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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What if sales tax were collected on online purchases?

In our next edition of our nascent What If? series, we take a look at a target of the fiscal hounds. Since the dawn of time, sales tax was only collected on internet sales if the vendor had a physical presence in the state of the buyer. […]

Social Security Closes Free Loan Loophole

Before the Social Security Administration published new guidance to change it, you could effectively take an interest free loan against your Social Security benefit if you were eligible to receive benefits. […]

Why You Should Put Off Year-End Charitable Contributions

We’re getting close to the end of the year and as everyone does their year end tax planning, it’s important to remember that not all “last minute tax tips” work for everyone. […]

Skip Fuel Saving Gimmicks, Alter Your Driving

Consumer Reports loves to find gas saving gadgets and gizmos, put them through the ringer, and report, almost never surprisingly, that it fails to increase miles per gallon fuel efficiency of a car. Then, add a little humor from the fine folks at The Consumerist and you have a thoroughly entertaining post about how there’s no possible way a particular gadget could’ve saved you gas. […]

Dividend Achievers

A dividend aristocrat is a stock that has increased its annual regular dividend every year for twenty five years. A dividend champion is a stock that has paid out its dividend every year for twenty five years, not necessarily increasing it each year. […]

Inflation Doesn’t Tell The Entire Story

Here’s an interesting question – would you rather have $70,000 in 1900 or $70,000 now? Those who are familiar with the idea of inflation are probably aware that $70,000 in 1900 is worth a lot more than $70,000 today. […]

The Standard Deduction

Tax deductions are wonderful, aren’t they? While they’re not as good as a nice tax credit, tax deductions can reduce your tax liability significantly depending on your income tax bracket. In the United States, you have two options when it comes to claiming deductions. […]

Your Take: When Frugality Becomes Stealing?

I loved this post by Clark Palmer on Bankrate about when people take frugality too far (it even features Liz Pulliam Weston, one of my favorite personal finance writers). […]

Want a Job? Attractiveness Matters

True or false: Employers are more likely to call attractive candidates than plain candidates. The answer, according to a study by Bradley J. Ruffle and Ze’ev Shtudiner of job applicants in Europe and Israel, is true… if you are male. If you’re female, it’s better to be plain! […]

New $100 Bill Printing Problems

The fancy new $100 bill, with all its security bells and whistles, is so complicated that even the official manufacturers of those bills can’t get it right. CNBC reported earlier this week that $110 billion worth of $100 bills are currently wrapped in storage at Fort Worth because of a defect. […]