How to Keep One-Off Expenses from Breaking the Budget

Even if you’re a budgeting machine who has it all together, you may still get surprised once in awhile. Usually, you’ll be caught off guard by one-off expenses. These are items that you should technically expect, but they tend to sneak up on many of us. After all, it can be hard to remember expenses […]

Published or Updated: August 27, 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

4 Budget Types and the Best Tools for Each One

Type ‘broke athletes’ into Google and you’ll see a hall of fame that no athlete wants to be in. For example, boxer Mike Tyson’s career earnings of $300 million were gone by the time he filed for bankruptcy in 2003. NBA star Jason Caffey, who earned $35 million, filed for bankruptcy in 2007. Footballer Warren Sapp […]

Published or Updated: June 5, 2016

How to Save Time and Money with these 7 Grocery Delivery Services

My family is fairly frugal when it comes to groceries. We don’t clip coupons or always shop sales, but we do come in well under the USDA’s moderate-cost food plan. However, we recently hit a super busy patch with renovating our home, working two full-time jobs, raising a preschooler, and gestating a baby on the […]

Published or Updated: May 9, 2016

31 Greatest Money Rules of Thumb You Need to Know

Rules of thumb are basically loose “rules” that apply broadly to many different situations. We talk about rules of thumb a lot here on Dough Roller. When it comes to personal finance, the key word is “personal.” There are no one-size-fits-all rules for running your budget, savings, retirement planning, or other aspects of your financial […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2016

How to Cut Your Cable Bill By $180 (But Not Miss March Madness)

Bill Ryan

“Cutting the cord” has become all the rage. By that, of course, I mean the cable cord. Maybe you want to cut your cable bill significantly so you can put more money towards debt. Or maybe you just want to offload the landline you never use. Either way, technology is making it easier to cut […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2016

Personal Finance Software Review: Moneydance

Back in the day, I used Quicken. It was the first personal finance software I used, and I used it faithfully for more than a decade. The problem is that I use a Mac, and Quicken stopped supporting Quicken 2005 (often considered one of the best versions of Quicken) somewhat recently. I’ve not been overly […]

Published or Updated: May 27, 2015

8 Budgeting Moves to Make for 2015

With the start of the new year, January is the perfect time to evaluate your finances.  I did this recently, focusing on budgeting. I used to hate budgeting, but now I have a different view of it. I use YNAB, my favorite budgeting software, to make it easier. January is a natural re-set when it comes […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2015

And the Most Popular Budgeting Software Is . . .

Last Saturday I asked a question in the weekly newsletter that goes to more than 18,000 beautiful people (join here–it’s free and worth every penny). The question: What software or tool do you use to track your spending? The number and variety of responses was just amazing. Some of the results, as you’ll see, were […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2016

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