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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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Protections for Gig Economy Workers – Current & Proposed

Operating without a financial or legal safety net tests gig workers’ resolve. It’s simply untenable for many. State and local governments are proposing and enacting new laws to force companies to offer them basic protections like health insurance and paid time off. These are the most generous.
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8 Common Life Insurance Myths Debunked

Life insurance can be a vital financial safety net for your spouse and children. But death is an uncomfortable subject, and misconceptions about life insurance make it easier for us to delay thinking about it. Learn the truth behind these myths today to better protect your family in the future.
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25 Home Depot Shopping Tips & Tricks to Save Money

Whether you’re tackling a major renovation or a small DIY project, The Home Depot has you covered. And there are tons of coupons, deals, and programs to help you save money at America’s largest home improvement superstore. Use these Home Depot hacks to slash your expenses on everything from paint to plants to lumber.
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How to Best Use Your COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment

The United States Senate just passed the broadest economic stimulus measure yet in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while not everyone has the luxury of saving their $1,200 stimulus payments for a rainy day, there are several ways those who do can put it to good use — for themselves or others.
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How to Become an Instacart Shopper – Pros & Cons, Pay & Job Application

As sharing economy gigs go, shopping for Instacart is a pretty good deal. Instacart classifies in-store shoppers - those who fill orders in-store and hand them off to Instacart drivers or on-site customers — as traditional employees. That gives these shoppers a guaranteed base wage and certain legal rights, such as protection under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, not afforded to independent contractors. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Instacart shoppers’ take-home pay, though highly variable, is better on average than that of sharing economy gigs that don’t pay hourly wages. If you’re intrigued, here’s what you need to know about becoming an Instacart shopper.
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Work From Home Scams – How to Avoid These Fake Job Opportunities

The number of full-time remote workers is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, there are also many common work-from-home scams. But there are plenty of tips for spotting and avoiding them. Keep these tips close at hand as you seek out legitimate ways to earn income from home.
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U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card Review

Among premium travel credit cards, the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card is the cream of the crop. Though it hasn't yet made the cut for our highly selective, ever-changing list of the best travel...
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How to Set and Increase Your Freelance Writing Rates

As the economic carnage wrought by the pandemic worsens, many Americans are looking for new ways to make ends meet. Freelance writing is one of the most popular side hustles around. But you must examine the key factors for setting your rates and understand how to increase those rates over time.
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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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Peapod Review – Online Grocery Home Delivery Service

The grocery industry is a rare bright spot amid the COVID-19-related economic upheaval. That resilience is due in part to delivery and pickup apps that allow social distancing. And for shoppers in parts of the northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States, Peapod is a go-to grocery delivery app.
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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 Stay Healthy & Prevent Getting Sick When Traveling

Exposure to illnesses like COVID-19, malaria, and rabies are risks you run when you travel. But there are measures you can take to reduce your chances of falling ill while traveling — or returning home with a potentially contagious souvenir. Follow these precautions before and during your trip.