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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The Financial Snapshot

This is a guest post by J. Money of Budgets are Sexy. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. The financial snapshot. It’s a new trend, baby! Okay, maybe not… At least not yet… But if it were, I guarantee that people would be in a MUCH better shape these days. […]

Save Money (and Water!) With a Rain Barrel

Installing a rain barrel is an excellent way to reduce runoff, keep storm water out of the municipal system, and save money. Pure rain collected from your rooftop has relatively few contaminants, and is perfect for a variety of outdoor uses. The idea of harnessing rainwater has intrigued me for years now, but I’ve never gotten around to implementing it. […]

Lending Club Portfolio Fully Funded

This is a just a quick note to say that my Lending Club portfolio is now fully funded. I have twenty $25 notes in my “Low Risk” portfolio with an average rate of 9.85%, and twenty $25 loans in my “High Risk” portfolio with an average rate of 15.16%. Since these loans didn’t all fund at the same time, the payment due dates are a bit spread out. […]

Planning a Family Vacation Without Breaking the Bank

Taking a summer vacation can be a great way to get away and spend some time together as a family. In some cases, however, vacations end up draining savings accounts and causing more stress then they relieve. The good news is that it doesn’t have expensive to go on a great vacation. […]

The High Cost of Hurricane Insurance

The 2009 hurricane season officially starts today. As such, I thought I’d talk a bit about hurricane insurance. Unfortunately, according to recent reports, hurricane insurance rates are on the rise. […]

Questions to Ask Your Financial Planner

I recently ran across an interesting brochure that was put out by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board). This is the group that grants the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification. […]

Weekly Roundup - Combining Miles Edition

In case you haven’t heard, the recent merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines has created an opportunity for frequent flyers that have miles in both programs. Simply click here, link your accounts, and then consolidate your miles. […]

How Large is Your Emergency Fund?

I’ve talked a lot in the past about emergency funds — why you should have one, how big it should be, etc. Today I thought I’d ask you guys about your emergency funds. More specifically, I’m curious how many months worth of expenses you keep on hand. […]