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)

There’s great information right where you endorse your checks

I did my best today to clear away the stuff that was on my desk.  (I can actually see the surface again!) In the process I found a little pamphlet entitled “Teach Children About Money.”  It really is little — a single tri-fold piece of paper that’s smaller than a standard sheet of paper — but there’s quite a bit of information in there.  Then I found another one with the title “Back in the Black: […]

Get a year-end bonus? Do something responsible with it

No really, that isn’t a joke:  Some people did get bonuses this year, and they weren’t even bank executives! Got a tip to this CNN Money feature on how seven people will spend their year-end bonus.  (One of the featured people is Danielle Liss, also known as The Frugal Lawyer.) The bonuses for these seven ranged from $77 to over $50,000.  Though it isn’t apparent from the captions on the pictures, […]

Waiting for the $5 million ball to drop

The New Year’s ball that dropped in Times Square last year cost about $5 million.  Five million dollars: Throw off $50,000 per year, even at 1% interest Stretch over 484 miles in $1 bills laid end-to-end Is accrued on the US National Debt every two and a half minutes Would weigh over 17 tons in Lincoln cents Would put you in the top 0.1% of salary earners Was only five days worth of spending for […]

Staple food items for 15% off on Amazon

My wife and I have recently discovered the wonders of raw organic agave nectar for sweetening tea and other things.  (It’s low-glycemic index, and it doesn’t overpower the taste of what we’re sweetening the way honey or maple syrup does.) We tried a small bottle from the grocery store, and like it enough that we want a supply of it.  Amazon.com carries the brand we use at a price substantially che […]

Your calling doesn’t necessarily fund your retirement by itself

The Simple Dollar recently offered up a post on retirement planning for a low-income career, aimed at people like some of his friends who have “made the financially difficult choice to follow their heart” into careers that are very fulfilling, much needed and, perhaps consequently, low-paying. The advice he offers, in broad strokes, is (a) automatic investment in a Roth IRA, even if it’s only $20 […]

What is financial retirement?

As I was scrolling through my feed on Facebook I was intrigued by the title of this post over at Debt Free Adventure: Financial Retirement – How to Get There Faster The post slug suggests what the post is actually about:  being a laborer vs. […]

Would you like some McWiFi with that?

Wireless internet access is becoming the new air conditioning: something to put on your sign to draw in customers. In a few weeks, McDonald’s will be nixing its $2.95 per 2 hours wi-fi fee for customers, apparently in an effort to take another bite out of Starbucks with its new McCafe offerings. Yeah, I’d tap into that, especially on a day trip up to the parents.  Why not bring the laptop in to ch […]

Pay off your car loan before other debts?

If you have several debts that need paying off, there are a number of basic strategies to accomplishing this.  Each one has its own pros and cons.  I’ll talk about three that have made the rounds, and introduce a fourth that is a bit different. Make extra payments on the debt with the lowest balance first. […]

A quickie cheap treat for folks in the middle of a White Christmas

Merry Christmas!  We’re at my wife’s parents today celebrating Jesus’s birthday. If you’ve had a lot of snow (as we have) here’s a quick treat if you have some (real) maple syrup around and a candy thermometer: Collect some snow in a bowl.  (Make sure the snow is all right, meaning that it’s all white.) Bring some maple syrup up to the “softball” temperature, 230 degrees F. Spoon out the hot syru […]

Inflation is to cart as COLA is to horse

I suppose in some ways it might look like zero inflation is bad for you.  After all: Social Security checks don’t go up. Marginal tax bracket cutoffs don’t go up. The standard federal income tax deduction doesn’t go up. Interest rates on savings accounts are in the basement. Etc., etc., etc. These bad things are all distractions from what’s really happening. […]