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 53)

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. […]

Friday Fiscals: Snowy Saturday edition

We currently have snow up to our knees, with the prospect of another 18 hours or so of snowfall!  We’re hunkering down, making sure roofs don’t cave in, etc. […]

Don’t be afraid to ask about what you don’t know

One of the most important rules of investing is this:  Don’t invest in anything you don’t understand. If you don’t understand stocks, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand options, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand futures contracts, don’t invest in them.  If you don’t understand credit default swaps, well … don’t worry, because no one understands them. […]

$150k plus $700/month for 175 square feet

Makes me wonder:  If I were to ask a New Yorker about the real estate collapse, they might tell me, “Real estate what?” Tough Money Love commented on Zaarath and Christopher Prokop’s postage-stamp real estate purchase: a 175-square-foot “microstudio” apartment, secured for the cool price of $150,000 plus a $700+/month maintenance fee.  He didn’t really know what to make of it.  Is it sad, stupid, […]

Five hidden ways to find extra money – even when money is tight

(This is a guest post from Kris Bickell. For more tips on getting out of debt and turning around your financial situation, visit www.debt-tips.com. You’ll learn the actual debt elimination tips he used to get completely out of debt.) If only money grew on trees … life would certainly be easier! But of course, it doesn’t. […]

Friday Fiscals: Two-dollar bill edition

The credit union had a bunch of two-dollar bills that someone had brought in.  No red seals, but they’re fun to spend anyway.  (Except at Best Buy.) Here are links of interest from my reader this week: New Consumerism Commentary staff writer Kelly Whalen writes on how persistence pays off. Five Cent Nickel writer Matt Jabs tells how to ask for discounts. Get Rich Slowly guest poster Mike Piper wo […]