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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How to Prepare for a Power Outage - Without a Generator

Since most power outages occur during the spring and summers months, this article will focus on power outages in warmer weather. If you experience an outage in cold weather, make sure you have an alternative heat source such as a propane-powered heater and lots of fuel! […]

Quicken 2009 Discounts Extended

This is just a quick note to say that Intuit has extended their discounts on Quicken 2009. They’re offering $20-$50 off (varies by product), and the discounts were set to expire this week. But guess what? […]

Netflix vs. Blockbuster: Which is Best?

We’ve been renting DVDs online for several years now, and we love it. When we first started, Netflix was the only game in town. Not long thereafter, Blockbuster started offering DVDs by mail, and we eventually switched. Most recently, we’ve switched back to Netflix. […]

How to Negotiate and Lower Your Bills

We’ve recently been looking at our expenses to see if we can lower any of our bills. So far, the results have been promising. Earlier this year, we cut our car insurance bill in half. We also noticed that our cable and internet bill went up, so we called our provider. After speaking with customer service, they extended our promotional rate for another year. […]

The Worst 529 Plans - 2009 Edition

As a complement to this morning’s post on the best 529 plans, here’s a list of the worst 529 plans, once again courtesy of Consumer Reports. […]

The Best 529 Plans - 2009 Edition

As a followup to my recent article on 529 plans, I thought I’d highlight the most recent batch of 529 plan ratings from Consumer Reports. For those that aren’t familiar with them, 529 plans are tax-advantaged savings plans that are designed to encourage people save for future college costs. […]

What is a 529 Plan?

I’ve written in the past about the best 529 plans, but I’ve never really written an article explaining exactly what these plans are all about. In short, 529 plans are tax-advantaged savings plans that are designed to encourage people to save for future college costs. […]

Best Business Credit Cards: What’s Hot, What’s Not

A couple of years ago, I was in the market for a business credit card, so I applied for an American Express card that was offering a $250 signup bonus (sadly, that offer has long since expired). While this card was perfectly serviceable, I occasionally run into places that wouldn’t accept AmEx, and I also wasn’t crazy about the $125 annual. […]

Making Work Pay: Tax Credit Results in Reduced Federal Income Tax Withholding

Are you feeling stimulated? Well, you should be. I was updating Quicken over the weekend when I noticed that the reduced federal income tax withholding schedules have kicked in. […]