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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Get $50 Free from PerkStreet Financial

This is just a quick note to point out that PerkStreet Financial is offering a $50 signup bonus for new customers who open an online checking account with them. Here’s the scoop: To get the $50 bonus, open an account with a $25 minimum deposit and keep the account active for three straight months. […]

Streamlining Our Netflix Subscription

Back in April, I wrote up a fairly detailed comparison of Netflix vs. Blockbuster. In a nutshell, we started out as Netflix subscribers, eventually migrated over to Blockbuster Total Access for the in-store exchanges, and then came back to Netflix when Blockbuster tightened up their exchange policy. Overall, we’ve been quite happy with this decision. […]

DIY Garage Kayak Racks: Fast, Frugal, and Effective

Today I want to share with you one of my recent home projects… Frugal and effective DIY garage kayak racks. As I’ve continued down the path of voluntary frugality, I’ve gotten more and more interested in DIY projects of all kinds. Whether or not you’re handy around the house, most frugal homeowners eventually jump on the DIY bandwagon. Benefits of doing it yourself You control the quality. […]

Lending Club $25 Bonus Reminder

This is just a quick note to remind you that the good folks at Lending Club are still offering a $25 signup bonus* just for opening a Lending Club account. Here’s how it works… 1. Visit Lending Club using a link in this post 2. Open and activate a lender account 3. The $25 will be automatically deposited in your account shortly thereafter That’s it. […]

Coupons are a Waste?

I recently ran across an interesting letter to the editor in Time Magazine, and thought it would make good fodder for discussion. […]

How to Save Money on Pet Care

Last month was a bit of an adventure with our seven year old cat. He ran away (something he’s never done) and we were worried sick. Once we got him back, we spent some money on keeping him healthy. In addition to taking him to the vet for a check up, we also got him updated on his rabies shot. I couldn’t have imagined the true costs of being a pet owner when we first adopted him. […]

Best HSA Custodian?

As a followup to my earlier post about high deductible health plans, I’m curious if you guys have any recommendations when it comes to health savings account (HSA) custodians. My employer has picked one, but their terms aren’t great (too many fees) so I’m thinking of looking elsewhere. As I noted previously, you’re free to use whoever you want as an HSA custodian. […]

Considering a High Deductible Health Plan

‘Tis the season… For open enrollment. This year, my employer is really pushing the high deductible health plan, so I spent the weekend poring over the plan documents. Today I thought I’d share what I learned. Lower premiums The primary draw of the high deductible health plan are the low premiums. […]

Pay Back the Homebuyer Tax Credit?

Did you know that you have to pay back the homebuyer tax credit if you claim it and then sell your house (or otherwise stop using it as your principal residence) within the next three years? I didn’t, but apparently that’s the case. […]