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 9)

Before you renovate that place you’re renting, don’t forget to pick up some Bad Idea jeans

Claes BellThere’s a classic “Saturday Night Live” ad parody called “Bad Idea Jeans” where a bunch of 30-something white guys wearing stonewashed dad jeans (with a “bad idea” label, of course) stand around talking nonchalantly about a bunch of really dumb things they have planned. […]

This is why you’re broke, Whole Paycheck edition

Alyson.CaseyI try to be frugal with my meager fellowship earnings while I finish grad school — I really do. But at the same time I want to eat healthy, and this is why I’m broke. It’s much easier to eat healthy at the grocery store than at the fast food places around campus. […]

This is why you’re broke, going out to eat edition

Claes BellGoing out to eat is great for a lot of reasons: no dishes, new culinary experiences, time to relax and share a meal with friends or my significant other, annoying the Internet by posting pictures of my food. But those benefits come at a price. […]

How I got $132 worth of clothes for free

Kristin WongA clothing swap allows you to freshen up your wardrobe without a pricey shopping spree. It’s totally unfrugal, but sometimes buying new clothes and shoes and accessories just feels good. But know what doesn’t feel so good? A busted budget. Good news is, there are ways to satisfy your inner shopaholic without going broke. […]

5 signs your credit card sucks

John ParkerWhen it comes to choosing the right credit card, you’ve got plenty of options. A good card can give you a long promotional period, a great interest rate and reward you with some nice benefits. […]

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. […]