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)

Frequent flier, minus the airplane

Banking of late hasn’t been much to laugh about, but a couple of days ago I heard a term that gave me a pretty big laugh: frequent flier (n.): a credit union member who makes regular use of overdraft privilege on their checking account. Our credit union currently offers a couple of similar services:  overdraft protection, and overdraft privilege.  Overdraft protection is an automa […]

A quick lesson in Guitar Center-ese

I recently purchased a keyboard at Guitar Center:  an open-box Yamaha DGX-230 Portable Grand.  I’ve been working with a trumpet player who has a need for a keyboard player that can back him in a performance all by himself; a keyboard like this can do the trick.  I played it in the store, asked a few questions since I wasn’t 100% sure the keyboard had all of the featured I’d need, […]

A six-pack of reasons not to buy in bulk

This article on MSN MoneyCentral puts the (usually) tried-and-true advice of buying in bulk on the chopping block, and lists fifteen things that are probably better not bought in bulk.  A few of them surprised me because they were items that I thought were great to buy in bulk. I’ll reorganize the list a little bit and summarize the big reasons why things shouldn’t be bought in bu […]

Free riding for fun and profit

AOL and I will never, ever be BFF.  EVER.  They even told me so.  Here’s my story: Let’s go waaaaaaay back to 2000.  Back to a time when every American’s mailbox was absolutely stuffed to the gills with AOL discs.  One fine mid-Atlantic day I wanted some World Wide Web on my computer.  I knew Netzero still had some free numbers around, but the only place I knew to find them was on […]

Review of Complicit by Mark Gilbert

The author’s marketing firm was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of Mark Gilbert’s new book called Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable. I enjoyed the book.  It was well-written.  (Mr. […]

Set your sights on open season preseason

Was chatting with a friend today who hadn’t been to a dentist in a while.  His teeth are apparently a lot stronger than mine are, as he’s never had a cavity, but he’s still a little leery about going there because of what he might need to have done. Fortunately, though, we both have some decent options for supplemental dental insurance through our employer.  The downside is that we can only change […]

Going nuts at yard sales and auctions is SO out

Once in a great while we really internalize something about managing money. Auctions and yard sales used to be a weakness of mine.  I’d go stark-raving crazy buying up all of these bargains for (a) things I had an immediate use for, (b) things I didn’t have an immediate use for, but were such a good deal, and (c) things I had no need for, but thought I could resell.  Some of the things in (b) and […]

Complement what Mr. and Mrs. Jones have

Our new subdivision has a lot of families with kids, which is a great thing for our five-year-old daughter.  Her new playmates, of course, have lots of new toys that they’re often very happy to share. At our previous house, the owners had bought a slide and swing playset that our daughter used a fair bit.  Our new home, as nice at it is, didn’t convey with one, so we have a blank slate to deal wit […]

Carnival of Personal Finance: Unanswered Questions Edition

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance!  I’m your host this week. This may come as a shock to everyone but my wife, but I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t know everything. […]