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Epiphanies: Catalysts of change

Written by ecannon - 2 Comments

This is a guest post from Terry R. Vergon who wrote “A Journey of Epiphanies:  Learning Leadership,” which looks at the specific epiphanies that enable people to become great leaders and affect change.
Five Cent Nickel offers great suggestions and behaviors to help us become more financially successful, but what drives us to adopt these behaviors? In [...]

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Published on July 12th, 2013
Modified on July 9th, 2013 - 2 Comments
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Key steps to a richer life

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This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele.
At a recent neighborhood function, I ran into a woman I’ve known for years, but hadn’t seen in a few months. She’d be the first to admit to suffering a weight problem. A shorter woman, she’d packed on enough pounds over the years to audition for the role [...]

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Published on April 24th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 9 Comments
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Bitcoin virtual currency taking off, gaining popularity

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This post is from Miranda Marquit at our partner site Quizzle.com.
One of the more interesting currencies gaining ground right now is Bitcoin. This is a digital currency that provides users with a way to pay each other directly, without transaction fees. But, as Gizmodo explains, it’s not quite so straightforward.
Ultimate fiat currency
Fiat means “let it be done,” [...]

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Published on April 17th, 2013
Modified on April 18th, 2013 - 5 Comments
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Should You Pay Your Children for Good Grades?

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This is a guest post from Suba Iyer.
I grew up in India. We didn’t have a concept of weekly/monthly allowances. If we needed anything we would ask our parents. If they felt it was reasonable and affordable for them, they would buy us the stuff. We never handled cash on our own other than the [...]

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Published on March 26th, 2013
Modified on April 15th, 2013 - 13 Comments
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Marrying for Love and Money

Written by Sarah Gilbert - 5 Comments

With Valentine’s Day in the rearview mirror, I’m thinking about love. Love, and money. Robert Brokamp at Get Rich Slowly was part of my inspiration, with his sweet and personal take on his “relationship deal breakers.”
(A brief summary: when he was 23, smoking; now, fiscal irreponsibility.)
Though many of us reading this site are, indeed, already [...]

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Published on February 19th, 2013
Modified on March 2nd, 2013 - 5 Comments
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Bye Bye, Saturday Mail Delivery

Written by Nickel - 11 Comments

I’ve written in the past about the financial difficulties that the US Postal Service has been dealing with. They’ve been raising stamp prices annually, they’ve closed a bunch of locations, and have been looking for more ways to save.
Despite these changes, they’re still bleeding money. They lost $8.5B in 2010, $5.5B in 2011 (that low [...]

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Published on February 6th, 2013 - 11 Comments
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Putting Money in Its Place

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We’re now a couple of weeks into the New Year and I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. That being said, resolutions provide us with a framework for putting our personal finances in the right perspective. Call it putting money in its place.
It’s probably being a long-time gym member [...]

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Published on January 17th, 2013
Modified on February 4th, 2013 - Leave a Comment
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Financial Lessons Learned

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 10 Comments

Aside from the unswerving advice to spend less than you make, personal finance wisdom has a way of evolving year by year, as the economy, tax laws, and other variables change.
True, most lessons these days have to do with it being harder and harder to build a nestegg, the need to start earlier and [...]

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Published on January 8th, 2013
Modified on January 12th, 2013 - 10 Comments
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The Most Valuable College Football Teams

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

In honor of the BCS National Championship Game, which I’m watching as I write this, here’s a rundown of the most valuable programs in college football:

Texas
Michigan
Florida
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Auburn
Georgia
Alabama
LSU
Oklahoma

These ranking are based on the hypothetical sales price of each program based on revenue, expenses, and projected growth rates. Texas, which ranking #1, has an estimated value [...]

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Published on January 7th, 2013
Modified on January 12th, 2013 - 2 Comments
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Happy New Year!

Written by Nickel - One Comment

This is just a quick note to wish you a Happy New Year. We’ve had a low-key and relaxing break, and plan on continuing that today and tomorrow before a return to school and work.
What about you? Have you had a nice holiday break?
More generally, what are you looking forward in the New Year?

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Published on January 1st, 2013 - One Comment
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