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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Weekly Roundup - Self Promotion Edition

Time for a bit of shameless self-promotion… Did you know that I run a couple of other finance-related websites in addition to FCN? Well, I do. One is called Credit Addict, and the other is Money Tipper. […]

Budgeting and Automation: Streamline Your Finances

Budgeting can be a daunting task. It takes time and effort, and it’s not necessarily fun. The keys to having a successful budget are to make it: (1) realistic, and (2) easy to maintain. Some people mistakenly assume that having a budget means cutting their expenses to the bone and hoarding their money for the future, but that’s simply not the case. […]

Sales Tax Deduction for New Car Purchases

A reader name Patrick just wrote in to point out a recent IRS press release about a special tax break for new car purchases in 2009. […]

How to Save Money on Life Insurance

Life insurance is an incredibly important financial product. Unfortunately, it’s also relatively costly. With that in mind, I thought I’d put together some tips for saving money when you’re in the market for a life insurance policy. Get healthy Any insurer worth their salt will require a physical as part of the underwriting process. […]

The Best 401(k) Plans

As a followup to my earlier post about the worst 401(k) plans, here’s a look at Business Week’s list of the best 401(k) plans. Once again, these were rated based on criteria like participation rate, default rate, fees, and employer match. The full list includes fifty plans. […]

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. […]