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)

Friday Fiscals: Wii Fit Plus edition

My wife got Wii Fit Plus earlier this week and it makes you think on some of the games.  Nice build-on to Wii Fit.  Besides, what other game can I flap my arms and fly around in a giant bird suit? Here are some links of interest from my feed reader: Bible Money Matters comes through with a huge list of budgeting tools, finance software, and iPhone money applications. Tough Money Love wonders if L […]

Convenience credit card users are not perfect customers

This article on MSN Money misses a bit in the title: Banks punish perfect customers The article is another one on how credit card companies are hitting otherwise conscientious users with annual fees.  The users that are being targeted now are those who pay their bills on time and don’t carry a balance. These are not perfect customers as far as the bank is concerned.  They are close to the worst, a […]

Carnival of Debt Reduction time!

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Debt Reduction! I’m very pleased that more of the submissions are on-topic. […]

Friday Fiscals: Oof-tah!

Here are some posts of interest from my feed reader: Generation X Finance shows how to get your cheap books and movies. Free Money Finance tells us what not to aspire to:  being at the bottom of the financial barrel. Wise Bread hones the fine art of haggling for a great deal on a used car. The Simple Dollar discusses stress and overspending. Get Rich Slowly alerts us to the pitfalls of buying in […]

Review of Phil Villarreal’s Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel

I requested a review copy of Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel, and the first time the book was sent out, somehow it got lost in the mail.  The publicist contacted me to ask if I was going to review it, and I said that I never remembered seeing it. They sent me another copy, and looking back, I really wish that I hadn’t responded to that e-mail. Many of the tips in this book will quickly and efficient […]

Seniors lose $10,000? Huh?

I got suckered into reading this article on MSN from the title: A $10,000 Social Security hit There was a stock photo of two obviously very depressed seniors right next to that headline.  At first I thought, “Man, the other shoe dropped fast!” but the article revealed the context of the $10,000:  no cost-of-living adjustment for 2010. Here’s the math on how “no adjustment for inflation next year” […]

Here’s the one thing you can absolutely count on in this economy

This economic downturn hasn’t been kind to a lot of people.  Jobs that haven’t been taken away from people have had their hours cut, their workload increased, or their cost of living allowances taken away. […]

More discussion on charging your tithe

On last week’s post on whether you should be able to put your tithe on a credit card, I received a well thought-out response from commenter Brian.  I’ll reprint it here, and discuss it. I work with more than 800 mainline protestant churches in Ohio. I say the credit card issue reflects larger issues in the church: The world is not the same that it was in the 50’s. […]

Eliminate expenses that have no relevance anymore

Getting a bolstered emergency fund is a great idea now.  (It usually is, but now especially.)  One way to get to a decent cushion is to spend less so that the extra can go into savings. Many kinds of expenses can be cut, but the easiest ones to eliminate are ones that you probably won’t miss anyway.  Expenses like the following: Seasonal expenses. […]

Friday Fiscals: Tearing up the carpet

We’re ditching our wall-to-wall carpet in much of our house in favor of some laminate flooring.  Our dogs don’t quite know what to do with the new hard surfaces. Anyway, some links of interest for you: Wise Bread serves up a guest post on seventeen resources for improving your small business. Five Cent Nickel writer Matt Jabs discusses financial peace through planning. Generation X Finance runs d […]