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Brian Martucci

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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15 Best Part-Time Jobs That Pay Well

My first job did not pay well. I earned a couple of quarters above minimum wage as a part-time usher at a small movie house, selling tickets, dispensing popcorn, and cleaning the theaters and bathrooms...
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How to Become an Instacart Shopper – Pros & Cons, Pay & Job Application

As sharing economy gigs go, shopping for Instacart is a pretty good deal. Instacart classifies in-store shoppers - those who fill orders in-store and hand them off to Instacart drivers or on-site customers — as traditional employees. That gives these shoppers a guaranteed base wage and certain legal rights, such as protection under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, not afforded to independent contractors. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Instacart shoppers’ take-home pay, though highly variable, is better on average than that of sharing economy gigs that don’t pay hourly wages. If you’re intrigued, here’s what you need to know about becoming an Instacart shopper.
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12 Best Rechargeable LED Camping Lanterns in 2020 (on Every Budget)

My most recent camping trip took me into the remote Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BCAW) about 300 miles north-northeast of Minneapolis. It's renowned as a beautiful, unspoiled destination in part because it's so...
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16 Best Banks With the Highest-Interest CD Rates in 2020

No investment or savings vehicle is entirely without risk, but certificates of deposit (CDs) offer more security and predictability than most. With fixed or upwardly adjustable interest rates, terms ranging from as short as...
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Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card: Updates & New Benefits for 2020

Another year, another credit card update. This time, it's Chase Sapphire Reserve®, an ultra-luxe travel rewards credit card that's now even better. You can read our Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Review for further details on the card...
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13 Best Camping Tents on the Market in 2020 (on Every Budget)

Is your next camping tent worth a splurge? That depends on how you plan to use it. If you're a casual car camper or fair-weather weekend backpacker, you may not need to pay more...
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21 Ideas for a Cheap, Romantic Staycation

The daily grind is not romantic. If you've ever found yourself in a relationship rut, you've probably thought about interrupting that grind - perhaps by getting as far away from it as possible. But what's...
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16 Best Coolers for the Money in 2020 (on Every Budget)

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, a durable cooler capable of keeping food and beverages cold for days on end is a necessity, not a luxury. The best coolers on the market retain ice...
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13 Best Laptop Bags for Men (on Every Budget)

I used the same laptop bag for more than a decade. It held up well, but all good things must come to an end, so I recently found myself in the market for a...
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How to Get Your Finances Back on Track After Holiday Season Spending

The average American spends $1,050 on holiday gifts, swag, and travel, according to a 2019 National Retail Federation study summarized by USA Today. That's more than 1% of the U.S. median household income — which doesn't...
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31 Best New Bank Account Promotions & Offers – January 2020

It's possible to make $100s just by opening up a bank account. But sorting through the best offers can be tricky. At Money Crashers, we comb through hundreds of deals every month to find you...
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Should You Invest in Cannabis? – Top Stocks & What You Need to Know

The global trade in legal cannabis is booming. New Frontier Data, a cannabis research firm, expects total legal sales of cannabis to approach $30 billion in the 11 U.S. jurisdictions where the substance was legal as of...