From the Archives (January 6th – January 12th)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago this past week: » Free Bonus Miles for Applying for Frequent Flyer Credit Cards » Correcting Roth IRA Contribution Mistakes » Ten Steps to Simplify Your Finances, Part 1 And here’s what was going on two years ago: » PayPal Buyer’s Complaint […]


Estimated Tax Payment Reminder

This is just a quick reminder for everyone paying quarterly estimated taxes… The fourth and final installment for 2007 is due this coming Tuesday, January 15th. So… If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending part of Saturday night or Sunday afternoon punching buttons on your calculator in order to figure out how much you […]


Sprint SERO Users, Check Your Bill

Heads up to all of you that followed my instructions for signing up for a Sprint SERO plan… While the plan is supposed to include 500 minutes, free nights and weekend, unlimited data, and unlimited text messaging, all for $30/month, I just took a closer look at my bill. Guess what? They’ve been billing me […]


Are You a Registered Traveler?

In case you’re not aware, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has developed a Registered Traveler (RT) program to help you speed through security. This isn’t exactly breaking news, but I recently saw a blurb about it in Money Magazine, so I thought I’d investigate.


Keeping Cash on Hand

My wife and I have always talked about keeping a lump sum of cash on hand, hidden away somewhere in the house, in case of emergency. That being said, we’ve never really settled on an amount much less withdrawn the money and stashed it. But this week we found ourselves with a sizable wad of […]


Money Math: Quick and Dirty Financial Equations

Money Magazine recently ran a sidebar outlining some handy little financial rules of thumb. Here are my favorites: The Rule of 72 This is a useful rule for figuring out how quickly your investments will grow… Simply divide the expected rate of return into 72 and you’ll get an estimate of the number of years […]


Buy It, Read It, Return It

This past fall I was on a work-related trip and passing through New York’s LaGuardia airport when the following sign in the bookstore caught my eye… Curious as to what the “Read & Return” program was all about, I stopped to investigate.


What’s Your Favorite Online Bank?

Time for another quick, informal poll… Last time I asked about your favorite credit cards. This time I’d like to find out about your favorite online banks. So… What’s your favorite online bank, and why? Please leave a comment, below…


From the Archives (December 31st – January 5th)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago this past week: » Happy New Year! (And Some Goals) » 0% Balance Transfer Credit Card Offers (Updated!) » Citibank Refused to Process our Red Cross Donation » How our Estate Plan is Structured And here’s what was going on two years […]


Weekly Roundup – $100 Oil Edition

In case you missed it, the price of oil broke $100/barrel this week. On top of that, my wife told me that she spent over $50 filling the tank on our Honda Odyssey for the first time ever this weekend. Instead of letting the high prices get you down, however, Jeremy at GenXFinance thinks you […]