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Ever since I decided to start consuming and review more personal finance books, I’ve realized that I tend to stay in one main arena — namely early retirement and financial independence. However, when looking for recently-released titles, I came across something a bit different: a book called Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover Why You Handle Money the Way You Do, and What to Do About It by Rachel Cruze. …

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Sometimes the universe loves me. As I was brainstorming on what to write about this week, some very interesting news came across my desk: Southwest is now allowing customers to earn a Companion Pass as part of the sign-up bonus on their co-branded credit card line-up. In other words, for a limited time, you can score a year of essentially free flights for your friend or loved one just by spending $5,000 on a new card.

First things first, I am not an expert on Southwest, having only flown them a handful of times. This is partially because they don’t…

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Even before I started blogging about personal finance myself, I’d frequently come across articles about various financial apps. That’s when I started to notice a trend: regardless of what list I was looking at, Mint seemed to always be included. Eventually I came to learn that what I thought was just a mobile app also had a desktop site and, together, they comprised one of the most popular free financial tools out there.

So, a while back, I figured it was time to get started with Mint for myself — and recently revisited it to see some of the changes…

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Over the past several months, I’d imagine that most people have been spending a lot more time in their homes. In turn, I’d be willing to bet that little things that may have only slightly irked them about their abodes previously have since been upgraded to full-on annoyances. That’s kind of been the case for my wife and me, as we’ve recently gone from wishing we could live in a different apartment to seriously considering a move.

Whether we realized it at the time or not, our efforts to declutter and get rid of excess items over the past few…

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Over the past few years, credit cards have played a larger and larger role in my life. Thankfully, this isn’t because I’ve needed them to make emergency purchases or make ends meet but because they’ve allowed me to earn rewards and enjoy other perks for using them. What’s more, as time goes on, my approach to maximizing these benefits has continued to evolve.

Last year, I shared a look at my personal credit card strategy for 2020 — which was of course later impacted by world events. In addition to that disruption, I did manage to add another card to…

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If you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll tell you that I am no foodie. Heck, I don’t even like the word “foodie.” Yet, even with how basic I am when it comes to food, I still know when something is good and especially know when something is special. That’s why I’ve been interested in the service Goldbelly — which allows you to order various specialties from all around the country — for some time. Unfortunately, the prices found on the site kept me away. …

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a couple of months since I enjoyed my first stay at Springfield, Missouri’s very own Hotel Vandivort. Since reviewing my experience last year, I’ve been waiting to make a return to this unique property and hopefully check out some of their other offerings. Well, the opportunity to do just that happened to present itself this past weekend as, in celebration of my 35th birthday, I booked a night at Vandivort. However, this time around, I made a point to stay at V2 — the hotel’s second and separate guest tower.

So, how…

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Yesterday, I turned 35 years old. I find this significant for a couple of reasons. First, it means that I’ve advanced to yet another box on most demographic surveys. Second, and likely more importantly, it means I’m now halfway to aging out of this website moniker! Kidding aside, this minor milestone comes at a time of some financial changes in my life that have also led to greater reflection in recent weeks. Above all, it’s made me realize that my life is likely vastly different from most 35 year olds.

Instead of merely internalizing this contemplation, I wanted to share…

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Over the past few months, I’ve shared a number of credit card guides, breaking down options in certain categories. Well, this time around, I wanted to do something a bit different. Instead of looking at cards that fit a specific set of criteria, I thought we’d look at what some of the major issuers each have to offer — and what better issuer to start with than American Express.

As a note, we won’t be looking at every card in American Express’s lineup but will be highlighting several standouts. Additionally, for this installment, we’ll only be looking at consumer cards…

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A few months back, I decided to compare two digital banking accounts from two free credit score sites: Credit Karma Money Save (then known simply as Credit Karma Savings) and Credit Sesame Cash. While it made sense to pit these options against each other given their origin, the truth is that comparing a savings account to a checking account made for a difficult conclusion. So, now that Credit Karma is in the process of rolling out its Credit Karma Money Spend account, I figured it was worth exploring how this checking option stacks up against Sesame Cash.

With that, let’s…

Kyle Burbank

Kyle is author of “The E-Ticket Life” and “Write, Print, Publish, Promote” as well as a regular contributor to Dyer News, Moneyat30, and The Laughing Place.

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