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)

Teddy Roosevelt on money, mottoes, and trust

Our church has been focusing on the topic of money in its sermons and study groups for the past several weeks.  Today’s sermon started out with some facts I hadn’t known before about the history of the motto that appears on all proper examples of today’s United States money. First, a very condensed history.  The phrase “In God We Trust” was first used on U.S. […]

What I learned about personal finance bloggers from FINCON11

I arrived home safely from the Financial Blogger Conference about 2 AM today. Phil of PTMoney and friends did a superb job putting everything together.  All aspects were very well organized and very professional: the social events, the programs, the takeaways, everything.  First class from start to finish.  Amazing work Phil! There was lots of great content in the scheduled presentations, of cours […]

See you at the Financial Blogger Conference

To my blogging colleagues: Very much looking forward to meeting you there in person — many of you for the first time. […]

So you want to buy gold but don’t own any. When?

A friend and I got to chatting about investments over lunch recently. After lamenting about the stock market, 401(k)s, and so forth, we talked a bit about precious metals. Like most people whom I’ve talked with about this subject — including myself, I suppose — we wish that we would have bought more $300 gold and $5 silver. […]

Review of Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons

The authors were kind enough to get a complimentary copy of Living the Savvy Life into my hands a while back.  Subtitled “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living,” Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons have a lot to say in this 219-page book.  The book’s primary audience is indeed as advertised in the subtitle, but there is still good advice for both genders in the book. Personal fin […]

Businesses don’t care whether you’re mourning or not

Baker posted a link on his Google+ profile to this CNN Money article.  Denise Townley received a letter from Discover Card less than two weeks after her mother had passed away seeking to settle her mother’s debts.  It would be an understatement to say that Ms. […]

Live to 150? Oh man, I hope not

A couple of months ago, the headlines reported that that babies born today have a 40% chance of living to be 150 years old.  That’s about 25% longer than the oldest living humans in recent history.  Experts base this claim on the advancement of regenerative medicine and the like. Let’s just say for grins that this is going to happen.  Putting aside questions like “where will we fit us all,” what k […]

Mortgage rates still in the basement: When to pull the trigger?

One of my office mates recently got another house that was closer to his family’s activities.  From the looks of mortgage rates now it seems like he could have gotten quite a deal, even now!  Rates have stayed down for quite a while — quite a bit longer than I had thought they would, I admit. Rates have been in the basement for a few years, historically speaking.  Fixed 30-year mortgage rates now […]

Keep your house from going up in flames — and reduce your electric bill

Our clothes dryer had been not doing its job for the past few months.  It would take a couple of cycles to get the clothes passably dry.  It wasn’t like this when we first bought the dryer. We checked the parts we could see first.  We were regularly cleaning out the lint trap.  The heat was definitely working; it was piping hot in the drying compartment.  The ducting was connected. After digging a […]

What to do with an old cashier’s check

Yesterday I received an unexpected surprise: a cashier’s check for $87.50.  It was for a gig I played almost a year ago, and I had since practically forgotten about it. What was a bit unusual, though, was that the check didn’t have a recent date on it.  The date was in September of 2010.  The check had gotten lost in the mail for over ten months. So, I took it to our credit union to see if I could […]