How to Stop a Debt Collector from Calling or Contacting You

Photo Credit: givepeasachance My wife and I recently received a call from a debt collection agency. They didn’t identify who they were in the voice mail or that they were calling to collect a debt. When we called back, some guy said he was with The Northland Group and claimed we owned some money on […]

Published or Updated: February 15, 2014

Get Paid to Interview for Jobs!??

  No, I’m not making this up. A new online service claims it will pay you to interview for jobs, on average $300 – $600 per interview. NotchUp is an online company that aims to take the hassle and cost out of placing “top-tier candidates” with employers. And it boasts that it has signed up […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Idea Shower Firefox Extension: A Great Way to Store Online Information

The Internet offers a wealth of information about personal finance and investing. Whether its a news item, a new online tool you want to try out, or information to help make you a better investor, all this information can be overwhelming. I’ve tried everything from e-mailing a link to myself to using bookmarks, but somehow […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

Quicken Online + The iPhone = Yuck! (with iPhone screenshots)

I’m reminded of Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day when he was behind the wheel of a pickup and cautioned the groundhog: “Don’t drive angry, don’t drive angry!” That was just before they drove off a cliff. Now I can hear Bill telling me, “Don’t write angry, don’t write angry!” The truth is I […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2013

The Dough Roller to donote 50% of its revenue to charity

My wife and I had an interesting conversation over the holidays. Out of the blue, my wife suggested I donate all of the revenue that this site generates to charity. My immediate response was what would be the point of building this site if I gave EVERYTHING to charity. I started The Dough Roller for […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013 A Nifty Tool to Calculate the Cost of Raising a Child

Children are expensive. At least that’s the conclusion I reached after running some numbers through the Child Cost Calculator at You’ll find the calculator under the tools menu item. With two teenagers running around our home, we already knew how expensive raising kids can be. But seeing that six digit number on the computer […]

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011

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