Triple Credit Report and Score from Privacy Guard for $1

Privacy Guard Square

Free credit reports are nothing new. But as we’ve have written before, while you can get your free report at AnnualCreditReport.com, it won’t come with your credit score.  A company called Privacy Guard, however, just launched a 30-day trial for $1 that allows users to check their triple credit report and score. So I decided […]

Published or Updated: November 26, 2011

How To Pick Your First Mutual Fund

Picking your first mutual fund is kind of like a first date–scary at first, but later you wonder what all the fuss was about. This past weekend, a close relative spent some time with my family and me. We’ll call her Susie (not her real name). Susie is 31, has one daughter (cute as can […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

EverBank Checking Account $60 Cash Bonus with Reimbursed ATM Fees!

EverBank $60 Bonus

Bank of America has taken it on the chin the past few weeks after announcing it would charge a $5 monthly fee to all customers using a debit card. The sad reality is that Bank of America is not the first or the last bank to charge customers a debit card fee. And it seems […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2012

Social Security Increase (COLA) for 2012–3.6%

Social Security Benefits Increase 2012

The Social Security Administration announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 3.6 percent in 2012. Called a Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA for short, the 3.6% increase is the first raise in benfits since 2009. About 55 million Social Security beneficiaries will see the increase beginning in January 2012. Another […]

Published or Updated: October 20, 2011

How to Find a Great Credit Union

With bank fees on the rise, many are looking to take their business to smaller financial institutions. One popular option are credit unions. A credit union is a cooperative financial institution owned by its members. As a result, these smaller institutions often offer banking services at lower costs and with better rates. In the Daily […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

CitiBusiness World Card $100 Limited Time Promo

CitiBusiness World Card Banner

Do you know the difference between a credit card and a charge card?  Simply put, a credit card has a defined credit limit that allows you to carry a balance from month to month. In contrast, a charge card has no pre-set spending limit, but must be paid in full every month.  Up until today, […]

Published or Updated: December 21, 2011

How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 3 Easy Steps

How to Start a WordPress Blog

This year marked the fourth year anniversary of The Dough Roller! Before starting this site, I had no idea how to set up a blog. I’ve come a long way. Recently, several people have asked me to walk them through step by step how to start a blog using WordPress. The good news is that […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

Secured Versus Prepaid Credit Cards

At least once a week a reader emails me to ask whether they can improve their credit with a prepaid credit card. Although the answer is a bit more complicated than this, I tell them no. If you are rebuilding your credit, the best type of card to use is a secured credit card. And […]

Published or Updated: October 13, 2011

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card 50,000 Bonus Points

A new travel rewards credit card offer has surfaced and it comes in the form of the .  Right away, cardholders will earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months of account opening. Depending on which Marriott location you redeem your points, this bonus has the potential to be worth close […]

Published or Updated: August 1, 2013