Money at 30: Ando Bank Review

If you're a long-time follower of my column, you've probably seen me discuss the digital banking account Aspiration before. While I was pleased with how that account balanced an environmental message and being a solid banking product at first, things went downhill quickly as the latter elements suffered significantly. That's why I was excited to discover another green-centric banking option in Ando. So what does Ando have to offer and...

Walgreens Introduces 'Scarlet' Account and Debit Card

For years, pharmacies have proven to be convenient financial service locations as various FinTech accounts have allowed customers to make deposits at CVS, Walgreen, and other locations. Now one of those brands is taking on a larger role in the experience by introducing an account of its own. Last week, Walgreens announced that it's partnering with MetaBank to roll out the new Scarlet bank account and debit card. With the...

Aspiration Banking Review (2021) — Are Recent Changes for the Better?

There was once a time when I thought perhaps I had too many bank accounts. Yet, since then, I’ve only found more attractive accounts to open. One of the additions I made to my roster back in 2018 was Aspiration. Not long after I opened an account, several things started to change with my account — first for better and then, later… not so much. Most recently, in March and...

Why It Pays to “Discover” Online Banking

How many people actively discuss what they enjoy about their bank? Well after a few years of using Discover Bank I'm happy to discuss my experiences.

2021 SoFi Money Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Despite that, lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has rolled out everything from a roboadvisory platform and active investing options to a slate of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). But, of all their many semi-recent expansions, the one...

Money at 30: NBKC Everything Bank Account Review

As I've reviewed a number of FinTech accounts over the years, I've seen a few banking partners come up again and again. Among them is NBKC — short for National Bank of Kansas City. Despite this, it wasn't until recently that I opened an account directly with the bank. Specifically, I opted for their Everything Account, which includes some key savings and checking features. With that, let's take a look...

T-Mobile Money Review (2021)

More than two years ago now, I ended up switching my wireless service from AT&T to T-Mobile. In doing so, I was able to save money in a few different ways — but it turns out there was another savings opportunity I had overlooked until recently: T-Mobile Money. While this digital banking account is open to non-T-Mobile customers, those who do have T-Mobile or now Sprint postpaid plans (as opposed...

Aspiration Plus Review: Is the Account Option Worth It?

Over the past couple of years, even as I’ve opened plenty of other online banking accounts to review, there’s been one that’s stood out to me as doing something truly different: Aspiration. With their “Do Well. Do Good.” motto and balance between banking perks and environmental protection, they definitely made a mark — even getting the attention of Oscar winner Leo DiCaprio. Meanwhile, keeping up with Aspiration has proven to...