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.

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Hire a mover who won’t break the bank

Heather Larson February 23, 2016 Let’s face it, sometimes you have to pay professionals to get your household goods to your next residence. You simply may not have the time, ability or inclination to do it yourself. No matter what the reason, don’t think you have to pay top dollar just because you’ve contracted a professional mover. […]

9 ways to save on pet care costs

Heather Larson February 13, 2016 Expenses for pampered pups and coddled cats add up quickly. The best food for our finicky four-legged friends racks up the dollar signs at the grocery store checkout counter. And a trip to one of the pet franchises can easily blow your budget. If they get sick, the veterinarian bills skyrocket. But […] 9 ways to save on pet care costs is a post from: Bargaineering […]

Learn a second language on the cheap

Heather Larson February 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. And she learned to […] Learn a second language on the cheap is a post from: Bargaineering […]

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

Mitch Strohm January 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 Larson January 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 Papandrea Most 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. Here are some ways to evaluate your spending and put more cash […] 9 tricks to get a jump on 2016 money resolutions is a post from: Bargaineering […]

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. […]