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How to Maximize All of the American Express Gold Card Credits

One of the most often-used cards in my wallet is the American Express Gold Card. Like its "big brother" the Platinum Card, the Amex Gold card commands a sizeable annual fee but attempts to offset that expense by including monthly credits. Of course, the card also includes some lucrative rewards categories and redemption options that further give it value. Having recently explored the best ways to maximize the Platinum card's...
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My Personal Credit Card Strategy for 2024

Over the past seven years, I've gone from having one credit card to having more than half a dozen. In fact, as someone who regularly writes about reward cards, I'm occasionally tempted to add even more to my collection. Yet, I mostly refrain from this as I want each card in my wallet to serve a purpose. To that point, while I didn't actually add to my overall number of...
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5 Steps to Evaluate Rewards Credit Cards

Have you ever felt the inclination to Google a phrase as generic as "best rewards credit card?" If so, I'm guessing you were pretty disappointed with the results. That's because, contrary to whatever you may read elsewhere, there's really no such thing as a "best rewards card" for everyone. Instead, it's up to each consumer to weigh the pros and cons of various options while also considering their specific needs....
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Points and Miles Primer: The Pros and Cons of Credit Card Travel Rewards

Following a multi-year pause, travel has been booming this past year as we all make up for lost time. With the summer season really heating up, millions of Americans are likely looking to take a vacation. Meanwhile, some may be contemplating how they can make those excursions more affordable… or perhaps wondering how they can experience some of the luxury travels they’ve seen on Instagram. This is where points and...
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Miss a Credit Card Payment Due Date? Do This Now

Even as someone who writes about personal finance for a living, I'm not immune to making money mistakes. Case in point: this past week, I nearly cost myself more than $70 by making a forgetful error. Let me explain. When I checked my Bilt Mastercard to see when my monthly payment was due, I was surprised (and horrified) to learn that it was actually due two days prior. Ouch. Before...
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Why I Don't Autopay My Credit Cards

One of the best features of personal finance in 2023 is the ability to automate several aspects of your financial life. In fact, some have said that doing so is one of the keys to mastering money. For the most part, I agree with this as I've seen the benefits of automated savings, investing, etc. Furthermore, nearly all of my regular recurring bills are set to autopay. Well, that is...
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Money at 30: The Top Credit Cards I'd Recommend to Beginners

Over the past five years or so, I've written a lot about credit cards. This includes covering new and interesting credit card products, showcasing the best options in a given category, and of course highlighting what's in my wallet. But, today, I wanted to go back to basics and talk about what credit cards I'd recommend to newbies. Below are a few credit cards that I find myself repeatedly recommending...
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Money at 30: My Personal Credit Card Strategy for 2023

Over the past six years, I've gone from having one credit card to having more than half a dozen. With every card I add, I often pick up an extra perk, multiplier on a useful category, or some other benefit. Meanwhile, as my portfolio evolves and as issuers update their products, there are also some instances where a card no longer becomes useful to me. With all of that in...
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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...