DR 124: Where Do People Keep Their Emergency Fund?

Emergency Fund

Where do people stash their cash for emergencies? That’s the question I asked more than 18,000 subscribers to the weekly Dough Roller newsletter. The common wisdom is to keep emergency funds in an FDIC insured bank account, preferably one that pays a high yield. But with interest rates at historic lows, are people taking on […]

Published or Updated: November 12, 2014

DR 123: Interview with Joshua Sheats, CFP, of Radical Personal Finance

Joshua Sheats of Radical Personal Finance

I met Joshua Sheats earlier this year at a blogger conference. In the span of 30 minutes we talked about everything from budgeting to investing to careers to podcasting. A certified financial planner, among other things, Joshua spent many years in the business. Recently, he hung up his calculator and started a podcast full time […]

Published or Updated: November 6, 2014

DR 122: Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

Good debt vs bad debt

A lot has been written about good debt vs bad debt. As the names suggest, the idea is to avoid bad debt and embrace, at least to a point, good debt. But what do these terms really mean, and how can they help us make sound financial decisions? Like so many financial rules of thumbs, […]

Published or Updated: November 6, 2014

DR 120: Should You Save for Retirement or a Home?

Good debt vs bad debt

Prioritizing financial goals is one of the hardest things to do.  And it comes into play in so many different ways. How much would you save for an emergency fund while you’re paying off all your debt? Which debt should you pay off first? Should you pay off all your debt before saving for retirement? […]

Published or Updated: November 1, 2014

Should You Use a Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund?

Should you put your emergency fund in a Roth IRA? If you’re considering this option, you’re not alone. Here is an email from a reader named Thomas asking whether it’s wise to rely on Roth IRA in the case of emergencies: Q:I was wondering what you thought about using Roth IRAs for storing emergency/savings funds? […]

Published or Updated: October 10, 2014

DR 114: 3 Tools to Track Your Net Worth

Personal Capital Net Worth

Tracking your net worth is an essential step to managing your finances. In a single number your net worth can measure your financial progress, whether you are climbing out of debt, building an investment portfolio, or both. We’ve covered how to track your net worth in the past. Recently I received an email from a […]

Published or Updated: October 8, 2014

DR 100: 100 Ways to Improve Your Finances (Most in Under 10 Minutes)

Improve your finances

To commemorate the 100th episode of the Dough Roller podcast, I pulled together 100 ways to improve your finances. Let’s get started. 1. Balance your checkbook: Balancing a checkbook helps you focus on where you’ve spent your money and it ensures your bank hasn’t made any mistakes. With the help of budgeting tools such as […]

Published or Updated: August 25, 2014

DR 089: 12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions (#7 is a Doozy)

12 Keys to Making Smart Financial Decisions

We face countless personal finance decisions every day. They range from the seemingly trivial (should we go out for dinner) to the more impactful (how much should we spend on a home). Yet each of these decisions work together to over a lifetime to define our finances. Over the course of running this blog since […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2014

DR 085: How Your Budget and Net Worth Statements Work Together to Build Wealth

Budgeting

Many people keep some form of a budget. We use our favorite budgeting tool, YNAB. Others use a spreadsheet or pen and paper. Whatever the approach, a budget helps you understand your income and expenses. Fewer people track their net worth. A net worth statement tracks your assets and liabilities. It’s the scorecard of personal […]

Published or Updated: July 12, 2014