Archives for December 2010

Call of Duty Black Ops from

Last week we purchased programmable thermostats for our home using American Express Rewards Points on This week I thought I’d use the points for something a little more fun. Both of our children have asked for two xBox games – Call of Duty Black Ops and Halo Reach. So we logged into ShopAmex to […]

Published or Updated: June 30, 2012

What is IRS Tax Form 4506?

Let’s say you need an old tax record, for whatever reason. Maybe you’re filing for a loan and need to establish income going back several years. Maybe your records were destroyed in a fire or flood. Every circumstance most people can imagine, you can bet the IRS will have a tax form for it. If […]

Published or Updated: January 14, 2011

The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (Yahoo! Layoffs During Christmas Edition)

It was just fifteen years ago that I was a bright-eyed high-school student and even though I didn’t have a computer at home, I would spend a good chunk of my time after school in our computer lab.  Even though most of that time was used for playing games  I used Yahoo! for 99% of […]

Published or Updated: July 12, 2012

ShopAmex Review

I‘ve carried an American Express credit card for about 10 years. In all that time, I’ve never used the rewards points to buy merchandise on ShopAmex. Instead, we’ve always used the points for travel. And then along came American Express and an offer of some Rewards Points for me to use for holiday shopping. It’s […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

The Great Debate: Fake Christmas Tree vs. Real Christmas Tree

For the first year since I left my parents house a brazen teenager, I’ve decided to decorate my living quarters in the spirit of Christmas.  Always having to do things over the top, I went straight to the local department stores and starting looking for a mistletoe, colorful lights, Santa Claus decorations and of course […]

Published or Updated: December 16, 2010

Charity Spotlight: The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, once known as the Christian Mission, is part of the evangelical universal Christian Church, founded in 1865 in the United Kingdom by William and Catherine Booth. Before officially forming the Salvation Army, Booth was a traveling evangelist and converted thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards to Christianity. Converts became soldiers of Christ and […]

Published or Updated: April 4, 2013

10 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States

R.C. Thornton

If you’re curious about which jobs in America pay the most, read on. But you won’t find many surprises here! As you might expect, most of the high-paying jobs are in medical and business fields. Here are America’s highest salary-paying gigs, according to the most recent Occupational Employment Statistics survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor […]

Published or Updated: April 4, 2013

The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (12 Days of Christmas Edition)

Growing up, I always thought that the 12 days of Christmas began today, then continued until the last day, which fell on Christmas.  Each day that grew closer provided a new gift, starting with a partridge in a pear tree and finishing with 12 drummers drumming.  However, after a little research, I learned that I […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

What is Tax Form 1040 Schedule SE?

Most wage earning Americans are familiar with payroll taxes. These flat taxes are taken out of paychecks to fund Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Most taxpayers are also aware that their employers match their contributions to these programs. What you may not know is that self-employed individuals are required to pay the portion usually paid […]

Published or Updated: April 4, 2013

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