Give the Gift of Experience: 6 Places to Find Discount Gift Cards

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Gift cards are increasingly popular as gifts because they offer the recipient the chance to choose something that he or she really wants. If you put careful thought into the gift card you purchase, it’s possible to make it personal. A gift card to the recipient’s favorite restaurant or store, or a gift card to […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2013

20 Easy, Affordable DIY Holiday Gifts from Pinterest

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This holiday season, you may be looking to save some cash without skimping on gifts for friends and family members. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds with these easy-peasy, super-affordable DIY gift ideas we’ve collected from the treasure-trove that is Pinterest. I’ve carefully checked each of these gift-making tutorials, and they all […]

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Published or Updated: November 27, 2013

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

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*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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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