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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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The right card with the right elite status benefits can reduce your annual lodging costs by a four-figure sum, more than offsetting even the priciest annual fees. The wrong card will gather dust in your desk drawer, incurring an annual fee for no good reason. Learn which card is best for you here.
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I loathe the process of buying a car. Dealing with pushy, overbearing salespeople can be infuriating. As a result, I do whatever I can to avoid buying a car. I perform all recommended DIY car maintenance checks, keep my vehicle for as long as possible, and consolidate my trips both to save on gas and decrease wear and tear on my car.
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The Internet is a gold mine of information, and stock trading and financial websites like The Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha make it easy to invest and trade like the pros. Which of these two popular platforms is right for you? Read our head-to-head comparison to find out.
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Life Insurance Laddering – What It Is & Why It Makes Financial Sense

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Who Should I Make the Beneficiary of My Life Insurance Policy?

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Active-duty members of the U.S. military and qualifying members of their families enjoy broad protection from predatory lending, unreasonably high interest rates, and other forms of financial malfeasance through two federal laws: the Military...
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The Chase Freedom Flex Credit Card improves on its popular predecessor, the original Chase Freedom card, with expanded cash-back opportunities, an excellent sign-up bonus and 0% APR purchase promotion for new cardholders, and valuable fringe benefits. Find out if this card is right for here.
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History is rife with stories of tragedy bringing out the best in people. It’s also scarred by examples of the opposite. COVID-19’s arrival and corresponding economic shock has given rise to a host of scams. But you can learn how to spot the telltale signs of each grift and avoid falling victim.