Wal-Mart & Netflix… A Match Made in Heaven?

Big news in the world of online DVD rentals… Wal-Mart has exited the business, and is throwing their weight behind NetFlix. In fact, if you hop over to the WalMart.com, you’ll see an ad for NetFlix plastered on their front page. Presumably their getting a kickback for customer referrals. It’ll be interesting to see what […]


Citi Driver’s Edge Rewards Just Got Better

Editor’s Note:  This limited-time offer has expired.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a big fan of CitiBank credit card rewards. In fact, I’m currently carrying a Citi Dividend Platinum as well as a Citi Driver’s Edge in my wallet. The former generates cash back, whereas the latter earns credit toward automotive services and/or auto purchases. […]


Pay Down Your Mortgage With ‘Found’ Money

It seems that a common question for homeowners is whether or not it’s a good idea to send extra principal along with (or in addition to) their mortgage payments. The answer to this question varies from case to case, but here’s what I do…


Tuition Bills and Indentured Servitude

I just ran across an interesting method of covering your tuition bills in an article on alternative ways of paying for college. They offer a number of alternative methods for paying for your schooling, but by far the most interesting of these was a service called MyRichUncle.com. There’s not a whole lot of information at […]


Tracking CDs with Quicken

I love Quicken. I’ve been using it to track our finances since January 1, 1997. During that time, however, I have noticed a few shortcomings. Perhaps the greatest of these is Quicken’s lack of support for certificates of deposit. It doesn’t seem like it could be that hard for Intuit to build in straightforward, intuitive […]


Learning About Real Estate Investing

I’ve recently gotten interested in real estate investing, especially with regard to rental properties. Unfortunately, I know hardly anything about it. Thus, I’m really in need of a good education. So before going any further, I thought I’d start by reading up on the subject to see if it really sounds like something I’d like […]


Saving for College

I just ran across an article by Suze Orman on saving for your kids’ college education. Pretty run of the mill stuff, but good advice just the same. The take home lesson is that you need to prioritize your investment needs, and that you shouldn’t rank saving for college ahead of some other critical areas. […]


Investing on Friday the 13th

For all of you day traders out there… According to a recent CNN/Money article, you might want to try your luck investing on Friday the 13th. Over the past 50 years, the stock market (or at least the Dow) has performed better on this traditionally unlucky day than it has on a typical Friday.


Kids as a Tax Dodge

I know that this comes well after tax season, but I somehow neglected to write up something about this sooner. Regardless, it’s never too late to plan for the future… So here’s my advice if you want to minimize your tax liability in the coming years: have kids (or have more kids). That’s right, the […]


FiveCentNickel on Reuters.com

It was just brought to my attention by Ryan over at My Cashflow Blog that this site was mentioned in a Reuters article about personal finance weblogs along with the likes of All Things Financial, PFBlog, Frugal for Life, Seeking Alpha, and Sound Money Tips. Their take on what I’ve put together so far? “Short […]