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)

Continuously count the cost

On the way up to my parents’ house recently, we took some time in the trip to review and discuss our personal finance plan. […]

eBay has made determining fair market value a lot easier

The web has created enormous price competition for pretty much anyone who sells anything.  No longer are people stuck with the price of a local store.  People can get great pricing information just by doing a web search. A web search gives someone searching for price most of the picture.  It racks and stacks different stores’ prices against one another: seller vs. […]

Amazon knows that I love my wife

(You’ll see why …) A couple of weeks ago, my bride received a one-star review on Amazon for both of her historical fantasy books and her short story.  This wasn’t the end of the world for a couple of reasons: first, she had far more four- and five-star reviews, and secondly, it means that the books are getting some reach beyond her regular circles. What was a little unfortunate, though, was that t […]

Buy a proven system to get a bargain

On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, I have a Toastmasters meeting.  Toastmasters is an international organization that helps people to improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive, nurturing environment. Recently, Financial Money Spot mentioned that joining an organization as an investment in yourself is inexpensive and effective.  He mentions Toastmasters as […]

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 […]