5 Ways To Automate Your Finances

I‘m convinced that the one thing that could greatly improve finances for many people is also dead simple: automation. Financial automation puts a fail-safe in place, protecting you from your own forgetfulness, poor judgement, or even procrastination. It also frees up time and energy — rather than worry about the same things each and every […]


9 Things You Aren’t Going to Find in Your FICO Credit Score

Although not the only credit score in use, the FICO score is the best-known and most widely-used credit score in the United States. Creditors use your FICO score (and other scores, such as the VantageScore) to determine your eligibility for loans, credit cards, and other types of credit. Employers will often request your credit score to […]


The Best Prepaid Cards for Your Teen

I can still remember my first ATM card. I was a teenager in high school when ATM and debit cards first arrived on the scene. I had a passbook savings account with our local bank, and they issued a debit card that I could use to make deposits and withdrawals. Taking money out of my […]


A Review of the Platinum Card from American Express and Its New Benefits

Few credit cards symbolize style like The Platinum Card® from American Express. Other credit card issuers attempt to generate buzz with the word platinum attached to some of their credit card products, but unless it’s American Express, it doesn’t mean much. The Platinum Card® from American Express is a one-of-a-kind charge card that offers consumers […]


A Five Year History of the Standard Deduction

We’re in the thick of tax season, which means that you’ve probably given thought to your deductions. So, will you be itemizing your eligible expenses, or taking the standard deduction allowed to most of us? The standard deduction is a basic tax break that all taxpayers get, as long as they fall under a certain […]


How to be a Buy and Hold Investor

One of the many benefits of running Dough Roller for the past ten years is that the articles act like a diary for me. It’s fun to go back and look at older posts to see what was going on in the world, or my life, at the time. So, I decided to venture all […]