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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5 Green Gifts of Experience and Time

As the holiday season of sparkle and glitter quickly approaches, it’s easy to get swept up in the costly winds of buying, giving and receiving. Personally, I’ve spent way too many hours browsing the aisles (at the last minute) trying to find the perfect thing that my friend will like love not have to re-gift!! […]

How to Find A Notary Public to Notarize Documents

When I bought my house a few years ago, I was introduced to the idea of a notary public. In most capacities, a notary public is a “public official” given the right to administer oaths and affirmations. […]

Citi Holiday Student Bonus Cashback Promotion

Citi is running a college student holiday promotion from now until January 15th, 2010, on their Citi mtvU Platinum Select and Citi Forward credit cards. From until January 15th, new cardmembers who are college students who apply and are approved for the cards have the chance to earn 3,600 bonus points for paying their bill on-time and for staying under the credit limit for three months. […]

Better Budgeting Software: YNAB or Quicken?

I recently received an email from Reader Donald asking if I could do a direct comparison between You Need A Budget (YNAB) and Quicken. […]

House Extends Estate Tax Permenantly

This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R.4154, titled the “Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009.” HR 4154 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to prevent the repeal of the estate tax next year. Under current law, there would be no estate tax for 2010 and your estate would transfer tax free to your heirs. What is in the House bill? […]

Your Take: Default on Underwater Mortgages?

There’s an interesting article on the Consumerist two days ago discussing a paper written by law professor Brent T. White of the University of Arizona. […]

How to Set FSA Amount

The last post on how to spend down your FSA was designed for folks who have just a few dollars left in their account. If you have a few hundred dollars left, you need to do more. You still have to spend it, because FSA balances are lost if you don’t spend it before the year ends, but you need to adjust your FSA amount down to more accurately reflect how much you need. […]

How to Spend Down Your FSA

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, chances are you still have a few dollars left in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), if you have one. The old backup solution is to stock up on over the counter supplies but that might not be the most effective use of your FSA dollars. […]

How to Adjust Your Tax Withholding

Every year, millions of American taxpayers get a tax rebate in the Spring. For some, it’s a planning tool – you can’t spend money if you don’t have it in your bank account. For others, it’s just something that has always happened. It isn’t a benefit, it isn’t a drawback, you’ve just always gotten a rebate in the Spring and it’s been a night surprise. What if it didn’t have to be that way? […]

How to Determine Your Asset Allocation

Asset allocation is probably one of the hardest parts about investing because while we all know it’s important, we don’t really know what we’re supposed to do. […]