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)

Shoehorning family vacations in? Don’t

My wife, daughter, and mother-in-law have been traveling around Wyoming for a week.  The stated purpose of the trip was to do some research for a sequel to her first historical fiction, but my daughter sure is learning a lot out there having a good time, too.  They’ve been to Yellowstone National Park and a number of forts.  For the rest of the trip, they’ll be hitting parts of Colorado. Me?  I’m […]

Cutting payments as late as possible: More trouble than it’s worth?

My grandfather was an extremely frugal person.  (As I suppose many people who lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s were.)  One of his frugal habits I remember was that he used to walk downtown to pay his bills in full by check, on the day they were due.  In this way, he got credit for paying the bill on time, and the money in his checking account was earning interest as long as possible […]

Netflix is still cheap

You may have heard about the uproar — or at least the grumbling — about Netflix splitting out their movie streaming service and their flagship physical movie rental service, effectively raising the price 60% for those who want both. What was a $9.99/month service (unlimited streaming plus physical delivery one at a time) will now be $7.99/month apiece for new customers. […]

Enjoy little financial loopholes before you cause their closure

Squirrelers is a clever guy.  Instead of settling for a free lunch at a local lunch joint every seven visits, he’s cut that down in half.  With the “buy six, get the seventh free” deal, the shop gives a starter stamp when they hand out the card.  So, practically, it’s actually buy five, get the sixth free.  Now what he’s found out is that the employees haven’t recognized him yet, and every time he […]

Defeat the ever-bolder marketers that captured your coupons

Actually, this isn’t a recent capture:  Coupons have always been doing the bidding of the marketing department.  Companies don’t distribute coupons because they’re nice.  They want more of your money, and coupons are a way to get you to spend more. There are three basic mechanisms for companies to get more revenue:  (a) increase the number of paying customers, (b) increase how much those customers […]

Did Momzilla have a point about having a modest wedding?

By now you might have heard about the incredibly harsh email that British florist Carolyn Bourne sent to Heidi Withers, the fiancee of her stepson Freddie.  This is the kind of dressing down that could make both Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan appear as encouraging as Mr. Rogers.  It’s fortunate that Ms. […]

Are you contributing to this debt clock? Watch out!

I’ve posted on this more common debt clock before.  It’s pretty scary.  The national debt stands at $14.4 trillion.  It was “only” $10 trillion as recently as October, 2008. This newer debt clock hasn’t gotten quite as gigantic as the other one, but it’s more directly troubling for many young Americans.  Currently, $922 billion is owed on student loans. […]

Write about juggling your job and your kids

Starting up a blog is not an easy way to make money by any means, but by doing so it opens up a lot of doors for building up a side income later.  Knowing how to write to convey useful information and sell things to a market will put food on the table, even in very tight times. Greg McFarlane, co-author of Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense and writer on the parent blog, calls a large swat […]

Don’t settle for $1 per hour. Please!

Jacob over at My Personal Finance Journey is in graduate school.  I’ve been in graduate school, also known as Slave Labor, Class A.  (I opted out of Slave Labor, Class B, also known as a “postdoctoral fellowship.”)  Over at the Yakezie Forums when discussing whether or not to e-mail spammers about advertising, he quips: Thanks for everyone’s input. Very interesting. […]

New print books are expensive! Some cheaper alternatives

My wife and I were chatting about why she had sold more Amazon Kindle versions than paperback versions of her new Civil War historical fantasy.  Granted, the Kindle version is only 20% the cost of the paperback version, but I had said that $14.99 was a bit much to pay for a paperback. “Since when?!” she piped up.  I had thought new paperbacks were $6.99 or $7.99.  I knew they were at one point, bu […]