Money Madness, Round Two

Round Two is now in the books, and I’m pleased to report that FiveCentNickel and Raising4Boys went a combined 6-1. Here’s a quick rundown of the matchups…


One Year Ago This Week (March 3rd – March 10th)

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago: » Debt Reduction on a Grand Scale » The Death of Free Delivery » Ten New Money Scams, Part 1 » Ten New Money Scams, Part 2 And this is what was happening over at Raising4Boys (subscribe) over the same period: » […]


Weekly Roundup – 03/09/07

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


Daylight Savings Time: Time to Spring Forward

Just a friendly reminder to ‘spring forward’ (i.e., set your clocks one hour ahead) tonight, as Daylight Savings Time is kicking back in during the wee hours of tomorrow (Sunday) morning. As you might recall, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandated that daylight savings time start earlier and end later in order to shave […]


Get Free SkyMiles from Delta

Editor’s Note:  This offer is no longer available.  If you interested in picking up a quick 1, 000 Delta SkyMiles, all you have to do is visit delta.com/getdeltaemail and sign update your e-mail preferences. This involves nothing more than entering your e-mail address (it has to be a valid address where you can check mail), […]


Delinquency Rates and FICO Scores

This is kind of interesting… What follows is a list showing the overall likelihood that people in different FICO credit score ranges will end up becoming delinquent on a loan: 800+ = 1% 750-799 = 2% 700-749 = 5% 650-699 = 15% 600-649 = 31% 550-599 = 51% 500-549 = 71% 0-499 = 87% Last […]


Carnivals – Week of 03/05/07

FiveCentNickel participated in three carnivals this week. Here they are with links to my posts that were included in each. The Best of Me Symphony included “0% Balance Transfer Credit Card Offers to Start the New Year Right.” Also included was “Swallowed a Button Cell Battery? Nope (Thankfully)” from raising4boys.com. The Carnival of Personal Finance […]


Six Reasons You Should Review Your Credit Report

I recently received a review copy of a book called “Ultimate Guide to a Better Credit Score.” While I hope to do a full review at some point, I thought I’d go ahead and pull out some useful snippets here and there. First up, let’s tackle the issue of why you should review your credit […]


$300 Billion in Uncollected Taxes?

Wow, check this out… The gap between what taxpayers owe and what they’ll actually pay this year is $300 billion — an average of $2, 680 per household. That’s a whole lot of money. In fact… It would more than cover the federal deficit for a year or the extra money President Bush wants in […]


Dealing With a Fender Bender

Last week my wife was out and about with the boys in our Honda Odyssey when she got rear-ended. Fortunately, it wasn’t a big deal, and the damage appears to have been largely cosmetic. Still, she went ahead and called our insurance agent, who advised that she call the police. She did, and when they […]