Old Emigrant Direct Accounts Numbers Still Work

I mentioned the other day that Emigrant Direct had changed everyone’s account number as part of their site upgrade fiasco. I also mentioned that I would try a transfer from ING Direct to Emigrant Direct in order to test whether or not the account number change would screw up transactions with linked accounts. Well… It […]


Weekly Roundup – 07/28/06

Here’s a quick look at some things that caught my eye over the past week…


One Year Ago This Week (July 23rd – July 29th)

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorite posts from a year ago this week: • Appeal Your Health Insurance Denials – Advice for making sure that insurance company pays the piper. • Check Writing Tips – A quick rundown of best practices when it comes to writing checks.


The Best of FCN — Selections from 05/06

Time to dig into the archives again… Here are some of my favorite posts from the month of May… 05/30/06 — Wire Transfers When Closing on a House 05/26/06 — More on the Home Office Tax Deduction 05/24/06 — The Home Office Tax Deduction 05/19/06 — Withdrawing Your Roth IRA Contributions (Followup) 05/17/06 — All […]


Refrigerators, Usable Space, and the Art of Overstatement

By now we all know that manufacturers often overstate the virtues of whatever it is that they’re selling. Think about the EPA mileage estimates plastered to the window of the last car that you bought. How do these numbers stack up to your real world experience? Well, it’s the same deal in the world of […]


IKEA Poll Results

Interesting. The results of the most recent money poll indicate that we have a very IKEA-friendly crowd around here… Neary 70% of respondents have been to IKEA, either to shop (62%) or just check it out (6%). And another 17% haven’t shopped there, but would like to. Just a smattering of people either didn’t care […]


$100 for a Last Will and Trust?

The other day I dropped by our insurance agent’s office and, on the way back to the car, I noticed that he’s located directly adjacent to an attorney’s office. So, on a whim, I popped in to get a rough idea of how it would cost to have a will prepared. It’s been over a […]


Carnivals – Week of 07/24/06

FiveCentNickel participated in four carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my articles that were included in each. The Best of Me Symphony included “The Home Office Tax Deduction.” Also included was “Little Brothers, Tampons, and Lollipops” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Home Depot Coupons on eBay (Followup).” The […]


Paint Recommendations?

We’re starting to think about painting the interior of our house, and we’re in the market for good paint… At our old house we used Pratt & Lambert with an eggshell finish. It wasn’t cheap, but we really liked it. Unfortunately, Pratt & Lambert is relatively hard to come by in our new area. So… […]


Pre-Paying our Mortgage

After playing with the numbers a bit, we decided that it might be a good idea to start pre-paying the mortgage on our new house. And what better time to do so than with our very first payment? We ultimately decided to overpay each month by roughly 1/12 of our payment — our current monthly […]