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 3)

Frozen assets: Do you wanna build a for-tune … ?

It was a bit bittersweet for us this weekend.  Our daughter went to a friend’s birthday party sleepover, and for the first time she showed absolutely no reaction whatsoever to my wife leaving for the evening.  She was just fine, thank you very much. It was a Frozen party.  With lots of Frozen decorations.  Think: tons of cotton.  And Frozen games, like Pin The Nose On The Olaf. And even Frozen pap […]

Rule number one of comparison shopping

Comparison shopping has gotten much easier to do with search engines and other price alert services.  Retailers have to be more competitive now that pricing information is everywhere. A friend I’ve had some online interactions with posted a picture of what he thought was a mistake on the unit pricing tag on a supermarket shelf. He claimed something to the effect of:  “It’s a 13-ounce box of Wheat […]

The real cost of Toastmasters

Last year I became a charter member of our county’s Toastmasters Club.  Toastmasters is the international organization for public speaking and leadership. I wrote about how Toastmasters is the biggest public speaking training bargain on the planet.  Financially, it is a huge bargain.  The international dues are $6 per month: one cheese pizza.  Our club adds another $1/month for club expenses: one […]

Unit Pricing 201 — now with higher math!

(That’s the course that follows Unit Pricing 101, of course!) Unit pricing (for the uninitiated) is the calculation that grocery stores put on the shelf price tags that tell you how much an item costs per pound, per ounce, per 100 count, etc.  It’s arrived at by dividing the price of the whole package by the amount of stuff in the package. So, a pack of 200 red Solo Cups — because it’s time to par […]

Cheap and free Microsoft Office products

Software as a product is a strangely complex beast. Freeware, commercial software, open-source, closed source, crippleware, nagware, bloatware, software as a service, tiered usage, service contracts, upgrades — software comes in all kinds of flavors and reasons for disdain. And as someone who lived during the rise of Microsoft, we sure loved to hate Bill Gates and company, didn’t we? […]

Save money by overcoming the inconvenience barrier

A while back I bid on a new Keurig coffee machine at a silent auction.  I bid $80 and won.  (They went for $120 new.) Predictably, the $40 savings went out the window in only a few weeks with the additional amount we began to spend on the little K-Cups. It’s such a convenience to just pop one of the cups in there, listen to the little pump suck water from the reservoir, heat it up, and finally for […]

Why savers are a necessary evil for banks and credit unions

The credit union my family belongs to had their annual meeting a couple of weeks ago.  During the question and answer session, one of the members asked that the credit union look for ways to increase the rate of interest earned on savings accounts.  “They’re not paying a whole lot these days,” the member lamented. The board and the management listened and sympathized with her, while they gently re […]

A $6.30 tax bill insignificant? Think again

One of my friends in college purportedly had racked up dozens of parking tickets courtesy of the campus police.  He graduated, so either he took care of them before he left, or he never had to worry about them in the first place. A woman in Pennsylvania, however, lost her home over an amount less than most parking tickets.  Her home, which sold at auction for about $116,000 and which was reportedl […]

Treasure-hunting in your own house?

I’ll be one of the first to admit that I’m a pack rat.  I come from a proud line of pack rats.  Not quite hoarding-level, but that’s just one floor up from where I am. […]

Want to deduct your medical expenses? Try indoor parkour

Tax time.  It’s just around the corner.  Yay. But there’s a bright spot in figuring taxes for most of us:  deductions.  Those subtractions that pare down the adjusted gross income (AGI) that is the primary benchmark that determines your tax rate, and ultimately your tax.  There are a number of kinds of deductions.  One kind is a deduction for extensive medical or dental expenses that was first int […]