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

Tax day and Tax Freedom Day

Tax day and Tax Freedom Day® are two days that we'll be glad to be past … Allow me to be the 73rd person this year to remind you that tax day is just around the corner. I'm thankful to have more than enough income that the government wants its fair share of my earnings, and to be fair, I always make it out to be harder and more arduous than it really is. […]

Musicians: Watch your time and gas

I'm not sure whether it's even practical for musicians to do this, but we have to draw the line somewhere … Being a musician is as rewarding as it is difficult. If pressed to characterize the innermost core of what I was meant to do, it would be music. I'm trained as a scientist, and have developed some level of competence online as a content creator, but nothing speaks to me like music. […]

Best things to buy in April

Business is cyclical. Here are the best things to buy in April … There are good deals to be found year round for just about anything.  However, it's the nature of business that a lot of deals happen at the same time during the year. Best things to buy in April Here are things that you can find good deals on in April: Electronics. […]

Loyalty programs: The key that unlocks everything

I love loyalty programs. But I don't love this about them, and it has costed me plenty … I admit it. I'm a sucker for loyalty programs, especially if they don't cost anything to join. (Most don't.) It's not exactly free, of course. You're giving personal information and thereby giving them a name and face to your spending habits. […]

Republic Wireless: What happened when I pulled the trigger

I'd been wanting to try out Republic Wireless for a while. I'm glad I finally did … I was tired of my dumb phone. It was dumb as in “not a smartphone” but also dumb as in dumb. I barely could see the keypad anymore. And I kept butt-dialing people because I could not lock the phone without shutting it off. It's like the software running the phone was out to lunch or something. […]

Processing fees: How to reduce them (because fees suck)

Processing fees of all kinds nickel and dime us all the time. Here's how to reduce them … Let's start off with something we can all agree on: Fees suck. Late fees. Overdraft fees. ICANN fees. Service fees. Fees, fees, fees. Credit card companies forbid merchants from passing on merchant fees to their customers. […]

Best things to buy in March

Business is cyclical. Here are the best things to buy in March … There are good deals to be found year round for just about anything.  However, it's the nature of business that a lot of deals happen at the same time during the year. Best things to buy in March Here are things that you can find good deals on in March: Boxed chocolates. […]

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. […]