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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Surviving Our First Winter

One major difference between Springfield, Missouri and my previous city of residence (Glendale, California) is that, here, we have these things called "seasons." Furthermore, unlike a California winter where you might have to put on a sweater when it dips into the 40s, we do see snow, ice, and occasional sub-zero temperatures here in the Midwest. In turn, when we bought our home in whirlwind fashion, I knew we'd immediately…
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American Airlines Announces Checked Baggage Fee Hikes

A major domestic airline recently announced increased baggage fees for customers. About AA's new baggage policies: American Airlines is increasing its checked bag fees in a few ways. Now, customers on domestic flights (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rice, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will need to pay $35 for their first checked bag when booked online or $40 if purchased at the airport. A second checked bag for these flights…
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How to Maximize All of the American Express Platinum Card Credits

Whenever I tell people that I pay $695 a year for a credit card, I get kind of a weird look. Said looks grows even stranger when I then explain how I even save/make money with that same card. The product in question is the American Express Platinum card, which I've held since 2019. The truth is that, despite that fee, the numerous credits and perks that the card offers…
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Capital One Plans to Acquire Discover Financial for $35.3 Billion

Following rumors and reports yesterday, Capital One has now officially announced plans to acquire Discover. About the acquisition: Capital One intends to purchase Discover Financial for approximately $35.3 billion. The all-stock transactions will see Discover shareholders recieving 1.0192 shares of Capital One for each Discover share, which marks a 26% premium based on Discover's recent closing price. This purchase of Discover includes the company's payment network as well as its…
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Book Review: "Million Dollar Weekend" by Noah Kagan

I don't know about you, but my X timeline has been dominated by a recently released book for the past two weeks. That book is Million Dollar Weekend: The Surprisingly Simple Way to Launch a 7-Figure Business in 48 Hours by Noah Kagan (with Tahl Raz, which likely means he did most of the heavy lifting). Seeing how ubiquitous this book's green cover proved to be as I scrolled social…
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Is the Bilt Mastercard Worth It for Non-Renters? The Pros and Cons

When I first heard about the Bilt Mastercard, I was both intrigued and excited. That's because the card's signature feature is the ability to pay rent with the card and earn 1 point per dollar (while also avoiding any fees). Seeing as we lived in an apartment at the time, I decided to apply for the card and was thrilled to find that the platform only got better with time….
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Mana App Review: The Neobanking App for Gamers

One of the most intriguing trends I've seen emerge since I've been following FinTech is the advent of niche neobanks. These days, you can find apps geared towards certain communities, interests, and more. Among the latest examples I've seen of this is an app called Mana, which bills itself as the best debit card for gamers. Now, I may not be a big gamer, but I do know a thing…
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Lemonade Pet Insurance Review (2024): Policy Options & What's Covered

Pets have always been an important part of many American families. Yet, I don’t think I’d ever really considered the idea of purchasing insurance for a dog or cat until I learned that Lemonade was adding such an option. Cut to a mere month after when my wife and I added a dog (we named her Rigby) to our family, giving me a chance to take a closer look at…

Ibotta App Review (2024)

I remember the first time I was introduced to the concept of digital coupons. For some reason, I was looking at the website for my local grocery store when I found a section dedicated to coupons. At the time I was confused about how you redeemed these coupons since they weren't in the typical print-and-clip format but, soon enough, I realized that I just needed to link them to my…
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Book Review: "The Deficit Myth" by Stephanie Kelton

A couple of months ago, I reviewed Scott Santens' Let There Be Money. In that book, he mentioned The Deficit Myth from author Stephanie Kelton. Having enjoyed Santens' work overall, I decided to continue my education on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) by downloading Kelton's audiobook. Subtitled Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy, Kelton's book serves as a deep dive into the concept of MMT and how…
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Fioney Top 10 Must-Read Personal Finance Articles Octover 2023

Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — October 2023

Welcome to Fioney’s look at the top 10 personal finance articles of the month. On the first Friday of each new month, we look back at some of our favorite posts published in the weeks prior and highlight them right here. This includes a mix of sites that have become staples of our lists as well as many first-timers. This month, we’ll start with three posts pondering money. Then, we’ll…

Varo Bank Review: The FinTech With a National Bank Charter

In 2020, Varo Money made history by becoming the first FinTech firm to be awarded a national bank charter — resulting in the new name Varo Bank. Although I hadn’t previously used Varo Money, they always struck me as an intriguing service that put its customers first. So, is that same spirit still present in Varo Bank? Let’s take a look at what Varo Bank has to offer, including the…
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2023 Guide to Travel Credit Cards

In case you hadn’t heard, travel is back in a big way. With demand for flights, hotels, and more going strong, it may be time to grab a new credit card that will not only reward you on the purchases of these bookings but can also bring some perks to your travel experience. What’s more, several travel-centric credit cards are now offering some of their best welcome bonuses. On that…
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Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select…
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Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand’s new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories….
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Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with…
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Money at 30: Top Personal Finance Apps for 2019

