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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 Best Camping Tents on the Market in 2020 (on Every Budget)

Is your next camping tent worth a splurge? That depends on how you plan to use it. If you're a casual car camper or fair-weather weekend backpacker, you may not need to pay more...
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21 Ideas for a Cheap, Romantic Staycation

The daily grind is not romantic. If you've ever found yourself in a relationship rut, you've probably thought about interrupting that grind - perhaps by getting as far away from it as possible. But what's...
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16 Best Coolers for the Money in 2020 (on Every Budget)

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, a durable cooler capable of keeping food and beverages cold for days on end is a necessity, not a luxury. The best coolers on the market retain ice...
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13 Best Laptop Bags for Men (on Every Budget)

I used the same laptop bag for more than a decade. It held up well, but all good things must come to an end, so I recently found myself in the market for a...
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How to Get Your Finances Back on Track After Holiday Season Spending

The average American spends $1,050 on holiday gifts, swag, and travel, according to a 2019 National Retail Federation study summarized by USA Today. That's more than 1% of the U.S. median household income — which doesn't...
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Should You Invest in Cannabis? – Top Stocks & What You Need to Know

The global trade in legal cannabis is booming. New Frontier Data, a cannabis research firm, expects total legal sales of cannabis to approach $30 billion in the 11 U.S. jurisdictions where the substance was legal as of...
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SoFi Review – Personal Loans and Refinancing for Qualified Borrowers

Even college graduates who find great jobs can struggle with debt for years after leaving school, especially if they have expensive private student loans. And, for borrowers who can't make ends meet, it's nearly...
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20 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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Using Tax Prep Software vs. Hiring a Professional – Which Should You Do?

A generation ago, most U.S. taxpayers either outsourced tax prep to trained human preparers or manually completed their own taxes using paper forms provided by the IRS. Human experts and the IRS itself were also...
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14 Best Weekender Travel Bags for Your Next Getaway

We've all been there: at our wit's end, champing at the bit for a vacation but unable to spare a single personal day. Fortunately, there's a solution: the weekend getaway. All you need is...
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7 Best Low APR Interest Credit Cards – Reviews & Comparison

Generally, it's wise to avoid carrying balances on your credit cards. Credit card balances quickly rack up interest charges, eating into your monthly personal budget and hampering your ability to save and invest. Over...
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20 Best Luggage Brands & Suitcases for Travelers (on Every Budget)

We spend many hours pouring over product listings, weeding through Amazon user feedback, studying expert reviews, and making multiple lists weighing our budgetary constraints against each candidate suitcase’s apparent value. Check out our comprehensive roundup of the top budget suitcases for frequent travelers, informed by our personal experience and a litany of expert and consumer reviews.