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 156)

Breaking Free From a Culture of Temptation

Money… can symbolize work, power, love won, or love denied. It can take the form of expensive homes, expensive clothes, expensive presents. Luxuries become necessities. Debt compensates for all shortcomings. “For people to admit they can’t afford things they want means placing themselves in a position of weakness,” says Dr. Edward J. […]

Lending Club – June 2009 Performance

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that I made it through the month of June with all of my Lending Club loans intact. This isn’t particularly surprising, as most notes are paid on time when they’re new, regardless of quality. Taken together, my high and low risk portfolios are providing a net annualized return of 12.68%. […]

Credit Score – Good? or Good Enough?

This is a guest post from Jim Wang of Bargaineering. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Credit scores are becoming increasingly important each and every day. While some people check them compulsively, almost as frequently as they check their investment portfolio, others check them infrequently, like the oil in their car. […]

Cash for Clunkers: Paying You to Junk Your Car

In case you haven’t heard, I just wanted to point out that President Obama recently signed the so-called “Cash for Clunkers” program into law. […]

Eating Out Without Breaking Your Budget

Being frugal doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself. Believe it or not, you can still go out and have a good time. In fact, there are plenty of ways to cut costs while still being able to join friends for an occasional restaurant meal. The first step is to know exactly how much money you have to spend, and to take that amount with you in cash. […]

Twelve Reasons to Stay in Debt

This is a guest post by John of Mighty Bargain Hunter. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Americans collectively have well over a billion credit card accounts. Some of those accounts make the credit card companies very, very rich. […]

Four Ways To Ruin Your Investments – Guaranteed

This is a guest post by Neal Frankle, a CFP and author of Wealth Pilgrim. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Imagine that you just heard Jim Cramer talking on CNBC about a “guaranteed” way to make a fortune with your investments. […]

On the Road Again (Literally)

By the time you read this, we’ll be deep into a roughly 3k mile roadtrip. The good news is that the bulk of the driving is packed into the first and last couple of days. As such, we’ll be able to recover (and fish, swim, etc.) in between. […]

Powerful Ways to Improve Your Life

Today I thought I’d step outside of the purely financial realm and talk a bit about self-improvement. […]

Make Extra Money With CashCrate

Back in December, I put together a list of ways to earn extra money. Embedded within that list was the suggestion to sign up with a site like CashCrate, which pays you to fill out forms, take surveys, and/or sign up for free trials. […]