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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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Ally Invest Review – Low-Cost Trades on Stocks & Other Investments

If you're familiar at all with the wide world of online banking, you've surely heard of Philadelphia-based Ally Bank. A subsidiary of Ally Financial, Ally Bank is one of the oldest and best-regarded online-only...
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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions, Airline & Hotel Cancellation Policies

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).
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Coronavirus Scams – Real-World Examples & What to Watch Out For

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.
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COVID-19 Testing & Treatment – How Much Does It Cost?

With the pandemic showing no signs of abating, millions of Americans will face crushing COVID-19 treatment bills before it’s over. Even if you can’t control how the disease affects you, informed health care consumers owe it to themselves to know what to expect financially after a turn for the worse.
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Best Credit Cards to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2021

The start of a new year is an excellent time to take stock of where we've been and where we're going. As the full fiscal impacts of holiday excesses come into focus, it's the ideal...
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Chase Freedom 5% Cash Back Categories This Quarter (Calendar)

The Chase Freedom credit card is one of the most popular no-annual-fee cash-back credit cards on the market, with an incredible 5% cash back on select purchases. Get all you can out of this popular card by learning to maximize your cash-back earnings in this quarter’s bonus categories.
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How to Pay Off Your Student Loans With Low-Interest Credit Cards

Overwhelming student loan debt is a serious financial drag. One little-discussed strategy is appropriate for millions of private student loan borrowers with good credit: a low-interest credit card balance transfer. Learn how to use low-interest credit cards to reduce or eliminate your student debt.
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Joining the Military After High School – Benefits & Risks

Military service has long been a path for social and economic mobility for thousands of young American men and women. Service is both a way to see the world and to learn valuable skills...
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How to Get Your Finances Back on Track After Holiday Season Spending

If your finances are worse for the wear after the holiday spending season, don’t feel guilty. You’re not alone. Along with the millions of other Americans who spent more than they can really afford this season, you can get your financial house in order soon enough. Follow these tips to cure your post-holiday financial hangover.
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M1 Finance vs. TD Ameritrade – Which Online Stock Broker Is Best?

Both M1 Finance and TD Ameritrade appeal to a wide range of investors, but they have clear — and, in some cases, stark — differences. Depending on your needs and preferences, you’ll likely find one or the other more compelling. Which is a better fit for you?
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4 Best Food Delivery Apps – Which Should You Use to Order From?

In the United States, a handful of nationwide apps with hundreds of thousands of restaurant partners — DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub, Seamless, and Postmates — dominate the food delivery game. But which app is the best one for you?
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Digit Review – A Great Tool to Automate Your Savings

I'm in favor of anything that makes it easier to add to my savings account balance, and Digit definitely fits that bill. It's a free-to-join, automatic savings tool that ties into your checking account,...