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)

A hack to include online purchases in a cash budgeting system

A cash-only budgeting system can be the ticket to reining in spending and getting away from the temptation of credit cards.  The idea is this: Pull out the total of your weekly (biweekly, monthly) budget in cash. Separate the cash into envelopes by category according to how you’re budgeting that money. Spend down the envelopes as you buy things. Re-budget by transferring money from one envelope t […]

What’s with all the begging online?

Starting a website up in “spare time” with the purpose of developing expertise and getting a Plan B going is a great idea.  The Plan A job can go away at any time.  Actually, doing just about anything that provides a product or service — whether it’s holding a sign or painting numbers on curbs — is a good thing to do. Doing something productive should be a better option than looking for a handout, […]

Six tricks to finding deals on coins

Nickel is talking up entrepreneurship to his oldest son, and has found a stash of coins that could be ripe for reselling on eBay.  He asked his Twitter followers about starter investment books for kids because they were starting to get fairly sizable savings accounts.  (I never addressed that question but I recall Peter Lynch’s One Up on Wall Street specifically mentioned that he had elementary sc […]

Sharing is saving

Yesterday we spent a wonderful New Year’s with great friends.  They’re the kind of friends that you can enjoy sharing time with, without the need to put on appearances or impress.  It’s incredibly relaxing. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we scored some great Mr. […]

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 […]