What To Do If You Didn’t Get a W-2

Missing W-2

Didn’t receive your W-2? Here’s what to do. Photo: reallyboring Still waiting on the W-2? You’re ready to prepare and file your taxes ahead of time. Yet each day goes by with no W-2 in the mailbox. It’s actually a problem I encountered this year for the first time. So for those that didn’t get […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

12 Financial Rules of Thumb You Should Ignore

personal finance guidelines

First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply and you’re not. And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.–Captain […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

60 Free Tools for Everyday Savings

Wikinvest Mobile

What’s better, to save $100 or to make $100? The hands down winner is to save $100. Why? Because if you make $100, you have to pay Uncle Sam a small fortune. Reduce your expenses by a Benji, as my daughter likes to call the C-Note, and it’s like getting a $130 raise. It was […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2013

15 Gmail Productivity Hacks

Gmail Labs

Turn Gmail into a lean, mean productivity machine with these 15 tips, tricks and tools Photo: notoriousxl A lot of small businesses use Gmail for their e-mail needs. That’s what I’ve done for the last two years or so. And of course, just about everybody has a personal Gmail account. When I first started using […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

Tax Time Tools and Resources

Tax Tools

Tax time doesn’t have to hurt with these tips, tools, and resources Photo: ChuckHolton Let’s be honest here–tax time sucks. Whether you’re filing business or personal returns (or both), it’s typically very stressful. Even with a CPA, I still spend a ton of time pulling records together, getting the stuff to my accountant, and meeting […]

Published or Updated: February 5, 2013

When Should I Start Investing? Now!

Start Investing Now

For most people, the time to start investing is now Photo: jakeandlindsay Over the years I’ve blogged here at the Dough Roller, one question I’ve been asked repeatedly is when should you start investing. To me, the question is very much like asking when you should start eating healthy and working out. If you can […]

Published or Updated: November 24, 2013

10 Mobile Apps for Extreme Couponers

Smartphone Coupon Apps

Make extreme couponing a snap with these Smartphone apps Photo: frozenfoodjournal The one thing I remember most about working at Kroger 30 years ago was double-coupon days. Oh, the crowds. Oh, the coupons. Oh, the carts overflowing with groceries. My experience as a cashier explains my aversion to coupons. Still, there’s no denying that a […]

Published or Updated: February 5, 2013

How I Got $9,000 Worth of Airfare for $142

Free Travel

With the right rewards credit cards, you can travel the world on any budget Photo: Hyougushi I was one click away from booking my trip to Thailand with a stop in Paris. The webpage read: “Do you want to pay $9,000 instead of using your miles?” Not a chance, I thought. Rather than forking over […]

Published or Updated: February 7, 2013

How to Get a Mortgage If You’re Self-Employed

A lot of Dough Roller readers are self-employed. I know this from talking to countless folks since 2007 when I launched this site. And I’m about to join their ranks. More about that later. But as a personal finance blogger, one of the first things I thought about was my mortgage. Seriously. Will I be […]

Published or Updated: January 31, 2013