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My Library

In the weekly newsletter that goes out every Saturday evening, I include books that I’ve been reading. Most, but not all, relate to finances and investing. I try to read at least one book a week, and the list has grown significantly in just the past few months. In response to an email from a […]

Should You Get a Credit Card to Improve Your Credit?

Recently, a reader named John emailed for advice on building credit from scratch: “I am 29 years old, I have no debt (never liked debt, pay with debit for everything) and I have never had a credit card. The result is I don’t think I have a FICO credit score, or at least Credit Karma […]

Recent Articles

Asset Location

A Simple Trick to Increase Your Investment Returns Without Risk

Imagine if you could increase your investment returns without increasing your risk? Now imagine you can do this with very little effort – and at no cost. I know, it sounds like the start of a late night infomercial. It’s not; it’s what’s called asset location. Recently I received a voice mail message from a listener named […]

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8 Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Under $20

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I wanted to present some ideas for homemade, low cost gift ideas for mom. The problem is that I’m not really a “homemade, low cost gifts for mom” kind of guy. Fortunately, our daughter loves crafts. So I asked her to find some great gift ideas from Pinterest.  Here’s what […]

Visa Prepaid

The New Visa Clear Prepaid Program Simplifies Prepaid Card Fees

Visa just simplified the confusing world of prepaid debit card fees. In order to help consumers avoid the complex maze of fees sometimes charged by prepaid cards, Visa recently announced a new designation for prepaid products with simple fee structures and no “gotchas.” The new set of standards, called the Visa Clear Prepaid Program, aims […]

Republic Wireless Plans

Republic Wireless Now Pays Customers for Unused Cellular Data

Last month I reviewed Republic Wireless (How Republic Wireless Can Save You $10,976.76), and it generated a lot of interest. In general, the comments in response affirmed that Republic is on to something with its low prices and “hybrid calling technology”. But now there’s more on the Republic Wireless story, as if the package weren’t already attractive […]

Emotional Investing

8 Ways to Avoid Emotional Investing

Investing is an emotional experience. With so much at stake, it can be an emotional roller coaster to watch the stock market gyrate from day to day. The topic of emotional investing came up in a recent email from a listener named Joe. He asked the following question: I’m a big fan of your newsletter and […]

Personal Capital Apple Watch App

Personal Capital Releases Apple Watch App

Personal Capital revolutionized the free online financial dashboard. In one place you can now automatically track all of your investments, including retirement accounts. It shows your asset allocation and investing costs, and does so with amazing charts and graphs. All for free. Now the dashboard is available on the Apple Watch. The Personal Capital Apple […]

Expired Credit Card Debt

How to Cancel a Credit Card Without Crushing Your FICO Score

A listener to the Dough Roller Money Podcast recently sent in a question about credit scores. He wanted to know how canceling a credit card can affect a person’s credit score. The question comes from a listener named Travis: I was curious how much closing a credit card can hurt your credit score? I understand that […]

Cost of Car Ownership

The Surprising Lifetime Cost of Car Ownership

Have you ever tallied up what it costs to own a car? I don’t mean on a year-to-year basis, but the total cost of owning a car over a lifetime? According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) it costs $8,876 per year to own and operate an average car. Now if you add that up […]

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10 Cool Apps to Help You Save More Money

Technology is wonderful. Not only does technology provide us with ways to amuse and inform ourselves, technology can also be very useful. One of the ways that technology can be useful in your life is by helping you save more money. There are a number of cool apps and web sites designed to help you […]

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