How to Give Financial Advice as a Gift at the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, it seems we’re all in a mad dash to our favorite retailers. Between figuring out what to buy for those on our list, to buying the gifts, and then wrapping them, there’s no time to enjoy the holidays. And on top of that, how many gifts will we buy that end […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2012

Serve Prepaid Card from American Express Review

Serve Prepaid Card from American Express

It’s now been about five years since I began covering the prepaid market. Over those five years there have been major changes to prepaid debit cards. First fees began to come down, to the point that many prepaid cards are free. Then some major companies entered the market, such as Wal-mart and Chase. And now […]

Published or Updated: November 11, 2014

British Airways Visa Signature Card–Free Business Class Ticket

British Airways Credit Card

If you’ve done much international travel, you know that British Airways is the Cadillac of airlines when it comes to luxury. It is probably best known for its business class seats that convert into beds, making long flights much more comfortable. And now the is a great way to earn free travel. In this review […]

Published or Updated: May 10, 2013

A 60 Second Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act was passed in 1993. I can still remember when President Clinton signed FMLA into law amidst a lot of controversy. Many believed that employees needed the benefits and protections FMLA provides. Others were concerned that the government intrusion into business would have unintended consequences that would harm employers and […]

Published or Updated: December 3, 2012

Beware the Certified Used Car

Certified Used Cars

The last car I bought was a Certified Used Car. That moniker gave me some comfort about the quality of the car. After all, the car was c-e-r-t-i-f-i-e-d. Surely that means high quality, right? Not so fast. And I should have known better. The car I bought was a 2011 Toyota Camrey Hybrid. It was […]

Published or Updated: November 30, 2012

Should You Refinance from a 30-Year to a 15-Year Mortgage?

With mortgage rates once again at an all time low, the rate on a 15-year mortgage is really tempting. According to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, the average rate on a 15-year mortgage is just 2.63%. And that’s almost 70 basis points lower than the rate on a 30-year fixed. And the really low rate has […]

Published or Updated: November 29, 2012

United MileagePlus Explorer Card Review

United Mileage Plus Explorer Card Banner

In my weekly column on U.S News & World Report, I wrote about Credit Cards Gone Wild. The article was about how credit card issuers are offering all kinds of crazy bonuses to get your business. I listed many of these offers in an article here on Dough Roller last week about the best rewards […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

What You Need to Know About the Fiscal Cliff

Fiscal Cliff

Imagine your finances are in shambles. You’re drowning in credit card debt and not making nearly enough money. So you cut your discretionary spending and get a second job to generate some more income. Most would applaud the responsible steps you are taking to fix your finances. If you are the government, however, we call […]

Published or Updated: January 1, 2013

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card $400 Limited Time Gift Card Bonus

Update: This offer is no longer available, but you can see our review of the Citi ThankYou Credit Cards. With the holidays approaching, Citi is launching a limited time edition of its Citi ThankYou(R) Preferred Card. With this offer, you can earn up to 40,000 ThankYou points worth $400 in gift cards. Here’s how it […]

Published or Updated: February 28, 2013