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 40)

Getting better deals by giving business

Our new (to us) car is now in our driveway.  Pretty much everything is settled with this vehicle, and we sold the old one that had the broken transmission.  We continued “money lessons for kids” with our daughter by showing her a few — OK, two dozen — $100 bills and a cashier’s check with a bunch of zeroes on it. We had the opportunity to negotiate a couple of times during these transactions.  We […]

A surefire way to get your kids asking you questions about money

(And no, the answer is not to give $50/week allowance to a six year old!) Last week our minivan’s transmission bit the dust.  (Thankfully it bit the dust in our driveway.)  Over the next couple of days my wife and I discussed what to do: whether to fix our car, whether to buy a new-to-us one — buying a new car didn’t enter the picture! […]

HARP all you want: LTV cap removed

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), with the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and the (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) (“Freddie Mac”), today announced a number of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) designed to increase the number of borrowers eligible for refinancing at-risk home mortgages. One of the big deals of this new initiative is the […]

A moment of clarity from a cranky bank representative

The Alexa Toolbar has some interesting headlines come across it.  It draws on Reddit fairly often.  The submitter for this article now has about 1600 net votes from describing their experience calling up a representative at a bank to contest their new monthly service fee. It’s clear that the representative could use some education in the making friends and influencing people department, but what i […]

How much can you get for your gold jewelry?

You may have heard of cash-for-gold businesses — turn your gold into cash.  The procedure for getting cash for your gold at these kinds of places goes like this: Request an envelope. Drop your gold jewelry in the envelope and mail it to them. They send you a check. Easy peasy, right? It is. […]

What does it mean to be “eager to be rich”?

Our church has been doing a study on money in the adult Sunday school classes through a video series from Crown Ministries. Today’s lesson talked about racking up lots of credit card debt and expecting others to take care of you. […]

Should there be a ban on reward credit cards? Heck no

Luke “Flexo” Landes of Consumerism Commentary has a guest post over at Wealth Pilgrim on whether the government should have a ban on reward credit cards. […]

Review of Can I Retire? by Mike Piper

I met Mike Piper of The Oblivious Investor briefly at FinCon11 and he came bearing gifts.  (I guess I was The Oblivious Conference Attendee and did no such thing myself.)  I snagged two copies of his newest book, Can I Retire?  (I’ll offer the second copy to a randomly-picked subscriber of my newsletter soon, so if you’re interested, sign up!) Can I Retire? […]

$25 Restaurant.com dining certificate for $1.50 through 10/16/2011

Restaurant.com has an 80% coupon going on through October 16th, 2011. The code is TOUCHDOWN. $25 dining vouchers, good for qualifying* expenses at over 18,000 restaurants nationwide, are normally $10, but this coupon code knocks them down to $2. But wait! There’s more! […]

The deficit is a problem. There’s no need to lie about it graphically

This article on the NPR Planet Money blog discusses the projected federal budget deficit as compared to the maximum deficit reduction discussed in recent debt-ceiling negotiations. If we cut to the chase, there is a $9 trillion shortfall over the next ten years.  The most stringent deficit reduction measures discussed don’t even come close to addressing the problem. Compared to proposed spending c […]