How to Use Allowances to Teach Your Kids About Money

As parents, our number one goal is to raise our kids to be kind, compassionate human beings who can function in the world as independent adults. In the early years, we’re often focused heavily on those “kind and compassionate” terms. Our goal then is to teach kids not to hit, bite, or pitch fits. You […]

Published or Updated: November 25, 2016

How to Budget for Family Travel and Vacations

Charles Aquino

The work-life balance is a constant struggle for Americans. In fact, according to a Glassdoor survey in 2014, the average employee “only takes half of his or her eligible vacation time/paid time off.” Why is that, do you suppose? Vacations have been linked to reducing employees’ stress, improving productivity, and other health benefits. However, 63% […]

Published or Updated: November 3, 2016

How to Use Google Docs to Track Your Cash Flow

My husband and I have used many budgeting tools over the years, including Mint and YNAB. We still use (and love!) YNAB, but it left a hole for us: cashflow planning. Unfortunately, we’re still not accustomed to YNAB’s month-ahead spending goal. And that means that at some points in the month, our checking account ebbs […]

Published or Updated: October 27, 2016

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

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