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Brian Martucci

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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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13 Places to Buy Cheap Discount Sports Tickets Online & Off

More than 1 in 10 millennials have fallen victim to ticket counterfeiting, according to a study by anti-counterfeiting outfit Aventus. You probably know someone who's been scammed by a fake event pass, even if...
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9 Factors That Affect Your Personal Loan Interest Rate

You've decided on a legitimate reason to get a personal loan and determined that you're probably eligible to apply. You're now ready to begin the next phase of the loan application process: researching lenders. Naturally, you'll want...
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How to Get a Personal Loan – Application Process

You've settled on one of the many valid reasons to get a personal loan and determined that you meet basic personal loan eligibility criteria. Now it's time for the next step: applying for your secured or...
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Best Personal Loan Companies of 2019

Back in the day, getting a personal loan meant schlepping to your local bank branch (or multiple banks, if you wanted to shop around), meeting with a loan officer, and - assuming they didn't reject your...
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Should You Get a Personal Loan to Pay Medical Bills?

Medical expenses push many thousands of ailing or injured Americans and their families into serious debt each year. According to TransUnion, 68% of patients with medical bills totaling $500 or less failed to pay...
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Credit Card Minimum Payment – Calculator & Formula

At first glance, credit cards’ payment flexibility seems like a great deal. Unlike installment debt, such as home loans or personal loans, credit cards don’t have fixed monthly payments. If you choose to carry a balance on your card, you can pay as much or as little as you like each statement cycle, provided you make at least the minimum balance due. Here’s what you need to know about how credit card issuers calculate minimum balances due, how to plan around variable minimum payments, and what you can do to better manage your credit card balances with an eye to increasing your monthly payment and getting out of debt faster.
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12 Best Mint.com Alternatives to Manage Your Finances

Mint was the first cloud-based budgeting app to capture the public’s imagination and the model upon which many subsequent cloud budgeting apps have been based. While it’s still a strong choice for committed household budgeteers, Mint isn't the only option. High-quality alternatives like YNAB, EveryDollar, and Simple seem to grow by the month. Before you settle on Mint — or any other digital budgeting app, for that matter — check out these options too.
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40 Best New Bank Account Promotions & Offers – November 2019

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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20 Things Single Parents Can Do to Improve Their Financial Situation

What would you guess is the minimum income a single parent needs to get by in the U.S.? Using 2019 data from MIT's Living Wage Calculator, CNBC tallied up this amount for each state. The...
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Lessons to Learn in Branding From 6 Social Media Marketing Fails

Social media is a critical link in the customer experience chain. According to U.K.-based digital marketing education company Smart Insights, 90% of all social media users have used social media to communicate with a brand, and...
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Black Friday Shopping Guide 2019 – Best Deals & Sales

Black Friday is the most popular retail holiday of the year. If you plan on shopping this season, this guide will show you where to go and how to get the best deals. According to...
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GasBuddy Review – Find the Cheapest Gas Near You

GasBuddy is a popular app built on the simple premise that drivers should never pay more at the pump than necessary. GasBuddy delivers on this promise in a couple of different ways. For starters, it boasts...