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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USPS Considering Stamp Price Increase

The United States Postal Service proposed an increase to the price of sending a letter through first-class mail by two cents, to 46 cents. The USPS would also increase, correspondingly, the prices of all other shipping like Priority and Express mail service. […]

Gift Tax

Did you know that if you get someone a gift, you are responsible for paying income tax on that gift? Yep, it’s known as the gift tax. Fortunately, there’s an annual exclusion involved. […]

Fourth of July Roundup

I hope you and yours have a fun and relaxing 4th of July weekend. For those outside the United States, I hope you have a fun and relaxing 4th of July weekend that has absolutely no historical significance to you (unless you’re in England, in which case sorry about that). […]

Oregon Bans Credit History Checks by Employers

The Oregon Legislative Assembly has passed House Bill 1045, which would prohibit the use of credit history for use in employment purposes (it was actually signed by the governor in late March). In other words, employers in Oregon cannot use the information they collect in a credit report to make am employment decision such as hiring, firing, or demoting an employee. […]

Your Take: What Would You Never Buy Used?

What’s the easiest way to save money on your purchases? Buy it used. I picked up golf this year and when it came time to buy new (to me) equipment, I relied on Craigslist and the used section of the local Golf Galaxy. Golf is a difficult enough sport, the last thing I needed to do was make it both difficult and expensive. So I purchased my irons used and my hybrids used. […]

How to Dry Fresh Herbs

This year, we’ve decided to grow a bunch of herbs we enjoy on a regular basis because buying them in the store costs way too much and they lack the flavor of fresh herbs. Our basil, thyme, dill, mint and oregano are all growing like crazy in planters on our deck. If you’ve ever grown herbs, you know that you end up with far more than you could possibly use. Herbs get their flavor from their oils. […]

3-Month Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension

There have been a lot of news reports of a potential 3-month extension of the $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit and those reports are all correct, albeit a little misleading. The bill they voted on would extend the deadline for closing a home sale as long as there was a signed contract by the original signing deadline of April 30th. […]

The Billionaire Secret: Avoid Ordinary Income, Acquire Capital Gains

The key to building wealth is to build or buy an asset that can appreciate in value and/or generates passive income. The key to building or buying an asset that can do that is to convert your labor into capital (money). […]

Smart Money 2010 Best Online Brokers

Every year, Smart Money takes an in-depth look at online brokers, from their trading platform to their customer service, and rates them based on their performance. […]