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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Comments of the week, game console flipping edition

Claes BellAnother week, another set of thought-provoking comments from readers. Readers weren’t too keen on Black Friday. […]

Your take: Do you Black Friday?

Claes BellIt’s been years since I actually went shopping for Black Friday, but I picture it looking kind of like the illustration above. According to a report by the National Retail Federation, today 140 million Americans will besiege their local big-box stores and malls like a marauding army, but they’ll be out for deals rather than [...]Your take: Do you Black Friday? […]

5 ways we waste money on the holidays

Kristin WongBetween gifts, food, travel and parties, we spend hundreds of dollars on the holidays each year. The most recent Gallup holiday poll estimates the average American consumer plans to spend $704 this year. […]

3 ways to avoid becoming a consumer victim during Black Friday shopping

Miranda MarquitIt seems like such a good idea: spend a few hours on a day you’d otherwise just be sitting around in a turkey-induced stupor to knock out your holiday shopping at a fraction of what you’d normally pay. […]

This is why you’re broke, auto pay edition

Claes BellLike Wile E. Coyote and those canyon walls painted to look like a wide-open road, I can never seem to stop falling into the auto pay trap. In theory, it’s great; having monthly subscription fees automatically debited from your checking account is so convenient it’s almost invisible, especially for smaller charges. […]

What each new game console costs to own

Claes BellThe next generation of video game consoles here, and while there are plenty of fan boys out there loyal to their particular brand no matter what, a lot of us haven’t made a decision on which to choose. […]

How to fight a price hike when your limited-time cable offer is ending

Miranda MarquitMany of us have been there: You sign up for a great deal with a cable or satellite provider, only to face a price hike at the end of six or 12 months. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with price hikes. […]

To get spending in check, ‘Be Thankful For What You Got’

Claes BellThanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because it involves eating a ton of turkey. What’s really cool about it is it’s a celebration of gratitude, one of the most noble of human impulses — and also a useful tool for getting your act together financially. […]

Comments of the week, women and finance edition

Claes BellThis week Miranda had a great story on the harm that can come to women who delegate all their money management to their partners, and a baseline of what they need to know about their finances to protect themselves. It elicited some strong reactions. […]