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 6)

8 Ways to Stretch Your Vacation Dollar

There are plenty of well-known ways to save money on your vacation, such as booking flights and hotels online, cashing in credit card rewards, or eating the free breakfast in your motel. […]

8 Ways to Stretch Your Vacation Dollar

There are plenty of well-known ways to save money on your vacation, such as booking flights and hotels online, cashing in credit card rewards, or eating the free breakfast in your motel. […]

Five Primary Reasons Why Your Credit Card Application Was Declined

I try to take advantage of promotional credit card offers as much as possible. When big bonuses come around, I apply. When great cash back reward programs are offered, I’m immediately figuring out how much money I can save by using a new card instead of an old one. But sometimes all these new credit cards and their spending requirements can get me into a bit of a bind. […]

Five Primary Reasons Why Your Credit Card Application Was Declined

I try to take advantage of promotional credit card offers as much as possible. When big bonuses come around, I apply. When great cash back reward programs are offered, I’m immediately figuring out how much money I can save by using a new card instead of an old one. But sometimes all these new credit cards and their spending requirements can get me into a bit of a bind. […]

How to Ask for a Promotion (and Get It)

If you want to build a meaningful and lucrative career, you’re going to have to learn how to feel confident talking to your boss about your ambitions and asking for the support you need to progress. No matter how necessary, though, that conversation can make even the most outgoing of us feel a little weak in the knees. […]

How to Ask for a Promotion (and Get It)

If you want to build a meaningful and lucrative career, you’re going to have to learn how to feel confident talking to your boss about your ambitions, and asking for the support you need to progress. No matter how necessary, though, that conversation can make even the most outgoing of us feel a little weak in the knees. […]

The Hidden Savings In a Rent Payment

The scene was a sidewalk café on Chicago’s northwest side, one summery evening around 2006. I’d been joined for dinner by a couple of friends, Grant and Kate, and between bites of chicken Vesuvio — or was it a chopped salad? […]

How to Budget Without Regular Paychecks

Successful budgeting tends to depend on two things: careful planning and a steady income. The first, anyone can do. The second may not be so simple. If you’re self-employed, you might be asking yourself, “But I don’t have a regular paycheck coming in — can I even set up a budget? Should I bother?” You can. […]

How to Budget Without Regular Paychecks

Successful budgeting tends to depend on two things: careful planning and a steady income. The first, anyone can do. The second may not be so simple. If you’re self-employed, you might be asking yourself, “But I don’t have a regular paycheck coming in — can I even set up a budget? Should I bother?” You can. […]

Should You Spend Less or Make More?

The most sound financial advice you’ll ever read is also the most basic: Spend less than you make. Sure, a successful financial life is a bit more complicated than that. After all, you have to decide just how to make that extra money work for you. But it all starts with this basic principle. […]