The 35 Best Online Colleges and Universities

Twenty years ago, the only way to obtain a college education was to do it the old fashioned, and expensive way.  Admittance to college came through the submission of an application through the mail (and usually with a check of $50 or more) and after completing your four year, 120 credit degree, you’re provided a […]


Get Organized with Manilla.com

Update: Manilla closed its doors on July 1, 2014. You can find alternatives to Manilla here. Personal finance is a lot more complicated than when I was growing up. My parents didn’t have to mess with a 401(k), cell phone or internet bills, credit card rewards, or daily deal coupons. Today, you practically need a […]


Betterment Just Got Much Better

When I first reviewed Betterment I gave it mixed reviews. On the positive side, it is very easy to use, has a solid investment strategy, and allows you to invest with little money. On the negative side, however, it didn’t offer international exposure and its cost was just too high. I even spoke to Betterment’s […]


My Experience with Nationwide’s Vanishing Deductible

I‘ve had my car insurance through Nationwide for nearly 30 years. While my rates have always been great because of multiple discounts, that all changed when our children started driving. With four cars and two teenagers, we were paying about $500 a month! And that’s even with three cars that are seven to 10 years […]


Is Buying Gold and Silver a Smart Investment?

Two articles were recently published that took contrary views on investing in gold and silver. Both articles, which I’ll discuss in a minute, offer important insight into buying precious metals. Although not in large quantities, I’ve purchased silver American Eagles over the past two years and plan to buy gold American Eagles this year. Given […]


Saturday Night at the Movies: How to Make Impossibly Difficult Decisions (The Matrix)

Saturday Night at the Movies uses great films to explore some aspect of personal finance. Published Saturdays at 7 PM, get your front row seat by subscribing to The Dough Roller. The Matrix is a movie about finding the truth. The Matrix follows a band of freedom fighters as they battle a surreal establishment with […]