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)

Large families and activity discounts

I was chatting briefly with a colleague yesterday about married life.  (He was going to be best man in a friend’s wedding in a couple of weeks.)  In the course of the conversation, I admitted that saving money was a heck of a lot easier before I was married, but that I wouldn’t go back to being single by choice for anything.  Everything has pros and cons. He saw the picture of my daughter that I h […]

Rebate site review: Mr. Rebates

I use rebate sites for as many of my online purchases as I can.  After getting a free account, it’s only a small amount of extra work to save a few dollars — or even more than a few! — on thousands of online stores. Mr. Rebates is one of a number of rebate sites available.  Using Mr. Rebates is simple: Sign up for a Mr. Rebates account, which is completely free. Log into Mr. […]

Want a used washer? Budget some time

A washer and dryer are mainstays in many households.  They are in our household, for sure. We bought a used washer and dryer set four and a half years ago.  Over the past couple of weeks, the washer was whining loudly.  First we heard it within the drain cycle, then in the spin cycle.  When it started squealing during the wash cycle, I sensed that its time was almost over, because that sounded lik […]

In praise of bottled water

A big part of personal finance advice revolves around finding ways to spend less.  Less money going out the door means more money staying in your bank account. By and by, some purchases draw an above-average amount of fire.  Bottled water is one of them. I’ve seen at least three posts over the past few weeks that include bottled water as one of those things you shouldn’t buy.  Though I do agree th […]

Build profts or relationships with fresh eggs?

There are lots of advantages that come out of being in a healthy marriage.  A healthy marriage takes work, and lots of communication, especially about financial matters. Over time, I’ve come to view differences of opinion on money matters with my wife less as argument, but more as different perspective.  Partners have different ways of looking at money, and taking both into consideration is better […]

Rebate site review: Ebates

Ebates was the first rebate site I used.  I’ve been a member since 2002.  The site has been around since 1998.  That’s last century, if you’re keeping track. I use rebate sites all the time.  Every chance I get, as a matter of fact!  For a miniscule amount of extra work, I can save a few dollars or even more than a few on a lot of online purchases. Using Ebates is simple: Sign up for an Ebates ac […]

Five things about discarded items that shouldn’t scare you off

It’s not a secret that people give away or throw away lots and lots of stuff.  Stuff that’s outlasted its usefulness.  Stuff that’s broken.  Stuff that reminded them every day of their lousy purchase. We’ve gotten useful castaway items right from within our subdivision.  We scored a nearly-complete set of patio furniture that just needed a little bit of cleaning. […]

When is it NOT okay to spend money?

The blog A Young Pro had this year-old article in his Twitter feed recently.  The title: “When is it Okay to Spend Money?” He recounts the story of a really bad week with his car.  He gets in an accident, and then locks his only set of car keys in the car, while the car was running. If it were I, the only thing more depressing would be finding out that my daughter has started listening to Hanson. […]

A common calling is a good deal

Statistically, I’ve passed the midpoint of my life.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been thinking more about calling, and legacy.  Calling, in my mind, is the most important thing I can do, which would be the most difficult for someone else to do had I not done it.  Legacy, in my mind, are the traces of my life left here after I’m gone. Calling is something that both my wife and I have been talking ab […]

The other half of the personal finance battle

A high school friend posted a link to this Mother Jones commentary on an Economist article dealing with education in personal finance. The main point brought out is that “courses in personal finance do not appear to have an impact on adult behaviour.”  The article specifically mentions that financial education had no impact on degree of saving. Knowing is half the battle … I either never learned a […]