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 46)

Used clothes washers aren’t great deals for everyone

After giving myself a giant environmentally-friendly pat on the back for how green it was for me to buy a used washer and dryer, a big hole was pointed out in my argument. I had considered the costs of electricity and manufacturing, but neglected to consider water costs.  Commenter “First Step” points this out: I think you’re overlooking the real reason that the “efficient” washers are better for […]

I bought a used washer and dryer with a clear conscience

What’s more, there are likely a few more appliances that I’d be eager to buy used, even though there are more efficient, “greener” versions being made today. I mentioned in the roundup that we bought a used clothes washer and dryer.  We found the advertisement on our local Craigslist, went up, and found the set to be in very good shape.  A comparable set today would cost between $800 and $900, and […]

Friday Fiscals: Washer and dryer edition

Today we followed a lead on Craigslist to buy a two-year-old clothes washer and dryer set for a new house.  The price was about half of what a new set would cost, so we’re pleased.  We didn’t have a whole lot of time to get a set so we’re glad we got this deal. Here are some links of interest for you: Wise Bread writer Philip Brewer discusses ruthless frugality. Consumerism Commentary lists the f […]

I like my CDs and DVDs, thank you very much

Smart Money’s recent article, Ten things not to buy in 2010, listed the who’s who of soon-to-be-obsolete consumer products.  Among them:  CDs, DVDs, and newspapers. Newspapers, I can understand, especially after seeing a comedian absolutely decimate the folks at the New York Times.  (Though I do fully recognize their point that news gathering is expensive and dangerous.  But that’s veering off-top […]

Credit card companies can profit from Haiti donations all they want

This Huffington Post article puts a big spotlight on all of the money that credit card companies and banks are making by being the broker of donations to charities that support rescue and aid over in Haiti: About 97 percent of these donations will actually make it to the designated organizations — but the other 3 percent will be skimmed off by banks and credit card companies to cover their “transa […]

Friday Fiscals: Five-year-old daughter edition

My daughter turned five Wednesday.  Like a snap of the fingers, it seems.  (She really needs to quit growing up so fast!) Here are some links of interest from this past week: Sweating the Big Stuff debates how to use the second half of his signing bonus windfall. The Balanced Spreadsheet discusses how to update your own budget. Five Cent Nickel is now debt-free.  (Congratulations!) Free Money Fin […]

A retirement attitude adjustment?

Once in a while at work I hear one of my coworkers talking about their retirement portfolios, usually about how badly it’s been hit the past couple of years. One particular time I was cleaning out my lunch dishes and was overhearing a friend and another coworker talking.  Her portfolio had taken a hit (like many others) because of the stock market.  (We have a tax-deferred defined contribution pla […]

A whopping $1.02 for my daughter’s two aquarium souvenirs

As I mentioned in the roundup, we all were at my wife’s oceanside quilting retreat.  I came down to watch my daughter for the weekend, and our main activity on Saturday was going to the Virginia Aquarium. It was quite a treat:  700,000 gallons of aquarium as well as sprinklings of other kinds of habitat.  What an incredible display of marine life it was.  Some of the staff was there to assist us i […]

Friday Fiscals: Oceanside quilting edition

We’re down at a beach resort for a mini-retreat for my wife’s quilting guild.  Lots and lots of sewing for my wife, and lots of time with my daughter for me. Here are some articles that caught my eye this week: No Credit Needed demonstrates that it’s never too early in the year to do some financial spring cleaning. Free Money Finance launches PF March Madness 2010. Five Cent Nickel staff writer […]

Packaging can cost an arm and a leg

OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, especially when I’m about to talk about ketchup. I went grocery shopping with my wife last night, and in the condiment section, shockingly, I found various brands of ketchup.  The store brand came in a number of sizes.  Here are two of them: 20 ounces for $1.79 24 ounces on sale for 10/$10.00, otherwise known as $1.00 Sure, the 24-ounce size was on sale […]