7 Ways to Save Money at Warehouse Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

List of Daily Deal Sites

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!

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?

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

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