The Homeowner’s Guide to Money-Saving DIY Home Maintenance

Diminishing R-value returns

*Please note that Dough Roller has no affiliation with the videos included in this 12-part series. We’ve simply selected what we think are the best videos available on YouTube for each of the home maintenance topics discussed below. There’s no doubt about it, being a homeowner is a big job. If you’ve rented in the […]

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Published or Updated: October 24, 2013

Price Matching Policies Made Simple for Top Retailers

price matching policies

Price matching can be a big money-saver, but you need to be able to navigate the fine print. For example, I saved more than 50 percent recently on a camera memory card purchase when Target matched Amazon’s $16.56 price, knocking down Target’s original price of $34.99. Ever better: I didn’t have to wait for shipping. […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

7 Ways to Save Money at Warehouse Clubs

Warehouse Club Shopping

Photo: vasta Warehouse clubs like Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s have been popular for years and are becoming even more so. The USDA says these stores account for about 16 percent of food sales in the U.S., as of 2011 — the largest share of the market next to traditional food stores like supermarkets and […]

Published or Updated: June 3, 2013

When You Need Self Storage, and When It’s a Terrible Investment

Self Storage

Photo: masanori_jpn According to the Self Storage Association, self storage has been one of the fastest-growing pieces of the U.S. commercial real estate industry for more than three decades. And it’s no surprise. We have a lot of stuff, and we like to keep it. That’s evident from these statistics from the association’s 2012 fact […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2013

How to Save Money by Swtiching Electric Companies

Electricity

Photo: paulinaclemente In my weekly newsletter (you can signup in the box in the right sidebar), we cover painless ways to save money. One of the tips we recently discussed was saving some dough by changing electric companies. The response from readers was amazing. I received countless emails from readers who had great insight into […]

Published or Updated: April 22, 2013

7 Apps To Make Free Phone Calls Online

telephone

When Skype emerged several years ago, it was all the rage.  The possibility of making free high quality phone calls excited our ultra-connected world.  Faster internet connections meant you could clearly and instantly transmit your voice from one computer to another.  Along with Skype, programs like iChat, Google Talk, and various other Messenger services emerged […]

Published or Updated: August 29, 2012

Best Digital Camera Bargains for 2011

Nikon D70

I have a love-hate relationship with digital cameras. Having owned several, including my current Nikon D-70 that I got for Father’s Day a few years ago, I speak from experience when I say that when it comes to getting that critical family shot, what can go wrong, will go wrong. Just this week I messed […]

Published or Updated: December 6, 2011

15 Ways to Slash Your Cell Phone Bill

One of the all time best ways to save money is to cut your cell phone bill. With a family of four, our cell phone plan now costs us close to $200 a month, including data and texting packages. The cost has gotten out of hand, so I’ve been in search of ways to lower […]

Published or Updated: June 4, 2014

53 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10

C Gifts

Think your slim Christmas budget limits you to shoddy gifts for everyone on your Christmas list? Think again! This list of 53 gift ideas under $10 runs the gamut from hilarious gag gifts to best-selling books to toys for girls and boys. Check out the list to get great ideas for anyone and everyone on […]

Published or Updated: November 19, 2013