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 5)

Don’t bargain with your passion

At FinCon14, I handed out a lot of business cards.  Over and over again I spoke about what Mighty Bargain Hunter is about. Eventually, my bumper sticker came down to this:  Good Deals in Context. This site is more than just a few more percent off at Kohl’s (check rebate).  (Though that’s not a bad thing, is it?) It’s about all of the bargains and trades we make in life, from big to small. Self-imp […]

Don’t bargain with your passion

At FinCon14, I handed out a lot of business cards.  Over and over again I spoke about what Mighty Bargain Hunter is about. Eventually, my bumper sticker came down to this:  Good Deals in Context. This site is more than just a few more percent off at Kohl’s (check rebate).  (Though that’s not a bad thing, is it?) It’s about all of the bargains and trades we make in life, from big to small. Self-imp […]

Being frugal with attention

Frugality, by definition, deals with the economical uses of resources.  This includes not only money, but also time, and anything else that can be consumed or used. Closely related to being careful with how we use our time, we also need to be careful with how we use our attention.  We have evermore bright-and-shinys competing for our eyeballs and our process cycles, and we’re expected by society t […]

Being frugal with attention

Frugality, by definition, deals with the economical uses of resources.  This includes not only money, but also time, and anything else that can be consumed or used. Closely related to being careful with how we use our time, we also need to be careful with how we use our attention.  We have evermore bright-and-shinys competing for our eyeballs and our process cycles, and we’re expected by society t […]

Ridiculously cheap bus travel from select locations

This past weekend at FinCon14 was a loooong-overdue reunion with the money media community.  Great times, great talks, great eats … and great music! One of the very first people who greeted me at FinCon14 this past weekend was Crystal from Budgeting In The Fun Stuff.  She was sporting some spunky blue highlights and was every bit as friendly and gregarious as I remember her from three years ago. A […]

Ridiculously cheap bus travel from select locations

This past weekend at FinCon14 was a loooong-overdue reunion with the money media community.  Great times, great talks, great eats … and great music! One of the very first people who greeted me at FinCon14 this past weekend was Crystal from Budgeting In The Fun Stuff.  She was sporting some spunky blue highlights and was every bit as friendly and gregarious as I remember her from three years ago. A […]

Ten infrequent expenses that nail you

With just about anything, the more you do it, the better you get at it.  Consistent, deliberate practice has a way of wringing out inefficiencies and avoiding landmines. However, for some activities, there just isn’t the opportunity for most people to practice.  Or, the activities are once- or twice-in-a-lifetime events. Businesses that cater to these kinds of infrequent events capitalize on the i […]

Well, making Rice Krispies treats is easy! And frugal, too!

My daughter’s “love languages” are gifts and quality time.  I think I do all right with the gifts, but I can do better on the quality time part. I had planned to stop at Sheetz to pick up a large-ish Rice Krispies® treat for my daughter. Somewhere along the way, though, I decided instead to stop at Walmart and pick up the ingredients to make them. […]

It pays to be a reasonable customer

I’m an oddball in a lot of ways.  And I’m on my way tomorrow to rub elbows with a whole bunch of other personal finance oddballs at FinCon14 down in New Orleans. I’m also an oddball because of my feet.  I have a clubfoot.  Thankfully I’ve been able to go for nearly 25 years without any operations, and in the grand scheme it’s a very, very minor problem.  I’ve known people with this problem that wo […]