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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Do Expiration Dates on Drugs or Vitamins Matter?

My lovely wife got a little under the weather last week, so she reached into our medicine cabinet to find some NyQuil or Robitussin to help her beat back the cold. To her surprise, the Robitussin had expired about six months ago and she wasn’t sure how effective it was going to be. We had always heard that expired drugs and vitamins were fine, they just lost a bit of their effectiveness. […]

Request Your CLUE Report

Have you requested your CLUE report lately? It’s one of several specialty reports you should be reviewing annually and today I requested mine. CLUE stands for Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange and your CLUE report details your seven year claims history with your insurance company. […]

How to Improve a Good Credit Score

In the last few years, the importance of credit scores and the publicity of that importance has shot up tremendously. With the loose credit era behind us, and banks fearful of taking on more under and non-performing loans (ie. […]

Wisdom on Value Investing by Gabriel Wisdom

Wisdom on Value Investing by Gabriel Wisdom is based on Wisdom’s professional experience and his Fallen Angels investment strategy, a way to identify good companies that have been punished by the stock market. Value investing is an investment strategy made popular by Benjamin Graham and brought to the forefront with the successes of Warren Buffett. […]

Your Take: How Do You Prepare Your Taxes?

Last night I had to pleasure to finally meet some of the DC personal finance bloggers and some PR folks at a happy hour (or three) hosted by TurboTax at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Street. It was a fun event that was really casual and it was nice to meet people I’d only been emailing, instant messaging, or twittering with these last few months and years. […]

Don’t Pay to File the 1040-EZ

Did you know that millions of Americans pay a tax preparer to file their 1040EZ? It’s a single page with ten blanks! According to the Department of Education’s National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 20 million Americans pay someone to file their 1040EZ (courtesy of Red Tape Chronicles). It’s pretty amazing right? […]

Avoid EMail Bankruptcy with Inbox 0.5

As someone who makes their living off the Internet, I get a lot of email every day and some days it’s very difficult to keep up. While I’ve never gotten to the point of declaring email bankruptcy, there are times when I’ve forgotten about emails because they’ve fallen off the page in Gmail. Lately, I’ve been trying to be better about it and part of that involves learning from others. […]

BVC #24 – How to Pick A Stock Broker

Every week or two, I get an email from a reader wanting to know who I think is the best stock broker. I usually tell them that when it comes to my retirement, I use Vanguard because I like their mutual funds and because I can invest in those mutual funds for free. For my taxable broker, I use E*Trade and TradeKing. […]

Are Prepaid Legal Plans Worth It?

A few years ago, my former company began offering prepaid legal plans as an employee benefit. I forget the exact terms of the deal but it worked a lot like medical insurance. You pay a set amount each month and you had access to the plan’s pool of lawyers. […]

Two Huge Blog Giveaways

I don’t normally write about blog giveaways but when I’m going to make an exception today because the giveaway prizes are all pretty rich. The first is from Kelly at The Centsible Life – she’s giving away $600 of stuff as part of her site’s one year anniversary. You can win all sorts of gift cards, tax preparation software, and any one of about a half dozen books. […]