Gift Card Poll Results

Wow. The Gift Card Poll has come to a conclusion and an amazing 77% of all respondents received gift cards for the holidays this year. Wow. And not even 20% of these gift card recipients have spent them out so far… Let’s get cracking, people! Don’t let the marketing geniuses that created the gift card […]


Carnivals – Week of 01/08/07

FiveCentNickel participated in four carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my posts that were included in each. The Best of Me Symphony included “Five Questions (and Answers) About Blog Carnivals.” Also included was “Getting Kids Moving With a Pedometer” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “How our Estate Plan […]


Correcting Roth IRA Contribution Mistakes

I wrote awhile back about how to undo Roth IRA conribution mistakes, and a reader named Mike recently left an insightful comment on that post. It seems that Mike is in the unfortunate position of having contributed the full amount to his Roth IRA, but year-end bonuses pushed him above the eligibility threshold. He’s now […]


National Tax Advice Day 2007

Just a quick note to let y’all know that today is National Tax Advice Day. As I noted last year, National Tax Advice Day is timed to coincided with the official beginning of tax season (you can e-file with the IRS as early as Friday the 12th). This year, they’re also offering a number of […]


links for 2007-01-09

Just Cancel the @#%$* Account! “It’s hard to find a Web service that doesn’t offer a free trial. But just try canceling. We did, and the results weren’t always pretty.” (tags: service online) Wal-Mart’s $1 Billion Problem “Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest private energy user. Each of the discount giant’s 2, 074 supercenters uses an […]


Money Poll #21: Gift Cards

Gift cards are getting to be a more and more popular gift-giving option, but they’re not without their drawbacks. Dormancy fees, expiration dates, etc. If you’re not careful, that generous gift that you just received from Aunt Martha might just slip away. With the foregoing in mind, I wanted to get a sense for how […]


Changes Afoot: Full-Text RSS Feed and Daily Links

Just a quick note to let say that I’ve decided to switch over to a full-text RSS feed. This means that you can get the entire content of my articles, including links and graphics, delivered to your doorstep (so to speak). Note that the full feed is available regardless of whether you subscribe through a […]


One Year Ago This Week (December 31st – January 6th)

Here’s a quick look at my favorite posts from a year ago this past week: • E-mail Reminders: Never Miss a Due Date – A handy tip for keeping track of time-sensitive issues. • Filing a PayPal Buyer’s Complaint – Step-by-step instructions filing a PayPal complaint against an eBay seller. • Rebalancing our Retirement Portfolio […]


Florida Travel Recommendations?

We’re looking for a nice family-type vacation spot along the Florida panhandle that would be suitable for a 3-5 day trip in mid-February. Does anyone have any recommendations? We’re looking for both general information (cities and whatnot) as well as specific information (e.g., hotel/resort recommendations and things to do). Please don’t be shy…


Weekly Roundup – 01/05/06

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