8 Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Under $20

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to present some ideas for homemade, low cost gift ideas for mom. The problem is that I’m not really a “homemade, low cost gifts for mom” kind of guy. Fortunately, our daughter loves crafts. So I asked her to find some great gift ideas from Pinterest.  Here’s what […]

Published or Updated: May 6, 2015

Ebates Review – Get Cash Back On Every Online Purchase

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Ebates became the pioneer and leader of online cash back shopping over 10 years ago. The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley who used to prosecute online fraud & identity theft before starting Ebates. Joining Ebates is always free and no matter how much money you spend through […]

Published or Updated: July 4, 2015

DR 130: The #1 Way to Save Money Is . . .

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The many ways to save money are limited only by our imagination. That’s why I asked the readers of the Dough Roller Newsletter their #1 money saving tip. In past weeks they have given some great replies to other questions: What is your favorite book about money? Where do you keep your emergency fund? What […]

Published or Updated: November 26, 2014

The 5 Best Cash Back Online Shopping Sites

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Deals, coupons, Promo codes, and cashback shopping sites have proliferated over the last several years. It’s now easier than ever to get cashback on virtually every online purchase you make. The problem is that we often forget to use the sites when shopping online. I learned this firsthand last week. Here’s what happened. Last week […]

Published or Updated: May 22, 2015

Pinterest Roundup: 10 Frugal Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

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Ah, summer time. Birds, bees, flowers, warm weather – and the bane of all parents’ existence. Summer means long days and no school. And you might find your kids getting bored more easily than you thought possible. Before you drop money on an expensive vacation or new toys, check out these 10 frugal summertime activities […]

Published or Updated: May 15, 2014

DR 061: 6 Ways to Harness the Power of Hedonic Adaptation

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Why does the excitement of a pay raise wear off in just a few months? Why does the “shine” of your new gadget or gorgeous new home wear off so quickly? The answer is hedonic adaptation. Some people also call it the hedonic treadmill. It sounds philosophical, but it’s really relevant to how we make […]

Published or Updated: May 6, 2014

DR 053: Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

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Recently, a reader named John wrote in asking about leasing vs. buying a car. Here is John’s question: I was wondering what your input is in regard to buying vehicles? For example, I’m in the process right now of selling a vehicle for a good buck. Would you suggest reinvesting this money in a used […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014

3 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck When You Donate to Charity

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This time of year, you might be thinking about donating some of your money or your time to charity. You’re certainly not alone. According to Charity Navigator, total charitable giving in 2012 was about $316.23 billion in the United States, with about $223 billion of that from individuals. Many people do their giving over the […]

Published or Updated: December 27, 2013

Where to Get the Best Deals this Holiday Season

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The holiday shopping season is all about the deals. Everyone is looking for the best deals on gifts and the trappings of the holidays. So, where should you go to find the best deals of the holiday season? That depends on what you’re looking for. But here are a few things to try as you […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014