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 8)

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 […]

Why is failure a bargain?

I was a high-school salutatorian.  More often than I’d care to admit, I translate that word as “first loser.”  (I married a high-school valedictorian.) Most people don’t like to fail.  They especially don’t like to fail in front of people.  Plainly: it’s embarrassing.  Your check was in the mail.  You were called bluffing a two-seven offsuit. Actually, it goes beyond dislike and embarrassment.  Ma […]

Plowing through a furlough: Reducing dependence on one employer

No sooner than the furloughs from sequestration were over, many government employees were facing another one — this time due to a government shutdown. That part looks to be over for the time being, but could reappear at the beginning of calendar year 2014 as the stopgap funding bill expires.  For government employees, what was smooth sailing now has a persistent choppiness. It’s just business Jump […]

The Mighty Bargain Hunter Cash Back Comparison Tool

Rebate sites are an extremely easy way to save money on online purchases.  You can keep a bit more of your money in your pocket as you shop online simply by clicking through these sites instead of visiting the store directly! Just like no grocery store always has the best prices, no rebate site always has the highest rebate for a particular store.  It pays to shop around! Which is why I’m proud to […]