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)

Five ways to pay down your mortgage without betting it all on Green Bay

As much as I follow football, I thought the Pittsbay Stackers and the Greenburgh Peelers were playing.  (But seriously, congratulations to the Packers.  Something needed to knock my rabid Steelers fan colleagues down a few notches.)  I caught this tweet from @blondeonabudget regarding the outcome of Super Bowl XLV: “My only regret was that I didn’t bet my mortgage.” – friend about Superbowl That’s […]

Here’s proof that I have a voice for silent film

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Chris Gaddis, host of the finance talk show “Money Train” on WIOX 91.3 FM in upstate New York.  We discussed how this blog got started in 2005 — man, it’s been a while! […]

Mighty Bargains for 3 February 2011

Here are a couple of great deals for you: Barnes & Noble isn’t one to be outdone.  Only a couple of weeks after Amazon.com dropped a 50% deal on a $20 gift certificate over at LivingSocial.com, Barnes & Noble has a Groupon.com deal going for 50% off a $20 gift certificate! […]

Why I won’t even think about paying for laundry services with gas

This is a lighthearted response to JD Roth’s laundry agreement that he has with his wife.  The sound-bite version of this fascinating agreement goes something like this: JD and his wife, Kris, have kept their finances separate throughout their marriage. JD despises doing laundry and would do it only if there were nothing clean left to wear.  He would hate every minute of doing the laundry, someti […]

Are refurbished low-end computers worth the money?

My wife’s laptop is showing signs of getting ready to fail, so I’ve been looking around for the past couple of days for replacement options.  Since “buy used when it makes sense” is one of the very best money-saving tips I can give, part of my research involved looking for quality used options. We’ve bought “open-box” computers at places like Circuit City (remember that chain?) and Best Buy, and t […]

Organizing for taxes and beyond, Part 2: Painting the broad strokes

In Part 1 of this series, I explained the motivation for cracking out Quicken to get a handle on our family’s finances for this year’s tax season and beyond.  I began by entering  our primary checking account’s transactions for 2010.  Along the way, I created accounts in Quicken for the other financial vehicles we have as they came up in our checking account transactions, but didn’t stop to enter […]

Snag a $20 Amazon.com gift card for $10

I’m a tad late to the party on this one, but if you act within the next nine hours or so, you can snag a $20 Amazon.com gift card for only $10 at LivingSocial.com! This is pretty rare. Unlike most other online merchants, Amazon.com usually doesn’t have a lot of coupons floating around.  Even rebate portal sites like Mr. […]

Our big spending weakness

One big advantage of tracking the categories of personal spending is that you can see where the weak spots are — categories that have grown a little too big for their britches and are ripe for cutting down to size. As I pile through a year’s worth of financial statements in time for taxes, in order to make tax time easier and to get some financial organization in place, these trends will reveal th […]

Organizing for taxes and beyond, Part 1: Breaking out Quicken

This weekend I told my newsletter subscribers that I was starting up on my taxes.  Since I have about three months left, there’s plenty of time to try to do it right, and set up an organized set of financial records in the process.  I’m starting with a lot of financial statements, a whole box of receipts, and check registers. This series of posts, entitled “Organizing for Taxes and Beyond,” will f […]

Allowances for allowances

Kimberly Palmer, senior editor for US News and World Report and author of Generation Earn (see my review) posted yesterday on the smart way to pay kids an allowance.  She drew on statements from several experts who had researched the way children responded to different kinds of exposure to money from their parents. What I got from the article was that there are benefits and drawbacks to just about […]