Carnivals – Week of 11/27/06

FiveCentNickel participated in four carnivals this week. Here they are along with my posts that were included in each. The Carnival of the Capitalists included “Transferring 403(b) Funds via a 90-24 Transfer.” The Best of Me Symphony included “Saving Money: Focus on Big or Small Items?” Also included was “Overscheduled Parents” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival […]


Establishing Credit With a New Taxpayer Identification Number

I wrote the other day about credit card signup bonuses for business credit cards. Since we’re setting up an LLC for our online endeavors and are in the process of separating our personal and business income, a separate credit card to cover expenses seems to make good sense simultaneously also start tracking its credit report […]


New Passport Requirements for International Travel

If you travel internationally, you’d better listen up… In just a couple of months, you’ll have to present a passport when arriving in the United States from North, Central, or South America as well as the Carribean (and Bermuda). Previously, U.S. and Canadian citizens were allowed to enter the U.S. from select countries if they […]


Google Checkout: First Impressions

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take Google Checkout for a test drive. If you’re not familiar with Google Checkout, it’s an online payment system that lets you track your purchases from a wide variety of merchants all in one place. Google Checkout is tied to your Gmail account — you do have […]


The Best of FCN – Selection from 08/06

Time for another quick trip through the archives… Here are some of my favorite posts from the month of August… 08/03/2006 — The Danger of No-Interest, Same-as-Cash Purchases 08/04/2006 — AmEx Buyer’s Assurance Warranty Extension Program 08/08/2006 — Are you Saving Enough for Retirement? 08/10/2006 — Craigslist First Impressions: Lots of Scammers 08/11/2006 — Pre-Paid […]


One Year Ago This Week (November 19th – November 25th)

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorite posts from a year ago this past week: • Money Moves for 2006, Part 4: Your Health – Part IV of my series on money moves to make before the end of the year. • On Dental Insurance, Appeals, and Pulling Teeth – Sometimes getting your […]


Weekly Roundup – 11/24/06

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


Carnivals – Week of 11/20/06

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 “Reward Credit Cards: What’s in my Wallet?” The Best of Me Symphony included “Solving Customer Service Problems.” Also included was “Dealing With Six Year Old Procrastination and Dawdling” […]


Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s a short list of some of the things that I’m thankful for: 1. My wife. 2. Our kids. 3. Good health. 4. Financial security. This list could go on and on (and on!), but it’s a holiday and I want to get back to […]


Putting Together an Estate Plan

Nearly eleven months into 2006 (and almost a year and a half after I first wrote about this), we finally took a solid step toward fulfilling one of our New Year’s Resolutions… Putting together an estate plan. I actually debated about using LegalZoom to put together our wills, but we ultimately decided against it. Instead, […]