Bargaineering is a blog that chronicles my personal finance life and where I discuss matters of shopping, insurance, investing, retirement, loans, credit cards, mortgages, bargain hunting and other issues in my life.

Latest Posts from Bargaineering

Learn a second language on the cheap

Heather LarsonFebruary 3, 2016 One of my relatives believed the Russians planned to take over the United States in the 1950’s, so she decided to learn their language. She took all the classes offered and then to further her skill, she volunteered at a local Russian community center. That worked for her. […]

New calculator helps answer a big question: When should you start collecting Social Security?

Mitch StrohmJanuary 14, 2016 Quick. At what age should you start collecting Social Security? It’s not an easy question to answer, right? Fortunately, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently put out a calculator that helps you decide. The tool allows you to explore how your claiming age impacts your retirement benefits. […]

Start the year by getting cash back on your shopping

Heather LarsonJanuary 4, 2016 When you’ve grown accustomed to hearing and trusting that free lunches don’t exist, you look at any reward system with a suspicious eye. The Internet, and most specifically online shopping, has changed that for the better. […]

9 tricks to get a jump on 2016 money resolutions

Dawn PapandreaMost people have some sort of financial resolutions at the start of every New Year, whether it’s to be debt-free or save more. There’s something about having a clean slate when you flip to a new calendar year that can be quite motivating. […]

I’ve got to stop watching HGTV … It creates unrealistic expectations that make me hate my home

Amy FontinelleWant to enjoy your home more? Stop watching HGTV I’ve been an HGTV addict for years. From House Hunters to Property Virgins and Rehab Addict to Property Brothers, I couldn’t get enough. For the last few months, though, episodes of what used to be my favorite shows have been piling up on my DVR. […]

The ultimate tips for holiday tipping on a budget

Mike SanteIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, they say, unless you’re talking about your finances. From a money perspective, the holidays put a huge strain on family bank accounts, especially when all of those extras – like year-end tips – push your budget past its breaking point. […]

Conquer gift clutter with practical presents

Dawn PapandreaEvery holiday season means that you get – and often give — lots of pointless stuff. You treat your aunt to yet another sweater while adding to the mountain of Legos and action figures in your family room. […]

I take it back … Car dealers aren’t totally worthless

Amy Fontinelle“I refuse to go to a car dealership for any reason. I don’t shop for cars there and I don’t get maintenance or repairs done there. […]

Right now is the best time of the year to buy a home … No really, real estate data says it’s today

Mitch StrohmIf you’re in the market to purchase a home, mark October on your calendar as the best month to buy. That’s when you’ll get the biggest discount, according to a new study from RealtyTrac, a company that tracks real estate data and trends. […]