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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Make Your Own Dog Food

SimplyForties made a comment in the forums about how she made her own dog food, an idea I had never considered. Naturally, I turned to the power of Google to help enlighten me how whether making our own dog food made sense. I know a lot of people that feed their dogs human food but we wanted to avoid that because it’s difficult to regulate nutrition through human food. […]

BVC #14: Net Worth Isn’t About Money

This latest Bargaineering.com video features some intro music (yay! probably won’t keep it for too long but I wanted to experiment a little with it) and a discussion on net worth. I briefly discuss how I calculate our net worth, how often we track it, and the true value in doing the exercise. […]

Cash For Clunkers Program

Here’s an interesting bill that’s moving through Congress right now, it’s been called the “cash-for-clunkers” bill on the street. Autoweek recently published a story about how the bill passed the House of Representatives today. The bill would create a $4,500 credit to those who trade in their old cars for one that gets at least ten MPG more. […]

Stock Market Investing Advice for College Graduates

My best investing advice for someone just entering the workforce is to put in an index fund and focus on turning in a stellar performance at your job, day in and day out. Don’t spend time analyzing the market, don’t read about esoteric investments, don’t scrutinize financial statements, don’t listen in on earnings calls, and don’t research SEC filings. […]

Poor Man’s Guide to Rain Barrels

For those who have been following our exploits in gardening, you may recall that we put our plants in pots and leave them on our deck. This ensures they get the maximum amount of sun. There is a downside to our strategy, the spigot for the hose that sits on our deck is on the ground floor. […]

Achieving Your Goals Is About You

If you talked to me three or four years ago and asked me about my approach to personal finance, I would’ve told you that you should always pick the mathematically optimal path and try to adhere to it as much as possible. I was fortunate enough to have the discipline, a credit to my parents, to almost always be able to follow what I believed was the optimal path. […]

Smart Money 2009 Best Online Brokers

Another year, another Smart Money broker survey! We’ve been reviewing SmartMoney’s best broker series for several years now (here’s 2008) and it’s always valuable to see how the different brokers fare from year to year. […]

How the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Protects Debtors

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act has been around in different forms for several decades, but is rarely well-known by the average consumer. […]

Understanding the FTC Cooling-Off Rule

There you are, minding your own business watching TV, when there’s a knock at the door. You open the door and discover it’s some kid selling magazine subscriptions, or a person selling the latest product fad (Sham Wow? Snuggies?), and they go into the hard sell pitch trying to get you to buy one. […]

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! […]