Five Cent Nickel

Written by a man who has been meticulously recording his finances since 1997 (stored in Quicken), Five Cent Nickel is one of the oldest and most respected blogs around. This blog often provides great commentary on—and summaries of—useful financial tips featured by other publications. If you’re too lazy to read every little money article out there, just stop by Five Cent Nickel and get the cream of the crop.

Latest Posts from Five Cent Nickel (page 12)

The Super Bowl, changes, and your finances

SUPER BOWL! Everyone knows the Super Bowl will be upon us in little more than a week. In many ways, the event has become the new Thanksgiving, hasn’t it? That’s because the people you invite to a Super Bowl party are chosen. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and the annual, fast-becoming-traditional, Super Bowl gathering is a gathering of friends. […]

Making smarter investments in education

I recently signed what I’ve been assured will be my last tuition check. My younger son, who is finishing up grad school, looked at me with a mixture of bemusement and annoyance when I referred to it as “my day of jubilee,” but who wouldn’t celebrate having such a big expense removed from their annual budget? Also, I’m happy because it’s been a good investment. […]

Popular Homeowner Tax Benefits Might Disappear in 2014

This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing If you’re a tax-paying homeowner, there might be some bad news on the horizon. Our legislators in Washington, D.C. haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on a lot of things in 2013. […]

GE Capital Bank Review

General Electric has been active in the financing business for a very long time, but not in a way that hits you in the face. Don’t let their obscurity fool you, though. In banking, size has its advantages and, in terms of assets, General Electric is a powerhouse. Its banking operations have survived a number of recessions, including the Great Recession, and even grown. […]

Ally Bank Review

Few banks have had as profound an impact on our daily lives as Ally Bank. Back in the time of Model T Fords, all automobiles were paid for in cash. General Motors created the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in 1919 to offer their customers easy access to credit, helping more individuals to afford their own automobile. […]

Mutual of Omaha Bank Review

Mutual of Omaha has been a well-known player in the insurance industry for more than a century. In 2007, Mutual of Omaha created an affiliate company, Omaha Financial Holdings, Inc., (OFHI) to explore the banking sector. […]

Evaluating the best banks in America

Banking in America is unique. No other country has as many banks, and types of banks, as the United States. Most countries in Europe have about four or five big banks… and that’s it. When there are so few competitors, they all tend to be alike, and not all that consumer-friendly. The plethora of banks in America is good news, but the news is not all good. […]

Failing to plan is planning to fail

It’s that time again, time for the inevitable turn-of-the-year vows to eat smarter, exercise more and be nicer to friends and family. One in a hundred may actually keep those commitments and become healthier, better people in the process. […]

How to get the best deal on an engagement ring

We are right in the middle of the engagement season. According to the wedding planning website theknot.com, 39 percent of weddings begin with a proposal between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Everyone wants to buy the perfect ring. Being one of the most expensive purchases we make in our life, it is important to plan ahead and understand the process. […]

Should Utilities Be Added to Credit Scores?

This post comes from Miranda Marquit at our partner site Quizzle.com. One of the biggest complaints that many have about the credit reporting industry is the fact that consumers have little choice but to engage in activities that can result in high interest debt if they want a good credit score. […]