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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How to Set SMART Financial Goals

Your guide to setting SMART financial goals. We show you how to create goals that are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Result-focused, and Time-bound. It’s fairly easy to set financial goals, if you think about it. “I want to be rich.” “I want to get out of debt.” “I want enough money to retire comfortably.” See? […]

How to Upgrade Your Credit Card

If you’ve been using a credit card for a while, it may be time for an upgrade. Didn’t know you could upgrade your card? Don’t even know what that means? Here’s what you need to know! Upgrading a credit card can mean a few different things. Sometimes, you can stay with the same card issuer but tap into a stronger rewards system. […]

8 Ways to Land Your Next Promotion

It’s a classic Catch 22. One of the biggest challenges when it comes to progressing up the career ladder, is that typically what makes you good at this job, could be what’s holding you back from progressing. You learn a certain set of behaviours in any role. These behaviours help you perform well and cause others to notice you. […]

How to Pay Off Your Debt The Fastest Way Possible

If you’re anything like the average American, your family is probably carrying somewhere close to $10k in credit card debt. For some of you, this number may even be (substantially) higher. Making the decision to tackle that high-interest debt once and for all is the first step toward transforming your finances forever. […]

How to Order Checks Without Getting Ripped Off

Your bank is the worst place to buy checks. Banks are way too expensive. Here are the best places to order checks without getting ripped off. If you’ve signed up for a checking account at a brick and mortar bank, then you likely know the routine.  First show proper ID and sign the necessary paperwork. Then the bank CSR will ask you how many checks you’d like to purchase.   “So Mr. […]

34 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home

Working from home is a dream for many. We love it! Ditch the commute with these 34 legitimate ways to make money from home. As I write this article, I’m making money from home. Well, technically, from Starbucks. But, still, as someone with a nearly 10-year history of working from home–sometimes full-time and sometimes part-time–I can tell you that it’s possible. […]

Top Ten Web-Based Money Management Tools

Many of the best budgeting software tools are totally free. We list the top 10 options for paid and free apps. The #1 budgeting app is totally free. Each decade brings new and innovative ways to manage your money. In the 1990s, you could use simple PC-based software to track basic income and expenses. […]

5 Alternatives to High Yield Online Savings Accounts

Savings account interest rates have been plummeting. Here are five of the best alternatives to a savings account to make the most of your money. Putting your money away in a high yield savings account is one of the smartest and safest moves you can make. The first $250,000 is insured per account holder and at 2% interest, the money will grow over time. […]

What Is Vesting and Why Should You Care?

Vesting refers to the act of becoming fully entitled in an employer’s retirement fund, pension plan, stock options, or other related assets. The vested assets that you have can never be taken away from you. Money that has not vested, however, is lost when you leave the company. […]

Review of Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless claims to offer excellent phones and service at rock bottom prices. In this Republic Wireless review, we put these claims to the test. Mobile devices were supposed to free us from the tethers of landlines. Unfortunately, many wireless plans can leave us tethered to expensive contracts and oppressive terms. […]