How do people get rich? 3. Tailgating and profit 4. Marriage and conflicting money values 5. Buying individual stocks 6. Church as social group? 7. Best place for extra income? 8. […]

How to Keep from Overspending This Holiday Season

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to make a plan.  What are you willing to spend money on this holiday season?  Do you have a set budget or at least an idea of what you can afford?  If you don’t, you’re likely to overspend.  The excitement of Black Friday and Christmas can make that very easy to do.  After all is said and done, you’re stuck with a big bundle of credit card bills and co […]

ING Direct Becoming Capital One 360

Earlier this year, Capital One’s acquisition of ING Direct was approved and finalized. Consumerism Commentary readers responded, for the most part, by stating they plan on closing their ING Direct accounts in protest. I preferred to wait and see. The conflict and attitude arises from ING Direct’s history of being consumer friendly and on the forefront of internet technology. […]

Side Gig Thursdays: Mary Klaebel, Resume & Interview Prep

Welcome to another Side Gig Thursdays! This is a series where I pinged Bargaineering readers about their side gigs and they agreed to talk about them. Today we are chatting with Mary Klaebel, a freelance copywriter who decided to expand her work to include career services, such as resume preparation and interview preparation. […]

Drawing the line with poor customer service

Last year, I wrote a breakup letter to Chase Bank. It was pretty ugly. I’ll save you the heartbreaking details, but trust me, they had it coming. Closing the account was another nightmare. They wouldn’t let me break up with them! They told me I couldn’t close the account because my signature on the request form did not match the signature they had on file. […]

25 Career Changes You Can Make Today

We're all busy. And that means we get caught up in our day-to-day responsibilities and rarely have time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, asking "Where is my career going?" Here are 25 things you can do today to make sure your career ship is cruising in the right direction. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Dental Care

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on dental care, uses for plastic bags, and cutting back on home expenses. Top 5 Articles How to Save Money on Dental Care So You Won't Go Broke at the Dentist — Want to save money on dental care? Use a flouride toothpaste and get your teeth cleaned every six months. […]

15 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Tomato Juice

While many of us simply keep it in the pantry or fridge to enjoy with breakfast or lunch, the truth is that tomato juice can be used in a wide variety of ways, from familiar cocktails and beverages to budget-wise soup bases and sauces. Here are 15 of my favorite creative ways to make the most of a can or bottle of tomato juice. (See also: Great Grocery Savings Strategies) 1. […]

When You Should Fire Your Accountant

Having an accountant can help you keep track of finances, reduce your tax burden, and make more efficient use of your money. If you own a small business, it’s especially important to hire an accountant, but even individuals can benefit from their services. Those advantages, however, only happen when you have a professional accountant who can do the job well. […]

Cliff Notes on the Fiscal Precipice

Years back, during the debate over the right to die via assisted suicide, I clipped from a newspaper an editorial cartoon I particularly admired. Drawn by Jack Ohman of the Oregonian, it is still tacked above my desk today, more than a decade after first glimpsed. In the cartoon, a man and woman walk through the downtown of a big city. High above them are billboards. […]

Real-Life Examples of How I Score at Outlet Malls

A couple months ago I detailed how to get great deals on outlet purchases. Recently I put that advice into practice and really scored some great deals. So I thought I'd highlight them for you.My stop at the outlet mall was on the way to another event, so I didn't have any extra gas costs associated with the trip. […]

Restaurant dining for the price of a tip

(Note: This is a very old post.  I posted this in 2004, before Mighty Bargain Hunter had moved to the WordPress platform.  So now, a blast from the past, gently rebooted …) Restaurant dining for the price of a tip! I hope that the title caught your attention. […]