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)

Turn tantalizing foreign cuisine into budget meals

Cliff ONeill“Well, if I’m going to cook an authentic Argentinian meal, I’m going to have to buy grass-fed beef,” I said to myself. […]

Can CDs be a good place for your emergency fund?

Darci SwisherIf your emergency fund is sitting in a savings account that pays virtually nothing you might consider investing those dollars in a certificate of deposit. CDs are just as safe and you’ll earn a little more interest. The only caveat is that you’ll have to make sure you don’t get hit with stiff early withdrawal [...]Can CDs be a good place for your emergency fund? […]

Do loyal customers really get treated better?

Kristin WongWhether it’s through rewards programs or special invites, companies often tout an appreciation for customer loyalty. Yet, every few months, I find myself challenging my Internet service provider over a “promotional offer” that has expired, which means I’m paying more than new customers. […]

Boss ripping you off? Here’s what to do about it

Kristin WongEarlier this year, beloved celebrity chef Mario Batali agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by his employees for $5.25 million. Their claim? Batali’s restaurants were allegedly confiscating tips from workers to increase profits. Maybe it comes as a surprise to you; maybe it doesn’t. But wage theft is a pretty common occurrence in the United [...]Boss ripping you off? […]

Student raises $1,000 to take burrito skydiving

Kristin WongA design student from Chicago recently launched a fairly ridiculous Kickstarter campaign: He wanted to buy a burrito and graph its “deliciousness.” With an original funding goal of $8, Noboru Bitoy has blown that target out of the water. […]

Always buy the biggest pizza…That’s why God created freezers…And big ziplock bags

Mitch StrohmWe suspect you don’t really need another reason to buy a bigger pizza. But if you do, here’s a great one: You’ll get more pizza for your money if you go with the larger pie. Quoctrung Bui of Planet Money recently studied this after noticing something while eating lunch with an engineer. […]

What can you do with a busted smart phone?

Alissa FleckWell, that really depends on your phone’s make and model and how broken we’re talking. Let’s say you trip and drop your smart phone down a flight of stairs or accidentally fling it into a toilet and find that some critical function has been lost. It will no longer text or tweet, or has stopped [...]What can you do with a busted smart phone? […]

9 real superfoods you can actually afford

Clark.PalmerThere’s no getting around it: a healthy diet is more expensive than an unhealthy one. But that doesn’t mean your food choices should be limited to the dollar menu at your favorite fast food joint. Add some cheap superfoods to your diet and you’ll be making healthy choices that also fit within your grocery budget. […]

Feel like it’s time to intervene in a friend’s finances? Read this first

Kristin WongSometimes, it’s hard not to be a money know-it-all. You witness a friend making terrible money decisions, and you just want to grab them by the collar and say, Dude. You’re doing it all wrong! Talking about money isn’t easy. It’s also not easy to see a friend become overwhelmed by their finances because of [...]Feel like it’s time to intervene in a friend’s finances? […]