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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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. […]

Gamers line up for new gaming consoles despite tough economy

Claes BellForget the hemming and hawing about price, forget the crummy economy and high unemployment rate — lots of people are going to buy the new gaming consoles that came out this month. […]

Tax breaks for teachers and others getting the ax next year

Miranda MarquitWhich tax breaks have you become accustomed to? Over time, even many  tax breaks that are written to be temporary from the get-go start to feel like they will be around forever. As a result, it’s often a shock when these tax breaks disappear rather abruptly. […]

Can you do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $20?

Claes BellIt’s now a week until Thanksgiving, and since thawing a turkey takes a few hours shy of forever, you’d better start your meal planning now. That is, if you don’t want to end up doing the walk of shame to whatever sad buffet restaurant your ill planning consigns you to. (Full disclosure: I’ve eaten out [...]Can you do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $20? […]

This is why you’re broke, college football edition

Alana.ModlinMy name is Alana, and I’m a college football fan. Most months of the year I consider myself a rational, level-headed young lady. But come the end of August, for 12 weeks (more if I’m lucky), I become obsessed with college football. More specifically the Florida Gators.  Now don’t get confused; this is not a post about a [...]This is why you’re broke, college football edition from perso […]