March 2008 was a great month at The Dough Roller. More than 40,000 folks stopped by to read an article or two, and to add to the discussion through comments. I also added a second writer to the staff. More about the mysterious “NL” in a later post, but she has written some great posts, which I’ll link to at the end of this post.
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Total revenue for the site last month was $1,740, which means we have the honor of contributing $870 to Common Hope. This contribution brings our total for the year to $3,080, so we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $10,000 for the year.
If you’d like to help us reach our goal, there is an easy way to do it that won’t cost you a nickel. If you plan to shop online at Amazon, consider navigating to Amazon through this link. The products at Amazon won’t cost you anymore, but Amazon will send us a small percentage (4-6%, usually) of anything you purchase, and we will in turn send 50% on to Common Hope. I’ve added a link in the sidebar that you can also use to navigate to Amazon. Also, if you’d just like to make a direct contribution to Common Hope, you can do so quickly and easily through its website by clicking here. As they say, together we can make a difference in a child’s life.
Berkshire Hathaway & Sharebuilder
With the remaining revenue after the contribution to Common Hope, we continued our methodical purchase of partial B shares of Berkshire Hathaway. Through ShareBuilder, you can buy partial shares of just about any stock with automatic monthly investment plans. We are investing $500 per month in Berkshire Hathaway on the first Tuesday of every month. Through March 31, 2008 we have invested $1,000. The value is down to $981 due to market declines. That means that when we purchase another $500 worth of Berkshire today, we will pay less for the stock than we did two months ago. Seeing stock prices go down can at first be a bit alarming, but the key for us is to just hold on. We are investing for the very long term, so some intermediate market declines just make life interesting.
I’d like to give a quick thank you to those blogs that referred the most visitors to The Dough Roller. Here are the top ten:
- MSN’s Smart Spending (we are one of their partner blogs)
- Being Frugal
- Paid Twice
- Lending Club blog
- Gather Little By Little
- My Two Dollars
- Cash Money Life
- Mrs. Micah
A hearty thank you to all.
Most Popular Articles
Finally, here are the most popular articles from March 2008:
- Dave Ramsey’s Step #4: A Visual Guide to Saving 15% for Retirement in a Roth 401(k)
- 20 Inexpensive Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills (by the mysterious “NL”)
- Credit Card Reform Act of 2008–Congress to the Rescue
- 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards: The 10 Commandments of Responsible Borrowing
And here are some oldies but goodies that were very popular last month:
Finally, be sure to check out my new blog, Energy Saving Gadgets. If you haven’t checked out the new site, you’ve missed an electric roadster that goes 0 to 60 in under four seconds, a folding bike that’s perfect for short trips to mass transit, and a Solar Powered Golf Cart–Fore!