Carnivals – Week of 01/15/07

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 “My Best and Worst Money Moves.” Also included was “Don’t Let Your Kids Get Ahold of Your Checkbook” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Ten Steps […]


Ten Steps to Simplify Your Finances, Part 4

Here’s Part IV of my thoughts on Consumer Reports’ ten steps to simplifying your financial life. Today we’ll be covering steps 9-10…


Don’t Miss These Tax Deductions

As you may or may not know, Congress extended certain tax breaks late in 2006, but not in time for the IRS deadline for inclusion in 2006 tax forms. Thus, these deductions don’t appear on the IRS forms or in the instructions booklets. Here are the key changes:


links for 2007-01-17

Netflix: Never Mind the Mailbox “Netflix CEO Reed Hastings unveiled the company’s long-awaited plan to offer movie and TV downloads over the Internet amid continuing shifts in the video rental industry.” (tags: netflix online) Scraping by on $150, 000 a year – MSN Money “Why is it that no matter how much you earn, you […]


Ten Steps to Simplify Your Finances, Part 3

Here’s Part III of my thoughts on Consumer Reports’ ten steps to simplifying your financial life. Today we’ll be covering steps 7-8…


Money Poll #22: Current Debt Load

Okay, I’ve asked in the past about whether or not you guys carry a credit card balance, but I’ve never really touched on the issue of actual debt load. So in this Money Poll, I’d like to ask about your current debt load. Before we get started, here are a few ground rules…


Ten Steps to Simplify Your Finances, Part 2

Here’s Part II of my thoughts on Consumer Reports’ ten steps to simplifying your financial life. Today we’ll be covering steps 4-6…


One Year Ago This Week (January 7th – January 13th)

Here’s a quick look at my favorite posts from one year ago this past week: • Register that Domain Name – A reminder to hop on over to your friendly neighborhood domain registrar and snatch up that catchy domain name pronto. • Free Booze Helps the Homeless – Hmmm… Counterintuitive to say the least, but […]


Weekly Roundup – 01/12/07

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


Ten Steps to Simplify Your Finances, Part 1

I just ran across a nice article from Consumer Reports that lists ten easy steps that you can take to simplify your financial life… It’s a great topic, so I thought I’d run through it and include my thoughts on each point as we go along. Today I’ll take on the first three steps.