Blog Profile / Bargaineering

Filed Under:Business & Finance / Personal Finance
Posts on Regator:1679
Posts / Week:6.8
Archived Since:March 8, 2011

Blog Post Archive

How to compare college finanical aid packages and pick the right school

Dawn Papandrea It’s that time of year, when teens and their families agonize over which college they will pay thousands of dollars to – or borrow thousands of dollars for — over the next four years. By now, acceptance letters and financial aid packages are in hand, so it’s just a matter of doing some side-by-side comparisons. [...]Show More Summary

When you want to travel determines when you’ll find the cheapest airline tickets

Mitch Strohm If you’re shopping for a great deal on a plane ticket, the best time to book depends on when you’ll be traveling. During off-peak season, on average, you’ll get the best prices on domestic fares 47 days before takeoff, according to a recent report from For summer travel – June to August – 76 [...]Show More Summary

The secrets to saving $1 million in your 401(k)

Mitch Strohm If you’re striving to save for retirement take some cues from the 401(k) millionaires over at Fidelity Investments. According to recent Fidelity data, 72,379 of its 13 million 401(k) accounts now have balances of over $1 million. That’s more than twice as many as in 2012. And while the average annual compensation for these individuals [...]Show More Summary

Cord-Cutter Alert: Cheap new app pushes cable TV one step closer to obsolescence

Mitch Strohm If you loathe cable TV (and who doesn’t?), there’s now another, cheaper alternative for all of you aspiring cord-cutters. Sling TV, a subsidiary of Dish Networks, is the newest streaming TV service on the block, and it seems to be a viable replacement for cable, especially if you only watch a handful of channels. The [...]Show More Summary

iPad baby seats are dubious devices

Naomi Mannino Every mom can attest to needing 10 minutes for a shower, to prepare dinner and sometimes even just to put down a colicky baby that has been crying nonstop. If you’ve seen the new iPad baby seats, from infant activity seats to toddler potty seats, featuring an attachment for an iPad complete with “developmentally appropriate [...]Show More Summary

It’s getting easier to do good by linking your spending to your favorite charity

Susan Ladika If you’re one of the 95% of Americans who donate to charity each year, your good will could stretch a little further if you spend your money wisely. You can now support everything from education to the environment through your credit or debit card, bank account or other payment method. Some options provide funds to [...]Show More Summary

Let’s save ourselves from costly ‘help’ like this

Jen A. Miller Beware of yet another start-up that’s out to take advantage of the self-employed and part-time workers trying to make a living from several jobs. Even is a new company launching later this year that promises to help smooth out the erratic income of those of us who don’t have a single, steady employer. They posit [...]Show More Summary

The Ultimate Layoff Survival Plan: How smart financial decisions now and later can help you through

Dawn Papandrea Most people don’t expect to be laid off, but for anyone who’s been through it (raising my hand!), it often comes when you’d least expect it. For me, it came on a Monday morning in the form of a sticky note from my immediate supervisor that said to meet her in the hallway. I knew [...]Show More Summary

Start saving and planning now for summer vacays

Susan Ladika The coldest winter months are the time to start saving for your summer vacation. By planning now for a week exploring the sites of London and Paris, or trekking around Orlando’s theme parks, you can avoid racking up credit card debt on airline tickets and hotel rooms when warmer weather rolls around. While some travel [...]Show More Summary

Life’s more expensive for women … Here’s how I fight financial discrimination

Ingrid Case I’ve just purchased a new pair of men’s boots. I’m a woman, so I suppose that these boots are women’s boots now, because I own them. But they were designed for and marketed to men. I own a lot of men’s stuff: my winter coat, razor, deodorant, sun block, and running shoes, to name just [...]Show More Summary

New ways to make extra money

Julie D. Andrews Most of us would love to start the new year with a little more walking around money. Well, one of the few benefits of the financial crisis and recession is that it brought out the entrepreneurial spirit of throngs of Americans and the development of the sharing economy. Why not cash in on the wave [...]Show More Summary

‘Pay As Your Earn’ gets lots of attention, but it isn’t the best way for many of us to repay our student loans

Ingrid Case When I was a new college graduate, I owned $10,000 in federally subsidized student loans. I paid them off the boring way: I wrote a check every month. Then I took a bit of time off from my repayment schedule when I was unemployed. Eventually I wrote a bigger check and I was done. Since [...]Show More Summary

Don’t let your savings go to the dogs … 6 tips to save on pet care

Jodi Helmer You love Rover and Whiskers but the cost of treating your furry friends like family adds up. From vet bills and pet meds to gourmet kibble, pet owners are expected to spend a whopping $58.5 billion on their four-legged charges this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. “There are many ways to save [...]Show More Summary

Why I don’t bother with manufactured spending…Gaming credit card reward programs just isn’t worth it

Amy Fontinelle Do you envy colleagues and friends who vacation for free thanks to all of the credit card reward points and cash rebates they’ve earned from work-related travel? Travel that doesn’t cost them a dime? Well, the proponents of “manufactured spending” would have you believe that you can enjoy similar rewards even if you spend eight [...]Show More Summary

5 sibling discounts you simply have to ask for

Naomi Mannino How would you like to pay thousands less for the most common big ticket kids’ expenses? If you have two or more kids, you’ll be surprised how many places have existing policies for sibling discounts, which can slash 10% to 25% off the stated cost for one or more of your children, depending on the [...]Show More Summary

6 costly credit cards to avoid

Vanessa Richardson Sky-high interest rates. Ridiculous fees. Piddling rewards and modest perks. That’s what makes these credit cards stand out to me. Let’s spend a few minutes looking at some of the most disappointing deals currently being foisted on unsuspecting consumers and consider what a more reasonable card might offer. Least Bang for Your Buck: Visa Black [...]Show More Summary

Asking me to tip the maids at high-end hotels is a lousy plan to fight poverty among women

Jen A. Miller When you stay at a Marriott hotel this fall you’ll be asked to pay for more than just your room. The giant hotel chain wants you to start tipping its maids. Tip envelopes have been placed in 160,000 of its 700,000 guest rooms at Marriott, JW Marriott, Courtyard, Renaissance, Fairfield, TownePlace Suites and Springhill Suites [...]Show More Summary

My favorite no-fee credit cards provide lots of perks

Vanessa Richardson A credit card that offers cash rewards, a low interest rate and no annual fee? What’s the catch? There might not be one – you may just have scored a good deal. The best credit cards are the cheapest credit cards and annual fees are often the biggest out-of-pocket expense for consumers who never, or [...]Show More Summary

How to save money and avoid birthday party drama

Dawn Papandrea The school year’s well underway and the weekly birthday party invitations are pouring in. If you’ve got a couple of kids in school, with 20 to 30 children in each of their classes, the birthday party circuit can get very expensive, very quickly. If you don’t want to add a line item into your budget [...]Show More Summary

How to buy furniture you like without spending too much money

Jen A. Miller In February 2013, I moved back into my house. Yes, moved back in. I bought the place in 2007 and turned it into a rental property when I moved in with my then-boyfriend. The relationship went bust at about the time my tenants were moving out, so I decided to go back home, and used [...]Show More Summary

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC