From the Archives (September 23rd – September 29th)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago this week: » Save on Medical Care – Part I » Saving Money: Focus on Big or Small Items? » Save on Medical Care – Part II » Save on Medical Care – Part III And here’s what was going on two […]


Weekly Roundup: Mail on Sunday Edition

This morning I saw a USPS delivery truck go by. On any other day, I probably wouldn’t even have noticed, but it’s Sunday. A few minutes later, I saw the truck heading back down the street the other way, presumably having delivered it’s payload. After a bit of Googling, it appears that the USPS will […]


PenFed CD Rates Increased to 6.00% APY

Editor’s Note: This limited-time offer expired and is no longer available. Please see our list of CD rates At the end of a week filled with news about interest rate reductions, here’s a bit of news to brighten your day… A tipster named John wrote in to say that Pentagon Federal Credit Union has raised […]


Q&A: Dave Ramsey and Debt Reduction

A reader recently wrote in with the following question: How do you feel about Dave Ramsey’s program? I am in horrible debt and want to become debt free in the next 4 years. That’s not a lot of information to go on, but here’s my response…


Carnivals – Week of 09/23/07

FiveCentNickel participated in four carnivals this week. Here they are along with links to my articles that were included in each. The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Dealing With Found Money, Followup.” The Best of Me Symphony included “Five Reasons you Should Care About your Credit (FICO) Score.” Also included was “Nine Year Olds and […]


Switching to a Bank of America Money Market Account

On the heels of HSBC Direct’s decision to reduce the APY on their savings accounts, we’ve decided to moving our savings elsewhere. In this case, elsewhere is (gasp!) Bank of America.


Mobile Money: Five Tips For Managing Your Finances on the Go

Now that I have a Treo smartphone, I’ve been exploring ways to take advantage of having the internet in my pocket. Since I have a strong interest in personal finance, that seemed liked a logical starting point. What follows is a list of ways you can use an internet-enabled phone to help you manage your […]


Deducting Disciplinary Fines as a Business Expense

In case you haven’t heard, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was recently fined $500k by the NFL after his staff was caught videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive signals for future reference. What’s particularly interesting about this case is that according to a variety of tax experts, Belichick might be able to deduct the […]


Words of Wisdom from Alan Greenspan

Last week I saw an interesting interview with Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, on The Today Show. He has a new book out, and thus appears to be making the rounds in support of its release. While I can’t cover everything he said in painstaking detail, I did jot down a […]


From the Archives (September 16th – September 22nd)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago this week: » Money Saving Tip for the Recently (or Soon-to-Be) Unemployed » Solving Customer Service Problems » Skip Lunch, Save $100k » Dish Network Customer Service Salvation (At Long Last) And here’s what was going on two years ago: » Buying […]