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 167)

Have You Filed Your Taxes Yet?

Have you finished your taxes yet? We haven’t. I actually entered most of our information into TurboTax at least a month ago, but I never finished the job. My lack of motivation was due in part to the fact that we owe a significant amount. This was by design, so we have the money on hand. That being said, there’s no point in hurrying if we’re not getting a refund. […]

The Downside of Target Date Mutual Funds

Up until about a year ago, we relied primarily on Vanguard’s Target Retirement funds for our long-term investments. […]

Benjamin Graham and the Wisdom of Index Funds

This is a guest post by Mike of The Oblivious Investor. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. “I have little confidence even in the ability of analysts, let alone untrained investors, to select common stocks that will give better than average results. […]

Looks Can Be Deceiving: Lessons Learned on a Shuttle Ride at the Car Dealer

This is a guest post by Philip of Weakonomics. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. Last week, I took my car in for some scheduled service. The dealership is near my office but far from home, so it made sense for me to take the shuttle offered by the dealership. Upon boarding the shuttle, I was greeted by the driver and three other gentlemen. […]

How to Prevent Identity Theft and E-mail Scams

While fraud and identity theft have been around for years, it’s easier than ever for scammers to gain access to your personal information. […]

Talk to Others About Financial Decisions

This is a guest post by Jim of Bargaineering. Jim is also co-host of the Personal Finance Hour, a weekly personal finance radio show. Before I make any financial decisions, I always try to talk to someone about it. Whether it’s buying something from Amazon or investing in a stock, I always talk to at least one person about the decision before I make it. […]

Tip’d Turns Two

Last fall, I wrote about a new social media site called Tip’d, which specializes in financial news. At the time, they were still in beta, but it wasn’t long before they staged their public launch. […]

Six Common Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid

This is a guest post by Nate of Debt-free Scholar. To learn more money saving college tips, consider subscribing to his free RSS feed. Most college students cannot pay for college out of pocket. Therefore, they must apply for loans or financial aid. Because financial aid is basically free money, all students should apply for it before considering loans. […]

Save on Travel: The Most Expensive Airports

Have you ever noticed that certain airports are consistently more expensive than others? I certainly have. The good news is that our nearest airport offers generally competitive fares. […]

Filing Taxes: What are You Worried About?

Tax Day is less than two weeks away, and taxpayers across the country are worried. According the results of a recent survey by CCH CompleteTax, nearly two-thirds of tax filers are concerned that they might overlook tax breaks or make mistakes that could result in penalties. […]