23 Powerful Tips and Tools to Eliminate Debt

Here is one of the most frequently asked questions in all of personal finance: “How do I get out of debt?” At one level, eliminating debt is simply about following a few steps: Stop going into more debt Spend less than you make Pay off debt with the difference If you follow these steps, eventually […]

Published or Updated: November 16, 2015

9 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20’s

Ah, to be 20 again. Adulthood is still so new and exciting. You are still discovering what it means to be independent. Going to college, buying a house, and getting your first real job can make you feel like you’re rich. It is a wonderful time! As much fun as it is to be young, you’re 20’s […]

Published or Updated: October 20, 2015

The Complete Guide to Automating Your Finances

Taking care of your money can be exhausting. Budgeting, paying bills, and making deposits takes time, and it all adds up. It isn’t uncommon to spend several hours each week sorting through your bills and monthly statements. And if you’re like most people, it just causes you stress and takes up time that would be […]

Published or Updated: September 21, 2015

How To Apply ‘Getting Things Done’ To Your Finances

Recently I read the 2015 edition of David Allen’s widely popular book, Getting Things Done—The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. The previous edition was an eye-opener for me, although to be honest, I didn’t implement his system. This time is different. I’ve jumped head first into the GTD cult. In this article I’m going to walk […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2015

What if . . .

My brother and I were playing chess they other day. He had a winning move that we both missed. After the game we found it, and why we both missed is the inspiration for this article. The move we missed involved moving his Rook next to my King. My King would have been in check, […]

Published or Updated: June 17, 2015

10 Personal Finance Myths Busted

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something–Thomas Edison If you spend any time reading about personal finance, you’ve no doubt encountered a ton of rules. Whether it’s that credit cards are evil or that school loans are ‘good’ debt, these rules all have their place. A problem arises, however, if […]

Published or Updated: May 11, 2015

Financial Freedom Calculator – How Much Should You Save?

How much should you be saving? It’s a question that we ask a lot, and there are a number of rules of thumb. One answer is based on the 50/20/30 budgeting system. Popularized by Senator Elizabeth Warren, this rule of thumb suggests we should be saving 20% of our income. Any general guideline, however, has […]

Published or Updated: May 12, 2015

DR 147: 10 Ways to Invest $10,000

A few weeks ago in the Dough Roller weekly newsletter I asked the following question: “What would you do if you came into $10,000?” I received a lot of answers.  What surprised me about the responses were how similar they were.  The varied in the specific details of how people would spend $10,000, but they shared […]

Published or Updated: November 2, 2015

DR 144: 6 Keys to Setting Financial Priorities

Choosing between competing financial priorities is one of the hardest things to do in all of personal finance. Over the years I’ve received countless email from readers asking variations of the same thing related to financial goals. Should you pay off all of your debts before you begin investing? Should you fully fund your retirement […]

Published or Updated: January 6, 2015

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