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 5)

Tips for First-Time Campers

This post comes from Lilly Keyes at our partner site Zing! Since June is National Camping Month, I’m sure you’re desperate to get out there and start roasting marshmallows. If you’ve never been camping before, there are some things you should think about before you start rubbing sticks together. I mean, have you ever seen anyone on a sitcom try to put up a tent? […]

A Pearl of Wisdom About the Burden of Wealth

I don’t know how the reading list looked in your high school English classes. But in mine, the teachers clearly believed we kids should absorb books that achieved, to quote Woody Allen, “total heaviosity.” These serious message novels were chosen to shake us out of our suburban-bred complacent lethargy. They were profound. They were penetrating. They were pithy. They exhibited great gobs of pith. […]

Essential money tips for new college grads

Graduation is the theme all around my neighborhood. It is a time of excitement and big dreams. Unfortunately in most cases, personal financial sense is not a taught at college. Once out of college, going from living broke to a big paycheck every month can easily encourage lifestyle inflation and a downward spiral of bad financial habits. […]

Must-Have Websites and Apps for Parents

This post comes from Dawn Jamison at our partner site Zing! One of the most exciting things about being a new parent is learning about all of the wonderful toys and technologies that exist for kids! The apps and websites my friends have told me about have truly been lifesavers. I don’t know what I would do without having these great resources at my fingertips. […]

What’s Your Clean Energy Future?

Do you think it’s a good idea to get away from fossil fuels for our energy needs? If so, you’d be one of millions. Fact is, we are totally dependent on energy for our daily lives, especially electricity. (You can’t read this post without electric power, for example.) Where Does Power Come From? Most electricity, by far, is generated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. […]

Making time for money

One can’t give financial advice for very long without realizing that most of it is not earth-shattering insight. It usually comes down to common sense. So then the challenge becomes one of analyzing why people don’t apply common sense to their finances more often. Temptation is a big reason, of course. […]

A new career stepping stone? More apprenticeships coming to companies near you

This post comes from Jenny Paxton at our partner site LearnVest. Apprenticeships—formal programs that consist of on-the-job, paid training, mentorship and related classroom education—may be the solution to the pressing skills gap between employers’ needs and job seekers’ training. […]

Don’t look a gift employer in the mouth

Even if you’re not a news junkie like me, I’d be willing to bet that you’ve seen or heard one news item ad infinitum over the past several years. That nugget is the story about Americans’ retirement readiness, or lack thereof. We are endlessly informed by the media that we’re not ready to retire — and that we won’t be ready unless we start banking lots more dough. […]

10 tips most first-time home buyers don’t consider

It’s been exactly one year since my husband and I purchased our first home. As one might expect, we’ve learned a number of valuable lessons this past year. There are plenty of articles full of useful tips for first-time home buyers. I am not going to repeat them. Instead, I will list the lessons I personally learned that I didn’t find covered anywhere else. […]

Flex or Fiction: How Accommodating Is Your Job?

This post comes from Anna Williams at our partner site LearnVest. When it comes to work perks, flexibility is one of our favorite nice-to-haves—whether that means occasionally telecommuting from home, working variable hours or being part of a job share. In fact, a 2013 LearnVest study found that more than half of us would prefer a flexible schedule. […]