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 133)

Where to Buy Last Minute Sports or Concert Tickets

Our kids are huge football fans, so we’ve occasionally picked up tickets to attend a local NFL game. Since these events are typically sold out, we have to rely on “non-traditional” sources for our tickets. Sure, we could go down to the stadium and try to buy tickets on the street, but that introduces a bit of the unknown. […]

Dave Ramsey’s House: Living Like No One Else

Debt reduction guru Dave Ramsey is well known for encouraging his followers to “live like no one else so that you can live like no one else.” Sound advice. But have you ever wondered how Ramsey himself lives? I recently ran across an interesting article that provided details about Ramsey’s new mansion just south of Nashville (pictured below). […]

The Law of Attraction

I may have no right to post this article. A few years ago, there was a huge mega best seller movie and book called “The Secret” which I never read or saw. But to this day, I have huge problems with it. As I said, I haven’t read the book or even seen the movie. […]

ING Direct Offering 1% Cash Back on Debit Purchases

This is just a quick note to let you know that ING Direct is offering 1% cash back on Electric Orange debit card transactions. […]

Selling Investments in 2010 to Reset Your Cost Basis

A reader named Andrew recently wrote in with the following question about resetting your investment cost basis: There is a chance the capital gains tax can increase to 20% next year, so I was wondering if I could sell my stock at a gain to book my gains at 15% tax for this year and reset the cost basis for next year. I read IRS pub 550 and the wash sale definition only talks about selling at a los […]

Car Dealership Tricks to Avoid

Buying a new car is one of the most stressful financial situations that you’re likely to encounter. There are many reasons for this. After, this is one of the biggest purchases (aside from a house) that you’ll make, and you want to get a good deal. […]

Why You Need Title Insurance

If you’ve ever bought a house, you’ve probably wondered if title insurance is really necessary. I mean, sure, it protects you in the event of a dispute over the ownership of your property, but how often does that really happen? This issue has been brought into sharper focus by recent developments in the ongoing foreclosure crisis. […]

Depositing Checks With the PayPal iPhone App

Earlier this week, PayPal updated their iPhone app. While there were a number of minor improvements, there was one major change that really stood out. They added the ability to capture and deposit checks into your account. This sort of remote deposit has been around for awhile, though it’s been limited to a relatively small number of banks and credit unions. […]

Link Roundup: Spambot Edition

Late last week, I discovered that one of our anti-spam plugins was being a bit overzealous, and turning away many commenters as potential spambots. I’m not sure exactly how long this has been a problem, but I apologize if you were affected. I have since disabled the offending plugin, so the problem should (hopefully!) be solved. […]

How Much Do You Owe Your Children?

I have to admit… I don’t have a definite answer for this one. My wife and I have different views on this. Generally, my wife thinks we owe the kids everything we can possibly provide for them. She came from a family that didn’t have much and had to struggle. She wants to make sure our kids don’t go through what she endured. I grew up in a similar financial situation. […]