Skip the Theater, Get Netflix

Earlier this summer we dropped our Netflix membership. Don’t get me wrong, we love Netflix — it’s one of those rare companies that just seems to get it comes to providing a valuable service at a competitive price. But we were just about to move, and we also knew that we’d be travelling quite a […]

Carnivals – Week of 08/28/06

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 “Money Saving Tip: Live Next Door to Someone Who’s Moving.” Also included was “Check Out the Girl Ninja” from The Carnival of Personal Finance included “Dish Network […]

Estimating Your Life Insurance Needs

Just about a year ago, my wife and I decided that we were underinsured given our then-current income and living expenses, so we shopped for and bought new term life insurance policies. And now here we are, feeling the exact same way… This last year has been good to us both personally and professionally and, […]

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Changeover Complete

This weekend marked the completion of one of my major electricity-saving projects — the conversion of our house from incandescent lighting to compact fluorescent bulbs. We still have (I think) four incandescent bulbs in closets, but those get so little use that it wasn’t worth switching them over. All in all, I ended up swapping […]

The Best of FCN — Selections from 06/06

Time to dig into the archives again… Here are some of my favorite posts from the month of June… 06/01/06 — Ethanol Blended Gas = Lower Mileage? 06/05/06 — Reducing Our Electrical Usage 06/07/06 — Our Dish Network TV Experience (So Far) 06/07/06 — Our Dish Network Experience (Continued) 06/12/06 — Our John Deere Model […]

Weekly Roundup – 08/25/06

Here’s a quick rundown of posts that caught my eye over the past week…

Google as a Mutual Fund?

Hmmm… This is interesting… Apparently Google, Inc. (GOOG) has amassed so much cash in its coffers that it’s currently at risk of being classified (and thus regulated) as a mutual fund. They have made an SEC filing to persuade the SEC that it is truly and “internet and new media business, ” rather than existing […]

One Year Ago This Week (August 20th – August 26th)

Here’s a quick look at some of my favorite posts from a year ago this week: • Sandwiches by the Loaf — Advice on how to de-stress your morning routine by pre-making your kids sandwiches. • How to Sue Wal-Mart — Info on taking Wal-Mart for all they’re worth. • The Riskiest States for Identity […]

Reducing Peak Electrical Usage

I ran across an interesting program on our electric company’s website the other day… In an attempt to reduce electical demand during peak hours on the hottest days of the year, they are offering people cash to have a small, remote-controlled switch installed on their air conditioner. When demand for electricity peaks on weekday afternoons […]

Marriage by the Numbers

As of yesterday, my wife and I have been married for ten years. This got me to thinking about all of the things we’ve experienced together during that time. I actually started this list over on, but thought that I’d flesh it out here. We’ve been married for: 10 years 9 surgeries (4 C-sections, […]