You Know Gas is Expensive When…

From News of the Weird: A 40-year-old man in Cedarburg, Wis., was arrested on suspicion of DUI when police noticed the severed hose of a gas station pump sticking out of his car’s fuel door. (It belonged to a Kwik Trip station.) Note to self: Make sure to remove the hose before pumping and running. […]


Retirement Savings Rate Poll Results

Well, the votes are in, and it looks like most readers retirement savings rate poll are doing a pretty good job of preparing for retirement. In fact, 73% of all respondents are saving 11% or more of their income for retirement, and there’s a handful of really hardcore savers out there, stashing away over 40% […]


Weekly Roundup – 04/28/06

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on around the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond…


Carnivals – Week of 04/24/06

FiveCentNickel took part in three Carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my posts that were included in each: The Carnival of the Capitalists, which is up at About Entrepreneurs, included my post on piggyback mortgages. The Carnival of Personal Finance, which is up at Million Dollar Goal (actually, it’s up at […]


The Cost of Not Answering the Phone

Yesterday afternoon I set aside a bit of time to arrange for a homeowner’s insurance policy on our new house, as well as to transfer our other policies from from our current insurance agent to one on the other end of our move. We’ve used State Farm Insurance for years and, given that we’re actually […]


On the (In)accuracy of Fuel Efficiency Estimates

I’ve written in the past about the (in)accuracy of EPA fuel efficiency estimates, and it now seems like the Europeans are jumping on board. According to an article from the Times Online, EU fuel consumption tests that were set up in 1980 don’t accurately reflect modern driving conditions. The end result is overly generous estimates […]


How Much Does a Million Dollars Weigh? (Revisited)

Awhile back, I investigated whether or not a million dollars really is a ton of money. As it turns out, the answer depends on whether or not you use the metric system. A million dollars in one dollar bills weighs in at a metric ton, or about 1.1 US tons. So then I got to […]


Save Money, Don’t Drive Like a Maniac

In view of the high gas prices, I thought I’d post this little tidbit: Did you know that aggressive driving with jack rabbit starts and hard braking at traffic signals will save about 2 ½ minutes on a 60-mile trip? The same driving cuts fuel efficiency by 39 percent. I have no idea what assumptions […]


Money Poll #9: Retirement Savings Rate

A few weeks back, I ran a poll on retirement savings accounts which revealed that more than 9 out of 10 respondents are saving for retirement through either an employer-sponsored plan or an IRA of some sort (or both). This week I’m interested in learning even more about my readers’ retirement savings habits, which brings […]


Home Inspection Complete

I’m pleased to report that our home inspection is now complete, and the inspector only found two tiny problems… First off, our garage door opener wasn’t properly adjusted, so it didn’t reverse properly upon contact with a blockage (or a kid — yikes!). Second, the drain plug in one of our sinks didn’t close properly. […]