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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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7 Best Home Equity Loan & HELOC Rates for 2021

Homeowners with ample equity have a ready-made source of low-cost capital to finance significant expenses: their home’s equity. If you’re shopping for a home equity loan or line of credit in the hope of taking advantage of low interest rates, get the scoop on the lenders with the best rates.
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Digit Review – A Great Tool to Automate Your Savings

Digit is a completely automated savings app that squirrels small amounts of money from your checking account into savings or investment accounts — all without requiring any action on your part. Learn about Digit, its pros and cons, and whether it’s the right tool for you to automate your savings.
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Shopify is the go-to e-commerce solution for hundreds of thousands of small and midsize businesses. But it's definitely not the cheapest e-commerce provider on the block. If you’re looking for a lower-cost alternative to Shopify, here are some options to consider. 
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Missing Stimulus Check? – What to Do If You Haven’t Received Payment

Emergency coronavirus stimulus measures passed by Congress in 2020 and 2021 included three rounds of direct payments to low- and middle-income Americans. But what if yours didn’t arrive? Learn what to do if you didn’t get pandemic stimulus checks and common questions about missing stimulus payments.
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The Discover it Cash Back card is a popular no-annual-fee cash-back credit card with a rewards program featuring a selection of rotating 5% cash-back categories. Boost the card’s generous benefits with these tips for making the most of this quarter’s bonus categories.
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M1 Finance Review – Invest, Borrow & Spend With One App

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Stash Review – An App That Makes Investing Easy

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