Bargaineering

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

Stop worrying…You probably didn’t pay too much for your new car

Russ HeapsMost of us like to tell “fish stories,” and they often include tales about the great deal we negotiated on our new car or truck. But behind closed doors, many of us obsess that we really paid too much. […]

Online coupons and discount codes can save lots of money, at lots of stores, on lots of stuff

Jen A. MillerAlthough I’m a frugal person, I’ve never been a couponer. Cutting out and organizing paper coupons takes a lot of time. I saw my mom do this when I was a kid and it looked like an exhausting way to save a couple bucks. […]

Go to the movies? At these prices it’s got to be a great flick to get me off the couch

Alissa FleckIf you decide to spend a night out at the movies, you better be certain you’re going to love that film. In my opinion, movie-going has become too expensive to be a casual pastime anymore. The theater industry says the average ticket costs right around $8, but that has to include discounted prices for kids [...]Go to the movies? […]

Kick start your savings with goal-based accounts

Susan LadikaSaving money is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but halfway through the year, you’ve usually kicked that goal to the curb. […]

Be ready for insurers to ask your car what really happened in an accident

Russ HeapsThe next time you file an accident claim don’t be surprised if your insurance company wants to download data from your car or truck to make sure you’re telling the truth. No one knows exactly how much auto-insurance fraud goes on, but experts peg the losses at up to $30 billion. […]

Mobile finance apps have reduced my spending…And I don’t even use them

Alissa FleckDo you want to change your spending, saving and budgeting habits, but keep putting off downloading a financial app because that would make it all just too real? Well, I have found a solution to this problem — or at the very least, a step in the right direction. […]

Whether you’re a novice saver or seasoned investor here’s how to make up to 3% on CDs this summer

Amy FontinelleInterest rates are at record lows, but you’ve got to put your money somewhere. With most savings accounts paying a pathetic 0.10% APY CDs remain a better paying alternative. Believe it or not, you can earn as much as 3% on some local deals and up to 2.30% on nationally available certificates of deposit. […]

Are hamsters the cheapest, yet cutest, pets ever?

Jen A. MillerWe shall now pause to consider one of the Internet’s most hotly debated financial topics: The relative worth of hamsters. Well, to be honest, we aren’t going to waste so much as a pixel on the curmudgeonly views of hamster haters. (What is wrong with some people?) But we will take a realistic, dollars-and-cents look [...]Are hamsters the cheapest, yet cutest, pets ever? […]

Where to find the highest pay, lowest cost of living

Mitch StrohmWe often hear people say things like, “I’d be able to save more, if I lived in a cheaper city.” But a lower cost of living usually means lower paying jobs, too. So here’s the question you should be asking yourself: Which cities have the best balance of high pay and low cost of living? […]

Stop guessing about how much you’ll spend on gas

Mitch StrohmIf you’re planning a summer road trip here’s a quick and easy way to see how much the gas will cost. FuelEconomy.gov, the official government source for fuel economy information, recently released My Trip Calculator. […]