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 42)

On living debt-free, including the mortgage

Although it’s not quite dinner conversation yet, talking about family finances with other people is getting to be less taboo.  This is a good thing, because the forces at work that aim to part us from our money are more devious, stronger, and more numerous than they were fifty years ago. A big part of family finances, of course, centers around debt: credit card debt, car loan debt, student loan de […]

Ten daily money wasters (or occasional splurges)

MSN MoneyCentral has produced a list of ten things that people waste money on every day.  I agree that, most of the time, the items on this list are money-wasters.  There are always exceptions though.  Here are my comments on the list: Lottery tickets. […]

My daughter groks negotiation … kinda

I have no doubt that my daughter understands negotiation.  I don’t have to go any farther than the dinner table. JP (my daughter): “Daddy, can I be excused?” Me:  “You need to finish your dinner first.” Three minutes later, pointing to her plate: JP:  “How’s this, Daddy?” Me:  “You’re not done yet.” Two minutes later, pointing to her plate again: JP:  “How’s this, Daddy?” Me:  “Three more bites an […]

Get cash back for flowers and more this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that brings out the procrastinator in guys.  And boy — any place that sells flowers knows this.  The prices double at our local grocery store for flowers on Valentine’s Day. But I’ll admit I don’t get soaked for flowers on Valentine’s Day for a couple of reasons, and it’s not because I don’t procrastinate.  First, our wedding anniversary is Groundhog Day, s […]

Five ways to pay down your mortgage without betting it all on Green Bay

As much as I follow football, I thought the Pittsbay Stackers and the Greenburgh Peelers were playing.  (But seriously, congratulations to the Packers.  Something needed to knock my rabid Steelers fan colleagues down a few notches.)  I caught this tweet from @blondeonabudget regarding the outcome of Super Bowl XLV: “My only regret was that I didn’t bet my mortgage.” – friend about Superbowl That’s […]

Here’s proof that I have a voice for silent film

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Chris Gaddis, host of the finance talk show “Money Train” on WIOX 91.3 FM in upstate New York.  We discussed how this blog got started in 2005 — man, it’s been a while! […]

Mighty Bargains for 3 February 2011

Here are a couple of great deals for you: Barnes & Noble isn’t one to be outdone.  Only a couple of weeks after Amazon.com dropped a 50% deal on a $20 gift certificate over at LivingSocial.com, Barnes & Noble has a Groupon.com deal going for 50% off a $20 gift certificate! […]

Why I won’t even think about paying for laundry services with gas

This is a lighthearted response to JD Roth’s laundry agreement that he has with his wife.  The sound-bite version of this fascinating agreement goes something like this: JD and his wife, Kris, have kept their finances separate throughout their marriage. JD despises doing laundry and would do it only if there were nothing clean left to wear.  He would hate every minute of doing the laundry, someti […]

Are refurbished low-end computers worth the money?

My wife’s laptop is showing signs of getting ready to fail, so I’ve been looking around for the past couple of days for replacement options.  Since “buy used when it makes sense” is one of the very best money-saving tips I can give, part of my research involved looking for quality used options. We’ve bought “open-box” computers at places like Circuit City (remember that chain?) and Best Buy, and t […]

Organizing for taxes and beyond, Part 2: Painting the broad strokes

In Part 1 of this series, I explained the motivation for cracking out Quicken to get a handle on our family’s finances for this year’s tax season and beyond.  I began by entering  our primary checking account’s transactions for 2010.  Along the way, I created accounts in Quicken for the other financial vehicles we have as they came up in our checking account transactions, but didn’t stop to enter […]