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.

How to Value Your Non-Cash Donations Come Tax Time

Clutter can be overwhelming. It’s easy to let outgrown and unused things pile up over the years, especially if you’re not sure what to do with them. One way to clean out your closets, give back, and save money on your taxes is to donate non-cash items to charity. Whether you’re cleaning out your kids’ […]

Published or Updated: August 24, 2016

How to Save on Closing Costs When You Buy a Home

Many future homebuyers spend years saving and planning for a down payment. But when they get ready to actually purchase a home, they’re shocked at the amount of closing costs. On average, closing costs amount to between 2 and 5 percent of the total purchase price of a home. That can be a hefty fee, […]

Published or Updated: August 13, 2016

What to Do When You Made a Mistake on Your Taxes

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I forgot a W-2 on my 2015 taxes. True story. I write about this stuff for a living, and I completely left out an entire W-2 from my taxes. Oops. I discovered this mistake when my husband and I applied for a mortgage in April. I’d already filed the […]

Published or Updated: August 10, 2016

How to Decide If 529 Prepaid Tuition Plans Are Right For You

If you’ve done much research about saving for your child’s college education, you’ve likely heard of 529 (or prepaid tuition) plans. These plans offer a tax-advantaged option to save specifically for future college expenses. Typical 529 plans operate similarly to IRAs. You put money in, sometimes netting a state tax benefit, though not a federal […]

Published or Updated: July 31, 2016

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

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