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Best Interest Rates for March 2015

Finding the best interest rate is a lot easier today than it was even a few years ago. Here at Dough Roller we track rates on everything from checking and savings accounts to mortgages to CDs. It occurred to me, however, that there was no one single page on the site where you could find […]

DR 165: Financial Freedom Calculator – How Much Should You Save?

How much should you be saving? It’s a question that we ask a lot, and there are a number of rules of thumb. One answer is based on the 50/20/30 budgeting system. Popularized by Senator Elizabeth Warren, this rule of thumb suggests we should be saving 20% of our income. Any general guideline, however, has […]

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DR 134: The 10 Best Small Business Credit Cards of 2015

Since starting my small business in 2007, I’ve used a business card for several reasons. My business credit card easily separates personal expenses and business expenses. I use GoDaddy’s online bookkeeping tool. It automatically imports all the charges from my business credit card, so these expenses are exceptionally easy to track. This makes preparing annual […]

Inbox Zero

DR 133: Inbox Zero–A Simple Strategy to Conquer Your E-mail

Email is a real pain. Most of us have multiple email accounts. The inbox can easily pile up with junk, often resulting in important email getting lost or forgotten. For many, inbox zero is nothing but a pipe dream. This hit home for me recently.  I have four primary email accounts that I monitor.  One […]

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Capital One 360 Black Friday Cash Bonus Deal

Capital one 360 has just launched a limited time Black Friday sale. From November 28th at 12 am ET to December 1st at 11:59 pm ET, earn bonus cash when you open a new 360 Checking® account or 360 Savings® savings account. Here are the details: 360 Checking®: Earn $100 bonus with fee-free checking How […]

Thankful

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!  Last week in the newsletter I asked folks to share one thing they are thankful for.  The replies were inspiring, and in some cases, shined hope on what were dark situations. Here are the replies: Charles:  The beginning of healing in the shattered relationship with my parents. Teri:  Thankful for a roof over […]

Robo Advisors

DR 132: Robo Advisors–The Pros and Cons

The first so called Robo Advisor I recall is Betterment. Several years ago I met its founder, Jon Stein, and recently interviewed him for the podcast. Since then I’ve used or evaluated Motif Investing, Acorns, Wealth Front, Future Advisors, and JemStep. I’ve also used extensively the free Financial Dashboard offered by Personal Capital. It was […]

Fidelity Small Business Retirement Plans

DR 131: Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses–An Interview with Fidelity’s Brian Hogan

One of the biggest surprises for me as a blogger was the retirement plan options available to a small business owner. While a 401k maximum contribution is $17,500 (as of 2014) and an IRA is $5,500 (as of 2014), as a small business owner I can sock away more than $50,000 a year. It almost […]

Save

DR 130: The #1 Way to Save Money Is . . .

The many ways to save money are limited only by our imagination. That’s why I asked the readers of the Dough Roller Newsletter their #1 money saving tip. In past weeks they have given some great replies to other questions: What is your favorite book about money? Where do you keep your emergency fund? What […]

Home Office

DR 129: 5 Simple Strategies to Stay Productive Working from Home (bet you never thought of #5)

I‘ve struggled with productivity for years. Give me a deadline and I can work like a rented mule. Leave me to my own devices, however, and I’m as productive as carefree summer day at the beach. This really came to light for me when I started working from home. With no supervisors and few hard […]

What All Kids Should Know About Saving and Investing

DR 128: What All Kids Should Know About Saving & Investing–An Interview with Author Rob Pivnick

With a son and daughter now grown, I often wonder how well I prepared them to handle finances. While they are both now in their early 20’s, the truth is that their financial education is far from over. I continue to work with them on everything from budgeting to investing. And that’s why Rob Pivnick’s […]

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