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 47)

Discounted gift cards and merchandise with Penny Drop

Gift cards can have their downside but they can also be used to good benefit, especially if you expect to spend them soon and if you can get them at a discount. I’ve gotten a number of Amazon.com gift cards for searching the web over at Swagbucks.  I’ve also gotten quite a few gift cards for free just for reading a few e-mails through MyPoints. Recently someone told me about a new Facebook applica […]

Know your limitations when you do it yourself

Doing things yourself, especially home repairs, can be a big money saver.  The main reason it can be a big money-saver, of course, is because you’re putting your own labor into the job rather than paying someone else to do it for you. I didn’t say that it’s definitely a big money-saver.  A home repair could end up costing more to do it yourself than to have a professional come in to do it, for a n […]

Welcome to the Carnival of Debt Reduction

Thanks for visiting!  Here are this week’s debt-reduction related posts: Steadfast Finances runs through several thought-provoking quotes on debt and paying interest. Debt Eagle show how to do debt settlement yourself. Silicon Valley Blogger warns about refund anticipation loans. The Smarter Wallet discusses the Dave Ramsey cash-only diet. Do You Dave Ramsey? […]

I’m jealous how well Lowe’s treated my wife

Lowe’s puts out scratch-and-dent appliances regularly.  These are display models, appliances that got slightly damaged by a forklift, or customer returns.  They’ll knock down the price for someone who doesn’t mind a little blemish on the appliance, or one that’s slightly used. We’ve gotten a few good deals with scratch and dent appliances, but for me the shopping experience hasn’t been the same ki […]

Four budgets you absolutely have to make

A couple of days ago I went to a one-day financial planning class.  I got a few nuggets out of the class and I’ll share one with you here. The instructor spent a few minutes on creating a working budget.  This part was pretty standard.  If you don’t have Quicken fired up, then Take a standard list of common spending categories, Gather up a month’s bank statements and pay stubs, and Categorize the […]

Money Hacks Carnival: Middle Name Pride Day Edition

Happy Middle Name Pride Day, everyone!  There seems to be a bit of inconsistency as to what the proper day to celebrate MNPD is – Holiday Insights says that it’s “always March 10th” whereas the Wikipedia article says it’s on the Friday of the first full week of March as one of a number of festive days of Celebrate Your Name Week. But no matter.  In the spirit of Middle Name Pride Day, whether on t […]

Friday Fiscals: Flush valve edition

We’re in our new home (albeit with boxes and such).  Tonight I started tackling one of the toilets in an attempt to replace a shot flush valve.  It won for tonight until I can get a bigger wrench. Squawkfox explains how to make a budget in an “unboring” way. Wise Bread reveals the one question that might get you free money if you’re shown the door by your employer. Free Money Finance asks, “When […]

J. Money is a slacker

He really is. I’m not talking about his blog.  He’s not a slacker there.  The guy is a finalist for no less than seven Plutus Awards, one of which is for his PF Blogger Showdown series. […]

Would you out a friend’s spending patterns on Facebook?

A few weeks ago I received word of a Facebook application called Buddy Bailout.  It’s a spin on the giant corporate bailouts that have happened recently, and in part it plays on people’s thinking: “Why can’t I get a bailout, too?  I sure could use one.” Maybe one of that person’s friends (a) knows that they could use one, too, and (b) wants to point out the main reason why they’re in the position […]

Woe to the lender who guesses wrong

The standard Settlement Statement, the HUD-1, just got a makeover this December.  The extra page is an extra burden on lenders to get the Good Faith Estimate right the first time. Last week at the closing for our new house, we got a small bonus courtesy of the new requirements.  The expenses are broken down into three categories based on how closely the actual charges have to agree with those on t […]