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)

Buy discounted gift cards with CouponTrade

Some people think that giving someone a gift card is a cop-out to giving them a “real” gift because it isn’t personal and shows lack of thought. I’m not only happy to receive gift cards, I’m happy to receive them as well. When I give them, I’m even happier to be able to buy them at a discount.  Costco sells a few packages of gift cards here and there but it’s only for a few retailers, and some of […]

Modern energy-efficient washing appliances are no bargain

New dishwashers and clothes washers are stylized and sleek, with electronic sensors, LEDs, and digital displays.  They’re quiet.  (“Is it on?” advertises one of the upper-end dishwashers.)  The newer paired washers and dryers really are nicely designed and even talk to one another.  One might even say they’re pleasant to look at.  (Tea and crumpets in the laundry room, anyone?) Touted alongside th […]

The bargain of friendship

Have you ever considered what friends are worth?  It’s futile to put a price tag on friendship itself, though it’s fairly easy to argue that someone without any friends is bankrupt in some way.  It takes time to cultivate friendships; this process can’t be accelerated by throwing money at the problem.  Having a lot of friends is good in some ways; having a few very good friends is good in other wa […]

Is an $80 Keurig really a bargain?

Last weekend was another gig with the ten-piece band I play with.  And another charity auction with bargains to be had. After the full-contact silent auction had come and gone, I was the proud owner of a brand-new Keurig Elite for $80.  I was nearly 100% sure that this model went for over $100.  It did.  Walmart sells the same model for $120, and the lowest new price on Amazon was $100. My wife an […]

My spending triggers are here. What are yours?

Free From Broke strongly recommends that you know what your spending triggers are.  Spending triggers are those situations, mindsets, or excuses that increase your tendency to make less-than-wise spending decisions.  The ones that are mentioned by name are: “I deserve it.” “Everyone else has one.” “I have this, so I need that.” “Hurry!  Sale ends soon!” I can usually see through these kinds of t […]

Four bargains if you have a lot of spare cash

Cash is king.  Cash is capital, in small, unmarked bills.  Almost nothing speaks louder at the negotiating table.  It says: “I have the means, right now, to buy from you.” Because it speaks so loudly, there are great deals to be had if you can pay cash.  Here are a few: Real estate.  The somewhat filthy- to super-rich investor can swoop in on some incredible deals, or provide liquidity for others […]

Pink playhouses and home bargains

Two and a half years ago, we moved into our new house.  It was so much of what we wanted.  It was close to where I work.  It had plenty of space inside, with an open floor plan.  In a county that rests on many an old cowpaddy, our plot, and our subdivision, are flat: no precipices in the back yard.  Friendly neighbors are nearby. My wife and her father are putting the finishing touches on out daug […]

Bargains at a charity event? Say it isn’t so

This past weekend I played at a gig with a ten-piece band I’m in. Aside from lots of people having a good time, and us playing pretty well, the attendees raised money for the American Red Cross. Part of the money raised was through ticket sales (which offset the cost of the bands and the refreshments). The other component of the fundraising was through silent auction bidding. […]

Seven tips for bargain beach vacationing with friends

A couple of weeks ago we took an honest-to-goodness family vacation for the first time in what seems like forever.  We went to North Carolina’s Outer Banks with three other families for a week.  The weather cooperated nicely and we all had a chance to just chill out. […]