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

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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

List of Daily Deal Sites

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Over the past year or so “daily deal” sites have proliferated. Perhaps the most newsworthy daily deal site is Groupon, which Google tried to purchase last year for $6 billion. Groupon declined. These deal sites typically fall into one of four categories: Local Deals: Sites like Groupon and Living Social offer daily deals from local […]

Published or Updated: September 22, 2011

I Need a Cheap Car Rental!

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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