How to Avoid a Mutual Fund’s Minimum Investment

Here’s a tip I picked up from Matt Krantz of USA Today. Most mutual funds require a minimum initial investment. Even most Vanguard funds have a $3,000 minimum. When I started investing a long time ago, you could bypass the minimum investment requirement by agreeing to an automatic investment plan. Today, this option is often […]

Published or Updated: September 26, 2014

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

eHealthInsurance.com Review

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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%

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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

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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!

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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 a countdown begins. Once the sale begins, Cardmembers […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

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

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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

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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 StretchyDollar.com , 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