It’s April 15th. Do You Know Where Your Tax Return Is?

April 15th Pic

The 105th day of the year (106th on a leap-year) is always known for one thing and one thing only – TAXES.  The US government has declared April 15th as the very last day a tax return can be filed, without penalty, with some exceptions of course. Federal income tax was first introduced during the […]

Published or Updated: March 14, 2013

Should Teacher’s Pay be Based on Student Performance?


When I decided to attend the University of Miami in 2002, I wanted to follow in most of my family’s footsteps and become a teacher.  I always had a passion for mathematics, so I decided to double major in probability and education.  Five years later, I completed all of my classroom required training and was […]

Published or Updated: December 8, 2011

Chase Sapphire Card Review


Guess how much an all-expense paid 7-day trip to Italy costs a family of 6? I’m almost embarrassed to tell you. For a guided tour, the cost comes to just over $18,000, and that doesn’t include a few meals and spending money. Gulp! Well, my wife and I are planning such a trip with our […]

Published or Updated: February 28, 2014

LifeLock Review – Protecting Your Identity

Life Lock

Way back in May 2008, we reviewed LifeLock, and a lot has happened with the company since then. LifeLock was sued by the FTC for false advertising, and settled to the tune of $12 million. It named Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security chief, to its Board of Directors. And it’s changed the identity protection […]

Published or Updated: March 14, 2013

The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (Airlines Charging for Everything Edition)

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines has been in the news this past week for becoming the first airline to charge customers for their carry-on luggage.  Beginning August 1st, 2010, anyone that brings a bag that must be stored in the overhead compartment on a flight will have to pay $45 at the time of the flight, or $30 […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

Was Netflix ‘Blindsided’ by Blockbuster?


I need your help with an investing decision. The issue involves Blockbuster and Netflix. There are two questions that have been puzzling me, and I could sure use some input. Here are the two questions: 1. Why do more people choose Netflix over Blockbuster even though Blockbuster offers physical store locations in addition to online […]

Published or Updated: August 20, 2013

5 Habits Of Financially Successful People

I have read quite a few financial books and noticed common themes among individuals who achieve a high degree of financial success. Millionaires often share many common traits. Let’s take a look at 5 common habits that enable financially successful people to build wealth. Financially Successful People… 1. Make Smart Buying Decisions Wouldn’t it be great […]

Published or Updated: April 8, 2010

I Was Audited By the IRS!

IRS forms

Picture this: You work for one company from January 1st through December 31st and that is your only source of income for the entire year.  You’re young, live on your own and have no financial responsibilities other than yourself.  Living paycheck to paycheck, your home is an apartment complex where you rent and the car […]

Published or Updated: December 8, 2011

Review of Life or Debt 2010 by Stacy Johnson (and Giveaway)

Life or Debt 2010

Over the past 6 months or so I’ve been super-focused on paying down my debt. My goal is to be down to just my mortgage this time next year. Although all of our debt is “good debt,” the fact is it limits our options in significant ways. And that’s why the book, Life or Debt […]

Published or Updated: April 6, 2010