October 2007: The 100 Year Anniversary of a 37% Market Crash

I‘ve just finished reading The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm, a book by Robert F. Bruner and Sean D. Carr. As somebody who enjoys reading about history and the financial markets, this book was a good read. What really struck me about the book, however, were the similarities between 1907 […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

My Best and Worst Financial Decisions


One of my goals for The Dough Roller is to get people to think about money and life in unique ways. This post is no exception. When you think of personal money management, what comes to mind? It may be saving in your 401(k), budgeting, home buying or the like. The fact is, though, that […]

Published or Updated: May 3, 2014

Would You Cash a 35 Cent Check?


Two days ago I wouldn’t have known the answer to that question? Now I do and, I’m sorry to say, the answer for me is ‘Yes.’ Yesterday I spent 30 minutes traveling to my bank and back to cash a 35 cent check. Here’s the story and what I plan to do with my spoils. […]

Published or Updated: May 3, 2014

Stop Frittering Away The Fruits Of Your Frugality


Congratulations! You’ve just made a change in your cable service that saves you $8 per month. Or you’ve sold some clutter on e-Bay that netted you $50. Where did the extra money go? If you can’t answer that question or the money went to buy more clutter, then you my friend are a fritterer. Harsh […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

What Fire Finance’s Top 100 PF Blog List Can Teach Us About Investing, Bestsellers and Cheerleaders


In September Fire Finance published at list of the Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs based on traffic. Based on data from Quantcast, Get Rich Slowly was ranked #1 with 51,095 visitors in the month of September. And Fire by 40 rounded out the list with about 2,000 visitors. (Interestingly, The Dough Roller wasn’t on the […]

Published or Updated: April 9, 2014

The New ‘Baby Bond’–Let’s Give $5,000 To Every Child Born in the U.S.


I’ve got an idea. Why doesn’t the U.S. government give $5,000 to every child born in the U.S.? The money can grow tax free, and the child can use the money for college when he or she finishes high school. Now I know what you’re thinking. That’s the dumbest idea you’ve ever heard. Well now […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013