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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Top 10 Most Reliable Cars (2009)

The Chrysler bankruptcy, and the poor (and insulting) way in which the corporate office notified dealerships that were to be shuttered, has put many Chrysler dealerships in a pinch. In a few short days, those dealerships will no longer be able to sell any cars. It will, in fact, be illegal for them to sell any cars. To make matters worse, Chrysler won’t take back any unsold vehicles! […]

Your Take: What’s Your FICO Credit Score?

This week’s Your Take will be a little different, it’s going to be a poll (though you are still welcome to leave comments!). A few weeks ago I talked about the FICO score credit range. In that post, I referenced a statistic published by FICO that said 58% of all FICO credit scores were above 750. […]

5 Easy Ways to Save Money Going Green

Going green can seem like a mammoth chore when the reality of life includes an already eventful schedule. For many of us, making huge changes to turn EVERYTHING green can seem overwhelming and quite frankly impractical. The best way to advance towards living a lifestyle that is a brighter shade of green is by taking baby steps. […]

Credit Reports 101 on ABC News’ Money Matters

This week I had the great pleasure of being on ABC News’ Money Matter television program. For nearly seven minutes of LIVE television, I discussed credit reports with host Tanya Rivero. […]

BVC #13: Financial Snatchfile

I talked about how long we were keeping financial documents in the last Bargaineering VideoCast and in it I alluded to this video, which I recorded immediately afterwards. This video is about our financial snatchfile, a red accordion file folder that contains all of our important documents. […]

Buying Discount Postage Stamps

Did you know that you can buy postage stamps at a discount? It’s 100% legitimate and there’s nothing unethical or dishonest about it. Stamp collectors often buy collections at a discount and sell all the non-collection quality stamps at a discount to be rid of them. You can buy postage stamps at a discount by buying these non-collection quality stamps from them. […]

Is College Worth the Cost of Tuition? Yes.

Earlier this year I finished writing an article in which I tried to find the salary breakeven point for private vs. public college graduates, a task that was impossible because I couldn’t find enough publicly available information at the time. I was trying to figure out whether college was “worth it” and if so, whether public or private college was a better value. […]

Average Net Worth of an American Family

Do you know what the average net worth is in the United States? Every three years the Federal Reserve Board does a survey of consumer finances, which looks at a wealth of financial information, including income and net worth. […]

Don’t Check Your Score Every Day

The conventional wisdom is that you should check your credit reports at least once a year and your score only when you need it. […]

Monitor Your Credit Score All The Time

The conventional wisdom is that you should check your credit reports at least once a year and your score only when you need it. However, with services like MyFICO and Credit Karma, checking your credit score “all the time” has become just as cheap as checking it infrequently once a year. Credit Karma is 100% free and they give you a TransUnion credit score using TransUnion data. […]