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 (page 2)

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. […]

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. […]