Abby HayesAbby Hayes is a freelance copywriter and blogger who writes on everything from personal finance to health and wellness. She spends her spare time bargain hunting and meal planning for her family of three.

32 Ways to Save Money on Childcare

Full-time child care eats up a huge portion of families’ incomes. In fact, in some states, parents are paying more for child care than they pay in mortgage payments or rent. Whether you’re getting ready for your first baby or just looking for ways to trim your current costs, we’re here to help. I know […]

Published or Updated: July 25, 2016

How to Maximize Your College Financial Aid Opportunities

When it comes to saving for college, many of us focus on a dollar amount. And it is good to have a goal, whether monthly, annually, or over a lifetime, for saving for your child’s college education. But what many of us don’t consider are strategies for maximizing financial aid for our children when they […]

Published or Updated: July 2, 2016

Subscription Services: 14 of the Best Money-Savers

Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage these days. Take a quick glance online and you’ll likely find hundreds of options to suit any interest. These services deliver a themed box of something, or a collection of somethings, to your door each month. Many are just for fun, and these can make great gifts. For […]

Published or Updated: June 10, 2016

Fixer Upper: 4 Ways to Pay for Your Remodel

As long-time DoughRoller readers may know, my husband and I went about our journey into homeownership in a slightly off-beat way. Long story short: we own a 2,400 square foot duplex in Indianapolis and have no mortgage. But we do have a significant amount of work left to do, nearly three years into the process. […]

Published or Updated: June 5, 2016

Could Tutoring Now Save You Money on College Later?

As many entry-level jobs today now require at least an Associate’s degree, if not a four-year Bachelor’s degree, millions more students are enrolling in college. While that can be a good thing for those students, statistics show that more and more first-year college students are entering freshman year unprepared for college-level classes. According to some […]

Published or Updated: May 31, 2016

Review of the New Fidelity Credit Card – 2% Cash Back

Recently, Fidelity announced the release of its new Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card. It replaces the Fidelity American Express card that had become very popular. Th new cash-back credit card option may be the flexible rewards card you’ve been looking for. Fidelity Credit Card Review–The Basics This easy-to-use cash back card offers unlimited 2% cash […]

Published or Updated: May 24, 2016

How to Determine If Your Salary is Worth the Cost of Child Care

The cost of childcare is high and it’s only rising. For example, the average two-parent, two-child household in Maine devoted over 12% of their annual income to childcare in 2015. Even in less expensive states, like Louisiana, the same family could expect to put around 7% of their annual income toward childcare. With those whopping […]

Published or Updated: June 23, 2016

Tax Credits and Deductions for a College Education

If you’re a college student, are paying off student loans, or have a child in college in 2016, be sure to look out for education-related tax deduction and credits when you file your taxes next year. The IRS names several available deductions and credits related to college expenses, including student loan interest. I’ll break down […]

Published or Updated: May 21, 2016

Roth IRA Contribution and Income Limits for 2016

The IRS recently released its 2016 update to income and contribution limits for Roth IRAs. As detailed below, the contribution limits for a Roth IRA are unchanged for 2015—still $5,500. The catch-up contribution for those 50 or older, which is not indexed for inflation, remains $1,000. The income limits to qualify for a Roth IRA, […]

Published or Updated: May 19, 2016

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