Gas Prices Falling Fast

I generally try not to talk too much about gas prices, but in this case I couldn’t resist. This past Saturday I bought gas for $2.139/gallon, and I saw it later in the day at a rural location further down the road for $2.029/gallon. I retrospect, I was struck by two things. First, I’m amazed […]


The Weather Channel = MTV of Meteorology?

This is totally off-topic, but… When was it that The Weather Channel started devolving into the MTV of meteorology? Remember when MTV actually played music videos? Back before they started running reality show after reality show? Well, it seems that The Weather Channel has decided to turn their back on trivial little things such as […]


Movie Snack Poll Results

The results of the Movie Snack poll are in… 40% of respondents admitted to bringing both snacks and drinks into the theater when they see a movie. An additional 26% bring snacks, but either skip the drinks or buy them at the theater, whereas 8% bring in their drinks but skip the snacks or buy […]


How to Dispute a Citibank Credit Charge Online

I spent a bit of time the other day figuring out how to dispute a credit charge from within the Citibank online interface. Guess what? It turns out that you can’t. As I noted yesterday, we’ve been having a devil of a time straightening out a botched order from SimplyBunkBeds.com, and I finally ended up […]


Weekly Roundup – 09/22/06

Here’s a quick look at some of the personal finance articles that caught my eye over the past week.


Carnivals – Week of 09/18/06

FiveCentNickel participated in three carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my posts that were included in each. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Treasury Securities: A Survey of What’s Available.” Also included was “Teaching a Six Year Old to Save” from raising4boys.com. The Festival of Frugality included “Frugal Confession: I Cut […]


SimplyBunkBeds.com Misled Us (And I’m Not Happy)

Wow, it feels like this site is rapidly devolving into a consumer bitch fest. But here we go again… We recently ordered two sets of ash bunkbeds from SimplyBunkBeds.com (a subsidiary of NetShops, Inc.) and when they showed up, they were made out of pine. And when we checked with the manufacturer, we learned that […]


Dish Network Customer Service Salvation (At Long Last)

Phew! After three and a half long months we finally have closure… Dish Network has finally relented and credited us back for the supposedly “free” installation. In case you haven’t been following along, we’ve been in a long and drawn out fight with both Dish Network and the local reseller over a $49.99 bill credit […]


Skip Lunch, Save $100k

Do you like to eat lunch out on a regular basis? And have you ever wondered how much your habit is really costing you? Well have I got a solution for you! Just hop on over to the Lunch Savings Calculator over at Dinkytown.net. Plug in the typical cost of your lunches out, the cost […]


Solving Customer Service Problems

We’ve been on the receiving end of our fair share of customer service problems recently, so I thought I’d take the time to write up some thoughts on how best to get satisfaction when you’re faced with a company that seemingly doesn’t care…