Weekly Roundup – 03/31/06

It’s weekly roundup time! Here are a bunch of articles from across the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond that caught my eye this week…


Improving Our Curb Appeal

Now that we’ve had a successful moving sale and have hauled a bunch of stuff to storage, it’s time to focus on things like improving our curb appeal… To this end, I’ve replaced the lights on either side of our garage door, and have also repainted our mailbox. After not quite four years in the […]


Thoughts on Frequent Flyer Credit Cards

A comment on my recent post on Emigrant Direct’s new and improved reward credit card got me to thinking about credit card rewards and frequent flyer miles. In general terms, I’ve always valued frequent flyer miles at around a penny apiece — I typically pay around $250 for a roundtrip domestic ticket (give or take), […]


Carnivals – Week of 03/27/06

FiveCentNickel participated in two carnivals this week. Here they are, along with links to my posts that were included in each. The Carnival of Personal Finance, which is up at Financial Baby Steps, included my post on preparing for our moving sale. The Best of Me Symphony, which is up at The Owner’s Manual, included […]


The Ins and Outs of Bridge Loans

In general terms, it’s always best to sell your house before you buy a new one. But that’s not always possible… Depending on how things work out, you may need (or at least want) to buy a new home before you sell your old one. The problem here is that many homeowners can’t afford to […]


Moving Sale Results

Well, the moving sale is done, and we survived… Although we had advertised an 8:00 AM start, people descended on us almost immediately when we started moving stuff out into the driveway around 6:30 AM. And by the time 8:00 AM rolled around, my pockets were already bulging with money. We kept the sale running […]


Reverse ABA Routing Number Lookup

I’m not sure how or when this might end up being useful, but I learned a cool trick from a commenter awhile back… You can do a reverse bank lookup by entering an ABA routing number at this site. I tried it out for a few banks (ING Direct, HSBC Direct and Emigrant Direct) and […]


Emigrant Direct Improves Their Reward Credit Card

I got an e-mail from Emigrant Direct this weekend announcing that they’ve improved their reward credit card. As I’ve mentioned before, Emigrant offers a 1.25% reward credit card. There are, however, some pretty major strings attached, including a requirement that you maintain an average daily balance of $10k in your Emigrant Direct savings account in […]


Money Poll #6: Tax Preparation

With just three weeks to go until Tax Day, I thought it would be interesting to find out how y’all go about preparing your taxes… Thus, the poll question of the week is “How do you do your taxes?” As usual, I’ll go first. We’ve always done our own taxes, and over the past five […]


More ING Direct Referral Bonus Links

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve posted a fresh batch of referral links for the $25 ING Direct account opening bonus. If you haven’t taken part, keep in mind that opening an account through on of these links gives you an easy (and instant) 10% return on the minimum deposit of $250. […]