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)

Money-tracking advice so simple, that it just might work?

Bart, over at the Personal Finance and Money Stack Exchange site, lacks discipline with tracking his finances.  He asks: I have had very little success with managing money. I have gone bankrupt once ($50K in credit card debt) and since then I no longer have credit cards (just a debit card) but my spending is still totally undisciplined. […]

Thanks for reading Mighty Bargain Hunter this year!

As 2010 draws to a close, I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have read and commented on posts on Mighty Bargain Hunter this year.  Additionally, I want to thank my fellow bloggers who have sent traffic this way.  I appreciate it all very much, and thank you for your support.  I offer a special hat tip to the top twenty-five: Wise Bread Get Rich Slowly The Simple Dollar All Financia […]

One more time: Retirement has nothing to do with age

Old age gives itself plenty of warning.  First there are the milestones of life: college, marriage, first child, next children, first child goes to college.  Then there are the signs of decay: hair loss, failing eyesight, memory lapses, aches and pains.  These happen well before falling and not being able to get up. And we hear about retirement all along the way.  We hear about retirement planning […]

Santa Claus doesn’t exist; plan accordingly

Hopefully I didn’t let the cat out of the bag to anyone reading today.  If so, I’m sorry.  (As long as I’m at it, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Great Pumpkin don’t exist, either.) The impossibility of such a character is easy to argue.  Let’s say that there are about two billion people on the planet who celebrate Christmas, and that they all get something in their stocking.  (I’ll giv […]

Five arguments against frugality that are complete nonsense

This post over at Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink got some attention as an Editor’s Pick in the Carnival of Personal Finance a few weeks ago.  The post explained five reasons to stop being frugal and get a life.  Strong words, for sure, but does the reasoning stand up to scrutiny?  Let’s check them out.  (Her words are in italics.) You spend endless hours researching, exploring, shopping around for good p […]

My favorite kind of holiday party

I attended a wonderful holiday party this weekend.  It was in a beautifully-decorated house.  The food was abundant and delicious.  The desserts were scrumptious.  The family hosting the party was kind and gracious. I had never met them before that night.  Nor any of the guests. The only person I knew there was another musician.  We played for two hours: him on trumpet, and me on keyboard.  We wer […]

Why do you need Plan B?

Easy:  Plan A can go away without notice. J Money of Budgets Are Sexy was relieved of his Plan A.  He was fired from his ~$70k/year job with basically no notice. The good news is that he was going to give his two weeks’ notice the next day.  How’s that for timing? He had been planning for this day.  He made it a goal in August 2010 to save up $50k so that he could try working for himself.  He was […]

Eight ways to thwart McNagging and take control of fast-food spending

I like McDonald’s.  It’s not a staple in my diet, but in a pinch it serves a predictable meal that tastes pretty good at a reasonable price.  I also have fond memories of it from childhood.  We didn’t go there often (maybe once every few months), but we usually made it there for lunch on the last day of school.  I’d get a Filet-O-Fish Happy Meal, and I’d be happier than a tornado in a trailer park […]

Five ways to make your hobbies pay

After you get to know someone for a while, you usually discover something that they do reasonably well — well enough that you say, “Wow!  I didn’t know you could do that.”  That level of proficiency doesn’t come without a fair amount of dedicated practice.  They may or may not be at expert level, but it’s certainly good enough that you could get started with their advice or instruction. Most peopl […]