May 1, 2009

Four Years of FiveCentNickel

Wow. I can’t believe that I almost forgot about this, but… Today is FiveCentNickel’s fourth birthday. […]

Foraging for Food: The Hunt For The Wild Mushroom

By Linsey Knerl It’s early May, and the river bottom where I live is full of new life.  Not just rabbits, snakes, and chicks, but also brand new morel mushrooms.  This tasty treat is as much fun to find as it is to devour, but how does one get started?  Here are my tried-and-true tips to finding the gourmet ingredient where it grows!  What they are:  We’re talking morel mushrooms, here.  The slen […]

10 Tips for Landing an Gig Online

By Andrea Dickson If you are looking for ways to earn extra money online, you may have responded to a help-wanted ad on or another free ads site. […]

Cheap Housing Option: Buy A Mobile Home!

My in-laws just sold their mobile home within 2 days after relocating to live with a daughter. Admittedly it was a small unit, with 2 bedrooms and enough space for an elderly couple. But the point is that in spite of a depressed market, there are customers willing to fork over $20,000 to live in that location in South Texas. […]

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: April 2009

April showers bring May flowers — or at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself. This was a crazy month for me, filled with lots of behind-the-scenes work but little actual writing for the blog. It’s my hope that this “rain”, however, will yield “flowers” in the weeks ahead as I get back into the groove of blogging. I have some great posts in the works. […]

The Frugal Rainy Day Box

Yesterday, I mentioned offhand the value of having things on hand to entertain and create special moments for children. Things like this are easy to plan ahead for, easy to bargain hunt for, and can really come in handy on a rainy day or other unexpected event. […]

The Best Sly Money Move You Don't Know About

CNN Money lists the best sly money move you don't know about as the following: If you're leaving your job this year and have a flexible spending account (FSA) for health-care expenses, listen up. Let's say you agreed to contribute $3,000 to your FSA in 2009 via payroll deduction. You would have put in only about $1,000 by now. […]

Ten High Income Celebrities Who Spent More than They Earned

My spend less than you earn category is becoming testimony that no matter how much money you make, you can spend it all. […]

Bargaineering Email Newsletter

I’m happy to unveil a new feature - an email newsletter! (and a new giveaway!) So what do you get when you sign up for the email newsletter? You’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. […]

Squawkback: What Are Your Tips for Buying Used Cars?

It has been a while since I’ve posted a Squawkback reader question. I’d love to hear your tips, gotchas, and tricks when shopping for and buying used cars. Ever since my “better half’s” 2005 Subaru Impreza was in a crazy accident and declared a total write-off by the insurance company, we’ve been in the market to replace our wheels. The challenge is, I have no idea how to buy a used car. […]

Smithee’s Best Advice for Graduating Seniors

I’m not a financial planner, adviser, guru or anything of the sort. The reason I’m writing here today is because I screwed up big time. Fortunately for you, I think I’ve figured out where the mistake began. Recently I’ve been taking an informal poll of some of the people I would consider to be relatively young and successful. […]

Best Deals For Friday 5/1/09

By Paul Michael Today's Wisebuy: Up To 77% Off Sofft Women's Shoes at (via Dealnews) Hurry, ends May 3rd. Over 150 styles of Sofft women's shoes for $24.95. That's up to 77% off, with $6.95 for shipping.   1. FREE 12oz Seattle's Best Coffee At Borders Stores - Printable coupon Valid only in U.S. Borders stores with Seattle’s Best Coffee cafes 4/30/09 – 5/6/09.   2. […]

More Reasons to Invest in Index Funds

US News gives us more reasons to invest in index funds as follows: According to the just-released S&P Indices Versus Active Funds Scorecard for year-end 2008, the S&P 500 generated higher returns than 72 percent of actively managed large cap funds from the beginning of 2004 to the end of 2008. Results were even worse for active managers in other major asset classes. […]

Personal Finance 101: What Is a Bond?

Amy writes in: You often talk about investing in bonds. I don’t even understand what bonds are, let alone how to invest in them! Well, let’s start at the beginning. What Is a Bond? To put it simply, a bond is a way for an investor to buy a piece of someone’s debt, usually a government or a large company. Here’s a clear example. Let’s say your city wants to raise money to put in some new roads. […]

How to Haggle

As a followup to this week’s article about negotiating to reduce your bills, I wanted to point out an interesting piece on haggling when shopping. […]

Ask the Readers: How to Save Money on Books?

Most of the questions I receive from readers are about their specific financial situations. But occasionally somebody writes with something a little different. Yesterday, for example, Joshua wrote to ask my advice on shopping for books. He wants to know how to find personal finance books for cheap. […]

Your Take: Should Students Get Credit Cards?

One of the big debates in personal finance is whether a college student should get a credit card. On one side you have people who believe that credit cards are evil, credit cards prey on the financially weak, and credit cards will bleed you dry. […]

When Should You Take Social Security?

We've debated here several times on when it's the right time to take Social Security -- as early as you can (despite getting less than the total benefits due to you) or once you reach "retirement age" (so you can receive full benefits.) CNN Money recently weighed in on this issue with the following: Should you start collecting Social Security checks at 62 or should you wait? […]

Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of April 27

For weekday updates of what I find to be some of the most interesting personal finance articles on the web, follow me on Twitter. For now, here are some pieces I found especially worthwhile. After that, I have a list of the carnivals Free Money Finance was in this week and my posts that were included: Lazy Man and Money gives an update from Finovate. […]