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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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. […]

Revive the Personal Boycott

When I first watched the Move Your Money video, I was surprised with how much it resonated with me. The Move Your Money movement has really caught on, at least on the web, and it taps into an instinct we’ve taught ourselves to suppress. When it comes to money, we try to suppress emotion as a factor in the decision making process. […]

The S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats

The S&P Dividend Aristocrats are companies in the S&P500 index that have increased their dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. […]

Don’t Pay Taxes with American Express Points

American Express announced today that you could pay your tax bill using Membership Reward points. For every 200 points, you could pay $1 in taxes through or You’d be assessed transaction fee but you could pay for that fee with points as well. While it may sound appealing, 200 points for every $1 values each point at half a cent each. […]