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.

Latest Posts from Bargaineering (page 4)

Billshit: A line-by-line look at your bloated, horrible cable bill

Kristin WongI know. Here I am, a person who writes about living frugally and saving money and all that, and I still subscribe to one of the biggest rip-offs of all time: Cable TV. I’m not proud of it, and I blame Breaking Bad. […]

Why toilet paper was the best thing I got for Christmas this year

Alana.ModlinWhen I was little, about once a month the most glorious package would arrive at our house. It was from a far-off land called Brooklyn, sent by one of the most magical women on Earth, my Grandma. […]

McResource, McDonald’s employee site that offered finance advice, gets McMurdered

Claes BellLate last month, McDonald’s finally shut down its McResource website for employees, which collapsed under the weight of approximately a billion metric tons of Internet snark. The fry that broke the camel’s back? Advising employees not to eat too much fast food because it’s bad for your health. […]

The Czervik Principle: Why cash beats miles, points or other credit card rewards in 2014

Claes BellSorry to be a buzz kill on New Year’s, but 2014 is shaping up to be a bad year for frequent flier mile fanatics and other collectors of “points” doled out by credit card companies, airlines and others. […]

How to make the clothes you got for Christmas last at least until next year

Kristin WongIt’s a good bet you ended up with some new threads under the tree this year. Clothing was the fifth most popular Christmas gift this holiday season, ahead of video games, jewelry and even alcohol, according to  a report by Nielsen. […]

How to return a terrible gift without letting the giver know how much you hated it

Claes BellAmericans will spend an average of $737.95 each on the holidays this year, according to research from the National Retail Federation, and a substantial portion of that will no doubt be spent by very nice people — with the best of intentions — on truly terrible gifts. […]

Want to help a food bank? Give cash, not food

Claes BellYou wouldn’t go into the Red Cross and bring them a jumbo pack of bandages, right? You wouldn’t drive over to the Cancer Research Institute and offer to give them some of your leftover science, right? But plenty of people will drive up to a food bank this holiday season and just drop off a [...]Want to help a food bank? […]

Walmart price-matching enthusiast banned for life, but you should try price-matching anyway

Claes BellThere is a right way and a wrong way to price match. The right way involves showing up prepared with valid prices from competitors and walking out with a great deal. The wrong way involves showing up with an expired circular and going on a profanity-laced tirade that gets you arrested. […]

Is it cheaper to commute by motorcycle?

Holden.LewisI ride a motorcycle everywhere. I commute on it (daily, year-round, rain or shine, in South Florida), run errands on it. Heck, I’ve even brought home 7-foot Christmas trees on my bike. Yet I still own a car — a 2000 Jetta that I haven’t driven in about six weeks. If you ignore the costs [...]Is it cheaper to commute by motorcycle? […]