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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Paying Off Your Mortgage Early: Some Things to Consider

Let’s talk about a somewhat controversial subject, at least in financial planning circles: paying off your mortgage early. A great deal of conventional wisdom says you should never pay a mortgage off early. Well, I’ve gone against that conventional wisdom. Twice. […]

Are High Deductible Health Insurance Plans a Good Idea?

When looking at different health insurance plans, one of the biggest decisions you’ll likely have to make is whether or not to enroll in a high-deductible plan. Regular health insurance plans offer more predictable medical costs and often more comprehensive coverage. […]

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage (and How Not To)

With gas prices on the rise, I thought I’d highlight an article I found on Consumer Reports about ways to save on gas… and ways not to. Given the results of my latest experiment on improving gas mileage, I can vouch for pretty much all of these. 1. Drive at a moderate speed. Keeping a lid on your speed is the #1 thing you can do to improve mileage. […]

The Best Places to Invest for Retirement

A reader named KC recently wrote in with a question about investing for retirement: I’m 28 years old with a wife and a six month old baby. We’ve always been money-conscious, but would really like to focus our efforts. We both have Roth IRAs, but are not satisfied with them. They are heavily loaded, and we weren’t that familiar with them when we were advised to set them up. […]

Review of the Discover it Card and Its Cash Back Bonus

Have you heard of the Discover it credit card yet? This highly-rated cash back credit card makes it easy for those with mid-to-high credit to jump on earning great rewards. Plus, it has an interesting matching bonus offer happening right now. Discover it Card Basics This card offers a great 5% cash back on bonus categories, which rotate quarterly. […]

11 Great Books About Money That Everybody Should Read

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2007. However, we feel that the books listed here are timeless, and still provide a wealth (pun intended) of information. […]

The Triple Tax Advantages of a Health Savings Account

With the rising cost of healthcare in the United States, many are looking for ways to save on medical expenses. Employers are continuing to push healthcare costs onto workers, making monthly premiums higher than ever. In addition, high-deductible health insurance plans have become increasingly popular. For these reasons, people turn to health savings accounts for savings on medical expenses. […]

8 Ways to Save for Retirement in your 40s and 50s

I told the story elsewhere of how my wife and I woke up in our late 40s to a harsh realization: our investment cupboard was bare. We were not alone, though. In fact, millions of Americans in their 40s or 50s don’t have nearly enough money saved to retire. In a recent GAO survey, 29% of households age 55 or older had no retirement savings. […]

How to Use Up Your FSA Dollars Before You Lose Them

Given that the year’s end is quickly approaching, a lot of you are likely making moves to get your finances in order before 2017. For those of you who have employer-sponsored health insurance plans, you may have contributed to a Flexible Spending Account (or FSA) in 2016. An FSA is a tax-advantaged account offered by employers in conjunction with certain health insurance plans. […]

Credit Karma to Begin Offering Free Tax Filing for 2017

How do you plan to prepare and file your taxes this year? If you’re like 43% of Americans, you probably did your tax returns from the comfort of your home, maybe even using a service like TurboTax or TaxAct. Well, get ready because in 2017, there will be a newcomer to the market of tax filing services. […]