For $4.00 shipped to your door you really can't go wrong with this arduino shield. The unused arduino pins are broken out via pads. I decided to solder on male header pins. The buttons are all tied to analog 0 via a 5 way voltage divider. The reset button is in a not so ideal place but you will get used to it. Below is the code i used to get it up and running. For $4.00 you get 5 buttons and a backlit LCD.
I did read somewhere that you should not pull pin 10 high or you will cause a huge strain on the regulator and possibly blow the atmel chip. I believe this is due to the LCD backlight being on that pin but don't quote me on it.