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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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. […]

Summer of Savings: $5 Live Nation Concert Lawn Tickets

The Citi Private Pass program lets Citi cardholders get access to music, sports, dining and other events. There are a few other credit card companies that offer this type of benefit, usually tied into their reward points system, but Citi’s Private Pass program is completely separate from their ThankYou Network. […]

Review: The Education of an American Dreamer by Peter G. Peterson

The Education of an American Dreamer: How A Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way From a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond. by Peter G. Peterson (quite a title!) is an autobiography and I don’t think I’ve read a autobiography in years. But when I was approached by a publicist and asked if I was interested in reading the story of Peter G. […]

8 Reasons Credit Cards Beat Debit Cards

This may be sacrilegious to say, as a personal finance blogger, but I’ve never been a fan of debit cards. I’m biased though. I think I prefer credit over debit because because I’ve never been in credit card debt. I’ve never been on the business end of the tactics used by the credit card industry. […]

Scottrade Review

For years, I’ve heard good things about Scottrade (mostly from people defending Scottrade in this guest post) but never tried them. I mostly use E*Trade because of their high yield savings account and TradeKing because of their low commissions. […]