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 3)

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. […]

Can CDs be a good place for your emergency fund?

Darci SwisherIf your emergency fund is sitting in a savings account that pays virtually nothing you might consider investing those dollars in a certificate of deposit. CDs are just as safe and you’ll earn a little more interest. The only caveat is that you’ll have to make sure you don’t get hit with stiff early withdrawal [...]Can CDs be a good place for your emergency fund? […]

Do loyal customers really get treated better?

Kristin WongWhether it’s through rewards programs or special invites, companies often tout an appreciation for customer loyalty. Yet, every few months, I find myself challenging my Internet service provider over a “promotional offer” that has expired, which means I’m paying more than new customers. […]

Boss ripping you off? Here’s what to do about it

Kristin WongEarlier this year, beloved celebrity chef Mario Batali agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by his employees for $5.25 million. Their claim? Batali’s restaurants were allegedly confiscating tips from workers to increase profits. Maybe it comes as a surprise to you; maybe it doesn’t. But wage theft is a pretty common occurrence in the United [...]Boss ripping you off? […]