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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...
Bilt Mastercard

2023 Bilt Rewards Mastercard Review

A few months back, I was introduced to the Bilt Rewards Mastercard when it was announced that Wells Fargo would be issuing the card. What interested me in the product was that, at long last, it would reward cardholders on one of their largest monthly expenses: rent. Looking more closely at the card, I found that I had a lot of questions — and ones that I likely couldn't answer unless...
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"A Healthy State of Panic" by Farnoosh Torabi Book Review

In my many years writing about money, I've seen the name Farnoosh Torabi plenty of times. From hosting the So Money podcast to writing books like When She Makes More to her numerous media appearances, she's easily one of the most recognizable figures in the personal finance community. That's why I was excited when I received an email bringing my attention to the fact that she had a new book...
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"The Year of Less" by Cait Flanders Book Review

I'm sure I'm the first person ever to mention that Twitter (or X) is both a blessing and a curse. For as much as I despise the discourse that comes from the platform, I've also met amazing friends from it as well. Furthermore, even though I'm not spending nearly as much time on the site as I once may have, I do occasionally see some nuggets pop up in my...
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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,...
"Easy Money" by Ben McKenzie and Jacob Silverman

"Easy Money" Audiobook Review

My experience with cryptocurrency has been a bit complicated. While I've been interested in the technology for a handful of years, I never bothered to dive too deep into the topic. Similarly, while I'd buy a few dollars worth of Bitcoin and some other coins when they'd become available in apps like Robinhood, I'm pretty sure I've never owned more than a couple hundred dollars worth of crypto. That's something...
American Express Green Card

American Express Green Card Credit Card Overview

In the past, I've talked a lot about American Express cards such as the Platinum and Gold cards. However, there's a third option in this line-up that isn't as discussed these days: The American Express Green Card. Ironically, once you see the card, you may realize that it's actually what you envision when you think about what an iconic Amex looks like. What's more, the Green card has plenty of...

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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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...