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 9)

Review of Alan Corey’s The Subversive Job Search

A bit ago Alan Corey was kind enough to send me a copy of his newest book, The Subversive Job Search: How to Overcome a Lousy Job, Sluggish Economy, and Useless Degree to Create a Six-Figure Career.  (Now, that’s a subtitle!)  I was glad to receive it because I enjoyed his first book, A Million Bucks by 30. The one thing I noticed about this book is that he seemed so much happier in his author pho […]

Bargains and availability: just-in-time grocery shopping

We’ve saved a bit of money on some of our staple grocery items by not buying them in the store.  Services like Amazon’s Subscribe and Save and Walmart’s Home Free™ Shipping let us get a number of items we use regularly at quite a bit of savings. The problem with bargains Buying from here works great … except when it doesn’t.  Apparently we’re not the only ones that have found these great deals, an […]

Repairing your washing machine is a bargain

Perhaps you’ve experienced this.  You’re going about a typical day at home.  You’re catching up on some homework (or housework), playing with the kids, or spending time with your roommates or significant other. Then, you hear this banging in the next room that is enough to wake the dead.  Your clothes washer is in rebellion, it’s mad as all get-out, and it’s not going to take it anymore.  So you g […]

Credit card protection from Chase that I didn’t know that I had

Our primary credit card was compromised.  Again. We noticed a spurious $9.84 charge when looking over our Chase Sapphire statement.  A quick visit to the website and a bit of Googling revealed the bad news. So we called up Chase, reported the transaction, and they credited it back to us, no questions asked (they’re good like that).  They canceled our current card, and rushed us a new one for free, […]

Should you cheapen a vacation?

A friend recently took her family to Walt Disney World over the holiday break, as many families do. (She gave me permission to write about this, by the way.) Hurricane season is over, and, well, it’s cold in a lot of the country. It’s usually not cold in Florida this time of year. And a Walt Disney World vacation isn’t known for being on the inexpensive side. […]

Thirty-one ABC’s as we enter 2014

Last night we rang in 2014.  This article on Cracked (fair warning: strong language and not really safe for work) talked about six harsh truths that will make you a better person. And harsh, it is.  I don’t necessarily agree that we are nothing more than our value to other people.  But as far as learning new skills, it’s spot on. One of the video clips is Alec Baldwin’s “ABC” speech in Glengarry G […]

Holiday money: Spend it or save it?

While some people think that it’s crass to give gift cards or cash as presents, I’m just fine with it. A gift card can show thought just as much as any other gift, especially if you know what the person likes and can give a gift card to a store that they like. And if you’re of the opinion that gift cards are good, then cash is even better. It’s the most fungible of gifts. […]

Why you should be scrutinizing every transaction

There’s no good time for a company to have a financial security breach, but it’s hard to find a worse time to have one than the start of the holiday shopping season. […]

Nice pants (price) – racing to the bottom with loss leaders

JC Penney’s will be luring customers into its stores with pants priced at under two bucks this holiday season.  I do give them quite a bit of credit on that one.  Among discounted Blu-Ray players, large screen TVs, and laptops, pants at better than thrift store prices is so … ordinary.  But so practical!  If I were to try for one (or a dozen) of these, I might have a shot.  I wouldn’t have had to […]