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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Use Your Financial Map to Architect Bank Account Changes

Last November, Citibank announced that anyone without an average balance of at least $1,500, by February 1st, in their combined accounts would have to pay a monthly fee or be subject to per-check charges. That didn’t sit well with people who had just signed up for EZ Checking, which is supposed to be free. […]

What is the Average Tax Refund?

I discovered this slick looking infographic on early filers from TurboTax just this past weekend and was surprised by a few of the statistics they discovered. I was surprised that the average tax refund was $2,869 (seems high doesn’t it?) and that nearly a quarter of them make under $25,000. […]

7 Green Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Girlfriend Will Love

With Valentine’s Day coming up in just a few short days, you’re either all ready or not at all. If you’re in the second camp, don’t rush out and buy a mass produced Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates in a heart shaped box. It lacks character, it lacks creativity, and shows that you’ve put only a little bit of thought into the day… which can hurt how Valentine’s night goes. […]

How to Combine ING Direct Accounts

My lovely wife and I both opened individual ING Direct accounts before we were married. In the latest step towards consolidating our financial accounts, we’ve decided to take all of our individual accounts and work towards combining them when it made sense. We’ve left investment and retirement accounts alone but online bank accounts are perfect for combining. […]

Costco/Capital One InterestPlus Online Savings Account

Costco and Capital One have joined forces to offer an InterestPlus Online Savings account that offers a fairly competitive 1.50% APY. It doesn’t appear that a Costco membership is required for this account but there is an incentive for members. If you are an Executive, you can get a $60 bonus. If you’re a Gold Star or Business member, then it’s only a $20 bonus. […]

Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn

Making the Most of Your Money Now by Jane Bryant Quinn is a massive 1,200 page tome of personal finance information. The book starts with a must read introduction to Quinn and her experience with money. […]

What is the Marriage Penalty Tax?

When we were married almost two years ago, the last thing on my mind was a little tax concept known as the marriage penalty. We were worried about whether the caterer was going to get our food right, how badly our respective best man or maid of honor were going to embarrass us, and whether the night would go off without a hitch. […]

Best Free Checking Accounts

If you were to build your personal finances from the ground up, the checking account would be the first “product” you’d pick. If you’ve ever drawn your financial network map, you’ll remember that the checking account is the spoke in your primarily hub-and-spoke layout. […]

Your Take: Do You Trust Financial Advisers?

I don’t trust financial advisers. I’m not entirely sure why but I inherently do not trust experts in any non-science field and I have my fraud radar on red alert if it has anything to do with money. I separate financial advisers into two categories – those that help you plan and those that help you invest. I see some value in the ones that help you plan for the future. […]

Your Take: Do You Check Off $3 To The Presidential Fund?

When you go to do your taxes this year, you will have the option to give three of your tax dollars to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. $3 isn’t deducted from your refund or added to your tax bill, $3 from your taxes is simply allocated for the fund. The money is used to in the party nominating conventions, presidential primaries, and then the general election every four years. […]