5 of the Wierdest Taxes You’ll Ever Pay

IRS

Most people are familiar with common taxes: income taxes, sales taxes, and additional taxes on products like cigarettes and gasoline. But what you may not know is that there are many peculiar taxes around the world. Here are a few from America you may never have known you paid. A tax on illegal drugs That […]

Published or Updated: June 7, 2012

What Happens If You Lose a RedBox Movie Rental?

RedBox

I’m a big movie watcher, and I love taking advantage of movie deals like the popular Netflix free trial or RedBox free rental codes. But one of these almost came back to haunt me, through no fault of my own. I recently had a scare when I returned a movie to Red Box and didn’t […]

Published or Updated: May 27, 2014

Renting a Car from Thrifty? Learn from My Mistakes

My family and I were in Florida this past weekend visiting colleges for my son and daughter. We rented a car from Thrifty in Orlando for four days. While I thought I did everything possible to get the best possible deal, it turns out I made three critical mistakes that cost me about $100. So […]

Published or Updated: March 6, 2013

CapWest Mortgage Review

CapWest Mortgage

If you have been thinking about purchasing a home, securing an affordable interest rate on your mortgage will ensure that you don’t pay too much for your property over time. Rates are at an all time low and doing business with a reliable company, like CapWest Mortgage, can help you obtain a mortgage that meets […]

Published or Updated: March 6, 2013

Fairness in Taxation Act–A Bad Solution to a Phantom Problem

Do the rich pay their fair share in taxes? Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL9] doesn’t think so. On March 16, 2011, Schakowsky introduced H.R. 1124 “to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose increased rates of tax with respect to taxpayers with more than $1,000,000 taxable income, and for other purposes.” The bill would […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2011

The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (Chase to Increase ATM Fees to $5 Edition)

Chase ATM

When banks began asking the government for money during the recession in late 2008, the news was full of headlines, usually concerning Bank of American and/or Citibank.  JP Morgan Chase did a pretty bang up job of staying below the radar for the most part, but over the last few days, has decided it’s their […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

PenFed VISA Platinum Gas/Cash Rewards Card 5% Cash Back Offer

Nervous consumers are watching closely as big banks like Chase consider limiting debit card transactions while increasing ATM fees.  While debit cards will likely continue to move against the consumer, credit cards are increasing their rewards programs in order to entice new business.  The PenFed VISA Platinum Cashback Rewards Card happens to be one of […]

Published or Updated: December 21, 2011

Becoming a US Citizen Isn’t Cheap!

US Citizenship

At one time or another, we all take our American citizenship for granted.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that many people are struggling right now to become a part of the United States.  Aside from the travel costs associated with reaching the US, the process of becoming an American citizen can be quite expensive.  From […]

Published or Updated: September 18, 2011

What is Your Vantage Score?

Vantage Score

In case you aren’t confused enough by the multitude of different credit reporting companies and credit scores, here is one more to contemplate: the VantageScore.  This score was created by a combined effort of the three big credit bureaus—Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax.  Although the VantageScore has been around since March of 2006, consumers tend to […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2013