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 6)

You counting down the days until Christmas yet?

Retailers are. A Facebook friend snapped a picture from his local Walmart.  The sign read  “Days Until Christmas: 47.” When I was young, I made an advent chain out of red and green construction paper.  I hung it on one of the lights in my room, and tore off one link of the chain each day until Christmas.  If I did my math correctly, that last link would be Christmas Day. I’m pretty sure the earlie […]

A $96 hold on the debit card … for one tank of gas

I overheard a conversation at customer service at my financial institution as I was standing in line for the teller.  Someone had an issue with their debit card. The cause was a $96 hold from a gas station.  The customer service rep then said that they recommend that customers choose the “credit” option rather than the “debit” option, if they’re offered it.  (Apparently this person chose the “debi […]

Why do coupon redemption rules require an engineering degree?

I know that my wife tolerates a lot.  Even though she’ll say that I’m worlds different than when we first got married, I still occasionally work on increasing my troll level.  You know — for trolling.  I’m getting really close to Level 46. Before we went to Costco for some hot and heavy unit pricing action, we went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts.  (Well, my wife went there first, and my daughter and […]

A virtually zero-cost celebration as you pay down debt

After blogging in the money niche for a while, I’ve read a lot of stories about people paying down debt.  The utter relief — and emotion — of finally reaching the end of a long, hard journey are amazing to read about. Prior to that, it’s hard work, planning, cutting, scrimping, laboring — and perhaps a lot of wishing and wanting.  Wishing that they hadn’t taken on so much debt on silly things, — o […]

One more unit pricing gotcha: dosage

After church today we went into town for a few things.  We stopped in at Costco. One of the items on our list was gummy multivitamins.  (Yes, I know, these are quite a bit more expensive than tablets that get chased down with water.  However, if these get people to look forward to taking their vitamins, that’s half the battle there.) We’ve tried gummy vitamins as well as vitamins that have the cru […]

Ten more ways being fat costs money

A couple of days ago, I asked my fit Facebook friends for recommendations on a starter strength training plan to complement an aerobic exercise plan.  Because I’m Really Serious This Time™ about losing weight. When I heard the story of a North Dakota woman who was to hand out “fat letters” to obese kids instead of candy this Halloween, part of me could see the value in it (even if it would alienat […]

When welfare meets unjust enrichment

In the middle of last month, a maintenance power outage caused the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system to go down in 17 states.  One side effect of this was the disappearance of spending limits on the cards at checkout. Xerox, the company in charge of those servers and for providing EBT services to state governments, had a phone-in service in place that merchants could use, which would indica […]

Choose your life’s mate wisely

This might seem to be a bit of an odd post on a personal finance and bargain website. But it’s one of the more important choices that people make in a lifetime. […]

Unit pricing can tell an interesting story

Even though our $80 Keurig machine isn’t ending up to be much of a bargain, we do still buy K-cups for the thing.  They’re convenient and decent in a pinch, and cost less than buying coffee out. Costco regularly has good deals on K-cups.  They end up being about half the price of what we’d pay in a grocery store. Costco sells several brands.  We looked at the unit pricing, and almost bought one ki […]

Effectively (and ethically) participating in online surveys for fun and profit

My wife enjoys Starbucks.  Following the pinch of furloughs and the like, though, she has held back on Starbucks — especially after they discontinued offering free soy with her gold membership.  (Apparently a lot of people took advantage of it.  Duh!) With MyPoints, though, I’ve been able to get a $25 Starbucks card once every few months or so, through a combination of clicking on a few e-mail lin […]