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 44)

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, […]

A six-pack of reasons not to buy in bulk

This article on MSN MoneyCentral puts the (usually) tried-and-true advice of buying in bulk on the chopping block, and lists fifteen things that are probably better not bought in bulk.  A few of them surprised me because they were items that I thought were great to buy in bulk. I’ll reorganize the list a little bit and summarize the big reasons why things shouldn’t be bought in bu […]

Free riding for fun and profit

AOL and I will never, ever be BFF.  EVER.  They even told me so.  Here’s my story: Let’s go waaaaaaay back to 2000.  Back to a time when every American’s mailbox was absolutely stuffed to the gills with AOL discs.  One fine mid-Atlantic day I wanted some World Wide Web on my computer.  I knew Netzero still had some free numbers around, but the only place I knew to find them was on […]

Review of Complicit by Mark Gilbert

The author’s marketing firm was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of Mark Gilbert’s new book called Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable. I enjoyed the book.  It was well-written.  (Mr. […]

Set your sights on open season preseason

Was chatting with a friend today who hadn’t been to a dentist in a while.  His teeth are apparently a lot stronger than mine are, as he’s never had a cavity, but he’s still a little leery about going there because of what he might need to have done. Fortunately, though, we both have some decent options for supplemental dental insurance through our employer.  The downside is that we can only change […]