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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How to Dry Fresh Herbs

This year, we’ve decided to grow a bunch of herbs we enjoy on a regular basis because buying them in the store costs way too much and they lack the flavor of fresh herbs. Our basil, thyme, dill, mint and oregano are all growing like crazy in planters on our deck. If you’ve ever grown herbs, you know that you end up with far more than you could possibly use. Herbs get their flavor from their oils. […]

3-Month Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension

There have been a lot of news reports of a potential 3-month extension of the $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit and those reports are all correct, albeit a little misleading. The bill they voted on would extend the deadline for closing a home sale as long as there was a signed contract by the original signing deadline of April 30th. […]

The Billionaire Secret: Avoid Ordinary Income, Acquire Capital Gains

The key to building wealth is to build or buy an asset that can appreciate in value and/or generates passive income. The key to building or buying an asset that can do that is to convert your labor into capital (money). […]

Smart Money 2010 Best Online Brokers

Every year, Smart Money takes an in-depth look at online brokers, from their trading platform to their customer service, and rates them based on their performance. […]

How to Unclog a Drain the Green Natural Way

When I first started looking at green ways to unclog a drain, I didn’t have a green motive. It was around ten o’clock at night, I was brushing my teeth and noticing the sink wasn’t draining nearly as fast as it should’ve, and I wasn’t about to go out to the store to buy some batch of chemicals to clear the drain. […]

Adding a Joint Account Holder at Ally Bank

When I opened my Ally Bank account, I set it up as a joint account because it would be easier to manage. While I manage the bulk of our finances, it’s always easier when there is more access because then anyone can make adjustments and changes as necessary. […]

How to Cancel a Credit Card

In the last year, literature in personal finance focused a lot on financial defense like canceling a credit card. There was a lot of talk about credit, credit reports, and your credit score because it’s one of the cornerstones of the modern financial life, whether you like it or not. […]

Roundup: Sumo Bean Bag Chairs, Dating Websites and Eating Weeds

A couple years ago Andrew from Sumo Lounge sent us a Sultan SumoSac and one of their Omni Bean Bag Chairs. It turns out that our little buddy Tobey (our beagle) has claimed the Sultan SumoSac, thinking it’s his very own dog bed (one of the largest dog beds every). Fortunately, Sumo added yet another chair to their bean bags lineup and Andrew emailed me to ask if I wanted to try it out. […]

Your Take: What Have You Been Putting Off?

You never need more than one checking account. I have two and for the last year or two, as I’ve moved slowly towards simplifying our finances, closing the second checking account has always been on my “To Do” list but has never been scratched off. […]

3 Ways to Kill the Penny

You all probably know my stance on the penny, I think we should kill the penny. Unfortunately, the only legislator willing to put some teeth in the move was ousted after his involvement in a bunch of scandals in 2007. […]