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.

How to Cancel a Credit Card Without Crushing Your FICO Score

Expired Credit Card Debt

A listener to the Dough Roller Money Podcast recently sent in a question about credit scores. He wanted to know how canceling a credit card can affect a person’s credit score. The question comes from a listener named Travis: I was curious how much closing a credit card can hurt your credit score? I understand that […]

Published or Updated: April 25, 2015

The Surprising Lifetime Cost of Car Ownership

Cost of Car Ownership

Have you ever tallied up what it costs to own a car? I don’t mean on a year-to-year basis, but the total cost of owning a car over a lifetime? According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) it costs $8,876 per year to own and operate an average car. Now if you add that up […]

Published or Updated: April 22, 2015

DR 171: How to Retire at 40 – Interview With Chris of Eat the Financial Elephant

Early Retirement

Since launching the podcast in 2013, I’ve had the chance to interview folks about early retirement. It started with Mr. Money Mustache, who retired at the ripe old age of 30. Then we had Todd Tresidder on the show, a former hedge fund manager who retired at 35. More recently, we talked to Jason of […]

Published or Updated: April 13, 2015

How to Get An Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return

2015 Federal Tax Brackets

Recently I Interviewed Mark Steber, Chief Tax Officer at Jackson Hewitt. The interview focused on last-minute tax tips, but he also discussed some tips on how to file an extension for your income tax return. Filing for an extension is a simple process for the most part. That is, as long as you do it […]

Published or Updated: April 11, 2015

10 Last Minute Tax Tips From Jackson Hewitt

Taxes

With April 15th just around the corner, I jumped at the chance to talk with Mark Steber, the Chief Tax Officer with Jackson Hewitt. Jackson Hewitt is one of the largest tax preparation services in the country. Mark has been with the company for about a decade and has worked in various facets of income […]

Published or Updated: April 8, 2015

How Republic Wireless Can Save You $10,976.76

Republic Wireless Plans

It’s amazing how many people have never heard of Republic Wireless. I’ve often found myself in a conversation with a friend about saving money. It goes like this– Friend: I really need to cut back and save some money. Me: Why don’t you switch to Republic Wireless to save money on your cell phone expense? Friend: […]

Published or Updated: April 7, 2015

Best Interest Rates for April 2015

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 arortgages 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 4, 2015

2015 Federal Income Tax Brackets

2015 Federal Tax Brackets

Just as the sun is setting on the 2014 income tax filing season, it’s time start looking toward the year that’s already in progress. To get the ball rolling, let’s look at the 2015 federal income tax brackets. Each year the IRS adjusts just about everything connected with income taxes – including income tax brackets – to […]

Published or Updated: April 2, 2015

How Thinking Long Term Can Help You Manage Your Money

Mustang Receipt

This past weekend I spent several hours going through long forgotten papers. Like an old friend I haven’t spoke to in years, the paperwork brought back memories. The papers relating to finances were particularly interesting. For example, I found the sales receipt for a new 1965 Mustang my grandfather purchased for my step-mother when she […]

Published or Updated: March 31, 2015