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 36)

Welcome to the Best of Money Carnival

Welcome to this week’s Best of Money Carnival.  The maintainer of this carnival leaves it up to the host to pick the top ten submissions from the posts for that week.  In similar vein to the last Best of Money carnival I hosted I’ll read off the top ten and say why I liked the post.  Settling on a best post was difficult.  All of these post are great! Here we go: (#10) Wallet Blo […]

Tie allowance to chores or not?

The answer to the problem of how to expose children to money doesn’t have one right answer.  (There are wrong answers, though, such as “Give the child as much money as she wants.”)  One of the points of debate is whether to tie the allowance to chores or not. […]

The power of OGI

Michael Masterson, author of Automatic Wealth, Seven Years to Seven Figures, and most recently The Pledge, is very rich.  (Selling books is only part of why he’s very rich.) In his latest book he writes about reading effectively for maximum return on investment.  In each piece of reading, it pays to hunt for one good idea that will either make the time reading well spent, or will […]

Six year-end financial tasks

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Rewarding the inconsequential

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Review of Kimberly Palmer’s Generation Earn

I received a complimentary copy of Kimberly Palmer’s new book Generation Earn.  It is subtitled “The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back.”  I would place my age group (late thirties) above the mean age of the typical person to whom she’s addressing the book, but not outside of it. The book is well-written.  The book has twelve chapters, and is compil […]

Is it time to refinance AGAIN?!

Some of my relatives did a mortgage refinance a little over a year ago.  As low as rates were in 2009, they are even lower now. They currently have a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4.625%.  Not too shabby.  But they told me that they were quoted a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage of 3.5%.  Absolutely crazy!  We worked out the numbers on the two loans and discovered that they could save […]

Let’s do the curbside hustle

A couple of weekends ago, a guy was walking around the subdivision looking for customers.  He was painting house numbers on the curbs in front of people’s houses. He was a bit older than I was.  Under typical circumstances, painting house numbers on a curb isn’t an unusual job for a teenager.  But it isn’t a typical job for someone in his late forties or early fifties. I accepted […]

Pennies by the quarter-ton

Gresham’s Law now has small business backing. There’s a fair bit of activity on eBay buying and selling 95% copper cents, and the coin sorters to distinguish them from the newer zinc variety.  Why the interest, you might ask?  It’s the copper content of the cents that’s interesting.  These high-copper cents, minted for part of 1982 and most of the years before, are now worth more […]

Taming the financial paper monster

Getting a grip on all of the financial statements, bills, receipts — all of the paper, actually — has always been a challenge for me.  Here’s the cycle: The financial statements, bills, and receipts pile up. The piles wear down my psyche like coarse-grit sandpaper. The papers get filed slowly because I need to relearn my system for filing the papers. Eventually, the piles are fil […]