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 196)

Are Unemployment Payments Taxable?

With all of the layoffs that are currently taking place, I thought I’d spend a few minutes talking about whether or not unemployment benefits are taxable. In short, they are. Because unemployment payments are technically classified as income, you have to pay income tax on them. […]

Spending Habits that Will Make you Graduate Poor

This is a guest post from The Studenomist of Studenomics. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to his RSS feed. As a college student going to school in a tough economy, I’ve made it a personal goal to graduate with as much money saved as possible. How do I intend to pull this off? After all, it seems like everyone these days is completing college either broke or in debt. […]

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation

By the time you read this, we’ll be on our way out of town for a much needed vacation. […]

Why Don’t Young People Care About Finances?

This is a guest post by Adam Goodman, author of “Following The Goods.” If you like what you see here, please check out his weblog and subscribe to his RSS feed. It’s unfortunate, but my story isn’t original. I’m 29, educated, and up until four years ago, I never saw the need to understand how to manage my finances. […]

Save Money With Do-it-Yourself Car Repairs

True story: My brother’s car broke down and we couldn’t get it to move. My husband, my brother, and I pushed it off the main road and called around to see what it could be done. We got the car towed to a local shop (our previous mechanic retired, so we just found someone nearby). We Learned the Hard Way Shortly thereafter, we got a phone call from the shop. […]

Visualize Your Savings Goals

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to achieving major savings goals is maintaining your focus. The bigger the goal, the longer it typically takes to achieve it, and the easier it is to take your eye of the ball. […]

Bank of America ATM Deposit Images Available Online

About a year and a half ago, I wrote about my first experiences with Bank of America’s new ATMs. At the time, I felt that the ability to scan cash and checks was great in theory, but not so great in practice. […]

Weekly Roundup - New Voices Edition

Over the next week or two, you’ll be hearing from more than just me. We’re heading out of town for a weeklong vacation, so I’ve lined up a number of articles from guest contributors to help fill the void. […]

Alternatives to High Yield Savings Accounts

If you’ve got money in the bank, then you’re likely aware that savings account interest rates have been plummeting. For example, in the month since we opened our DollarSavingsDirect account, they’ve slashed their interest rate by nearly 35%, and WT Direct has actually cut rates twice within the past week. Unfortunately, things aren’t likely to get better anytime soon. […]

More Discounts on Quicken 2009

If you missed the last round of discounts on Quicken 2009, today’s your lucky day… Intuit is offering discounts of up to $50 on various Quicken products through March 8th April 26th, 2009 (EXTENDED!). Here are the details: […]