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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How Tax Withholding Works

In the United States, you pay taxes on your income as you earn it. If you earn $10, you’re expected to kick the taxes to Uncle Sam every quarter in the form of quarterly estimated payments. If you earn $10 from your employer, the company has the pleasure of withholding those taxes and forwarding them to the Treasury on a regular basis. […]

Decode and Understand Your Paycheck

I remember when I received my first real pay stub, it was a mixture of happiness and absolute horror. It was my first summer internship after my freshman year of college. I was earning something like $12 and I was pumped that in my first week I’d earn $480. Then I saw my paycheck. At first glance, your paycheck is a lot of numbers in tables. […]

Furnishing Your New Place

When I moved from Pittsburgh to my new apartment near Baltimore, I had almost no furniture. I had a desk from IKEA that we still use today but very little else. When I made it to Baltimore, I didn’t buy any new furniture because my roommate already had a whole bunch of stuff like couches, dining table and chairs, etc. […]

Don’t Buy A House (Yet)

As you read this, you might be wishing that you graduated just a year earlier and could take advantage of the $8000 first time homebuyuers credit. […]

How to Find Your First Apartment

Why am I writing a post about how to find an apartment? It seems so easy right? Look around in the areas you like, pick a place, sign a lease, and you’re done. […]

How Does Your FICO Credit Score Work

If you thought that graduating meant the end of people grading and assigning you a number, think again. In the real world, it’s not your GPA that matters, but your FICO score. It’s a three digit number that is supposed to give creditors an idea of how credit worthy you are. Technically, it’s a measure of how likely you are to default on your debts. […]

How to Choose the Right Health Insurance Plan

I bet your head is swimming right now with all the new acronyms you’ve been seeing after the first few days on the job. But as the old adage goes, these are good problems to have, especially in the current economy. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make in the first few weeks of starting work is what your health benefits are. […]

Adverse Action Free Credit Score Amendment

If you are denied something because of your credit history (known as an adverse action), whether it’s a credit card, line of credit, or a job (or anything else), you will receive a letter that explains why you were denied. You will also be able to get a copy of the credit report used to reach that decision along with the applicable FICO risk factor reasons. […]

Why You Need A Budget

When I was in college, I never had a budget. I didn’t keep a budget because most of my expenses were paid for in a lump sum at the beginning of the year. My room and board were all integrated into that payment, which made for a pretty simple financial life. […]

Start Retirement Savings Early

You’ve probably heard that your most valuable asset is time. For new graduates, that line actually refers to two different ideas, both of which are critically important to understand. The first idea is that with few entanglements and draws on your time (mainly no kids), you can devote more of it to your career and engineer the largest advancements in your career. […]