How to Pick a Credit Card

How to pick the right credit card for your financial goals Over the past year, I’ve been helping a friend rebuild his finances. I worked with him to file for bankruptcy. Because he owed a bank for past overdrafts, he was denied a checking account. So when he recently got a job, we found him […]


What To Do If You Didn’t Get a W-2

Didn’t receive your W-2? Here’s what to do. Still waiting on the W-2? You’re ready to prepare and file your taxes ahead of time. Yet each day goes by with no W-2 in the mailbox. It’s actually a problem I encountered this year for the first time. So for those that didn’t get a W-2, […]


12 Financial Rules of Thumb You Should Ignore

First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply and you’re not. And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.–Captain […]


15 Gmail Productivity Hacks

Turn Gmail into a lean, mean productivity machine with these 15 tips, tricks and tools A lot of small businesses use Gmail for their e-mail needs. That’s what I’ve done for the last two years or so. And of course, just about everybody has a personal Gmail account. When I first started using Gmail, however, […]


Tax Time Tools and Resources

Tax time doesn’t have to hurt with these tips, tools, and resources Let’s be honest here–tax time sucks. Whether you’re filing business or personal returns (or both), it’s typically very stressful. Even with a CPA, I still spend a ton of time pulling records together, getting the stuff to my accountant, and meeting with him […]


When Should I Start Investing? Now!

For most people, the time to start investing is now Over the years I’ve blogged here at the Dough Roller, one question I’ve been asked repeatedly is when should you start investing. To me, the question is very much like asking when you should start eating healthy and working out. If you can fog a […]