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Brian Martucci writes about credit cards, banking, insurance, travel, and more. When he's not investigating time- and money-saving strategies for Money Crashers readers, you can find him exploring his favorite trails or sampling a new cuisine. Reach him on Twitter @Brian_Martucci.
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16 Smart Money Moves to Make Right Now for 2021

It’s a new year, which is the perfect time to take stock of your personal finances and begin planning your money moves for the 12 months to come. Some of these maneuvers are “one and done,” while others should take place every year. Read on for a list of the top money moves to make this year.
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When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy Large Appliances?

No matter how well you treat your home appliances, they're all destined for the scrap heap sooner or later. You can avoid pricey emergency purchases and reduce your final cost by buying at the right times of year and following these money-saving tips.
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Best Credit Cards to Use to Pay Your Taxes in 2021

Paying taxes with a credit card isn’t always ideal, but it does make sense for certain taxpayers, especially those who’ve recently signed up for new cards with long 0% APR introductory promotions or generous sign-up bonuses. Read on for suggestions of the best credit cards to use to pay your taxes.
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Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI)? – Policies, Types & Cost

Many people worry about the costs of health care during their later years, when declining health could burden their loved ones with long-term care expenses. Learn about long-term care insurance, the costs to consider, and some alternatives for covering expensive health care in your golden years.
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How to Choose a Credit Card That’s Right for You

Americans love credit cards, and most carry more than one. Choosing the right credit card is much easier once you know how you plan to use it. Learn about the factors that affect your credit card choices, and find out how to choose a credit card that’s right for you based on how you’ll use the card.
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Coronavirus Emergency Financial Aid & Stimulus Measures (Latest)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a global economic event without precedent in living memory. In the U.S., federal policymakers recognize the gravity of the situation. Bookmark this regularly updated list of all the actions the government has taken to bolster the economy and how they affect you.
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BlockFi Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card – Review

The BlockFi Bitcoin Rewards Visa Credit Card is an innovative rewards card that’s great for moderate to heavy spenders seeking exposure to the Bitcoin market. This card earns Bitcoin instead of cash-back rewards or travel points; read on to learn about this rewards card and whether it’s a good fit for you.
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VantageScore vs FICO Credit Score – Differences & How They Affect You

Several key factors affect your credit score. Consumers need to work to keep up their score, which is easier for credit users familiar with the two most important consumer credit scoring models: FICO and VantageScore. Learn the differences between FICO and VantageScore and how they affect you.
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15 Best Rewards Checking Accounts of 2021

How does your bank or credit union checking account stack up to the most generous rewards checking accounts on the market? It might be time to shop around for one that makes it worthwhile to park your walking-around money in. These interest- and rewards-bearing accounts top our list.
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14 Best Small-Business Checking Accounts of 2021

Most business bank accounts impose transaction limits and demand hefty minimum balances to waive monthly fees, putting small businesses at a disadvantage. But the picture isn’t uniformly bleak. These small-business checking accounts have low minimum balance requirements and plenty of fringe benefits.
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8 Best Bank Accounts for Kids Under 18 (Checking & Savings) – Rates for...

Do you remember your first bank account? I'll admit, my recollection is hazy. I probably wasn't older than 10 or 11, and I didn't do much with the account for the first few years of...
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5 Best Checking Accounts for Seniors – Rates for 2021

Banks don’t market checking accounts to older adults quite as vigorously as they do to students, small-business owners, or general audiences, but senior-friendly checking accounts are more common than you might imagine. Which checking accounts offer the best fit for seniors? Here are our picks.