Money Saving Tip for the Recently (or Soon-to-Be) Unemployed

By now most of us have heard about the list of 101 money saving tips that Northwest Airlines distributed to workers facing layoffs. Although many of these tips are actually solid ideas for stretching a dollar (see below for the full list), this wasn’t the most sensitive move on the part of NWA. Beyond this, […]


Money Poll #19: Movie Snacks

My recent revelation that we bring snacks into the movie theater from outside seems to have struck a chord with some, and touched a nerve with others. Given this, I thought that it would be fun to formalize this issue into a poll. And thus I bring you Money Poll #19, which asks “Do you […]


One Year Ago This Week (September 10th – September 16th)

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorite posts from a year ago this past week: • Obsessive Compulsive Checkbook Balancing – I admit it… I balance our checkbook down to the penny, and I can’t get to sleep until I resolve any discrepancies. • Citi Thank You Redemptions? No Thanks – My thoughts […]


Credit Card Receipt Poll Results

This week’s Money Poll question was “Do you save your credit card receipts and reconcile them against your statements?” A bit over 100 people responded, and I was interested to learn that the majority of people (52%) handle things just the way I do… More specifically, we don’t really save our receipts and cross-check against […]


HSBC Introduces Telephone Access Codes

The other day I was logging into HSBC Direct when I inadvertently got locked out. As it turns out, I cut-and-pasted the wrong password out of my password encryption program and, after a couple of tries, I ended up getting locked out. Thus, I had to call in and get our account unlocked. Interestingly, as […]


Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had a crash course in the hidden costs of home ownership. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been dealing with…


Weekly Roundup – 09/15/06

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


Home Depot Rebate Update

Not quite three weeks after sending in our Home Depot $100 Gift Card Rebate one day late, I received an e-mail saying that they had received our submission. They also provided us with a link to track its status while it’s being processed. So it looks like there’s still hope — they haven’t rejected it […]


2006 Federal Tax Rates

I’ve recently been considering my options when it comes to retirement savings plans, and this has gotten me to thinking about the actual amount of money that I’ll be saving in taxes via contributions to tax-deferred retirement accounts. Of course, the value of a tax deduction depends on your tax bracket. While I’m well aware […]


Carnivals – Week of 09/11/06

FiveCentNickel took part in five Carnivals this week. Here they are, along with my posts that were included in each. The Best of Me Symphony included “Cell Phone Overages: A Hidden Cost of Moving.” Also included was “Travel Tip: Book a ‘Nap’ Flight” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Self-Employment, Taxes and SEP-IRAs.” […]