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 39)

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 […]

Concerned about where things are headed? Do something

Peak oil.  Peak water.  Great Depression, Part Deux.  The Rapture.  Justin Bieber. OK, that last one was pretty scary.  Sorry.  But seriously, there are about 24.5 bajillion different bad things that could happen anywhere between 30 seconds from now until the Second Coming.  And every last one of them has enough reading material and commentary and YouTube videos and books and newsletters to consum […]

Merchants could take it on the chin for using Groupon. Should you care?

This post yesterday on TechCrunch highlights the story of Posies Bakery and Cafe in Portland, Oregon, after running a Groupon campaign last year.  Her shop’s aggressive deal campaign ($13 worth of merchandise for $6) set her back $8,000 and caused her to need to withdraw from savings to make payroll and rent.  She calls it “… the single worst decision [she has] ever made as a business owner thus f […]

We do like our monthly charges, don’t we?

I was talking with my wife last night about getting a smartphone — yes, again — because, as I told my newsletter subscribers today, I may have found a reason that actually makes having a smartphone worth the money. As we were discussing the costs of said smartphones, our Y membership came up. […]

How to encourage your spouse to sell their creative work without ticking them off (too much)

This past week, my wife published a 430-plus page novel she had been working on in one way or another for the past twenty-two years.  It’s quite the milestone, and we’re keenly interested and very excited in how things progress from here. For a time, though, I had resigned myself to the prospect that her writing would be a great creative outlet for her, and would help her to make peace with the th […]

Low-interest and … slightly less low-interest

This Kiplinger feature on MSN has a number of good ways that we waste money.  Slide 12 of this series (these aren’t my favorite ways of presenting things, but I see how it generates more ad impressions for MSN!) has the following suggestion: If you’re stashing your cash in a traditional savings account earning next to nothing, you’re wasting it. […]

At long last, all of my Prosper loans have reached maturity

The final payments on my last Prosper.com notes have finally come in, and the total value of the notes I’ve invested in is now $0.00. And it’s going to stay that way. This isn’t Prosper’s fault.  It’s mine.  I’ll explain. I started investing in Prosper.com notes in June of 2006, as an experiment.  This was the year it launched.  After the books are cleared almost 5 years later, I’ve taken worse hi […]

Think your dishwasher is broken? Think again

I discovered something last night.  Maybe this is old news for you, but then again, maybe not. A little less than a year ago, sixteen states banned the sale of dishwasher detergents that contain more than 0.5% phosphorus.  My state is one of those states.  (For the record, the states are Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylv […]

Do we not want to own media anymore?

Last weekend I was looking around in a couple of stores for some CD storage.  The first store I went to I actually had to ask an employee where they were because it took me so long to find where they were.  “Are CDs on the way out already?” I asked only half-jokingly.  The next store, same thing:  There was only a very small assortment of CD folders. I’m probably already old-school because I like […]

Graduating with a good job lined up? Here’s a tip

Are you graduating from college with a great job waiting for you?  If so, congratulations!  Not all of your peers are so fortunate. I went straight to graduate school after college and was a “poor student” for quite a while: another six years after graduating from college.  I quadrupled my salary when I left to get my first real job.  All of that money!  It was pretty hypnotizing.  I really can’t […]