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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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Top 15 Places to Stay in Grand Lake, CO – Hotels, Lodging & Campgrounds

Grand Lake is a vacation town in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, northwest of Denver and Boulder. Its year-round population is tiny - less than 500, as of the 2010 Census - so it's better to...
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How to Draft a Freelance Contract Agreement – Template & Clauses

Whether you plan to piece together a full-time-equivalent income through independent contractor gigs, or simply wish to earn side income, working as a freelancer is a great way to explore your personal creativity, pursue...
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How to Prepare Make-Ahead Freezer Meals – Tips & Recipes

In some circles, being insanely busy is a badge of honor. It's assumed that people who run nonstop to just barely meet their personal and professional obligations are more successful than people whose lives, while full, aren't quite...
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9 Cheap Beach Destinations for Your Next Family Vacation (U.S. & Latin America)

Whether you're an opportunistic beachgoer or simply can't live without sun, surf, and sand, these affordable beach destinations are all great candidates for your next getaway. Unlike many seaside locales, they boast ample amounts of cheap...
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How Much Are Closing Costs When Buying a House? – Estimates

From the day you start idly glancing through real estate listings to the moment you sign the last piece of closing paperwork, the process of buying a house typically takes months. Much needs to happen during...
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Best 43 Fun Things to Do in Portland, Oregon – Activities & Attractions

Portland, Oregon, is the Pacific Northwest's second-largest city - the anchor of a metropolitan area some two million people strong. Just don't confuse it with Portland, Maine, its older and much smaller East Coast namesake. Thanks...
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Cloud-Based Business Phone Systems (PBX) – Pros & Cons, Why to Switch

Longtime "Saturday Night Live" fans fondly remember Lily Tomlin's "Ernestine," a recurring character from the show's formative years. Ernestine was a smug, preening phone company employee who reveled in customers' misfortune and delighted in her...
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Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express – Review

The Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express is a no-annual-fee cash back credit card with a very generous rewards program. Blue Cash Everyday offers 3% cash back (up to $6,000 per calendar year)...
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Renting vs. Buying a House – How to Make a Decision, Pros & Cons

Given the hefty upfront costs associated with purchasing a home, most young people begin their independent lives renting an apartment. As they build careers, save money, and start families, many choose to buy a home....
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The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express – Review

The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express is a cash back credit card with a $95 annual fee and a generous and versatile - but sometimes confusing - points-based reward system that lets...
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The Plenti® Credit Card from Amex – Review

This offer is no longer available. The Plenti® Credit Card from Amex (a Money Crashers partner) is a no-annual-fee credit card that leverages a slightly unorthodox rewards program known as Plenti, which is also overseen by American Express....
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41 Best Honeymoon Destinations & Resorts in the World

Planning a wedding is seriously stressful. The process is particularly tough when you're trying to save money on your wedding - cutting corners here, making compromises there, haggling and bargain-hunting everywhere. Besides raw fear that the wedding...