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 43)

A retirement attitude adjustment?

Once in a while at work I hear one of my coworkers talking about their retirement portfolios, usually about how badly it’s been hit the past couple of years. One particular time I was cleaning out my lunch dishes and was overhearing a friend and another coworker talking.  Her portfolio had taken a hit (like many others) because of the stock market.  (We have a tax-deferred defined contribution pla […]

A whopping $1.02 for my daughter’s two aquarium souvenirs

As I mentioned in the roundup, we all were at my wife’s oceanside quilting retreat.  I came down to watch my daughter for the weekend, and our main activity on Saturday was going to the Virginia Aquarium. It was quite a treat:  700,000 gallons of aquarium as well as sprinklings of other kinds of habitat.  What an incredible display of marine life it was.  Some of the staff was there to assist us i […]

Friday Fiscals: Oceanside quilting edition

We’re down at a beach resort for a mini-retreat for my wife’s quilting guild.  Lots and lots of sewing for my wife, and lots of time with my daughter for me. Here are some articles that caught my eye this week: No Credit Needed demonstrates that it’s never too early in the year to do some financial spring cleaning. Free Money Finance launches PF March Madness 2010. Five Cent Nickel staff writer […]

Packaging can cost an arm and a leg

OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, especially when I’m about to talk about ketchup. I went grocery shopping with my wife last night, and in the condiment section, shockingly, I found various brands of ketchup.  The store brand came in a number of sizes.  Here are two of them: 20 ounces for $1.79 24 ounces on sale for 10/$10.00, otherwise known as $1.00 Sure, the 24-ounce size was on sale […]

Not tracking our spending has repercussions

We just had an offer accepted for a new home a couple of days ago.  As such, there’s now a flurry of excitement and financial activity going on in our household now, and there will continue to be excitement even after our current house is sold. Part of this excitement involved taking the first steps to adjust to a new mortgage payment.  My wife put down some numbers for what our expenses are curre […]

There’s great information right where you endorse your checks

I did my best today to clear away the stuff that was on my desk.  (I can actually see the surface again!) In the process I found a little pamphlet entitled “Teach Children About Money.”  It really is little — a single tri-fold piece of paper that’s smaller than a standard sheet of paper — but there’s quite a bit of information in there.  Then I found another one with the title “Back in the Black: […]

Get a year-end bonus? Do something responsible with it

No really, that isn’t a joke:  Some people did get bonuses this year, and they weren’t even bank executives! Got a tip to this CNN Money feature on how seven people will spend their year-end bonus.  (One of the featured people is Danielle Liss, also known as The Frugal Lawyer.) The bonuses for these seven ranged from $77 to over $50,000.  Though it isn’t apparent from the captions on the pictures, […]

Waiting for the $5 million ball to drop

The New Year’s ball that dropped in Times Square last year cost about $5 million.  Five million dollars: Throw off $50,000 per year, even at 1% interest Stretch over 484 miles in $1 bills laid end-to-end Is accrued on the US National Debt every two and a half minutes Would weigh over 17 tons in Lincoln cents Would put you in the top 0.1% of salary earners Was only five days worth of spending for […]

Staple food items for 15% off on Amazon

My wife and I have recently discovered the wonders of raw organic agave nectar for sweetening tea and other things.  (It’s low-glycemic index, and it doesn’t overpower the taste of what we’re sweetening the way honey or maple syrup does.) We tried a small bottle from the grocery store, and like it enough that we want a supply of it.  Amazon.com carries the brand we use at a price substantially che […]

Your calling doesn’t necessarily fund your retirement by itself

The Simple Dollar recently offered up a post on retirement planning for a low-income career, aimed at people like some of his friends who have “made the financially difficult choice to follow their heart” into careers that are very fulfilling, much needed and, perhaps consequently, low-paying. The advice he offers, in broad strokes, is (a) automatic investment in a Roth IRA, even if it’s only $20 […]