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Money at 38: The Major Ways My Finances Have Changed

In 2016, I wrote a guest post for what was then called Dyer News (now Fioney) about my "financial awakening." What inspired that article was the fact I'd just checked my credit for the first time, leading me to take a greater interest not only in my money but in the topic of personal finance in general. Needing a title, I settled on calling it "Money at 30" — which was...
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The Top 5 Money Tools I'm Using Most in 2024

Over the past several years, I've reviewed countless apps, platforms, and other tools related to personal finance. Often, I've also taken to naming some of my top picks for each year. Originally, this list featured apps that I was bullish on before transitioning to a collection of what I thought were the "most fascinating" startups. Well, unfortunately, the FinTech market has seen several casualties along the way, wiping out some...
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MGM and Marriott Reveal Details on Upcoming Partnership

After being delayed due to a widespread cyberattack on MGM Resort last year, the brand has revealed more details on its planned partnership with Marriott. About the MGM Resort-Marriott International partnership: Last year, after announcing the cancelation of its longstanding partnership with Hyatt, MGM Resort revealed a new pact with Marriott Bonvoy. This deal would include the creation of the MGM Collection along with other MGM properties joining existing Marriott...
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Survey: 70% of Adults Worried About Financial Health in 2024

With 2024 still less than two weeks old, a new report from Doxo highlights how consumers fared in 2023 and how they're feeling about the new year in terms of their finances. About the results: Doxo's latest survey first looked back at consumers' finances in 2023 before looking ahead to this year. According to the results, the average household spent a total of $2,046 per month on bills last year....
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Mortgage Payments vs. Monthly Payment

Even if you've never owned a home, you're probably aware that there are several regular expenses you'll need to concern yourself with. Yet, something you might not realize is that what's often referred to as your "mortgage payment" typically encompasses more than your interest and principal. So what's the difference between a mortgage payment and your actual monthly payment? Let's take a quick look. What's the Difference Between a Mortgage...
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Hilton Announces Name for New Extended Stay Brand

After previously announcing an extended stay brand under the code name "Project H3," Hilton has now revealed the actual brand banner: LivSmart Studios. About LivSmart Studios: Hilton has shared more information on its apartment-style extended stay brand. LivSmart Studios will target the lower midscale market and are intended for guests staying 20 nights or more. According to the company, it has more than 350 deals "in various stages of negotiation,...
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SoFi Offering 2% Match for IRA Contributions Through Tax Day

With the new year underway and tax season just around the corner, SoFi is encouraging taxpayers to contribute to their IRAs by offering a special bonus. About the offer: Today, SoFi unveiled a limited-time deal where customers can earn a bonus when making contributions to their SoFi IRAs. Through April 15th, the brokerage will be offering a 2% IRA Match. This means that, if a customer contributes $5,000 to their...
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T-Mobile Adding Hulu Subscription Perk to Top-Tier Service Plan

Wireless carrier T-Mobile has added another streamer to one of its service plans. About Hulu on Us: Today, T-Mobile announced its latest offering: Hulu on Us. Starting January 24th, those with the wireless carrier's Go5G Next plan will be able to add Hulu (With Ads) at no additional cost. This perk is valued at $95.88 per year as Hulu (With Ads) currently costs $7.99 per month. At this time, it's...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...