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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BVC #17: The Luhn Algorithm

Today’s video is about the Luhn Algorithm, a simple mathematical algorithm that you can use to verify the correctness of ID numbers that conform to it. Credit cards are the most common example and that’s what I talk about today. Sorry about the shadow, I started using some new lights and I’ll have to work on the shadows in the future. But there’s more light right? […]

Supermarket Psychology (and a few insider tricks)

The Economist is known for its deep analysis and heavy topics, but I found this article about supermarkets and the science of shopping . The first time I heard about supermarket psychology was when someone explained to me that the most appealing products were always shown at eye level. When the product is placed at eye level, you are more prone to picking it up and subsequently buying it. […]

Cheapest Cars to Insure

When you buy a car, the biggest number you see is the price. The sticker price, the invoice price, and the price you paid to get that car onto your driveway or into your garage. […]

5 Ways To Green Your Coffee Beans

One thing I have learned during my time on this earth is that there are two kinds of people… those who drink coffee and those who don’t. I have always been the first kind. Growing up, at special family gatherings, the adults would make a huge pot of black coffee on the stove, laced with sugar. […]

Financial Checklist for New Parents

My wife and I recently had our first child, and to say it has changed our life is an understatement. Raising a child is an amazing responsibility, and it doesn’t stop with feeding and caring for him or her. […]

Is FreeCreditReport.com A Scam?

One of the best financial things you can do for yourself is to regularly check your credit report. Identity theft is a huge business with billions of losses each year, not to mention all the time it takes to unravel the mess, so checking regularly is a great way to catch a theft early. […]

Three Best Kept Secret Jobs of 2009

When I started college in 1998, the dot-com bubble was only an anxious froth. Computers were becoming increasingly popular and hardly a day went by when you didn’t hear about some hot new startup. […]

Managing Brand Creep in Grocery Shopping

When I read the original title of this article (”How to Shop Sensibly for Groceries When Someone in Your Family is a Brand Loyalist”) to my husband, he immediately chuckled and said “I don’t know how you do it but somehow, you do.” There is no question in our house about who has the specific brand “preferences” – he’s the one who has brand loyalty and it has been difficult for him to embrace gener […]

What Are Tax Lots?

When the market took a nose-dive earlier in the year, I tried to catch a falling knife. Several times. What I saw were some storied franchises being unfairly punished for the sins of other companies, so I tried to take advantage. I bought shares of companies like Kraft and Costco, Apple and Southwest, and after I bought them, they continued to fall (because the investing gods hate me). […]

Basics of Online Education

If you go back a ten or fifteen years, there were two things you could do online that would get you laughed at: finding a date and getting a post-secondary degree. With dating sites flourishing and online education popping up everywhere, the stigma associated with the “online” versions of both have all but been washed away. […]