Category: Product Reviews

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: Nexit App Review

Spoiler alert: Nexit is the road trip app I’ve waited for all my life. Okay, the “all my life” part may be slightly hyperbolic since apps weren’t really a thing in 1986 when I was born — but it’s been a long time. While map apps allow you to look up how far you are from a given business and other services like GasBuddy aim you toward cheap gas stations,...

Money at 30: "At Your Best" Audiobook Review

If you're anything like me, you probably go to bed thinking about what a productive day you're going to have come morning. Even as that new day unfolds, you still hold out hope that your to-do list will be crushed before the day's end. Yet, somewhere along the way, everything gets derailed and even a post-mortem can't help you determine just what exactly went so wrong. Seeing as this happens...

Money at 30: BlockFi Interest Account Review

For years, I'd been hearing about cryptocurrencies and found myself increasingly intrigued. Unfortunately, at the time, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to purchase, trade, or spend them. Thankfully, that's changed a lot in recent years as crypto and blockchain become more mainstream. Yet, what's interesting to me is that cryptocurrencies are still often treated as an investment instead of, well, currency. That's why BlockFi got...

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...

Money at 30: Spiral vs Bella Loves Me — Banking + Giving Comparison

One of the great things about FinTech in general and neobanks in particular is how each can put a new spin on basic financial ideas. Case in point: both Spiral and Bella Loves Me have found ways to combine digital banking with the idea of increasing giving. Yet, despite that similar focus, the execution is remarkably different — making the comparison worth a closer look. With that in mind, let's...

Money at 30: Point Debit Card Review — Worth the Fee?

A few months back, I remember seeing an ad for a debit card called Point. With the sleek site, brightly colored cards, and attractive benefits, I was definitely interested. Well, that was until I saw that there was an annual fee — an annual fee... for a debit card?! That's where things stayed until recently when I saw that Point raised an impressive funding round, leading me to take a...

Acorns App Makes it Easy to Save and Invest

We’ve all probably heard it said that the key to building wealth is investing. Unfortunately, especially among those of a younger generation, getting started with investing can seem intimidating, preventing many from even trying. Enter Acorns — a mobile app that looks to make investing not only easy but also painless and automatic.

Money at 30: "The Passion Economy" Book Review

Have you ever stopped to think about how many people today are doing jobs that didn't exist a decade ago? Or have you talked to someone at a cocktail party, asked about their job, and thought, "How do you make money with that?" If so, then you may have found yourself taking an interest in "the passion economy." Now (well, as of last year), there's a book on this very...