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.

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Expensive tax mistakes to avoid

Tax season is in full swing. Thanks to tax preparation software, a lot of the common mistakes (i.e., missing social security numbers) are now automatically detected. Still, they are only capable of checking for math accuracy and missing fields. They can’t optimize a tax return to get the maximum amount possible or compensate for our misunderstanding of the complicated tax code. […]

Three low-cost ways to capture your wedding day

This article comes from Christine Bilger from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog. You know what’s expensive? Wedding photography. You know what’s even more expensive? Videography. I’m not going to deny that I had more than a little sticker shock when I started looking for a wedding photographer. Unfortunately, I also really want a videographer – which isn’t in the budget. […]

What you need to know about the impending Obamacare deadline

Tick, tick, tick – March 31 is the new deadline to get health insurance coverage. This time, the government is digging in its heels. There will be no extension. Some say the government will cave in (again) and move the deadline, but that’s by no means a certainty. […]

Sympathy for the banker

Bankers are not easy to love. In fact, from the mean old man in “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the bonus-baby CEOs who put the world through the financial crisis a few years ago, bankers have become a class of citizen that people love to hate. Like a lot of hatred, though, that sentiment might come back to haunt the hater — specifically, bank customers. […]

Documents you need to bring to your tax appointment

This post comes from Victoria Araj from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog. It’s tax season, and that means it’s time to sort through your shoebox of receipts, those envelopes of stock statements and that drawer of paperwork that hasn’t been touched in 12 months. […]

Putting the brakes on aggressive driving’s exorbitant cost

According to a new survey from Insure.com, the most expensive 2014 car to insure in the United States is the $110,000 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which requires a few bucks less than $3,200 in premiums to cover for 12 months. The super car is better known in some quarters as “Godzilla,” for it is a monster that emigrates from Japan. […]

How to save money on road trips

It is time to plan summer vacations. If you are planning to fly to your destination, now is the best time to start setting up price alerts for the plane tickets and signing up for credit cards if you want to use the miles and perks that come with carrying a particular airline card. With an infant, we don’t relish the thought of flying; so this year we’re looking into a road trip for vacation. […]

Which fitness band is best for you?

This post comes from Stephanie Koske at our partner site Zing. I find myself face to face with all sorts of life-changing decisions these days. Hit the snooze button? Or rise early for a morning workout? Hop in the elevator? Or take the stairs? Binge-watch “Breaking Bad” on Netflix until the crack of dawn? Or hit the hay before 10:00 p.m.? Order the beer-battered fish tacos? […]

How Expensive Is Your Ego?

Social media has changed our lives in many ways, but here’s one nobody probably foresaw: criminals brazenly boasting about their deeds on Facebook. Some misdeeds are probably more humorous than deadly, like Michael Baker, who siphoned gas from a Jenkins, KY police cruiser, and then posted a video on the site with many eyes, complete with a bird salute to Kentucky’s finest. […]

Is borrowing money a form of addiction?

In writing about household debt, as I often do, I sometimes feel a bit like Tom Wolfe writing the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: I’m trying to capture the character of a strange phenomenon while not myself taking part in it. Throughout my adult life, I have avoided taking on debt as much as possible and have always repaid it on or ahead of schedule. […]