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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High Yield IRAs

All throughout tax season, from about mid-February to early-April, I received letters from my banks telling me it that I was running out of time to contribute to an IRA. This happens every year because brokers and banks want your business. They want you to open your IRA with them. […]

Explanation of the SEC Charges against Goldman Sachs

I’m sure you’ve heard the recent news that the SEC has charged Goldman Sachs with fraud for misleading some of its investors. At the core of the complaint is that Goldman structured and marketed a synthetic CDO but failed to disclose key aspects of the product. […]

Consequences of a Large Roth IRA Conversion

You won’t have a bigger fan of a Roth IRA. I’ve been a fan of them every since my dad told me about them over ten years ago. Back then, the appeal was in not having to keep track of capital gains and losses for tax purposes. As a kid with little understanding of personal finances and a healthy appreciation for the law, that seemed paramount. […]

How to Read The Wall Street Journal for Free

If you visit The Wall Street Journal and try to read the articles, you’ll find that you will need to have a subscription to read anything behind the first paragraph or two. Subscriptions are $1.99 a week if you want online access, $2.69 per week if you get both print and online. […]

Your Take: Have You Ever Been Scammed?

Of course you have, we all have. Sometimes they’re small scams, like someone adding a little onto your bar tab, and sometimes they’re big scams, like someone skimming your credit card and going on a spending spree. When I was in college, I would occasionally buy and sell stuff on eBay. I remember the days of scouring Fatwallet Hot Deals forums for deals I could sell on eBay. […]

Most Expensive Coffee: The Real Latte Factor

The Latte Factor is the idea that frequent, small dollar purchases add up quickly. We don’t notice them because the purchases are so small, like a $3 cup of coffee each morning, but over the course of the year that adds up to serious money. […]

How to Verify a Personal Check

Have you ever been given a check that just doesn’t sit right with you? Isn’t it unfair that your bank will charge you an exhorbitant fee when you deposit someone else’s bad check? However, sometimes you still need to take the risk by accepting as many forms of payment as possible, especially if you’re a business, and there are things you can do to protect yourself. […]

Brick and Mortar Bank Myths

In the last few years, I’ve reviewed several online banks from the gray beard ING Direct to the more recent Ally Bank and Sallie Mae. […]

Free Experian PLUS Credit Score

For a limited time, American Express is offering a free look at your Experian PLUS credit score and Experian credit report. The Experian PLUS credit score is not the same as your FICO score but there’s no way for you to see your FICO score based on Experian data, so this is about as close as you’ll ever get. […]

How Much is Minimum Wage?

The labor laws in the United States can be, at times, very confusing. Ever wonder why waiters at a restaurant can be paid as little as $2.13 while the federal minimum wage is over three times higher? How much is the minimum wage? Why is overtime pay 1.5x regular pay for nonexempt employees but not required for exempt employees? […]