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Yes, You Can Earn Cash Back With Dosh

The bottom line is that the Dosh app works as well as I could have hoped for earning cash back and I'm excited to try some of the other features (namely the travel bookings) it has to offer. So, if you're looking to maximize your savings and perhaps even double up on your credit card rewards, I'd recommend checking out Dosh and seeing what cash back you can earn.
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Guac App Review: The Pros and Cons of the Automated Savings Tool

When it comes to managing your finances and making better money moves, automation has been a gamechanger. That's why we've seen a number of apps emerge, each putting their twist on auto-savings and the like. Among these options is Guac — an app that aims to help consumers contribute money toward their savings goals as painlessly as possible. So, how does Guac work and does it succeed in its mission?...
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Shop Pay Review: The Pros and Cons

You've heard of Apple Pay and have probably heard about platforms, such as Google Pay and Samsung Pay as well. However, there's one "Pay" option that might not be as much of a household name but is supported by thousands of sites: Shop Pay. While the process of using Shop Pay may not differ too much from a regular online retail experience, there are some benefits — including the ability...
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Why I'm Changing Wireless Providers (Again)

Four years ago, I wrote a post sharing how I was saving money thanks to moving to T-Mobile (from AT&T) at the time. Well, now my wife and I have once again changed wireless providers. This time, we've landed at Verizon. But why? Well, let me explain how this came to be, how we'll be saving, and what I'll miss about being a T-Mobile customer. Why We've Switched from T-Mobile...
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A Practical Renters Guide From a Lifelong Renter

For those of us who can’t afford to buy a home, just don’t want to buy a home, or who enjoy the freedom to move around as we please, renting can be a great option. According to Census Bureau data, 35% of U.S. households rent — including 61.5% of those living in apartments and 26.7% of those in houses.  This means that, for a huge portion of Americans, renting is...
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My Biggest Personal Finance Flaw

Last month (actually just a couple of weeks ago) marked seven years since I started writing about personal finance. Over that time, a lot has changed for me personally, professionally, and — most relevant to this writing — financially. Namely, the more time I've spent covering money topics and apps, the greater understanding I've gained of financial topics while also discovering helpful tools. Thus, it's easy to say that I'm...
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Aura Review: Personal Finance, Privacy, & Online Protection Tools

A few months back, I got an Amex Offer for a service called Aura — so, naturally, I decided to check it out. Funny enough, not long after joining, I went through a period where it seemed as though all my favorite YouTubers were doing sponsorships for the platform. This leads me to believe that more people are probably wondering exactly what Aura has to offer. With that in mind,...
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Should You Accept an Early Inheritance? What to Consider

In his book Die With Zero, one of the topics Bill Perkins explores is the idea of giving early inheritance. As he notes, giving your children funds when they're in their 20s or 30s may make more sense than making them wait until their in their 50s or 60s. After all, during those youthful years, they may want the money to buy a house, allow compound interest to work its...
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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:, 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...