I Need a Cheap Car Rental!

Rental Car Image

Later today, I’m going to be taking in my automobile to have the transmission looked at.  While I don’t expect this to be a big problem, I am prepared if it is.  After I drop my car off to have it carefully diagnosed, I’ve decided to rent a car so that if the repairs do […]

Published or Updated: September 12, 2011

Should You Loan Money To Family and Friends?

Loan money

Let’s pretend were in a down economy. (Hard to imagine, I know) Now, assume that you are fortunate, despite that poor economy, to still have a secure, well-paying job. And, since you’re a frequent reader of Dough Roller, you know how to stretch your dollars as far as the eye can see. You also have […]

Published or Updated: September 7, 2011

An Energy Saving Light Bulb That Lasts 45.6 Years

Philips LED 25,000 Hour Replacement Bulb

Consumer Reports just released its ratings of CFL and LED bulbs. I’ve always been a fan of these energy saving light bulbs. In my 99 Painless Ways to Save Serious Money eBook (free to subscribers of our newsletter!), replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs is high on the list. These eco-friendly bulbs reduce our […]

Published or Updated: June 12, 2013

The True Cost of a Car Over Its Lifetime

Car

Car shoppers are normally all about getting the best deal: the smallest amount of money down, the most flexible lease terms and lowest finance charges. What some car buyers fail to calculate is not only the up-front costs associated with buying a car, but the costs to maintain a car over its lifetime, i.e., the […]

Published or Updated: August 30, 2011

When Does Frugality Turn Into Cheapness?

Cheap

Imagine you’re walking down an abandoned street with no-one in sight.  Enjoying the beautiful and peaceful day, you spot a penny on the ground.  Would you bend down, pick up the penny and put it in your pocket?  What if that penny was a nickel, a dime, a quarter … and so on, all the […]

Published or Updated: August 23, 2011

Which Family Cell Phone Plan Comes Out on Top?

Verizon

With so many cell phone plans to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. Choosing the family plan that maximizes the money you spend while getting solid coverage and other perks is very important. Today, we will aim to make that task a bit easier for you. Let’s take a look at four of […]

Published or Updated: June 12, 2013

Which Netflix Plan is the Best Netflix Plan?

Netflix

Netflix currently runs the online DVD rental business with more than 23 million active subscribers.  With Blockbuster struggling to keep it’s doors open after bankruptcy, Netflix continues to develop new streaming technology that allows the company to produce higher than expected earnings each and every quarter.  However, Netflix has recently decided to increase the cost […]

Published or Updated: August 20, 2013

Can You Put a Price on Safety?

Home Security

When I lived in an apartment in Boston, my apartment was broken into while I was at work.  I came home to a front door that was lifted off its hinges and carefully placed in the hallway next to where I left it (closed and locked) that morning.  The place was ransacked and all my […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

What is a Flexible Spending Account?

Flexible Spending Accounts

Graduating from college in 2006, I’ve really never had the opportunity to take advantage of some of the benefits that larger corporations and employers have to offer.  Before working from home, I was employed at a small-time online company that didn’t have things like retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, or even health insurance!  I guess […]

Published or Updated: June 10, 2011