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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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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...
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17 Best High-Yield Savings Accounts – Interest Rates in 2019

Not all savings accounts are created equal. Those associated with traditional, nationally known banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America typically have ultra-low yields that pale in comparison to the prevailing inflation rate. For...
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9 Best Money Market Accounts With the Highest Rates in 2019

Money market accounts don't get the attention they deserve. You probably have a checking account with a local, national, or online bank - perhaps one of the many free checking accounts we've reviewed in the past. There's...
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15 Best Free Checking Accounts at U.S. Banks

It's becoming increasingly difficult to find truly free checking accounts. At many banks, you're now required to pay a monthly maintenance fee for the privilege of keeping your checking account open. Such fees can range...
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14 Best Cash Back Credit Cards – Reviews & Comparison

Cash back credit cards are popular because they provide tangible, easy-to-understand benefits. Who doesn't like getting a credit on their monthly credit card statement - or, better yet, actual cash deposited into the account of...
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10 Best Gas Credit Cards – Reviews & Comparison

Gas is one of the most popular credit card rewards categories. That's no surprise, as most Americans rely on gas-powered cars to get around and are always searching for ways to save money on gas. Many...
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What Is Cyber Monday – Get the Best Online Shopping Deals

The biggest online shopping day of the year keeps getting bigger. In 2018, Cyber Monday sales approached $8 billion, per TechCrunch, making the Monday after Thanksgiving the United States' biggest e-commerce day ever. Statistically speaking,...
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Top 27 Black Friday Shopping Tips to Snag the Best Deals

Even uber-frugal consumers have heard of Black Friday, the United States' quintessential shopping holiday. The end-of-year holiday shopping season's official kickoff day also happens to be one of the best days of the year...
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Top 25 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Apps for Android & iPhone

Whether you skip into the holidays on a cushion of unbridled glee or grudgingly face it with stoic resignation, you know what you'll be doing at some point between the middle of November and...