Happy 2019! Okay, so we may already be a few weeks into the new year but I feel like I’m just now getting my bearings. This means I’ve spent the past few days not only contemplating the coming year and working towards some financial goals of my own but also reflecting on the year that was. As part of this, I started thinking about the various personal finance apps I…
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American Airlines Announces Checked Baggage Fee Hikes

A major domestic airline recently announced increased baggage fees for customers. About AA’s new baggage policies: American Airlines is increasing its checked bag fees in a few ways. Now, customers on domestic flights (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rice, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) will need to pay $35 for their first checked bag when booked online or $40 if purchased at the airport. A second checked bag for these flights…

How to Maximize All of the American Express Platinum Card Credits

Whenever I tell people that I pay $695 a year for a credit card, I get kind of a weird look. Said looks grows even stranger when I then explain how I even save/make money with that same card. The product in question is the American Express Platinum card, which I’ve held since 2019. The truth is that, despite that fee, the numerous credits and perks that the card offers…

Capital One Plans to Acquire Discover Financial for $35.3 Billion

Following rumors and reports yesterday, Capital One has now officially announced plans to acquire Discover. About the acquisition: Capital One intends to purchase Discover Financial for approximately $35.3 billion. The all-stock transactions will see Discover shareholders recieving 1.0192 shares of Capital One for each Discover share, which marks a 26% premium based on Discover’s recent closing price. This purchase of Discover includes the company’s payment network as well as its…

Survey: 80% of Americans Regret Their Financial Choices

With layoffs recently impacting the tech, media, and other sectors, a new survey from Quicken looks at whether workers are prepared for such changes and how Americans feel about their financial decisions. About the survey: Quicken’s survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found that 80% had regrets about their financial choices. Specifically, the biggest regret respondents voiced was not maintaining a large enough emergency fund. Nearly half (48%) of…

SoFi Named Official Banking Partner of the NBA

The FinTech-turned-bank SoFi has announced a new partnership with the National Basketball Association. About the partnership: SoFi is now the official banking partner of the NBA as well as the G League, NBA 2K League, and USA Basketball. Moreover, the company will be the title sponsor for what will now be the SoFi NBA Play-In Tournament (taking place April 16th to 19th). This includes a co-branded tournament logo featuring SoFi….

Starbucks and Bank of America Announce Loyalty Partnership

A new collaboration will allow consumers to earn more cashback on their morning coffee. About the partnership and rewards: Today, Starbucks and Bank of America announced a new partnership. As a result, BofA debit and credit card customers can link their card to their Starbucks Rewards account in order to earn bonuses. Specifically, members can earn an extra 2% cashback (on top of their card’s base rewards) when reloading their…

American Express Opens Largest Centurion Lounge at ATL

This Valentine’s Day, there’s something new for travelers to love as a brand new American Express Centurion Lounge is now open. About the lounge: Today, a new Centurion Lounge has debuted at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Occupying nearly 26,000 square feet, the location is now the largest Centurion to date. The lounge can be found in Concourse E near gate E11 (on the secured airside). According to Amex, the art…

Americans Expected to Spend $25.8 Billion This Valentine’s Day

According to an annual report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF), American consumers are set to spend an estimated $14.2 billion on their partners this Valentine’s Day. About the survey results: Ahead of the 14th, the NRF has released the 2024 version of its annual survey looking at Valentine’s Day spending. This year, consumers are expected to spend a total of $25.8 billion in purchases related to the holiday….

Neon Money Club Launches Dating App for Those with Good Credit

The FinTech Neon Money Club has announced a unique offering: a dating app that puts an emphasis on credit scores. About SCORE: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Neon Money Club has announced the launch of SCORE — a dating app for those with good credit. According to the platform’s FAQ page, “good credit” is considered to be 675 or higher. While credit scores will be used to qualify users…

Bilt Introduces Milestone Rewards as Part of New Loyalty Program

In December, Bilt Rewards announced a revamp to its loyalty status program. Now, the platform has revealed details on one of the new features: Milestone Rewards. About Milestone Rewards: An update to the Bilt Rewards site (first noticed by Doctor of Credit) details how Milestone Rewards will work. For every 25,000 points that Bilt members earn, they’ll be able to select a bonus reward. Furthermore, while Milestone Reward redemptions begin…
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FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...
H-E-B and Central Market  credit cards

Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select...
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Student Loan Benefit FinTech Summer Raises $6 Million

For years, student debt has been one of the most talked about financial topics. What's more, while the debt itself has become a major part of many Americans' lives, discussion of student loans has become political due to efforts to forgive certain loan repayments. However, while we wait for resolution on that front, a FinTech that brings student debt benefit solutions to employers and consumers has raised a new round...
Choice Privileges Select Card

Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand's new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories....
Melissa Urban holding a Ness card

Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with...