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Make Meal Planning Easy: $5 Meal Plan Review

As a working mom trying to feed a picky husband and a pickier preschooler, meal planning is basically the bane of my existence. I’m always looking for a simpler, easier way to plan meals, grocery shop, and cook – without spending a fortune. At the same time, I want to be healthy, and I want […]

The Great Car Debate: Should You Buy New or Used?

For decades, our great nation has been fiercely divided over one all-important debate: Should you buy a new or used car? You’ll find energized champions on each side of the aisle, defending their new vs. used car preferences to the death point of exasperation. They believe their way is the only way when it comes […]

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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 […]

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A Simple Way to Increase Your Returns Without Increasing Risk

In this podcast, we look at how you can increase your returns without increasing the overall risk to your portfolio. I call it the asset class swap, and it’s incredibly easy to do. Here’s how it works. From time to time an asset class becomes significantly overvalued or undervalued. This happened last year with REITs. […]


Calculating the Value of a 401k or IRA Retirement Account

A reader named Jen recently sent me an email about 401k retirement accounts. James Altucher, a former hedge fund manager, had posted a video on Business Insider on why you shouldn’t invest in a 401k. When I first saw the video, I thought it was a parody. I didn’t realize he was being serious! Here’s […]

Republic Wireless vs. Straight Talk vs. Virgin Mobile

Republic Wireless vs. Straight Talk vs. Virgin Mobile

Republic Wireless, Straight Talk and Virgin Mobile are three of the top competitors within the discount cell phone and service market. All three attract customers who are looking to get away from the high cost, contract-heavy world of traditional cell phone providers. However, the services they provide are vastly different – with huge disparities in […]

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What if . . .

My brother and I were playing chess they other day. He had a winning move that we both missed. After the game we found it, and why we both missed is the inspiration for this article. The move we missed involved moving his Rook next to my King. My King would have been in check, […]

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Get Paid to Get Your Free Credit Score

It use to be a big deal to get your credit score for free. Many websites offered a free trial, but then began charging your credit card after the trial period ended. Then came along the likes of Credit Sesame, Credit Karma, and Quizzle, which give you access to your credit score for free. Now […]

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6 Top Gas Credit Cards – 2015

Even with gas costs falling this year, it’s not as cheap as it used to be. Maybe you’re reminiscing about the days when you could fill the whole tank for $5. If so, you’ll love these gas cards. Credit cards offering cash back and other gas rewards can be a great way to trim your […]

Quizzle vs. Credit Karma vs. Credit Sesame

Quizzle vs. Credit Karma vs. Credit Sesame

If you’re looking for a free way to find out your credit score, look no further than these three websites –,, and Although they offer similar services, each site has its own nuances and unique perks. But before we get into an analysis of each service, it’s important to understand that the […]

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Capital One 360 Bonus Offer

We’ve talked about Capital One 360 here at the Dough Roller. It’s the bank I use for savings, checking, and for our children. You can read about my experience with the bank in this review. Today Capital One 360 has gotten even better. For a limited time they are offering a bonus of up to […]

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