How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 3 Easy Steps

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 […]


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 […]


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 Marriott Rewards Premier card.  Right away, cardholders will earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of account opening. Depending on which Marriott location you redeem your points, this bonus has the potential to […]


How Much Do You Need To Retire?

As part of rolling over my 401(k), I’ve been spending some time with my retirement investments. I’ve tweaked my asset allocation and rebalanced my investments. And as part of this overhaul, the question of just how much money we need to retire has been on my mind. So I did some research into the question. […]


TD Ameritrade Review

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Sam Waterston (who you might know as district attorney Jack McCoy on Law and Order) promote TD Ameritrade in television commercials. But after years of wondering whether or not they are a top notch online discount broker, I decided to give them a shot.  Oddly enough, I learned […]


Quicken 2012 Review

Quicken was my first introduction to personal finance as an adult. With the magic of a computer and budgeting software, balancing my checkbook took seconds. It was easy to see where we were spending money. And the reporting tools made it easy to assess where we stood financially. So I jumped at the chance last […]