The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (FDIC Shuts Down 7 More Banks Edition)

Earlier this week, we reviewed the FDIC and what it is they do.  Amongst other things, they regularly monitor all of the banks in the US and when a bank becomes under-capitalized, they send a stern warning.  If the bank is unable to turn things around, it’s all but over. Friday, the FDIC shut down […]


A Brief Introduction to the Stock Market

Over the next few months, we are going to be diving into the stock market.  Today, we’ll start with a basic introduction to the major markets and indexes in the United States, and as the days progress, the topic will become more and more advanced.  Hopefully, you’ll have completed a crash course in understanding the […]


Will Avatar Increase Blockbuster Subscriptions?

With $2.7 billion earned worldwide, Avatar became the highest grossing movie ever to hit the big screen.  Today, that number will certainly be added to, as Avatar was released on DVD and Blu Ray.  Anyone that wants to rent Avatar on DVD will have to visit their local Blockbuster brick and mortar store, add it […]


YNAB 3 Review–Budgeting Made Fun

Update: YNAB 4 has been released with significant enhancements to the software. Reader our detailed YNAB 4 review for more details. I’m just going to get this out of the way right now—YNAB 3 is an awesome budgeting software tool. And at the “tender” age of 43, it takes a lot for me to use […]


SmartyPig to Increase AND Decrease Their Interest Rates

When we reviewed SmartyPig a few months ago, they offered a 2.01% APY on their online savings accounts, which was around 30 points higher than their closest competitor.  With every passing day, SmartyPig continued to offer a 2.01% APY, while other online banks slowly dropped their interest rates.  Currently, SmartyPig’s online savings account is over […]


Convenience Checks: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

Have you ever received blank checks from a credit card company? We get them all the time. A letter comes in the mail from one of our credit card issuers, and inside are a bunch of perforated checks–and a lot of legal jargon, too. Described as convenience checks, the idea of writing a check without […]