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Bargaineering Store Technical Issues

To everyone who has been bidding on the Bargaineering Store auctions, there has been a technical glitch this morning. It’s powered by an auction WordPress plugin that I edited, to use Bargaineering Bucks, and apparently when you deactivate the plugin, it deletes every auction and every bid in the entire database. I have NO idea why someone would design the application that way (you gain no benefit by completely purging the database!) but unfortunately I lost all new auctions and all bids since Saturday. I normally back up the database every single night but the recent WordPress upgrade disabled my daily upgrades… so the end result is a perfect storm where all bids and auction activity since Saturday was lost.

All restored auctions will be honored as they are but anything not restored will not, unfortunately. (I don’t delete completed auctions so all completed auctions have been restored)

Thank you for understanding and hopefully we don’t run into any more problems.

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Money Tips Network

A couple months ago, Will and Greg at Wisebread asked me if I’d be interested in joining a new blog network they were creating, later to be dubbed the Money Tips Network. I’m a big fan of the work they do at Wisebread and so I was eager to join them on a project. Well I’m happy to introduce you to the Money Tips Network, which includes thirteen of the most trusted personal finance blogs.

(click here to continue reading…)

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Bargaineering Email Newsletter

I’m happy to unveil a new Bargaineering.com feature – an email newsletter! (and a new giveaway!)

So what do you get when you sign up for the email newsletter?

  • 100 Easy Way to Save MoneyYou’ll get an eBook containing 100 easy ways to save money. With the recession in full force, we’re all looking to save some money on the things we don’t care about so that we can spend it on the things we do. The book will have a hundred ways to save so you’re bound to find something you can use, or your money back! (look at how snazzy and bendy that cover looks!)
  • Second, there are plenty of things that I want to write about that are too long for Twitter and too short for a blog post. These include interesting things I find on the internet, especially poignant topics in the forums or just commentary on subjects in the news today.
  • I’ll also be using it to giveaway all sorts of goodies like the dozens of personal finance books I have on my shelf and announce any sort of timely promotions I find.

Sign Up Today!


Name:
Email:

If you get an error, please try again. The sign-up form seems to be a little flaky and we’re working on it.

As always, you can contact me with any questions whatsoever!

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Bargaineering Name Change & New Forums!

Some of you may have noticed that the banner on the website has changed from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity to simply Bargaineering. For years I confused people by telling them my personal finance blog was called Blueprint for Financial Prosperity (quite a mouthful) but located at bargaineering.com (or pfblueprint.com). So, to make things right and to do something I should’ve done four years and over two thousand articles ago, Blueprint will be set ablaze and Bargaineering will emerge like a phoenix from its ashes!

Everyone Loves Forums!

In addition to the name change, the eagle eyed among you may have noticed a new “Forums” link the navigation menu above and those two follow me on Twitter may have heard me mention it, but last week, with the help of Jeremy from GenXFinance, we launched a new section to the site, the BFP Forums. The forums are a place that I hope many of us can congregate, share information, ideas, tips, tricks, and other nuggets of wisdom.

As regular readers know, I’m a regular person just like you. I’m not an expert, just more knowledgeable about certain topics because I spent the majority of my day reading about it, and so I am often stumped by particularly complicated problems or scenarios. That’s where I hope you can all can come in and lend me a hand. I know there are experts out there in various arenas whether it’s investing (Khyron, Matt, George, just to name a few) or banking (Joe) or gardening (Jon) or frugality (Dawn) or pets (seems like everyone, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout to my long time friend Nick), so I’m hoping you will all join the forums, ask and answer questions freely, and, above all, become friends with one another so we can all learn and grow together.

A Bribe!

After the emotional appeal comes to bribe, right? It’s starting to be tax season, I’ve already received many of my 1099′s and my W-2′s, and we’ve partnered up with Intuit to give away several Quicken and TurboTax products. I’ll be tying in the forums and forum posts to some of the giveaways so sign up today and join in the spirited conversation.

Another Bribe!

Finally, as an added bonus/bribe, and heretofore unannounced (though some of the top commenters can attest to this), I ask readers for ING Direct referrals to put on my ING Direct referral promotion page. At last estimate I believe I’ve consumed 750+ referrals (30 accounts worth of referrals) on that page. As a reward to frequent forum users, I’ll start asking them, in addition to top commenters, for their ING Direct referrals next (and their spouses and relatives, I just use referrals until they run out!).

If you have any suggestions about the name change, about the forums, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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How to Subscribe to the RSS Feed

First, what is RSS? It’s Really Simple Syndication and it allows you to receive the articles I write to the site without actually having to come here. You can read a lot of sites very quickly, without having to wait for them to load. Watch this video for a quick explanation:


On this site, the feed contains full articles, not summaries, so you get the whole thing as if you were actually at the site. Sometimes the images I put into the post that don’t appear entirely correctly and you will still have to visit to leave your comments (I hope you do), but RSS makes reading much quicker and easier. You can use your favorite RSS news aggregator (My favorite is Bloglines) or just have them piped into an email address.

To subscribe to the RSS feed, click on the HUGE orange icon below and Feedburner will walk you through the process:

Blog Feed By Email

If you want to get the feed sent directly to your email, Feedburner also offers an email digest service as well. Simply enter your email in the box below and click submit.

Twitter Too!

Twitter is a microblogging tool that lets you connect with people on a 140 character by 140 character basis. It’s a lot of fun and you should give it a try! I tend to post quick little 140 character ideas and posts to it from something crazy I saw walking around to giveaways and freebies to what I’m eating (ok, just kidding, I don’t twitter what I eat). It’s free, it’s fun, and everyone’s doing it. Please sign up and follow me @bargainr.

Here’s a brief video on Twitter:

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Brief History of American Chinese Food

American Chinese food is more American than it is Chinese… watch on and enjoy! (learn how John Wilkes Booth planned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in a Wok & Roll restaurant)

The presenter is Jennifer 8 Lee and this video is just a brief presentation of the types of things she researched in The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, a tome that chronicles Chinese food!

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Happy New Year!

Fireworks Rule!

Depending on when you read this, it’ll either be New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day (or some random day during the year!), but I wanted to wish you and yours a happy and prosperous new year. We’ve had a pretty rough 2008 but hopefully things can turn around in 2009!

If nothing else, be thankful you weren’t involved in the Madoff ponzi scheme!

We will be returning to your regularly scheduled programming on Monday, January 5th.

(Photo by Mr. Magoo ICU)

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Happy Holidays!

Home for the HolidaysI wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe holidays this year. It’s been a pretty hectic and stressful year but we’re nearing the end and hopefully the important things in your life, like your relationships with your family and friends, can be a guiding light in the chaos. At the end of the day, we do all this, all the investing, all the retirement planning, and all the long hours at work, so we can be financially stable and provide for our loved ones. We work so we can live, we don’t live so we can work. While it’s hard to see that when we have our heads down in June, racing towards the finish line so many months away, it’s much easier to do that over the holidays regardless of what you observe.

Turn off the blackberries, shut off the computer, kick off those boots, and hang up your jacket, it’s time to grab a beer (or a glass of wine or a cup of eggnog) and spend some time with the people who love you for who you are and not how much you add to the bottom line. :)

We’ll be taking the rest of the day and tomorrow off but be back on Friday with a lighthearted holiday Your Take, something I hope you’ll contribute to if you find yourself on the Interwebs on Friday. If not, I’ll see you all on Monday!

(Photo: ~BostonBill~)

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