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Local cheapskate to run Bargaineering

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Claes Bell, editor of Bargaineering
I’ve been given the difficult task of trying to fill the sizable shoes of Bargaineering’s founder, Jim Wang. As the new editor of Bargaineering, I’ll try to bring the same spirit of curiosity and intellectual rigor to Bargaineering that Jim did, and hopefully Jim’s regular readers will choose to stick around and dish about personal finance with me and the rest of Bargaineering’s contributors.

A little about myself: Previously, I was a reporter for Bankrate.com for about 4 years, and an unrepentant cheapskate for much longer. I’m a husband and father, with two daughters aged 5 and 2, a Miami Dolphins fan, a gamer, a music lover and a reader of comics and other stuff.

My plan is to continue writing about the whole universe of personal finance issues Jim covered, while bringing in some of the financial knowledge I’ve picked up in my reporting and my pursuit of a CFA charter designation over the last couple of years.

If there’s anything you’re curious about, or want us to pay more attention to, let us know! We want this to be a conversation, not a monologue (sorry theater people and supervillains), so please comment, email and tweet at us if you’ve got something to say, positive or negative, about what we write.

Also, if you’ve got any suggestions about things we should write about, or have any trying personal finance questions you need answers to, feel free to drop us a line. And feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ClaesBell

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23 Responses to “Local cheapskate to run Bargaineering”

  1. Meagan Bell says:

    Welcome! Looking forward to more posts :)

  2. Jim Wang says:

    Claes – you’ll do great! I look forward to seeing where you take Bargaineering, it’s in great hands.

  3. Dan Ray says:

    Congratulations, Claes!

  4. Claes says:

    Thanks!

  5. Claes says:

    Hey Jim, I appreciate it. Good luck with your new venture, too!

  6. Chris says:

    Good luck Claes! (I’m sitting for lvl 3 in June-2014)

  7. Rob says:

    Welcome Claes. Is that an irish name?

    Anyway, I am interested in knowing more about the difference between a win at a casino drawing and a win on a slot machine or table game.

    Can I still use my Win/Loss statement to reduce the taxes if it is a casino drawing win?

    Thanks to anyone that has some help here,

    Rob

  8. Claes says:

    Hey Rob … thanks! It’s actually Swedish. I’ll look into your tax question. Chris, appreciate it … I was planning on June 2014 for my level 3 as well but might have to put that off.

  9. MrCoffeeCup says:

    Welcome to the original “Good Time Gang” of cheap skates, penny pinchers, thrifty-nickel’s, and O>P>M. slave masters.
    Keep the good stores coming.
    By the way, is Jim Wang well, ill, what’s up with this????

    Mr.CoffeeCup aka Dennis in Orlando

  10. Claes says:

    Hi Dennis … I appreciate the welcome… seems like just my type of crowd :-) … Jim is actually working on a new venture called Microblogger.

  11. Judy says:

    Congrats on your new role! Look forward to reading your posts!
    As more and more ppl are moving overseas to pursue their careers it would be great if you can write a piece regarding taxation for employees working for companies in another country. In Asia in my case. Are we supposed to pay taxes in the employment country as well as home country?

    • Julie says:

      The tax laws have become rather complicated over the past decade. However, there are tax specialists on both coasts who work with clients and/or ex-pats living and working overseas.

      In my working years as a tax professional, the code said that you would need to file taxes in your home country thus maintaining citizenship, but you also are filing taxes in the country where you earn your taxable income.

      When you file and pay taxes in another country, there is a credit for those taxes on your return for the IRS here. I’m sure Claes will be able to locate the newest guidelines.

  12. Claes says:

    Thanks, Judy! I’ll definitely look into it. Great idea.

  13. Kay says:

    Congrats! Loved Jim’s work; know you’ll keep up the great postings.

  14. Claes says:

    Hey, Kay … appreciate it!

  15. matt g says:

    congratulations! i look forward to getting to know bargaineering and interacting with y’all, here.

  16. Dave says:

    All the best and welcome. I will be looking forward to hearing your ideas and opinions.

  17. Claes says:

    Thanks Matt and Dave! Going to be great talking money with you guys.

  18. adam carolla fan says:

    ok, ok, i’ll give you a shot, Claes.

    even though you’re a dolphins fan!

    GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. David says:

    Congrats! What about mortgage after bankruptcy/foreclosure. The rules are always changing and hard to find. I called a few companies recently and was told its 2 years after bankruptcy and 3 or more after Forclosure, deed-in-lieu or short sale but exceptions are made after 1 year with extenuating circumstances. What are those guidelines. Not sure if this is the right place for that sort of thing.

  20. Shirley says:

    Claes, welcome to the Bargaineering community!
    Will you continue the BB Store?

    AC fan… agree with you… GO NINERS!! :-)

  21. jestjack says:

    Welcome aboard…hope Jim doesn’t go away. Idea for an article or two….How about the price inconsistencies that fellow cheapskates encounter that border on insanity and drive us nuts. For example… just yesterday I’m at Home Depot looking for “caps” to go over 4 by 4 post on a deck I’m working on. ONE plastic cap to do the job …just about $3.50…sorry this is nuts for a piece of plastic. Then it really got crazy when I went to the next aisle and discovered a solar light that rests on a 4 by 4 post …for $4.88. The light not only covers and protects the post from the elements BUT provides light for the deck as well…for free no electric consumed. I bought two of these and they look great!

  22. Claes says:

    Thanks, AC Fan! … Shirley, thanks and no plans to change it up yet … Hey Jack, thanks for the suggestion; I’ll take a look.


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