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)

Wardrobing never was in style

I didn’t know that there was a term for “buying a piece of clothing with the intent of returning it after wearing it for one evening.”  It’s called wardrobing and it apparently cost stores nearly $9 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Bloomingdale’s is taking matters into its own hands to combat this practice.  The idea is simple:  large, conspicuous tags front and cent […]

Gift cards at these stores are just about as good as cash

Gift cards are not as liquid as cash.  Gift cards are good for most purchases at a particular store — or a particular set of stores — but nowhere else.  This is why there’s a secondary market for unwanted gift cards: People sell their unwanted gift cards for a discount to face value. They might sell to the buyer directly on eBay.  The buyer gets the card at a discount to face value. They might se […]

Americans are filthy rich, but you wouldn’t know it

Odds are good that you’ve heard of NBC’s Million Second Quiz, which is about half over now. If you haven’t, the premise is simple: The quiz is a million seconds long. You earn money by sitting in the Money Chair. You get into the Money Chair by beating the person in the Money Chair at a multiple-choice trivia quiz. […]

Deals have a really short fuse sometimes

There are a lot of bargain hunters out there, I just found out.  Deals are all over the place, of course, but the better-than-average ones get snagged really quickly. […]

Money Smart Guide’s scariest money mistake

(This is a guest post by Jon from Money Smart Guides, which encourages people to pay off their debt and invest in their future.  You can also like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter!) Over the course of my 34 year life, I’ve made plenty of boneheaded mistakes, like the time I just had to race the truck that was alongside me at a traffic light. […]

Dealing with old pets: When to let go and euthanize

Posts regularly make the rounds in personal finance blogs about the cost of pets. Pets are expensive. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever. I didn’t grow up with pets. I married a dog person (to the core), so her dogs moved in when she did. Dogs have helped my wife get through some of the toughest times in her life. […]

Bargains and customer service: Where’s the line?

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You get what you pay for.”  Usually there’s a very good reason that something is so inexpensive.  It’s essentially disposable, it tastes awful, or will fail exactly at the time when you need it to work. The same can be said for services.  A bargain basement wedding photographer might not bring redundant sets of equipment, and might miss catching your first da […]

Extra bang for your discounted gift card buck

Some ways of saving money may be more trouble than they’re worth.  There is always a tradeoff between time and money and in the end it’s not always a good idea to squeeze every last cent out of every purchase. There are other ways to save money that are really, really easy, and hardly take any time at all for what you save.  If you can do more than one at once, even better — and I’ll show you how […]

Earning extra income, One Cent At A Time

The following is a guest post from SB as part of a Yakezie blog swap. SB blogs at One Cent at a Time. My guest post on the same topic is up at his blog so, please check it out! I sincerely thank John for allowing me to guest post on his fabulous blog today. I have been blogging only for little over two years now. Nothing as compared to John’s experience in blogging.   (Nah, just stubbornness. […]

Being a dental cripple is expensive

At a dental checkup about ten years ago, the dentist lectured me as if I were in second grade after looking at my x-rays. No, really.  Something like:  “Well, well, well, boys and girls.  Someone hasn’t been taking care of their teeth, have they?” I distinctly remember the phrase boys and girls.  He used it twice. I listened to his condescending speech, and hid the fact that every square millimete […]