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)

Comparing fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages

The majority of Americans are homeowners, and many of them carry mortgages for much of their adult lives, if not all of it.  A mortgage is a loan that has a house as collateral, and it’s usually the biggest loan a family will take out. In this post, I’ll describe and compare two kinds of mortgages:  fixed-rate mortgages and adjustable-rate mortgages.  Hopefully this will help you […]

Review of Gregory Karp’s The 1-2-3 Money Plan

(Thanks to Suburban Dollar for including this post in the Carnival of Personal Finance!) Well, my Bargaineering Bucks were burning a virtual hole in my electronic pseudo bank account, so I bid on Gregory Karp’s The 1-2-3 Money Plan: The Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart, and won the auction. I was impressed with the book.  It covers a broad variety of finan […]

So what about Italian gold?

Commenter Marlene on my post on how to value gold jewelry asked this: Is 14k Italian gold different in price than gold in the USA? The answer depends on which gold price we’re talking about. On the one hand, there is the retail price of the gold jewelry.  This is what you’d pay at a jewelry store, secondhand store, or pawn shop.  I’m by no means an expert on Italian-made gold jewe […]

Getting in at the end of yard sales isn’t all bad

This weekend we went to a yard sale at the YMCA.  The yard sale was an event to raise money for the Kids’ Spot; people wanting to sell stuff bought a spot within the event, and this money went toward Kids’ Spot. Amongst a bunch of other things we had demanding our attention, we got the ending time of the sale wrong.  We had thought that we would have an hour or so at the sale, but […]

To smartphone or not to smartphone?

My cell phone is on its last legs.  I have to insert the phone very carefully into the charger now, or else it won’t charge up.  For the nine (or so) years I’ve used a cell phone I haven’t upgraded as soon as my provider would allow me to. I did feel a little bit of urgency to upgrade to some kind of smartphone (either an iPhone or an Android) when I heard that my carrier soon was […]

One of my favorite four-letter words

Earlier today I was walking around our subdivision with my family.  Once around is about 0.6 miles, so it’s at least a little bit of exercise for me. We had walked only a few houses down the first bend when we saw a gas grill and a patio furniture set lined up at the curb. With a cardboard sign duct-taped to the table that said “FREE.” Man, I love that word! The grill was in prett […]

V from Violent Acres and I might have something in common

Totally on a lark I visited the blog Violent Acres after staying away for a long time. The points that “V” makes in her posts are frequently flashes of brilliance, despite all of the cursing. […]

Review: Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market?

A few months back I received a complimentary review copy of Mariusz Skonieczny’s Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? which claims to help you “[l]earn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market. This book was a very easy, quick read, and was very clear.  Mr. […]

Frequent flier, minus the airplane

Banking of late hasn’t been much to laugh about, but a couple of days ago I heard a term that gave me a pretty big laugh: frequent flier (n.): a credit union member who makes regular use of overdraft privilege on their checking account. Our credit union currently offers a couple of similar services:  overdraft protection, and overdraft privilege.  Overdraft protection is an automa […]

A quick lesson in Guitar Center-ese

I recently purchased a keyboard at Guitar Center:  an open-box Yamaha DGX-230 Portable Grand.  I’ve been working with a trumpet player who has a need for a keyboard player that can back him in a performance all by himself; a keyboard like this can do the trick.  I played it in the store, asked a few questions since I wasn’t 100% sure the keyboard had all of the featured I’d need, […]