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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2011 Highest Paid College Graduates

These lists are fun to read but I never take them too seriously because how much someone is paid depends on so many factors, their alma mater included. […]

Thermostat Hacks That Save You Money

For many homes, ours included, one of the biggest monthly costs is our electricity bill. The largest portion of our monthly electrical bill is the bit consumed by our central heating and cooling HVAC system. […]

Happy Holidays!

I wanted to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday. To those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas. For those who had celebrated Hanukkah, I hope you enjoyed the Festival of Lights earlier this month. For those who celebrate neither, may you have good times and safe travels wherever you may be. We’ll return to semi-regularly scheduled program next Monday. (Photo: tunruh) Happy Holidays! […]

Frugal Ideas I’ve Always Wanted to Try

One of the really fascinating parts of the recession is the effect it has had on news stories. During the boom, mainstream media focused heavily on the excesses of those who had money. You had stories of the most expensive wine or the most expensive dessert. There were stories about luxury cars and of fantastic mansions on enormous estates. […]

Financially Preparing for the Holidays

With it being a few short days until Christmas and nearly two weeks since the end of Hannukah, it’s a little late to be “preparing” for the holidays. That, however, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be financially prudent in the waning few days before the crescendo. […]

Why You Shouldn’t Cheat On Your Taxes

Have you ever been tempted to cheat on your taxes? asks a recent article in the NYT’s You’re the Boss column. […]

The 2011 Stimulus Check: 2% Payroll Tax Holiday

When Congress passed an extension on the Bush tax cuts, it also passed a new one year tax “holiday” on your payroll taxes. I’m calling it the 2011 version of an old friend to many Americans, the stimulus check. Back in 2008, after the passage of the 2008 stimulus package, many Americans received $300 in the form of a stimulus check. […]

Investing in Real Estate or Dividend Stocks

For the last few weeks, I’ve been scouring real estate sites on the lookout for properties that might make good rentals. With all the stories about foreclosures and short sales, you’d think that good deals could be had at every corner right? One of the benefits of being smart with credit and not accumulating a lot of debt is being able to put that to good use in the darker times. […]

2010 Bush Era Tax Cuts Extenders Bill Explained

I held back on putting up a post about the fate of our tax brackets because of all the political tap dancing lately, with both sides complaining about the compromise, but it appears that we’ve reached a final resolution. The timeline: Monday 12/13: The Senate voted to end debate (cloture) 83-15 Wednesday 12/15: The Senate vote 81-19 in favor of passing Senate Amendment 4753 (which amends H.R. […]

Your Take: Sick Day Shenanigans?

The other day, I was reading a Business Week article about companies hiring sick-day bounty hunters to check up on people out on sick leave and it gave me the idea for today’s Your Take question: How many of you have taken sick days when you weren’t actually sick? According to statistics in the article, “57 percent of U.S. […]