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680 POSTS 0 COMMENTSBrian 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.
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...
If you're not utilizing your kitchen as much as you'd like to, consider making a cookbook or recipe book your whole family can enjoy. When used regularly, a recipe book can help you cut your grocery costs, simplify meal planning, and create a valued family heirloom.
There's nothing quite as disappointing as learning you've spent too much on a big-ticket purchase. But you may never have to experience that kind of letdown again. Some major credit card issuers offer price protection plans that compensate cardholders in the event of a price drop.
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.
The Fair Housing Act protects most homebuyers, mortgage applicants, and renters from discrimination based on membership in certain protected classes, including race and sex. Find out whether you’re protected by the law and what you have to do to abide by it.
When you’re trying to rent or buy an apartment or home, you can file a complaint against anyone who discriminates against you based on race, color, religion, national origin, familial status, sex, or disability. To increase your chances of success, learn about the process of filing one.
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...
It's no secret that playing the lottery involves exceptionally long odds, at least when the jackpot is big enough to change the winner's life. It’s not a path to easy riches or even basic financial security. And if that’s the case, should you play the lottery at all?
For the millions of American credit card users who carry balances from month to month, consolidating credit card debt is a popular way to break free of the cycle and get out of debt. These are the best companies to use to consolidate your credit card debt.
Has the coronavirus pandemic derailed your upcoming travel plans? Are you sure? Check this list of COVID-19 virus-related travel restrictions, warnings, and cancellation policies to find out if your trip is still on or if it’s time to rebook or get a refund (and how to do that if so).
Finishing your basement is one of the easiest ways to expand your home’s habitable square footage without expanding its footprint. It’s also one of the more expensive home improvement projects you can undertake. But with these tips, you can DIY much of the project, saving hundreds, if not thousands.
Free checking accounts aren’t entirely absent from business banking. They’re just more difficult to find — which means small-business owners and solopreneurs need to know where to look. If you’re searching for a free business checking account for your small business, start your search here.