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)

Rebate websites with sign-up bonuses

There are some ways to spend less money that are so easy, and so hassle-free, that it’s almost a no-brainer to use. This is true of rebate websites:  websites that give you cash back simply for clicking through their site on the way to the place you want to shop. This free money comes from the stores themselves.  Many stores have affiliate programs, which mean that a website can earn money simply […]

Habitual returners: It’s even worse than I thought

A few weeks ago I posted on why habitually returning things to the store isn’t a bargain. I gave two main reasons why: It’s a poor use of time.  Returning stuff takes time — sometimes a lot of time.  Time isn’t free. You get on the store’s naughty list and could be refused business in the future. The latter point is probably the more convincing one.  It’s easier to imagine lost shopping privileg […]

When even 50% off of a new pop-up camper isn’t a bargain

There are times that I really wish there were a course in how to make one-time purchases.  The first time I bought a house I was incredibly naive and did just about everything in the book wrong.  Since I bought in 2001, I didn’t get caught buying at the top of the market, but I easily could have.  With big purchases like homes, pretty much everyone else involved in the transaction is not on your s […]

How to blow a chance at mortgage assistance

Lots of homeowners are behind on their mortgages.  The recent melee began a few years ago, as the follow-up to a period of high house prices and the issuance of many back-loaded loans with questionable underwriting to people who had marginal means to repay. The percentage of mortgage holders in the US who are at least two months behind is a bit over four percent as of second quarter 2013.  This pe […]

Great restaurant discounts for parents with messy kids

Perhaps you heard today about the mom in Washington state who was Facebook-shamed after being asked to leave a restaurant where her children, ages one and three, were being messy and loud.  The restaurant owner, Lorraine MacDuff of Rainy Days Caffe, had pictures posted of the messy carpet on the restaurant’s Facebook page, with a message: “Like to take a moment to thank our customers with small ch […]

Plowing through a furlough: Feeling the pinch

I thought that I was going to be all clever and stuff by quoting from Return of the Jedi with this post: Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational DoD furlough! (But that quote was already taken, more or less.) DoD employees are now through four of their eleven six scheduled furlough days.  The ones affected by the furlough — i.e., most of them — have now received a paycheck that i […]

As if the Grocery Shrink Ray weren’t enough

One very enjoyable stop when we’re in Vermont is Goodies Snack Bar in Addison, VT.  For a buck we can get a freakin’ huge creemee (that’s Vermont for soft-serve ice cream).  One time I made the mistake of getting a medium hard-pack ice cream cone.  The thing had well over a pint of ice cream on it.  Almost too much, even for me. In contrast, you’ve heard of the Grocery Shrink Ray, right?  That sne […]

On ATV loans from a wise relative

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting with a bunch of my family’s relatives, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years.  Much fun and amusement was had by all. I want to share a quick story about what one wise relative taught one of his children.  The gist of it is as follows.  (I’ll refer to the parties as Wise Relative and Elder Child to protect the innocent, and in case there was too much […]

Plowing through a furlough: Fun (but productive) furlough Fridays

There have been a number of news articles indicating that the DoD furloughs for fiscal year 2013 are here to stay.  So for 600,000+ Department of Defense employees, it’s three furlough days down, and eight more to go. The good news, at least for DoD employees around in my neck of the woods, is that just about all of the employees have the same furlough day:  Friday.  If there truly was no other op […]

Is a few percent off always a bargain?

Spending less on a given purchase can be very easy. The difference in time and energy between going to a website directly, and first going to a rebate portal like Mr. Rebates or EBates, is trivial. […]