The New Visa Clear Prepaid Program Simplifies Prepaid Card Fees

Visa Prepaid

Visa just simplified the confusing world of prepaid debit card fees. In order to help consumers avoid the complex maze of fees sometimes charged by prepaid cards, Visa recently announced a new designation for prepaid products with simple fee structures and no “gotchas.” The new set of standards, called the Visa Clear Prepaid Program, aims […]

Published or Updated: May 7, 2015

Republic Wireless Now Pays Customers for Unused Cellular Data

Republic Wireless Plans

Last month I reviewed Republic Wireless (How Republic Wireless Can Save You $10,976.76), and it generated a lot of interest. In general, the comments in response affirmed that Republic is on to something with its low prices and “hybrid calling technology”. But now there’s more on the Republic Wireless story, as if the package weren’t already attractive […]

Published or Updated: May 5, 2015

8 Ways to Avoid Emotional Investing

Emotional Investing

Investing is an emotional experience. With so much at stake, it can be an emotional roller coaster to watch the stock market gyrate from day to day. The topic of emotional investing came up in a recent email from a listener named Joe. He asked the following question: I’m a big fan of your newsletter and […]

Published or Updated: May 2, 2015

Personal Capital Releases Apple Watch App

Personal Capital Apple Watch App

Personal Capital revolutionized the free online financial dashboard. In one place you can now automatically track all of your investments, including retirement accounts. It shows your asset allocation and investing costs, and does so with amazing charts and graphs. All for free. Now the dashboard is available on the Apple Watch. The Personal Capital Apple […]

Published or Updated: May 15, 2015

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