Avoid Overspending During the Holidays

Overspending

With Memorial Day wrapped up, Americans are getting ready to head back to work.  For many, the next day to look forward to is Independence Day, which happens to also fall on a Monday this year.  A few years ago, when I was working the nine-to-five lifestyle, I used to mark my calendar with all […]

Published or Updated: May 30, 2011

20 Great Father’s Day Gift Ideas Under $100

Father's Day

This year, Father’s Day falls on June 19th, which means you have just over one month to find Dad a gift he will love.  You might be surprised to learn that Father’s Day wasn’t an official holiday until 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon signed it into law. Father’s Day can be dated back to […]

Published or Updated: March 5, 2013

Extreme Couponing is Not Worth the Effort

Extreme Couponing

Working from home, I’ve been brushing up on a lot of television shows I wouldn’t normally watch.  I find that working on the computer all day with a mix of TV leads to excellent production. And one of the shows I saw was an episode of  “Extreme Couponing“.  I’ve written a few posts previously about […]

Published or Updated: April 28, 2011

20 Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $50

Mother's Day

On Sunday, May 8th, we will celebrate the 100th official Mother’s Day.  Once a year, mothers across the country are recognized as the most important people on the planet and even though any mother will say it’s the thought that counts, you and I both know that’s not how it really works. Buying something for […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

Renting a Car from Thrifty? Learn from My Mistakes

My family and I were in Florida this past weekend visiting colleges for my son and daughter. We rented a car from Thrifty in Orlando for four days. While I thought I did everything possible to get the best possible deal, it turns out I made three critical mistakes that cost me about $100. So […]

Published or Updated: March 6, 2013

Becoming a US Citizen Isn’t Cheap!

US Citizenship

At one time or another, we all take our American citizenship for granted.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that many people are struggling right now to become a part of the United States.  Aside from the travel costs associated with reaching the US, the process of becoming an American citizen can be quite expensive.  From […]

Published or Updated: September 18, 2011

5 of the Most Ridiculously Expensive Board Games

Outrage

Board games are a great way to have frugal fun with friends and family.  Our children particularly like Monopoly and Hand-n-Foot (a card game). While board games can provide countless hours of thrifty enjoyment, if you have the cash and desire, you can likely find a much more expensive version of your favorite cheap cardboard […]

Published or Updated: August 15, 2011

Are Pawn Shops Good Places To Buy and Sell Stuff?

Pawn Shop

You may have passed by one every day on your way to work or walking your dog and never really noticed it: the local pawn shop. The local pawn shop is a great place to find many things you need and many things you’ll never need, but it’s also a great place to learn a […]

Published or Updated: March 20, 2013

The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (Blockbuster $0.40 Rentals Edition)

It’s no secret that Blockbuster is in serious trouble.  We’ve documented their actions well over the last year or so and even with some of the advantages they have over Netflix, Blockbuster was forced to file for bankruptcy a short time ago. Still trying to fight their way back, Blockbuster has teamed up with the […]

Published or Updated: April 6, 2013