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 (page 2)

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. […]

How I earn credit card rewards responsibly

Kristin WongThe topic of maximizing credit-card rewards seems to be a popular one lately, especially in the world of personal finance blogging. Many of us use our credit cards to pay our bills and monthly expenses. We earn cash back and rake in the rewards. […]

Traveling abroad requires planning at home to avoid unexpected fees on credit card and cell phone bills

Jen A. MillerMy big trip this year is a 10-day Italian vacation. I’m excited, but I’m also doing a lot of planning beyond where to get the best pizza and what shoes to bring. […]

Manage your life like a CFO

Mitch StrohmIf you want to save money, you’ve got to manage your life much like the chief financial officer runs the company where you work. J.D. Roth of the personal finance blog “Get Rich Slowly” just launched a course that can help you do just that. […]

Turn tantalizing foreign cuisine into budget meals

Cliff ONeill“Well, if I’m going to cook an authentic Argentinian meal, I’m going to have to buy grass-fed beef,” I said to myself. […]