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 Worst 401(k) Plans

Curious as to how your 401(k) plan compares to others? Business Week just published a list of the worst 401(k) plans based on criteria such as participation rate, default rate, fees, and employer match (see also “The Best 401(k) Plans). The full list includes fifty plans. […]

Free Money from Lending Club - $25 Signup Bonus

The good folks at Lending Club have offered to provide FCN readers with a $25 signup bonus* just for opening a Lending Club account. As you might recall, I recently gave away $100 to one lucky Lending Club account holder. This time around, there’s something for everyone! Here’s how it works… 1. Visit Lending Club using a link in this post 2. Open and activate a lender account 3. […]

The Best Car Makers - 2009 Edition

Consumer Reports just published their Annual Auto Issue, and guess what? “The best vehicles are built by Honda, Subaru, and Toyota. They make well-rounded cars that excel across the board…” That’s not to say that every model made by these companies is highly recommended. […]

Weekly Roundup - Witless Edition

While I’d love to write some sort of witty introduction to my link roundup, I just don’t have it in me tonight. Instead, let’s just get to the links. What follows is a list of twelve recent articles that caught my eye. Carrying Bigger Bills? […]

Zecco: Still the Best Online Broker?

Not quite a year ago, FCN readers rated Zecco as the best online broker (here’s my Zecco review). And then it happened… A few weeks back, Zecco made some pretty significant changes to their business model. I meant to write this up back when it was happening, but it somehow slipped off my radar. In short, they’ve raised the minimum balance requirement for qualifying for free trades. […]

Lending Money to Family and Friends

Lending money to family and friends is a bit like a walking a tightrope, and it’s very easy for things to go wrong. With the ongoing recession affecting so many people, you might be tempted to lend money to a loved one in hopes of helping them out. […]

Money Tips from Twitterville

Over the weekend, I asked my “Tweeps” (i.e., people that follow me on Twitter) for their single best piece of financial advice. The primary limitation was that Twitter requires that their messages be 140 characters or less. Thus, the advice had to be short and to the point. […]

File Taxes for Free With TurboTax

A few weeks ago, I did a head-to-head comparison of TurboTax vs. TaxCut, and I also noted that TurboTax has been rated the best tax preparation software. At the time, however, I wasn’t aware that you can use TurboTax for free if you make less than $30k. Note that I’m not talking about the free 1040EZ filing that they offer when you hit their homepage. […]

How to Save Money on Groceries - 45 Ways to Reduce Your Grocery Bill

The recession in full swing and many families have been tightening their belts. With that in mind, I thought I’d spend a bit of time talking about how to save money on what, for many of us, is a major monthly expenditure — groceries! None of this is rocket science, but it does take a bit of discipline. With a bit of discipline, you can save a lot of money each and every month. […]

Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford

Here’s some simple financial advice from SNL: Thanks to @StephTheBlogger from Graduated Learning for the tip! Follow me on Twitter! ---Related Articles at fivecentnickel.com:» Clear Out Your Stuff & Get a Tax Break» Weekly Roundup - 12/15/06» Don’t Miss These Tax Breaks, Part 3» From the Mouths of Babes: Made in China» Don’t Miss These Tax Breaks, Part 2» Preparing for our Moving Sale» Recent […]