Triple Credit Report and Score from Privacy Guard for $1

Free credit reports are nothing new. But as we’ve have written before, while you can get your free report at, it won’t come with your credit score.  A company called Privacy Guard, however, just launched a 30-day trial for $1 that allows users to check their triple credit report and score. So I decided […]

How To Pick Your First Mutual Fund

Picking your first mutual fund is kind of like a first date–scary at first, but later you wonder what all the fuss was about. This past weekend, a close relative spent some time with my family and me. We’ll call her Susie (not her real name). Susie is 31, has one daughter (cute as can […]

Social Security Increase (COLA) for 2012–3.6%

The Social Security Administration announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 3.6 percent in 2012. Called a Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA for short, the 3.6% increase is the first raise in benfits since 2009. About 55 million Social Security beneficiaries will see the increase beginning in January 2012. Another […]

How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 3 Easy Steps

This year marked the fourth year anniversary of The Dough Roller! Before starting this site, I had no idea how to set up a blog. I’ve come a long way. Recently, several people have asked me to walk them through step by step how to start a blog using WordPress. The good news is that […]

Secured Versus Prepaid Credit Cards

At least once a week a reader emails me to ask whether they can improve their credit with a prepaid credit card. Although the answer is a bit more complicated than this, I tell them no. If you are rebuilding your credit, the best type of card to use is a secured credit card. And […]

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card 80,000 Bonus Points

With 80,000 bonus points, one additional free night stay, and no foreign transaction fees, the card ranks among the elite travel rewards offers. We have all the details in our Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card review. The Marriott Rewards Premier credit card is an excellent option for frequent travelers who tend to drive rather than […]