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Chase Freedom Announces 5% Bonus Categories for Q3 2024

With the official summer season about to begin, Chase has embraced the fun for its Chase Freedom third quarter 2024 bonus categories. About the Q3 2024 bonus categories: From July through September, Chase Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn up to 5% back in three (technically four) bonus categories. First up is gas/EV charging station. This includes gasoline paid for either at the pump or inside of the station....
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Pepper App Offering 10% Off Lowe's Gift Cards for Father's Day

The cashback app Pepper Rewards has a special deal in place for Father's Day weekend. About the offer: Starting today and running through this weekend, Pepper is offering a 10% instant discount on Lowe's gift cards — in addition to the regular 5% back. As a result, users can purchase a $50 gift card for $45, a $100 gift card for $90, a $500 gift card for $450, etc.. The...
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Visa Relaunches Small Business Rewards Platform SavingsEdge

Small business owners with Visa business cards can once again earn rewards via SavingsEdge. About the relaunched program: Visa has officially relaunched its SavingsEdge platform following a short hiatus. The updated tool includes some enhanced features, new offerings, and more. These changes are meant to "support smarter spending and saving." According to Visa, the new SavingsEdge includes hundreds of new merchant offerings. This includes Instant Coupons and Cashback Offers in...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Our First Major Repair as Homeowners

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. This week, my wife and I placed a maintenance call, with the hope that it might be a small fix — but, of course, it turned out to be a worst-case scenario. The culprit causing harm to our wallets this time? Our water heater. The good news is that, through this process, we learned a few things that I think will help...
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Financial Reporting FinTech InScore Launches, Raises $4.3 Million

A FinTech that helps companies with their financial reporting and auditing processes has officially launched and raised a new round of funds. About the round and InScope: InScope has announced that it recently raised $4.3 million. The seed round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, while a group of individual investors also participated. The San Francisco-based InScope was founded last year and ran a beta earlier this year but is...
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The Top 3 Credit Cards I Recommend Most Often

Ever since I got back into the credit card game years ago, my interest in earning cashback and rewards has only grown. In turn, I've also written a lot about various credit cards over time — including some I like and some I think are a total waste of time. Because of this, with increasing frequency, friends and family have asked me for recommendations on cards they should get. While...
Social Media Shopping Survey

Survey: 74% of Shoppers Buy Unnecessary Items on Social Media

A new survey from WalletHub highlights the impact that social media can have on consumers' finances and shopping habits. About the survey: Headlining the survey's findings is the fact that nearly three-quarters (74%) of respondents report that they've made impulse purchases of unnecessary items on social media. Furthermore, 63% say they regret purchases they've made from these platforms. As a result, two-thirds say that social media in general helps to...
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Robinhood To Acquire Bitstamp for $200 Million

Robinhood is set to expand its crypto platform with its latest purchase. About the acquisition: Last week, Robinhood announced plans to acquire Bitstamp. The deal is valued at approximately $200 million, but is subject to customary adjustments. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the first half of next year. According to Robinhood, the acquisition will introduce its first institutional business as Bitstamp is "trusted by its institutional clients...
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first...

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind...
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will...
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a "New Year, New Me" theme last quarter,...
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Bilt Announces Home Collection Deal for May 2024 Rent Day

For May's Rent Day, Bilt is offering a deal that will allow members to decrease their rent bill while also adding to their home decor. About the Home Collection offer: Bilt has crafted a unique Rent Day offer for May 2024. Through the 1st, when Bilt members redeem their points toward rent payments, they'll receive the same number of points to be used toward Bilt Home Collection items. To take...