Shady Jewelry Store Advertising Tactics

I’ve written in the past about mall jewelry stores and how everything that they sell seems to be perpetually on sale for 30%, 50%, or even 70% off the ‘regular’ price. In fact, it got so bad that at one point Zales was inserting a bit of small print into their TV ads admitting that […]


Broadband Internet Crisis Averted

Earlier this week I mentioned that we won’t be able to get either DSL or cable internet at our new house. Just a few days after throwing me into a tizzy about how we’ll feed our broadband addiction, however, BellSouth has seemingly come to our rescue… Even though they had told us (both online and […]


Weekly Roundup – 05/12/06

Here’s a quick look at articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond that caught my eye over the past week…


Bankruptcy Filings are on the Rise

After experiencing a sharp drop in the first quarter of 2006, the rate of bankruptcy filings has begun to rise. The lull in late 2005 and early 2006 is thought to be a result of tough new bankruptcy legislation. Given the recent uptick, however, it looks like the bankruptcy legislation did little more than temporarily […]


Fed Raises Rates (Again)

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the 16th straight time yesterday, and left open the possibility of continued increases if they turn out to be necessary to keep inflation in check. After Wednesday’s 0.25% increase, the benchmark federal funds rate now stands at 5% — the highest it’s been in just over five years. […]


Carnivals – Week of 05/08/06

FiveCentNickel took part in three carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my articles that were included in each. The Carnival of Personal Finance, which is up at pfBlueprint, includes “Withdrawing Your Roth IRA Contributions.” The Best of Me Symphony, which is up at The Owner’s Manual, includes “Debt Reduction on a […]


Kroger Gas Discount Details (Sort of)

Okay, this is kind of annoying. Last week I reported that Kroger is overhauling their gas discount program. According to the note on my receipt, details would be forthcoming in the May 6th circular. So when I checked the circular, they had a vague blurb that closed by saying to check the store for details. […]


Rules Regarding No-Interest Family Loans

I’ve written in the past about using gift funds from a family member to aid in the purchase a home, including how to write a mortgage gift letter. But what if you’re interested in using a no-interest loan from a family member, as opposed to a gift?


Worst. Job. Ever.

I’m not sure why, but this past weekend I got to thinking about the worst job that I’ve ever had. I’m going to write a bit about it below, but first I’d like to invite you to join the fun… If you have your own website, feel free to write up your worst job ever […]


Money Poll #11: Internet Access

On the heels of yesterday’s revelation that we won’t be able to easily (or inexpensively) get broadband internet access at our new house, I thought it might be interesting to run a poll on internet access. The question of the week is: “What type of internet access do you have at home?” As you probably […]