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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2009-2010 Best Value Home Renovation Projects

I like taking a look at this list every year because it gives me a good understanding of what makes a good renovation project, in terms of ROI, and what makes a terrible one. When it comes down to it, I know it’s not about ROI. You don’t add a deck to your house because of the ROI, you add one because you want a deck. […]

Fed Hints at Potential of QE2

The Fed, in it’s FOMC meeting notes (September 2010), announced that it might be using quantitative easing again this year, with the market calling it QE2. In it’s September meeting, it echoed sentiments from its August meeting about the slowing economy and stated that the Committee is prepared to provide “additional accommodation” if necessary – codeword for quantitative easing. […]

What is Quantitative Easing?

Quantitative easing, known as QE, is a monetary policy used by a central bank to increase the money supply by increasing the excess reserves. In layman’s terms, they inject a lot of new money into the money supply through open market operations. […]

Ten Fun Facts About Crane & Co.

Who are Crane & Co. and why would we want to know ten fun facts about them? Open up your wallet or your purse, wherever you put your money, and pull out a bill. Crane & Co. manufactures the paper the money is printed on. In fact, Crane & Co. prints money for Sweden, Saudi Arabia, India, several African countries, India, and Paraguay. […]

Series I Bonds Inflation Rate Update (Nov 2010)

With another September come and gone, it’s time to take a look at our good friend, the Series I savings bond. Savings bonds are a nice safe way to diversify your savings since they are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. […]

Top Personal Finance Blogs Roundup

Every few weeks a random person usually emails me with their latest list of “best frugal bloggers” or “best personal finance bloggers” and I usually ignore them. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good superlative or two, it’s just that these lists often have an ulterior motive. […]

Your Take: Homemade Halloween Costumes Are Awesome, or Cheap?

There’s been a bit of a row over Target’s advertisement slamming homemade costumes (video after the jump) and it’s no wonder – homemade halloween costumes are awesome. In fact, the homemade Iron Man costume in the advertisement is pretty good relative to some of the things I’ve been able make. […]

What are Life Settlements?

A life settlement is where the owner of a life insurance policy sells it to a third party. In general, the owner will sell it for more than its cash value, which the owner can get from the insurance company, but less than its payout at death. It sounds a little creepy, to be buying life insurance policies, but it’s something that can make sense for both the buyer and the seller. […]

Review: The Weekend That Changed Wall Street: An Eyewitness Account

I’ve read a lot of books about the credit crisis from Hank Paulson’s On The Brink to Michael Lewis’s The Big Short, so I’m pretty familiar with the behind the scenes weekend activity that precipitated the collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15th, 2008. In both books, the weekend itself was a tent pole in the larger story but not the sole focus of the book. […]

How to Buy Foreign Government Bonds

Reader Sam asked me if I could write a post about buying foreign government bonds as a way of diversifying your portfolio. The idea of buying foreign government bonds is appealing on several levels because you get to invest in a foreign currency, you get a regular coupon, and it definitely diversifies your portfolio. I don’t foresee myself investing in foreign government bonds. […]