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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Buffett’s Million Dollar Bet

As we near the end of the year, the big issue of the Bush tax cuts remains unresolved. As we inch into December and still have very little idea as to how the tax brackets will look next year, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at a popular sound bite from Warren Buffet. One of Warren Buffet’s most famous quotes is that he pays a lower tax rate than his receptionist. […]

What if the mortgage interest deduction didn’t exist?

Welcome to the first edition of our “What If?” series, where we wonder aloud and ponder some of financial life’s great mysteries. This first edition will take a look at the mortgage interest deduction, one of our most popular tax deductions, because it was featured by the deficit reduction commission just last week. […]

What If? Series

Many many years ago, when I was a young kid and a collector of comics, there was a series called “What If?” that I loved reading. I never bought many of them but the premise was that a Watcher could see alternate universes and, for our entertainment, showed us these alternate universes. It was a fun time. […]

Bush Tax Cut Extension Appears Likely

Update 12/9: House Democrats rejected the deal, so we’ll have to see what happens from here. Update 12/6: A deal has been made – Bush tax cuts will be extended for two years for all income levels and unemployment benefits will be extended. It appears that a compromise on the Bush tax cuts is likely and that compromise will take the form of an extension. […]

9 Quick and Easy Penny-wise Frugal Home Tips

Last week, I wrote a post about how you shouldn’t work so hard to save very little. The basic premise is that there are a lot of things you can do to save money that, when you calculate the time and effort involved, aren’t worth it. In some cases, the tips are dangerous and, should your luck go south, will end up costing you more in the long run. […]

Your Take: Should Online Purchases Be Taxed?

Right now, sales tax is only collected on online purchases if the vendor has a presence in your state. In the case of Amazon, sales tax is collected if the purchases are shipped to Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, and Washington. […]

House Votes to Partially Extends Bush Tax Cuts

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would extend the Bush tax cuts for individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000, the plan that Democrats and President Obama have favored. The vote was 234 to 188 with votes on mostly party lines. […]

Review: Psych Yourself Rich

In the last ten years, I’ve read a lot of personal finance content. Whether it’s in books, magazine articles, or just chatting with friends, I’ve come into contact with a lot of good, and bad, personal finance advice. One thing stands out, the vast majority of the advice focuses on tactics. It focuses it on what you should be doing, rather than how you should be thinking. […]

American Express Small Business Promotion

Right before Thanksgiving, I received an email about American Express’ Small Business Saturday promotion where you can get a $25 statement credit for spending $25 at a small business (on Saturday, November 27th). By the time I got to the email, Saturday had already passed (along with Sunday) so I couldn’t take advantage of it. […]

Should I Buy Refurbished or Preowned?

About a month ago I was playing Halo with a few friends on XBox Live. About ten minutes in, the image on the screen starts looking strange. There are odd lines and dots throughout, bizarre contrast in certain regions, and eventually the game became unplayable. I figured perhaps, like every other Microsoft product in the world, a restart was in order. […]