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)

Pay up front, or in installments?

“Pay on the installment plan.  Don’t pay now; pay later.  Five easy payments of $39.95.” When businesses offer to split up the payments in a large purchase, it usually brings them more business.  If the pain of buying (the cost) is lower, or appears to be lower, more people will buy. Businesses, of course, don’t offer this out of the kindness of their hearts.  They want extra money.  Paying throug […]

Stay-at-home spouse: Good bargain for whom?

In lots of cases, especially in high-cost-of-living areas, having a family with both parents working is a necessity. But along with the extra income come extra stress, financial and otherwise.  On the financial side, there is child care, and a host of other services that get done what needs getting done.  On the non-financial side, it’s just more hectic: more fitting in errands, more eating out or […]

Will your medical and dental providers be in-network next year?

Today I had the pleasure of paying a visit to the dentist to have him look at a tooth that failed last night.  These kinds of visits will be regular occurrences for the rest of my life, because I’m a dental cripple. The dental office graciously made room in their schedule for me, and built up the tooth in preparation for having a crown put on.  Since my appointment was short-notice, it took a bit […]

Will your medical and dental providers be in-network next year?

Today I had the pleasure of paying a visit to the dentist to have him look at a tooth that failed last night.  These kinds of visits will be regular occurrences for the rest of my life, because I’m a dental cripple. The dental office graciously made room in their schedule for me, and built up the tooth in preparation for having a crown put on.  Since my appointment was short-notice, it took a bit […]

Don’t bargain with your passion

At FinCon14, I handed out a lot of business cards.  Over and over again I spoke about what Mighty Bargain Hunter is about. Eventually, my bumper sticker came down to this:  Good Deals in Context. This site is more than just a few more percent off at Kohl’s (check rebate).  (Though that’s not a bad thing, is it?) It’s about all of the bargains and trades we make in life, from big to small. Self-imp […]

Don’t bargain with your passion

At FinCon14, I handed out a lot of business cards.  Over and over again I spoke about what Mighty Bargain Hunter is about. Eventually, my bumper sticker came down to this:  Good Deals in Context. This site is more than just a few more percent off at Kohl’s (check rebate).  (Though that’s not a bad thing, is it?) It’s about all of the bargains and trades we make in life, from big to small. Self-imp […]

Being frugal with attention

Frugality, by definition, deals with the economical uses of resources.  This includes not only money, but also time, and anything else that can be consumed or used. Closely related to being careful with how we use our time, we also need to be careful with how we use our attention.  We have evermore bright-and-shinys competing for our eyeballs and our process cycles, and we’re expected by society t […]

Being frugal with attention

Frugality, by definition, deals with the economical uses of resources.  This includes not only money, but also time, and anything else that can be consumed or used. Closely related to being careful with how we use our time, we also need to be careful with how we use our attention.  We have evermore bright-and-shinys competing for our eyeballs and our process cycles, and we’re expected by society t […]