Category: Financial

Money at 30: 2019 Ibotta App Review

I remember the first time I was introduced to the concept of digital coupons. For some reason I was looking at the website for my local grocery store when I found a section dedicated to coupons. At the time I was confused how you redeemed these coupons since they weren't in the typical print-and-clip format but, soon enough, I realized that I just needed to link them to my store...

Money at 30: "Broke Millennial" Book Review

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw a tweet from @BrokeMillennial (AKA Erin Lowry) about her upcoming book Broke Millennial Takes On Investing. Considering the recent interest I've taken in learning more about investing and building a portfolio, I immediately pre-ordered the book — which is being released today. However, before diving into that title when it arrives on my doorstep, I figured I should take...

Money at 30: How I'm Saving Money with T-Mobile

Earlier this year, I suddenly found myself inspired to reassess some of the bills I had taken for granted and find new ways I could be saving money. As part of this goal I realized that, after a 10+ year run, perhaps it was time that I considered leaving AT&T and looking at a different carrier. Incidentally I've actually had my phone number with all four major U.S. carriers at...

Money at 30: Zeta App Review

Just about everyone these days knows that one of the most common topics those in relationships argue about is money. At the same time personal finance apps that help you stay on top of your spending and budget have become plentiful in recent years. Therefore it only makes sense that a finance app aimed at couples would come along — and that app is Zeta. Let's a look at what...

Rakuten vs. Ebates — What's Changing With the Cashback Tool

Lately you may have seen commercials teaching you how to pronounce "Rakuten." Of course these spots aren't just about phonics but about earning cash back. This is driven home by the tagline, "Rakuten: A more rewarding way to shop." If that's the case, how does Rakuten compare to established cash back tools such as Ebates? Well, spoiler alert: they're actually one and the same. Although Rakuten purchased Ebates back in...

Money at 30: "Work Optional" Book Review

Prior to attending last year's FinCon expo, I had certainly heard about FIRE (short for "financial independence, retire early) but it wasn't until I arrived at the conference that I realized how large the movement had grown. Of course, with popularity comes backlash, as some so-called "gurus" have questioned the fundamentals of the movement, while others have taken issue with what actually qualifies as early retirement. Nevertheless I've found myself...

Money at 30: Goodbudget Review — Digitizing the Envelopes Method

Last week, I shared how my brother-in-law and his wife seemed to be ahead of me on some trends, leading us to book an Airbnb for our family visit this Thanksgiving. Considering that he's younger and hipper than me, that made a lot of sense. However, seeing as I've been writing about personal finance for more than two years now and penned dozens of reviews in that time, I certainly...

Money at 30: "Get Money" Book Review

Over the past few years, personal finance has taken on an increasingly important role in my life. While on my own money and writing journey, I've been inspired by a number of other finance bloggers along the way. Nearly from the beginning, one of my favorites in this category was Kristin Wong, whose work I knew from Lifehacker's TwoCents page. Given this affinity, I was excited to learn that Wong...