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.

The Definitive Guide to Social Security Benefits

If you’re like most Americans, Social Security is a big piece of your retirement plan. And if you’re like most Americans, you don’t know how much Social Security to count on or when to start taking benefits. It’s no surprise that this government-run system is pretty complicated and jargony. But the complication of the Social Security […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2013

The Homeowner’s Guide to Money-Saving DIY Home Maintenance

*Please note that Dough Roller has no affiliation with the videos included in this 12-part series. We’ve simply selected what we think are the best videos available on YouTube for each of the home maintenance topics discussed below. There’s no doubt about it, being a homeowner is a big job. If you’ve rented in the […]

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Published or Updated: October 24, 2013

What to do When Your Finances Seem Hopeless

Every once in a while at Dough Roller, we get emails from people in seemingly hopeless financial situations. They are single moms struggling with high debt. They’re low-income, unemployed, or in the middle of a financial or medical crisis. While many of them believe their finances are hopeless, there is always a light at the […]

Published or Updated: October 18, 2013

The Definitive Guide to Obamacare for Individuals

As of Oct. 1, 2013, the Affordable Care Act mandates that each state have a health care exchange. Even though the Affordable Care Act is moving forward, many people are confused about Obamacare. Who does it affect? How do you shop for insurance? What level of coverage should you choose? This comprehensive guide will walk […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

The Definitive Guide to Student Loans

These days, the majority of college students leave school (with or without a degree) with student loans. While you can take steps to reduce your need for student loans, you may not be able to avoid them. And that’s OK, as long as you know what you’re getting into. So whether you’re a student or […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

Your 60-Second Guide to Obamacare

If you follow the news at all, you know that the ObamaCare-mandated healthcare exchanges open today, October 1, 2013. But even if you are an avid news-watcher or reader, you may not understand all the details of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). You’re certainly not alone! The ACA is a complex law, and it’s confusing […]

Published or Updated: September 30, 2013

The Complete Guide to 529 Plans

A Section 529 Savings Account, 529 for short, is a great way to start saving for your child’s college education. Whether you can save a little or a lot for college, this is one of the best ways to do it, because 529 accounts grow tax-deferred. Need to learn more about 529s? This in-depth guide […]

Published or Updated: December 17, 2014

How I Make a Full Time Living as a Freelance Writer & How You Can, Too

Since I started freelance writing – nearly four years ago now – people have been intrigued by my job. “So what is it that you do?” “You actually get paid for that?” “How do you find work?” I hear these questions frequently from potential freelancers, incredulous 9-to-5er’s, and concerned friends and family members. Whether you’re […]

Published or Updated: September 27, 2013

GE Capital Bank Review

In January, 2013, GE Capital Bank acquired MetLife’s online bank, creating the new GE Capital Online Bank. This online bank offers great yields and several good Certificate of Deposit options, but a quick online search also turns up hundreds of customer complaints. So what’s the real deal? Is GE Capital Bank worth checking out? As […]

Published or Updated: November 17, 2015

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