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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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? […]

Why saving money is for idiots

Virgil.TexasThese days it seems you can’t surf the Web without running into some self-proclaimed “finance guru” peddling easy, painless answers for complex money problems. These shysters are always going on about “saving money” and “planning for the future” while your bank account gets drained buying their expensive ebooks and PDFs. […]

Pros and cons of the new myRA

Claes BellThe best thing about the awkwardly named “myRA” (indistinguishable from “Myra” for Google’s algorithms, which is fun) recently unveiled by President Barack Obama is that it may be a sign Washington is seriously worried about our retirement. They should be. […]

Can saving cyclically help you put away more?

Kristin WongYou probably have lofty goals and high hopes for your financial future. Forget about them. New research suggests that, when it comes to saving, a cyclical mindset trumps linear, goal-oriented thinking. People tend to save more money when they think about the present instead of the future, researchers found. […]

Is finding love online easier if you’re rich?

Claes BellIt’s fair to say America is obsessed with “gold diggers.” From Anna Nicole Smith to Kevin Federline to whoever Kanye was rapping about on his triple-platinum single, we have a long tradition of assuming that having enough money attracts members of the opposite sex like, well, miners to the Yukon. But does having money really [...]Is finding love online easier if you’re rich? […]

Most try to avoid it, but for some, debt can be a real turn-on

John EganDebt is a depressing subject for lots of us. And it’s no wonder: Total U.S consumer debt in the U.S. exceeds $3 trillion — that’s trillion, not million or billion. But while it’s a major downer for most people, there is a subculture of people that find debt — well, exciting. […]

Valentine’s Day Cheapskate Contest

Michele BermanIt’s almost that time. With all that pink and red displayed in every store and jewelry commercials on heavy rotation on every channel, anyone with a significant other can feel their wallets cringing in fear at the approach of Valentine’s Day. So what is it this year? Chocolates? Flowers? A teddy bear with a heart? […]