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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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. […]

Your Take: Do You Use High Yield Reward Checking Accounts?

About a year ago, a new type of checking account start appearing all over the place. They were basic checking accounts with, seemingly, abnormally high yields. It was not uncommon to see them offering over 5% APY on a checking account. Normally, checking accounts offer a very generous 0% APY. […]

Maryland’s Cash for Appliances

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the first day Maryland residents can take advantage of the Cash for Appliances program, known as the Maryland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. […]

The Little Book of Big Dividends Review

If you’ve been interested in dividend investing and unsure where to begin, I recommend reading The Little Book of Big Dividends by Charles B. Carlson. […]

New $100 Bill

If you’ve wondered why Benjamin Franklin’s expression on the $100 bill never changes, it’s because he’s been getting regular botox injections. He would love to show emotion, but unfortunately he can’t. This year, he’ll be getting a little more work done, his first since 1996. […]

SmartyPig Raises Interest Rate, Adds Tiers

If you have a savings account at SmartyPig, you’ll be happy to learn that in a month they’ll be increasing the interest rate on those accounts. It’s a variable interest rate with two tiers that applies to your aggregate goal totals. If your balance is less than $50,000 then the rate will increase from 2.00% APY to 2.15% APY. If your balance is over $50,000, you will earn 0.50% APY. […]

What is the Wealth Effect?

Have you ever heard of the wealth effect? Basically, it’s the idea that you will spend more because you feel richer. You feel richer because you think home prices are up or because your stock portfolio has increased in value. Economists like to talk about the wealth effect whenever they look at consumer confidence and consumer spending numbers, because those are economic figures. […]