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DR 055: Beverly Harzog: How She Paid Off $20,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2 Years

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed A great success story can be very motivating. And that’s exactly what Beverly Harzog brings us in today’s podcast. Beverly describes how she sunk into $20,000 of credit card debt, maxing out all seven of her cards. But her story doesn’t stop there. She then shares […]

5 Factors to Consider Before Using a HELOC for Your Emergency Fund

A reader named Brian asks whether it’s a sound move to use a home equity line of credit as an emergency fund: Rob, I enjoy your podcast, and I have great respect for your approach to personal finance. The 31-Day Money Challenge actually had me looking forward to my daily commute. I have a simple […]

Recent Articles

Best Interest Rates

Best Interest Rates for April 2014

Finding the best interest rate is a lot easier today than it was even a few years ago. Here at Dough Roller we track rates on everything from checking and savings accounts to mortgages to CDs. It occurred to me, however, that there was no one single page on the site where you could find […]

Tuhin Ghosh of Motif Investing

DR 054: Motif Investing: Interview with Tuhin Ghosh, Vice President of Investment Products

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedA number of new ways to make investing easier have launched over the past few years. One is Motif Investing, which I reviewed some time ago. It’s a fascinating way to approach investing, combining low costs and tremendous flexibility. It such a unique option that I invited […]

Forget the Math

Financial Decisions are About More Than Math

When it come to financial decisions, you can learn a lot from both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. What they teach us – together – is that when it comes to financial decisions, you need to go beyond the math. So much of finance involves math, and we certainly don’t shy away from that here. […]

Lease vs Buy

DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedRecently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would […]

Rebalancing Investments

DR 052: A Step-by-Step Guide to Rebalancing Your Investments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedIn the last podcast, we talked about why rebalancing your investment portfolio is important and how to create a rebalancing plan. Today we are going to walk through step-by-step how to actually rebalance your retirement and other investments. As we discussed in the last podcast, you can […]

3 Ways to Put Your Cash to Work ASAP

Idle Cash is the Devil’s Workshop

One thing I’ve learned as a parent is that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” Keep children busy and you keep them out of trouble. The same is true with money. Cash sitting in your checking account is just begging to be spent mindlessly. The longer it sits there, the more likely we are to […]

Rebalancing Investments

DR 051: Rebalancing–How to Create a Plan to Easily Rebalance Your Investments

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedRebalancing your investment portfolio is an important part of managing your money. Having carefully selected your asset allocation, rebalancing ensures that your investments stay in line with the allocation you’ve chosen. In this article (and podcast) we cover creating a rebalancing plan. We’ll cover topics such as […]

Saving a month worth of expenses

How Long Does it Take to Save a Month’s Worth of Expenses?

We often talk about the importance of saving an emergency fund. You’ve probably heard financial experts suggest building an emergency fund that is equal to three to six months’ worth of expenses. Have you ever thought about just how long it takes to save even one month of expenses? The formula to figure out just […]

5 Years Before You Retire

DR 050: How to Prepare as You Near Retirement [Interview with Author Emily Birken]

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedAre you ready to retire? Have you done all of the things you should have in the few years leading up to retirement? These are the questions our guest today has answered in her comprehensive book on retirement readiness, The Five Years Before You Retire. I had […]

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