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)

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? […]

Bean foot warmers: A great use for out-of-date dried beans

I know that I’ve mentioned before that my wife knows how to do many things well.  She’s very handy.  And today, she managed to put something together that not only got rid of some dried beans that were a bit past their use-by date — OK, over three years past — but made some money in the process! A friend of ours had had these corn warmers for years.  They were flannel strips a bit under two feet l […]

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 […]