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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Your Take: Would You Accept Cellphone Payments?

There was an article in the New York Times yesterday about a bunch of new startups offering cell phone payment systems. They talked about PayPal, Intuit, VeriFone, and Square and how each of their systems let you collect payments, whether from friends or customers, through systems integrated with your cell phone. For businesses, this is great. […]

New Chase $100 Checking Account Bonus

If you’ve been thinking about opening a checking account at Chase, then they’ve announced a new checking account promotion that is perfect for you. How about $100 to open a checking account with at least $100 in new money to Chase, 5+ debit card transactions in 60 days (or a direct deposit), and keep that account open for 6 months. […]

How to Avoid Tipping Scams & Ripoffs

When I shared how I was taken by a Canadian fake DVD scammer, I asked you all what your worst scam was and the most common response was servers fraudulently putting more tip on the receipt. It’s such an easy scam because what’s an extra dollar or two on your receipt? It’s hard to discover in your credit card bill because the difference is so small. […]

M&T Bank Checking Account $150 Bonus Promotion

With the economy on the road to recovery (we hope!), banks are getting back into the business of banking. What that means is an increase in the number of bank deals floating around, like new account bonuses. This week, the promotion of note is one offered by M&T Bank (MTB). They are offering up to $150 in new account bonuses when you open a new checking account. […]

Growing Your Tax Refund

The average tax refund for 2009 is around $3036, up over 10% on 2008 returns. It’s a pretty sizable sum when you think about it. It’s a really nice vacation, a good bit of a mortgage payment, and your credit card debt’s worst nightmare. […]

What is a Jumbo CD?

Last week I looked at callable CDs, a type of CD that lets the bank “call” it in earlier than the maturity. Today, we’re going to take a look at Jumbo CDs. Jumbo certificates of deposit are just CDs with a very large deposits – usually over $100,000. […]

Where to Sell Old Unwanted Stuff

According to Wikipedia (and they don’t cite a source), there were 50,000 self storage facilities and 2.35 billion square feet of self storage at the end of 2009. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are 307 million people in the United States. […]

Series I Savings Bond Rate Update (May 2010)

As we near the end of April, we also near the announcement period of Series I Savings Bond interest rates. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick recap – Series I Savings bonds are Treasury bonds whose interest rate is pegged to the rate of inflation. […]

Wyden-Gregg Tax Plan: The Bipartisan Tax Fairness and Simplification Act of 2010

This year will mark the final year of many of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts from 2001 and 2003. Many deductions and tax cuts are set to expire this year and there’s a lot of talk about what Congress and President Obama will do. One plan that was thrown out about a month ago is the Wyden-Gregg Tax Plan, titled S. […]

BB&T $100 New Checking Promotion

BB&T Bank, which stands for Branch Banking and Trust, is running a $100 checking account promotion where you get $100 for opening a BB&T Free checking account and then setting up a Direct Deposit or making 3 online bill payments. Your $100 bonus is deposited within 4 weeks of satisfying one of the conditions. […]