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 7)

Cheap and free Microsoft Office products

Software as a product is a strangely complex beast. Freeware, commercial software, open-source, closed source, crippleware, nagware, bloatware, software as a service, tiered usage, service contracts, upgrades — software comes in all kinds of flavors and reasons for disdain. And as someone who lived during the rise of Microsoft, we sure loved to hate Bill Gates and company, didn’t we? […]

Save money by overcoming the inconvenience barrier

A while back I bid on a new Keurig coffee machine at a silent auction.  I bid $80 and won.  (They went for $120 new.) Predictably, the $40 savings went out the window in only a few weeks with the additional amount we began to spend on the little K-Cups. It’s such a convenience to just pop one of the cups in there, listen to the little pump suck water from the reservoir, heat it up, and finally for […]

Why savers are a necessary evil for banks and credit unions

The credit union my family belongs to had their annual meeting a couple of weeks ago.  During the question and answer session, one of the members asked that the credit union look for ways to increase the rate of interest earned on savings accounts.  “They’re not paying a whole lot these days,” the member lamented. The board and the management listened and sympathized with her, while they gently re […]

A $6.30 tax bill insignificant? Think again

One of my friends in college purportedly had racked up dozens of parking tickets courtesy of the campus police.  He graduated, so either he took care of them before he left, or he never had to worry about them in the first place. A woman in Pennsylvania, however, lost her home over an amount less than most parking tickets.  Her home, which sold at auction for about $116,000 and which was reportedl […]

Treasure-hunting in your own house?

I’ll be one of the first to admit that I’m a pack rat.  I come from a proud line of pack rats.  Not quite hoarding-level, but that’s just one floor up from where I am. […]

Want to deduct your medical expenses? Try indoor parkour

Tax time.  It’s just around the corner.  Yay. But there’s a bright spot in figuring taxes for most of us:  deductions.  Those subtractions that pare down the adjusted gross income (AGI) that is the primary benchmark that determines your tax rate, and ultimately your tax.  There are a number of kinds of deductions.  One kind is a deduction for extensive medical or dental expenses that was first int […]

Review of The Safe Investor by Timothy McCarthy

I received a review copy of Timothy McCarthy’s The Safe Investor: How to Make Your Money Grow in a Volatile Global Economy a few weeks ago.  Any book that can give me at least one good idea is a win.  It usually covers the cost of a book, or an e-book, or a membership to a site.  This book had many good ideas for me. There are common threads among finance books, particularly personal finance books […]

Millionaire case studies: study and learn; find that one good idea

A while back my wife got me a mug that says “Future Millionaire” on it.  The statement on the mug for me is as true now as it was then.  o_O Though some people are predisposed to becoming millionaires, and some have greater obstacles in their path to do so, the path to millionare-ity isn’t rocket science: Spend less than you bring in. Save and invest the difference. Start early and behold the mag […]

Coins to save, and coins to spend

A few weeks ago we had lunch with some good friends.  During the festivities, I saw a wooden piggybank-like thing on a shelf above the kitchen sink, part of which was a lucite window that showed the contents. I asked, “So who was the cool person that gave you guys $2 bills?” Later in the afternoon they let me go through the contents of the bank.  It was a collection of interesting coins that they […]

Get rid of a cash back credit card? Why?

I very much like my rewards credit card.  One of the dumber things I’ve done is not getting one sooner.  I mean, it’s downright silly not to have one if you use the credit card for convenience only, and not for spending beyond your means.  The only thing better than free float is to be paid for it! Frugal Toad had a post that caught my attention:  Is it time to trade in your cash back credit card? […]