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 35)

Reusing paper towels?! Hmmmm …

We don’t watch a whole lot of TV — and we only have basic cable anyway — so I’m not a regular watcher of Extreme Cheapskates on TLC.  The first time I had heard of the show was through a video on MSN.com. This particular one-minute clip features four extreme cheapskate tactics: Cutting open toothpaste tubes to get at the last bit of toothpaste Sharpening the blades from disposable razors on the s […]

My two cents on Suze Orman and her prepaid card

Suze Orman needed to upgrade her leather jacket to a flak jacket tonight in a personal finance scrap match with personal finance bloggers over her new self-branded prepaid debit card.  The Approved Card is her own personally-branded prepaid debit card with what appears to be a decent package of tools and features.  The downsides, as pointed out by PT Money, are a $36/year minimum fee and a less-th […]

Yet another reason that lottery tickets are a waste of money

It’s often said that the lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math.  It’s virtually guaranteed that you’ll lose money playing the lottery regularly, because the more you buy, the closer you’ll be statistically to the intended winning probabilities (i.e., losing more than winning).  Even casting lottery tickets as an investment is flawed; Powerball tickets generate about am 80% loss, which dwarf […]

How much is my gold chain worth?

I received a question in a comment on one of my more popular posts that describes how to figure out how much gold jewelry is worth.  Here’s the question: What is the dollar worth of an 18″, 14-karat, 14.38 gram weight gold chain?  No formulas please. Before working out the answer, it’s important first to discuss the sentence that follows her question. She doesn’t want me to giver her formulas.  Sh […]

Is community-supported agriculture a bargain?

When it’s time to cut back on family expenditures, a prime place to start is with the food budget.  Once the “easy” savings are implemented — first by eating out a lot less, then by buying store brand or bulk, and then by preparing meals more from scratch — then it becomes more of challenge to cut further. One possible opportunity for further savings, especially if you enjoy fresh produce, is thro […]

$25 Restaurant.com dining voucher for $0.65 through Christmas Eve 2011

The price cuts of price cuts is back!  Normally Restaurant.com sells their $25 dining certificates for $10.  Through December 24th, 2011, you can get 90% off this price on most of their $25 certificates using coupon code JOY.  (I’ll help with the math: that’s one dollar.) But that’s not all!  Head over to Mr. […]

Bargain shopping without the mobs — even now

Some of my wife’s Facebook friends posted some pictures the bumper-to-bumper traffic into the local mall / retail area today.  It’s definitely not the best time to run in and out of stores for a few things, being a week before Christmas and all that. So we stopped at our local antique mall this afternoon.  It was more crowded than usual, but nowhere near the traffic level at the typical retail out […]

Christmas dinner on a Scrooge budget

It’s that time of year again when the only thing that’s stretched tighter than our budget is our nerves. […]

A $75 fire service subscription fee is a bargain

Seriously.  If you have to subscribe to your fire department, there really is no reason not to. This method of paying for fire service in advance — a bit like paying Triple A for their services — has gotten recent national attention due to the aftermath of the dark side of this arrangement: no pay, no spray.  Whether by oversight or by a willful roll of the dice, if your membership isn’t current w […]

Restaurants, tips, and gift cards

A couple of weeks ago we had dinner with a friend visiting from Hawaii.  We had a $100 Visa gift card in hand to put a big dent into the bill. We were confused when the card came back declined.  At first we checked the balance on the card because we thought that they had given us less than they had promised (it was for a rebate).  That wasn’t the problem: we knew how much was on the card, and we d […]