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)

Slain debt dragon? 7 worthy uses for that payment

We slayed a debt dragon last week.  The carcass rots in our front yard as I write this.  The greenish-blue smoke from its nostrils abated only this morning. This past Friday marked the last of eighty-four biweekly loan payments on our Toyota Sienna. We paid off the five-year loan nearly two years ahead of schedule by rounding the payment up to the next $100 and making biweekly payments much the sa […]

Six costs of free – and how to avoid having them eat your lunch

There’s not a thing wrong with free.  In fact, free is one of my favorite four-letter words. But, it always pays to remember that “free” is not the same thing as “without cost.”  Something that’s free may be without monetary cost, but there’s almost always some other cost. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.  Somebody pays for it.  That somebody may be you. Here are six types of costs of free […]

Six costs of free – and how to avoid having them eat your lunch

There’s not a thing wrong with free.  In fact, free is one of my favorite four-letter words. But, it always pays to remember that “free” is not the same thing as “without cost.”  Something that’s free may be without monetary cost, but there’s almost always some other cost. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.  Somebody pays for it.  That somebody may be you. Here are six types of costs of free […]

Rebate site review: DollarDig.com

I use cash-back rebate sites for my purchases whenever it makes sense. After getting a free account at these sites, it’s only 30 seconds or so to save a few bucks — or even lots of bucks! […]

Rebate site review: DollarDig.com

I use cash-back rebate sites for my purchases whenever it makes sense. After getting a free account at these sites, it’s only 30 seconds or so to save a few bucks — or even lots of bucks! […]

Nine tricks for buying discounted gift cards safely

Buying discounted gift cards can be an easy way to spend a bit less. There are a number of websites that sell discounted gift cards, both physical and electronic. […]

Nine tricks for buying discounted gift cards safely

Buying discounted gift cards can be an easy way to spend a bit less. There are a number of websites that sell discounted gift cards, both physical and electronic. […]

Five items to stay powered up and warm

The winter weather in our area, like other places in the country, has been pretty bone-chilling the past few days.  Not nearly as bad as in the northeast, but still chilly. We learned the hard way a few years back that we weren’t quite prepared for a multi-day loss of power.  We had kind neighbors, and that got us through.  The experience motivated us to prepare a bit so that we could be the kind […]

Five items to stay powered up and warm

The winter weather in our area, like other places in the country, has been pretty bone-chilling the past few days.  Not nearly as bad as in the northeast, but still chilly. We learned the hard way a few years back that we weren’t quite prepared for a multi-day loss of power.  We had kind neighbors, and that got us through.  The experience motivated us to prepare a bit so that we could be the kind […]

If margins are thin, discounts are tough

Do you notice how some stores seem to have 50%-off sales a lot of the time?  Does this make you think that the regular prices are about 100% too high? Walmart and Amazon.com aren’t like this at all.  These two retailers are perhaps best known for their low prices.  To offer low prices every day, they have lots of efficiencies built into their business models, and very small profit margins. Some di […]