HSBC Direct to Revamp Website

I just got an interesting message from HSBC Direct in my inbox. It seems that they’re re-working their web interface. Hopefully things will go more smoothly for HSBC than they did for Emigrant Direct when they took their website offline for a re-design and then couldn’t get it back up and running for several days. […]


RSS Feed Problems

Just a quick note to say that I’m having issues with my RSS feed right now. I’ve been unable to make any modifications to it through the Feedburner interface pretty much all day today, and now I’m not even sure they’re picking up the feed. If you’re reading this via RSS, do me a favor […]


How our Estate Plan is Structured

Now that we’ve had a chance to put our estate plan together (finally!), I though that I’d share some details on how we set things up. Hopefully this will help others who are trying to figure out the same sorts of things. Or maybe it will inspire those who have been putting it off (like […]


Carnivals – Week of 01/01/07

FiveCentNickel participated in four carnivals this week. Here they are along with my posts that appeared in each. The Carnival of the Capitalists included “Why do Credit Cards Expire?” The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Juicy Amex Credit Card Signup Bonus Disappearing Soon.” The Best of Me Symphony included “Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for […]


Amazon.com Paperless Rebates Rock (So Far)

A couple of weeks ago, I bought my wife a new MacBook laptop for Christmas. I made the purchase through Amazon.com, and part of the deal was a $75 rebate. While I wasn’t terribly excited about the prospect of dealing with a rebate, the price (even before the rebate) was right, and I’d come out […]


Citibank Refused to Process our Red Cross Donation

Wow. After several years of being a happy Citibank credit card customer, they’ve really managed to piss me off. Here’s the deal…


Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card Offers (Updated!)

Below, I’ve compiled a list of current 0% balance transfer credit card offers from a variety of issuers. These cards are a great tool for killing off high-interest credit card debt. When combined with a high-yield online savings account these cards are also great for credit card arbitrage. All of these cards offer 0% APR […]


Charities of Choice 2006, Part IV: The Conservation Fund

Okay, I lied. I wrote the other day about the fact that we had identified three core charities that we were going to focus on this year, but… After the dust settled, we picked one more: The Conservation Fund. We first ran across The Conservation Fund last year when our kids were looking for a […]


Happy New Year! (And Some Goals)

Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy New Year! As with last year, I don’t have any major, life-changing resolutions. But I do have some goals…


One Year Ago This Week (2006 Holiday Edition)

Since I never got around to this last week, I’m combining two weeks into a single ‘year ago’ post this week… • Mall Jewelry Store ‘Sales’ – Oh, how I hate eternal sales. • ‘Discount’ Disney World Tickets – A trick for saving a few bucks on Disney tickets. We cashed in the second half […]