Archives for May 2009

3 Ways to Avoid a Mutual Fund’s Minimum Investment

For those just starting to invest, a mutual fund’s minimum investment requirement can be a difficult hurdle to clear. With some funds requiring initial investments of $3,000 or more, it can take months or longer just to invest in a single mutual fund. There are alternatives. Three of the more common approaches are to buy […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2016

New Car Payments for Layoff Victims

The new car market is dead. According to AutoData Corp in March 2009 auto sales were 36% lower than March 2008. So the manufacturers are trying to find ways to kick-start sales. And, being the marketing wizards they are, they came up with a beauty. Here’s the latest from General Motors, Ford and Hyundai In […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014 Review

For those who purchase health insurance through an employer, the process involves selecting medical coverage from a few options. If your employer does not offer health insurance, you’re unemployed or your self-employed, finding quality, affordable health insurance can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are resources available to help find individual health insurance. In this article, we’ll […]

Published or Updated: March 7, 2013

3 Gadgets That Can Cut Your Energy Costs By 30%

The average home in the United States spends over $2,200 per year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling, according to Energy Star. The average monthly cost soars above $300 during the winter months. Recently, CNN reported on 3 gadgets that can help cut your energy costs by up to […]

Published or Updated: September 26, 2014

It Takes a Village to Raise a Blog

Two years ago today this intrepid soul launched himself on an unexpected adventure called the Dough Roller. I can still remember the feeling in the pit of my stomach when I hit the publish button on my first article, as if anybody was actually going to read it. Back then I knew absolutely nothing about […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

American Express Daily Wish Starts Today at 11 AM ET!

Update: The American Express Daily Wish has expired. American Express has launched its Daily Wish program, which expands on the My Wishlist program that has run for five years. Starting today, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a new collection of offers and products becomes available. On the sale day, the sale time is revealed and […]

Published or Updated: October 22, 2014

SBA ARC Loan Program Provides Up To $35,000 to Small Businesses

If you run a small business that’s in need of some capital, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will launch a new loan program beginning June 15, 2009. Called the America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program, or ARC loan for short, SBA’s loan program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing […]

Published or Updated: June 18, 2011

Code Warriors: Build an App and Win $10,000

Karen over at MSN’s Smart Spending Blog sent over some details of a contest MSN is running. Actually, it’s two contests in one. They are looking for the best web application to help folks through the current economic crisis and a second app to help people go lean and “green.” The contest is called Will […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

Wear It Out – Frugal Around the House

This post is part two of a four-part series by SD Guy, the blogger behind , a blog that focuses on the basics of personal finance and is geared towards those who don’t have much experience. StretchyDollar is geared towards a younger audience, and highlights frugal tips, financial books and tools, and the basics […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

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