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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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. […]

7 Reasons to Skip Hotels & Rent Vacation Homes

Bankrate had an article recently in which they recommended renting a home or condo to trim vacation costs. While I very much value the opinion of the fine folks at Bankrate, that’s good advice that’s about decades overdue. At the very least, it’s five years overdue, because my friends and I have been doing this for at least that long. […]

Playing House: Prepare By Pretending

When we were looking at houses a few years ago, I was paying about $600 a month in rent. I was splitting a $1189 per month, 2-bedroom apartment with a friend and my half was a little less than half. $600 a month in rent is fantastic in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area and I was thrilled to be able to save up some cash for a house, despite housing prices soaring back then. […]

397 Ways to Save Money by Kerry Taylor

Three hundred, ninety seven ways to save money. That’s a lot of ways! 397 Ways to Save Money by Kerry Taylor is a book that has exactly what you think it’ll have, nearly four hundred ways to save money in almost every aspect of your life. […]

Credit Card Diversification

In a recent episode of the Personal Finance Hour, JD and I had the great pleasure of interviewing Liz Pulliam Weston about credit and credit scores. […]

Pausing Your Netflix Subscription

Did you know that you could pause your Netflix subscription? We’ll be going on vacation for parts of July and August and won’t be able to take advantage of our Netflix subscription. Rather than canceling the subscription, Netflix offers an option where you can put the subscription on hold for 7 – 90 days. […]

CDs Investing Beating S&P Investing, Since 1994

From 1994 to 2008, investing in certificates of deposit has beaten investing in the S&P 500, including dividends, according to data collected by The Big Picture. Check out this chart: Does this mean you should be investing in CDs? Not based on this chart alone. […]