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)

Is paying down debt faster always a good idea?

Paying more than the minimum amount due on an installment loan, like an automobile loan or a mortgage, saves on interest expenses in the long run. You owe the money for less time, and hence pay less interest. There are of course lots of ways to pay down loans more quickly. There’s something for everybody who wants to be debt-free. […]

Be friendly with slow-cooked budget-friendly meals

As I’ve mentioned before a couple of times, we live in an area that could likely see a lot of furlough activity.  Though there is the possibility of using the furlough days to good benefit, a lot of my friends are looking for good ways to save money as they are looking unlovingly at thousands of dollars in pay cuts into the start of autumn. Going out to restaurants a lot less, and eating in a lot […]

Earn gift certificates with Swagbucks and get cheap education

I’ve been a member of Swagbucks for a bit, and I’ve earned over $300 in Amazon.com gift cards since then.  Amazon.com gift cards are one of the best deals that Swagbucks has going on, and they’re almost as good as cash, since you can get just about anything on Amazon. I recently signed up to tutor someone in business math.  The mechanics of getting to the correct answers is well within reach for m […]

A pizza guy shouldn’t make a cardiologist salary

Saw this story on MSN Money about a pizza delivery guy who delivered 85 pizzas, costing $1,453.95.  He received a $10 tip.  A friend of the driver then posts a picture of the receipt on Reddit, and the 15 minutes of fame begins. The article points out that the tip is less than 1% of the total bill of $1,453.95.  (It’s 0.688% of the bill, actually.)  Some standards would recommend $2 per pizza, whi […]

Eat out less for memorable meals

Eating out is a common budget-buster.  A meal at a restaurant can cost easily several times what a meal prepared at home would cost.  And don’t get me started on the 1,000%-plus markup on sodas! If dining out is killing your budget, then a simple way to begin bringing the problem under control is to eat out less. This implies, of course, that you were eating out too much to begin with.  What I’m g […]

Prepare for federal employee furlough with a furlough practice budget

At the beginning of this month, sequestration went into effect.  This means sweeping cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year’s budget.  To shore up this shortfall, many agencies are furloughing employees during this time, which effectively is a partial layoff. I live in an area with a lot of federal government employees, many of whom are my friends, and the furlough will affect them if it’s carr […]

Save money with a targeted no-spend month

We all have spending habits. Some spending habits are more expensive than others, but we have habits nonetheless. The spending habits we have are often the result of guilty pleasure (choose your favorite; I certainly won’t judge). […]

Reduce financial problems in marriage with regular financial dates

Life can become hectic.  The incessant activities of making a living, raising children, and feeding passions can strain the connections associated with married life.  One piece of advice that’s often given to married couples experiencing these kinds of strains is to schedule dates — as in put it on the calendar, make reservations, get a babysitter. What works for “getting the spark back” can also […]

The best time to redeem in-store coupons

I give grocery stores a lot of credit. They do seem to come up with new and exciting ways to get you to spend more money while giving you the impressing that you’re saving money. As I was going through my receipts to enter things in Quicken to track our spending, I ran across what looked like an in-store coupon for Mio Water Enhancers. […]

How to get your taxes done in two hours

My mother-in-law was very happy today.  Four popped collars happy.  So happy, in fact, she gave me not one, but two high-fives. Her taxes were finished.  Practically signed, sealed, and delivered.  Just waiting on one form from an investment firm that was overdue, but otherwise, done and done! She didn’t have a simple return, either.  Let’s just say that her tax situation this year was … complicat […]