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 158)

The Fallacy of Relative Price Evaluation

We’re just back from an end-of-summer trip to the beach. A good time was had by all, and the kids headed back to school this morning. […]

Navigating the Recession

Recessions suck. The stock market is down, unemployment is up, and good news is sparse. But a tough economy doesn’t mean that you can’t improve your lot in life. We’ve decided to use the recession as a time to simplify our lives and build a better financial system for our family. […]

Calculating Your Real Hourly Wage

This is a guest post from Bob of ChristianPF. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. I’m currently reading “Your Money or Your Life,” a true personal finance classic. As great as it is, however, I won’t be reviewing it here. […]

401(k) Rollover Mistakes

This is a guest post from Dawn of Frugal for Life. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to her RSS feed. I’ve twice been given the opportunity to rollover my 401(k) instead of cashing it out, and I’ve twice failed to do so. […]

Cash for Clunkers Program Suspended

Big news out of Washington today… Apparently the Cash for Clunkers program has been a bit too popular, and is reportedly being suspended out of fear of running out of money. […]

Good Deals Don’t Always Pay

While I am a staunch frugalite, I am not a cheapskate! In fact, price is but one of many factors I consider when making a purchase, no matter how large or small. Like anyone else, however, I’ve made mistakes in the past that serve as continual reminders that good deals don’t always pay! You get what you pay for… Here are three examples that cheaper is not always better. 1. […]

Another Reward Credit Card Change?

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the new Citi Forward card. In case you don’t recall, it’s a relatively new reward credit card that offers ThankYou points instead of cash back rewards. While I much prefer cash rewards, the reward structure on the Citi Forward card is pretty attractive… You get five points for ever dollar spent on books, movies, music, and restaurants. […]

Buying Foreclosures Can Be Risky

This is a guest post form Carson Brackney of Personal Finance Analyst. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to their RSS feed. There’s always someone trying to find a silver lining when the skies are gloomy and gray. So it is with home foreclosures. […]

How to Get Off Junk Mail and Telemarketing Lists

Do you receive a lot of junk mail? What about annoying calls that interrupt your evening? If you do, you’re not alone. Read on for some tips for reclaiming your solitude. An ounce of prevention I used to work at a call center that tried to get people to try out a time share. […]

Lending Club: Invest in Your Friends

Over the weekend, our very own Matt Jabs (FCN contributor and finance blogger extraordinaire) dropped me a line to say that he and his wife have applied a loan through Lending Club. Why Lending Club? As you’re likely aware, Matt is working hard to get out of debt, and has also become somewhat dis-illusioned with big banks. […]