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 10)

In Sickness and in Wealth: Why Today’s Couples Keep Separate Accounts

This post comes from Shana Lebowitz at our partner site LearnVest. It’s hard to find a more romantic topic than banking—but nearly every couple eventually faces the question: Should we combine our money or keep separate accounts? According to a new survey by TD Bank, the answer is often “both.” Nearly half (42%) of couples with joint bank accounts also keep individual ones. […]

Are You A Prius Lover or Hater?

When is the last time you got into a heated argument about cars? Cars in general are not controversial. Yes, there is the odd low-key Chevy vs. Ford thing from days gone by and that sort of thing, but most people generally don’t get worked up about cars, arguing about them after dinner in mixed company. […]

The side effects of credit cards

While I’m not a fan of all the pharmaceutical advertising on television, I have to admit that they can be brutally frank about disclosing potential side effects. If you take something for chronic indigestion, a variety of things could happen which will make you lose your appetite — which at least would make you less likely to suffer indigestion. […]

The Post-College Outlook: A New Money Worry for 20-Somethings?

This post comes from Anna Williams at our partner site LearnVest. College seniors graduating this spring are more optimistic than ever … but should they be? According to Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey, a full 84% of the class of 2014 believes they will land a job in their chosen field. […]

Speaking Well of the Dearly Departed: You

If you’re like me, you hold the firm belief that a personal finance site like the one you’re currently visiting should occasionally offer more than the usual advice. Oh, it’s fine if these posts primarily advance ways to track down the best savings account, how to save on life insurance or find the best zero percent APR credit cards. […]

How to save money on airline fees

The summer travel season is almost upon us. In the past, finding good airfare deals used to take the most time, while booking the tickets only took a couple of minutes. Now, it goes like this: You spend hours trying to find a good airfare deal and get excited when you find an awesome deal! […]

Managing Your Finances During a Breakup

This post comes from Jen Smialek at our partner site Quizzle.com. We’ve all been there before: You’ve just broken up with your significant other, and you are heartbroken. Regardless of who did the breaking, it’s never easy to muddle through the next weeks/months of confusion and emotion. When heartbreak strikes, it can be an equally tough time to manage your finances. […]

Why cutting the cord might not work

Time was when you had a home phone and you watched TV with a rabbit-ear antenna. Life was cheap then. Well, almost: I remember paying $3.95 a minute to make a phone call from Orange County to New York. Life may have been cheaper then, but not easier: When you and your significant other got separated in a grocery store, you had to find each other the old-fashioned way. […]

Retirement saving: Size isn’t the only consideration

I recently read one of those articles debating whether a million dollars was enough to retire on these days. Mostly, the focus of the article was on the fact that a million dollars isn’t as significant as it used to be due to the impact of inflation. That’s a good point, but it also got me thinking that the size of your nest egg is just one side of the retirement equation. […]

The Picasso Effect: A Secret to Career Success?

This post comes from Anna Williams at our partner site LearnVest.com. The secret to climbing the career ladder just might be knitting, taking a ceramics class or refurbishing old cars. […]