Don’t Be Tempted By The Glitter Of Gold

There can be no mistaking that gold is once again in vogue.  There are so many commercials on late night television with celebrity endorsements trying to convince you to buy gold coins or telling you that you can make a fortune by selling your scrap gold.  But the only people who are actually making money […]


How to Tell if a Credit Card Number is a Fake

Have you ever taken all of your credit cards, spread them out on a coffee table and noticed patterns in the 16 digit numbers?  Well, neither have I. But believe it or not, there is a way to verify if the credit cards you hold in your wallet are the real deal or phony bologna. […]


Discount Brokers that Pay Interest on Cash

A reader recently asked which low cost stock brokers pay the highest interest rates on cash. This question is particularly important if you plan to have a fair amount of cash in your brokerage account. And the interest rates paid by brokers on cash balances vary considerably. Some brokers don’t pay any interest, while others […]


10 Simple Steps to Buying a Car or Truck on eBay.

For someone who is prepared, buying a vehicle on eBay can be a financially responsible decision.  For those who are unprepared, it can be a very scary, very disastrous move.  Four years ago, I purchased a 2003 Ford Mustang with 23,000 miles from a dealer in Florida on eBay and the car runs just as […]


Where Does the Money You Spend on a Movie Ticket Go?

As has become recent tradition, some friends and I decided to head to the movies and see Saw VI.  Even though I haven’t really liked the last 3 Saw movies that have come out, I feel compelled to continue to watch them, as if I’m addicted.  Well, Saw VI certainly lived up to my expectations, […]


The DoughRoller Weekly Roundup (American Express Money Manager Tool Edition)

American Express recently launched a money manager tool that gives you one more way to stay on top of your finances.  This tool allows you to: Keep track of due dates for bill payments Review all of your spending across multiple bank and investment accounts Consolidate rewards statements for hotel and frequent flyer points Calculate […]