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)

Five ways to save money for big expenses

Nothing derails well-laid-out financial plans like a giant expense.  The kind of expense that consumes one or more full paychecks. Big expenses happen to everybody.  Some are unplanned, like an emergency room visit, or a trip to the vet after a pet gets bitten by a copperhead.  It’s for this reason that building up a decent emergency fund, even before paying down debt, is a good idea. Many big exp […]

Are you spending a fortune on Valentine’s Day?

Wow.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Kinda sneaks up on you.  Right, guys?  You have exactly one day to avoid succumbing to the capitalists. I received an e-mail today with the post’s title as the subject line.  It’s a thoughtful question. My wife and I have it pretty easy as far as Valentine’s Day expenses go.  We were married on Groundhog Day.  (Eleven years and counting.  If you do a little math […]

Best. Furlough. Ever.

Sequestration talks have federal government employees worried about the possibility of being furloughed. A furlough is a (usually) temporary layoff.  Since there is an upcoming deadline that could mean $85 billion in automatic spending cuts in two weeks, there’s the possibility that many federal employees will be missing some pay this year.  This is called administrative, or planned, furlough. One […]

Binary options: Another fork in the Yellow Brick Road?

(This is a guest post.  A rather breezily-written one, but I think you’ll like it.  If you want to guest post here and on hundreds of other sites, sign up for a PostRunner account.) So what do you get when “making money online” meets the exotic world of financial derivatives?  The answer, it seems, is a toxic mutation known as binary options. Now, most people understand that an “option” in financi […]

The Internet can be a trap: The high cost of free

“Free” is one of my favorite four-letter words.  There’s almost no other more powerful marketing word.  (Except perhaps “you” because people love to have people pay attention to them.) Sadly, free isn’t free.  Everything has a cost.  There’s no such thing as a free lunch.  It’s so very easy to be lured into doing someone else’s bidding by something free. Much of the Internet is the embodiment of f […]

Make money with Bitcoin? If so, how?

Good returns on investment can be hard to come by.  Finding the Next Big Thing that will turn into a ten-bagger or more is tough. Maybe you’ve heard of the distributed cryptocurrency Bitcoin.  It’s a bold experiment, and you’re welcome to read up on the philosophy behind peer-to-peer cryptocurrencies, but here are the basics: The complete record of all Bitcoin transactions is contained in a serie […]

Invest in success for your children for only $200

My daughter is eight.  She still kind of listens to me and thinks that I actually know something.  I know it will be all too quick before she thinks I’m extremely out of touch and don’t know which end of the wet paper bag to get out of. As children get older, though, they do like to do things with their friends, and many of these things require money.  With privilege comes responsibility — includi […]

Merchants can charge credit card fees to customers. But so what?

I was unaware of this until I read DollarVersity’s article that alerted me to a recent ruling against Visa and MasterCard which forces them to allow merchants to pass on credit card fees to their customers. The settlement was on the order of $6+ billion.  The official site is here. Can a business charge a credit card fee?  Now they can under some circumstances. It costs businesses to accept credit […]

Dryer troubleshooting to save money on repairs

Major appliances save a lot of effort.  Even the hobbled energy-efficient ones are still better than nothing. It’s frustrating when things stop working, though.  I know that we take our appliances for granted, and fixing appliances that aren’t working usually becomes a top priority very quickly.  Water heaters, refrigerators, and freezers are way at the top of the list.  Clothes washers and dryers […]

Ten tricks for reasonably-priced gifts for loved ones

Giving gifts to loved ones is one way that you can show how much you love them.  Unfortunately, pesky things like “budget” and “fear of eventual personal bankruptcy” get in the way of buying exactly you’d like for them.  Here are some tricks to getting reasonably-priced gifts for your loved ones.  (Oh, and if you check below, it’s Savings Advice contest time again!) Buy off-peak.  My wife and I h […]