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)

Why I got over being scared of cooking

I do a few things pretty well. Cooking hasn’t been one of them. For a surprisingly long time I’ve been able to get by knowing hardly the first thing about preparing a hot meal: Through high school my parents prepared the meals. Through college I had a meal plan. Through graduate school I only did very basic cooking (rice, pasta, etc.) and used what little disposable income I had after my stipend […]

Swagbucks.com’s new gift card site (bonus inside)

Swagbucks.com is a website that rewards its members with points (called SB) that can be redeemed for gift cards and other goodies. Over the years I’ve earned hundreds of dollars in Amazon gift cards (my favorite!) for searching the internet, answering easy polls, watching a few videos, and telling people about Swagbucks.com. This morning Swagbucks.com sent me an email announcing MyGiftCardsPlus.co […]

Six spending habits of fiendishly frugal people

A friend of ours was paid a pretty high compliment. I heard things about the finances of a successful community event during a committee meeting a few weeks ago.  Specifically, after the accounting was done, it ended up squarely in the black financially. The person reporting out in the committee meeting credited much of the financial outcome to our friend, because she was “fiendishly frugal.” What […]

Six evident skills theatre majors have

At FinCon15 I attended a talk delivered by Stefanie O’Connell, who blogs at The Broke and Beautiful Life, among other activities.  Her talk at FinCon outlined how to become an expert at something without official expertise, and gave as an example how she built a reputation as a finance expert for the millennial age group. At the beginning of the talk Stefanie briefly mentioned her theatre backgrou […]

Be an underachiever for the best discounts

Pretty much any discount or reward can be expressed like this: Get << awesome reward >> when you << do X >>. Here, << awesome reward >> can be something like: 7% cash back free shipping 10,000 airline miles 50% off a set of paring knives etc. And << do X >> is something like: sign up and confirm your email address place an order of $100 or more request an insurance quote print and redeem a groc […]

Five spending roadblocks to save money

A great way to save more money is to make it harder to spend it.  Here are five ways to do just that. Jim over at Wallet Hacks posted on five money-saving hacks backed by science.  Since my training is in science, this intrigued me. Each of the five hacks is only a few words, and each is actionable immediately, especially the first one: “Set one savings goal, leave roadblocks.” That little bit of […]

Pay in a lump sum, or in installments?

If you have the option of paying for something in full, or paying for it in installments, which method do you choose?  A number of factors play into making a wise decision. It’s good advice to consider expensive purchases carefully before buying.  And the more expensive the purchase, the more consideration you should give.  A good rule of thumb is to wait one day for each $100 that the item costs. […]

Is a health care sharing ministry a good deal?

There was a good question asked over at the Money StackExchange site dealing with an alternative to conventional health insurance called a health care sharing ministry. The cogent parts of the question are below: … The basic idea of a health share is that it is a non-profit organization where members pledge to pay a certain amount of one another’s medical expenses. […]

Seven-point checklist for healthcare credit cards

Pets are expensive.  Not as expensive as children, but still expensive.  Costs can vary widely, but a cost of five figures over the 12- to 14-year lifetime of a dog is easy to hit. One of our dogs had a leg injury recently that will set us back a bit.  When we asked our vet about payment plans, she gave us a brochure for a healthcare credit card. On the face of it, the healthcare credit card offer […]

Cheap school supplies aren’t just for school!

Our local Walmart stores really bring down prices for school supplies in the last weeks of summer.  Maybe yours do too.  Take advantage of this. A few days ago our family was playing Boggle.  (This game was a yard sale find.)  We each have our own single-subject spiral notebook when we play. When my wife said that hers was almost full, I admit my face lit up a bit. […]