Rob BergerRob Berger founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

DR 057: 9 Things to Know About the myRA

The New myRA Retirement Accounts

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedIn the most recent State of the Union Address, President Obama unveiled the myRA – My Retirement Account. Another retirement savings option? Yes. In addition to 401k, 403b, IRA, Roth IRA and a host of other types of retirement accounts, later this year we can add the […]

Published or Updated: April 23, 2014

5 Tax Moves to Make Now (Yes, After Tax Day)

5 Tax Moves After April 15

With April 15th behind us, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. They shouldn’t be. If you only think about taxes at the beginning of April, you’re missing out. Making the right tax moves now – even after tax day – will help improve your tax situation next year. At a minimum, planning […]

Published or Updated: April 22, 2014

DR 056: 7 Ways to Budget Like a Zen Master

7 Ways To Budget Like A Zen Master

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedHow can you budget like a Zen master without tracking every dime you spend? How do you budget for those oddball expenses that pop up from time to time? As someone who goes in budgeting spurts, I’ve learned the hard way how to make our budget work. […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

DR 055: Beverly Harzog: How She Paid Off $20,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2 Years

Beverly Harzog

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed A great success story can be very motivating. And that’s exactly what Beverly Harzog brings us in today’s podcast. Beverly describes how she sunk into $20,000 of credit card debt, maxing out all seven of her cards. But her story doesn’t stop there. She then shares […]

Published or Updated: April 18, 2014

5 Factors to Consider Before Using a HELOC for Your Emergency Fund

A reader named Brian asks whether it’s a sound move to use a home equity line of credit as an emergency fund: Rob, I enjoy your podcast, and I have great respect for your approach to personal finance. The 31-Day Money Challenge actually had me looking forward to my daily commute. I have a simple […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2014

Best Interest Rates for April 2014

Best Interest Rates

Finding the best interest rate is a lot easier today than it was even a few years ago. Here at Dough Roller we track rates on everything from checking and savings accounts to mortgages to CDs. It occurred to me, however, that there was no one single page on the site where you could find […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

DR 054: Motif Investing: Interview with Tuhin Ghosh, Vice President of Investment Products

Tuhin Ghosh of Motif Investing

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedA number of new ways to make investing easier have launched over the past few years. One is Motif Investing, which I reviewed some time ago. It’s a fascinating way to approach investing, combining low costs and tremendous flexibility. It such a unique option that I invited […]

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Published or Updated: April 15, 2014

Financial Decisions are About More Than Math

Forget the Math

When it come to financial decisions, you can learn a lot from both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. What they teach us – together – is that when it comes to financial decisions, you need to go beyond the math. So much of finance involves math, and we certainly don’t shy away from that here. […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014

DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

Lease vs Buy

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedRecently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014