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.

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Estate Tax

The estate tax has gotten a lot of press this year because, well, it doesn’t exist this year and Congress is set to discuss what they want to do with it, along with tax rates, in subsequent years. However, before we get into that, let’s get back to basics – what is the estate tax? The estate tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of an estate. […]

Your Take: Should Unemployment Benefits Be Extended Again?

Earlier this week CNN Money posted a story that pegged the bill for unemployment benefits at around $319 billion over the last three years. In those three years, the length of benefits has steadily increased to the now 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. Ninety-nine weeks is nearly two full years of unemployment benefits. […]

How Vanguard Calculates Historical Growth

If you’re a long time investor with Vanguard, chances are you’ve taken a look at their “Hypothetical growth of $10,000″ chart included with each of their mutual funds. If you’re like me, chances are you take a peek but never spend much time digging much deeper. […]

Don’t Work Hard to Save Very Little

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Kim Palmer, my biased review of her book Generation Earn is probably proof enough (though Trent also praised her book in his review), but her latest list of money saving tips, culled from fellow bloggers, has some horrible and dangerous suggestions. For example, turning off your car while it’s still moving is dangerous. […]

Why I Don’t Care About Inflation

In my post Growing Your Tax Refund much earlier in the year, an anonymous commenter noted that I didn’t account for inflation in my comparisons. I bring this up again (this has been brewing in the drafts for quite some time) because with the Federal Reserve opening the spigots with QE2, a lot of people are thinking about how inflation might be affecting them. […]

You Fix The Budget

A lot of the political rhetoric during the mid-term elections focused on reducing government spending and reducing the deficit (I found it a little hypocritical considering the average household credit card debt was in the thousands of dollars). […]

Seven Ways to Earn Extra Holiday Spending Cash

As the holidays approach during these cash strapped times, you might be wondering how you can earn a little extra cash this holiday season to help pay for gifts (or maybe that vacation to someplace warmer!). […]

Saving for Retirement Is Cheap!

A few years ago, when the economy was great, most of the people who didn’t save for retirement usually didn’t think about it. It’s difficult to think of the far future on a regular day, it’s even tougher to think about it when it’s sunny, beautiful, and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. […]

How to Avoid ATM Surcharges

The financial reform bill enacted some much needed reform in the banking industry, one of which was a crackdown on the overdraft fees banks charge. Overdraft fees were, and probably will continue to be, a multi-billion dollar revenue stream for banks and with these new regulations, it’s not surprising that the burden of earning that kind of money will fall on other fees. […]

Roundup: Amazing Game Show Moments

If you’ve been surfing the web this week you probably saw this video of this contestant, Caitlin, guessing a puzzle using only one letter: Esquire profiled her afterwards which included this other fantastic game show gem when Terry Kniess, on The Price is Right, won both showcase showdowns with a perfect guess. […]