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

Decades of non-stop price hikes make Disney vacations a stretch

Mitch StrohmTaking a family vacation to a Disney theme park was once an affordable escape. Sadly, that’s not the case anymore. […]

Here’s where to stash your cash while waiting for the Fed to finally raise interest rates, probably this fall

Susan LadikaIt has to happen sooner or later. After months of dithering, it appears the Federal Reserve will actually start to push interest rates higher, ending years of record low returns on bank accounts. […]

Summer music festivals on the cheap…Or what passes for cheap in these days of inflated prices

Mitch StrohmWhen it comes to attending a music festival, cheap simply isn’t on the table anymore. These days it’s a matter of limiting cost. This April, for example, a three-day general admission pass to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival pass cost $375. […]

Skip the pricey car dealership … I fixed a keyless remote myself and so can you

Amy FontinelleI 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. They have a reputation for charging much more than smaller auto shops. […]

How to get people to buy your junk … A guide to selling almost anything on Facebook groups

Dawn PapandreaA few months ago, when I was putting my recycling and bulk items out on garbage day, I happened to run into my neighbor who noticed that some old toys and baby gear were among the curbside casualties. […]

Americans are spending how much on weddings?! Here’s how we had a blast on a budget on our big day

Mitch StrohmPlanning on getting hitched soon? Start saving. Mitch Strohm and Mandy Boyd on their wedding day The average cost of a wedding is now a hefty $31,213 (honeymoon not included), according to the 2014 Real Wedding Study from TheKnot.com. That’s up from $29,858 in 2013. As a guy — and finance writer — who just [...]Americans are spending how much on weddings?! […]

Wealth building choices of your richest neighbors

Nick DiUlioHere’s a little secret about building wealth. There is no secret. Ask pretty much any self-made millionaire and you’ll get pretty much the same advice. They’re where they are today because they made a few smart and surprisingly simple choices. Choice 1. […]

How to compare college finanical aid packages and pick the right school

Dawn PapandreaIt’s that time of year, when teens and their families agonize over which college they will pay thousands of dollars to – or borrow thousands of dollars for — over the next four years. By now, acceptance letters and financial aid packages are in hand, so it’s just a matter of doing some side-by-side comparisons. […]

How to compare college finanical aid packages and pick the right school

Dawn PapandreaIt’s that time of year, when teens and their families agonize over which college they will pay thousands of dollars to – or borrow thousands of dollars for — over the next four years. By now, acceptance letters and financial aid packages are in hand, so it’s just a matter of doing some side-by-side comparisons. […]