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 37)

Allowances for allowances

Kimberly Palmer, senior editor for US News and World Report and author of Generation Earn (see my review) posted yesterday on the smart way to pay kids an allowance.  She drew on statements from several experts who had researched the way children responded to different kinds of exposure to money from their parents. What I got from the article was that there are benefits and drawbacks to just about […]

Gas prices are sneaking up. But why?

Think Your Way to Wealth is noticing the same thing that I’ve noticed:  Gas prices are sneaking back up.  For a while they were down in the low-$2 range here (yeah that qualifies for low now) and now they’re testing $3 again.  “RC” caught that the former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, predicts $5 gas by 2012 as demand picks back up. RC attributes the lower prices of late 2008, early 2009 […]

Yakezie Challenge: Did I win my Beta challenge?

On October 8th, 2010, I announced my plan to enter the Yakezie challenge and get my Alexa rating below 100,000 by today. My ranking at that time was 132,955, which means that precisely 132,954 sites were hipper, cooler, better, and more popular than mine on October 8th, 2010.  (Well, not really, but Alexa would like you to think that.)  In reality, the Alexa rankings can be manipulated to some ext […]

Number 1 NFL draft vs. architecture degree

I wasn’t anywhere close to being an athlete in either high school or college, so I never would have been posed this question.  Nor do I really follow football. The headline of Frugal Dad’s latest roundup, Turning Down Millions for a College Degree, makes reference to a statement by Andrew Luck, a superstar quarterback from Stanford University, that he intends to finish his architecture degree in 2 […]

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 […]