Since I'm the only Larry that posted before you, I'm doing my best to see where I indicated anything about staying in fifth gear while braking. I simply indicated that it's more economical to stop the car with the brakes than with engine compression.
I'm not a clutch rider by any stretch of the imagination. If I am slowing to a complete stop and know that I'm going to slow to a complete stop, I kick it in neutral and stop the car. When I'm sitting at a light, I sit with gearbox in neutral until the light turns green then slip it in first and go. I'm partial to the throwout bearing, it's as much trouble to replace the throwout bearing as it is to replace the clutch or transmission.
I've never had a manual transmission failure of any kind with this procedure.