The Importance of Buying Flood Insurance

A couple of recent articles (one at The Simple Dollar and another at Money Smart Life) got me to thinking about living in a flood zone and how important it can be to have flood insurance. Can you imagine what it would cost to recover from a flood? And are you prepared to foot that […]


Stamp Prices Increased Today – Use Enough Postage

Just a friendly reminder that stamp prices increased from $0.39 to $0.41 today. Be sure to double-check your postage before dropping your mail in the mailbox! Another option would be to hop on over to Stamps.com for their free trial — you get a bunch of free postage and other goodies.


Air Conditioning Followup

Well, my wife just called and informed me that the A/C repairman couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with our system other than the fact that it was low on refrigerant. Given the age of our house (just over five years old) and the lack of any obvious leaks, this means that we most likely have […]


Air Conditioning Repairs

Yesterday afternoon we noticed that our air conditioning was having trouble keeping the house cool. My initial reaction was to clean the air filters, but that had no noticeable effect. I then noticed that the air coming out of the vents wasn’t particularly cool. Fortunately, it’s still cooling down nicely at night, so we were […]


Anniversary Giveaway Winners

Well, the big giveaway is now a thing of the past, and I’ve selected the winners. Here they are, presented in alphabetical order… Allen CleverDude Dreamy1 MoneyWalks quartersaver tmg Note that I’m still not ready to announce who won what, as I’d like to stretch out the suspense a bit… Especially for the “lucky” winner […]


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

Here are some of my favorite FiveCentNickel (subscribe) posts from a year ago this week: » Worst. Job. Ever. » Rules Regarding No-Interest Family Loans » Bankruptcy Filings are on the Rise And here’s what was going on two years ago: » Time is Money » Dave Ramsey is Bad at Math » Why Gas […]


Weekly Roundup – 05/11/07

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


Thanks for Your Support (Mid-May 2007)

I’m a bit late on this, as I meant to do it at the end of April, but… I just wanted to give a shout out to the sites that have referred the most visitors to FiveCentNickel over the past four weeks. Note that I’ve trimmed this down to just weblogs. What follows is a […]


CitiBank’s “All-Electronic” Program Sure Involves a lot of Paper

Awhile back my wife and switched our Citi Driver’s Edge and Dividend Platinum cards over to their “All-Electronic” program, such that we now receive our bills online. So why is it that Citi feels the need to mail us each a letter every single month telling us when our statement is available online? Here’s a […]


Anniversary Giveaway, Final Update!

Time for the final update on the anniversary giveaway… As I write this, we’re just shy of 450 comments on the original contest announcement, and I’ve received three more entries from bloggera who’ve posted an entry (and followed the rules): BasenjiMom Plus6 JDHarper.com Remember, you get a single entry for posting a comment on the […]