Applying for a Passport

I travel off and on for work-related conferences and meetings, and to date my travel to date has been entirely domestic. That being said, it’s not likely that I’ll be presented with the opportunity to travel overseas in the near future. Thus, I thought it was high time to get myself a passport. That’s right, […]


Are you Saving Enough for Retirement?

It goes without saying that an incredibly important aspect of saving for retirement is figuring out how much you’ll need. The problem here is that it’s tough to accurately predict how much you’ll need when there’s no good way of predicting how long you’ll live. Thus, it’s probably best to err on the side of […]


Bank of America to Improve ATM Deposits

Late last week I received a notice from Bank of America letting me know that they are improving ATM deposits. In short, they’re implementing a system that allows for the scanning of cash and checks as they are inserted into the machine. While this system provides some advantages to the user (like confirmation of the […]


What Would You do With a Bunch of Bricks?

This might be a weird question, but when we moved into our house there was a brick pile out back in the near edge of the woods. The former owner saved the leftover bricks when he had the house built so he could eventually build a matching barbecue (but he never got around to it). […]


One Year Ago This Week (July 30th – August 5th)

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorite posts from a year ago this week: • Sales Tax Holidays Reconsidered – A contrarian look at the whether or not state sales tax holidays, which typically happen around this time of year, are actually a good deal for the consumer. • Identity Theft After Death […]


AmEx Buyer’s Assurance Warranty Extension Program

You may or may not know this, but a number of credit card issuers automatically provide an extended warranty on most purchases. Take American Express, for example… Under their Buyer’s Assurance Plan, AmEx doubles the manufacturer warranty up to a full year, subject to certain limitations. So if the item in question has a six […]


Weekly Roundup – 08/04/06

Here’s a quick rundown of things from the MoneyBlogNetwork (and beyond) that caught my eye this past week…


Carnivals – Week of 07/31/06

FiveCentNickel participated in five carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my articles that were included in each. The Best of Me Symphony included “Wire Transfers When Closing on a House.” The Carnival of Debt Reduction included “Pre-Paying our Mortgage.” The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Our Mortgage Was Sold.” The Carnival […]


The Danger of No-Interest, Same-as-Cash Purchases

A few weeks back we purchased some furniture in a 12 months, no-interest, same-as-cash credit transaction. In short, this was a move made in the interest of convenience. We had just paid the movers with our credit card (to the tune of $7k) and were waiting on reimbursement from my new employer, and we were […]


Vanguard’s “Enhanced” Login

The other day I logged into our Vanguard account and was greeted with the following message: Enhanced logon is coming Vanguard uses the most up-to-date technology to help ensure a safe and secure online investing environment. In the coming months, we’re enhancing our logon process to further protect you when you use Vanguard.com®. Our new […]