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Looking to improve your personal finances or run your small business more efficiently? We review the best services, apps, and tools for managing your personal finances, as well as tools and services for improving small business productivity and profitability.

Money at 30: Mezu and MezuCard Review 1

What did we do before apps like Venmo and Square Cash? Given how easy these peer to peer (P2P) payment apps have made sending money between friends, it's really no wonder why they've become so popular. That said there is one minor flaw in these apps: you typically need to...

Aspiration Banking Review — Are Recent Changes for the Better? 5

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 latest additions to my roster is Aspiration, where I opened up an account at the end of last year. In the...

Money at 30: Mint vs. Personal Capital

Living into today's FinTech-rich world, it's almost difficult for me to think back to how things used to be. Using pencil and paper or even spreadsheets to manage budgets? Having to visit a bank branch or ATM to check an account balance? And I can't even imagine actually balancing a...

Money at 30: Is AAA Worth It?

When I turned 16 years old and got my driver's license, one of the gifts my father gave me was a AAA (American Automobile Association) membership. Cut to 2013, following a short lapse in membership, my wife and I decided that our road-tripping ways would make having AAA a smart...

Money at 30: Emma App Review 3

If you were to snatch my smartphone and scroll through my many pages of applications, you'd probably notice a bit of a trend. Among the various games and standards like YouTube, Instagram, and Timehop, you'd find several personal finance apps ranging from cash back vehicles to budgeting tools. That's why...

Money at 30: InboxDollars vs. Survey Junkie Review 3

There's an old joke that suggests that, like a certain body part, everyone has an opinion. But did you know that you can make money by offering your opinions on brands, movie trailers, politics, and more? It's true — as the sites InboxDollars and Survey Junkie prove. Both of these...

A Guide to Peer to Peer Lending Platforms for Borrowers and Investors 5

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, you may have heard the term “peer to peer” as it related to music sharing services like Napster. About a decade later the term gained new popularity in an entirely different field altogether: finance. More specifically, lending. Peer to peer (P2P) lending...

Money at 30: Lemonade Renters Insurance Review

For as long as I've written this column, I've been a big advocate of renters insurance. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, it seems the majority of apartment dwellers and the like still don't carry policies to protect their belongings. Luckily, Lemonade is trying to change that by not only making...