Mighty Bargain Hunter

I enjoy talking about saving money, finding deals, living frugally, making money, and investing, in addition to talking about current events in the financial world, online and offline. I’ve published articles at this domain name since 2004 and have been blogging since May, 2005.

I also started and manage the Carnival of Debt Reduction, a weekly blog carnival that highlights posts on getting out of debt. Personal debt reduction progress reports and posts about reducing debt are what this carnival is all about!

Latest Posts from Mighty Bargain Hunter

Foster dogs: What we learned over just one week

Taking in foster dogs — or foster anything — is rewarding. But it's by no means easy … If you're in the market for a pet, there's little need to buy one. There are lots of pets waiting to be adopted. […]

Count something to learn something

To become better, we should count something. What is interesting to count? You may have heard of SMART goals: goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. For some SMART goals, it's easy to figure out what to measure.  If you want to save $500 by the end of March, then you monitor your savings account to see if the balance becomes $500 higher by the end of March. […]

Watch your free trials like a hawk

Free trials are all over the place. If you sign up for one, watch out … Free is one of my favorite four-letter words. But attach the word trial after the word free, and it can get you into trouble (or at least end up being something decidedly not free). In and of themselves, there's nothing wrong with a free trial of a service or a membership. […]

Best things to buy in February

Business is cyclical. Here are the best things to buy in February … There are good deals to be found year round for just about anything. […]

Creating value in the other eight hours

There are 24 hours a day, last time I checked. How are you creating value for yourself during any of those hours? Times of transition are unsettling. The more transitions we go through, the easier they become, to an extent. If it's a transition in national power, such as happens every few years, things can be unsettling for weeks or even months. […]

Got $55? Kick-start your save money challenge

Are you participating in the 52-week save money challenge?  $55 will get you ahead of the game … No doubt at some point you've had as a goal to save money. […]

Why you don’t want to keep up with the Joneses

Even though it's tempting, trying to keep up with the Joneses is a recipe for financial disaster. Do this instead … This is a guest post by “ESI” of ESIMoney.com.  Earn, save, and invest!  You've likely heard the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” (they were the ones we all emulated before the Kardashians came along and we decided we needed to keep up with them). […]

Tax forms you must have before filing

Tax forms. Yay. But not getting the proper forms before you file will get you a note from the IRS … Mid-April is often a stressful time in our household.  It's when my mother-in-law's birthday is. (Just kidding.  My mother-in-law and I get along great.) It's stressful because that's when taxes are due! […]

Should you sell stock to pay off a mortgage?

One of our mortgages is in striking distance of being paid off.  Exciting times but what to do? Debt reduction is a long road to get back to zero. Mortgage debt reduction is a really long road to get back to really owning your house.  When you can see the end, it's a great feeling. Mortgage milestones There's pretty much something to celebrate with every mortgage payment. […]

CPA Exam Guy: Website review

Preparing for the CPA exam, and taking it, isn't cheap. CPAExamGuy.com helps future CPAs navigate their training … A common way that people invest in themselves is to go to college, and later get specific training that is likely to advance their career. In the field of accounting, becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a valuable, portable accreditation. […]