Category: Financial

The Good and Bad of Credit Karma in 2022

So Credit Karma might not be able to tell you exactly what your credit score is but the truth is you have so many scores that it hardly matters. What makes this free service great isn’t necessarily the credit scores it offers you but the tools it gives you to protect, monitor, and improve your overall credit.

Credit Karma Money Spend Account Review

Over the past few years, the free credit score site Credit Karma has expanded into other aspects of finance. This includes offering an unclaimed funds finder as well as a free tax filing platform (which they recently sold off to Block Inc now that Intuit's purchase of Credit Karma has been completed). Additionally, Credit Karma has rolled out a free checking account in the form of Credit Karma Money Spend ...

Money at 30: ScoreMaster Review

Over the past decade or so, it seems that the general public has really started to understand how important credit can be to their everyday lives. While I say this anecdotally, the rise in average credit score does support my theory. Unfortunately, even if you have a basic idea of how credit works, bettering your scores isn't always so straightforward. That's where the service ScoreMaster may be able to help....

Bask Bank Review (2022)

As a kid, I remember my parents explaining to me how savings accounts work. By keeping my money with the bank, they’d pay me a little something extra, allowing my account to grow. Yes, the concept of savings accounts hasn’t changed a whole heck of a lot since, well, ever — but now Bask Bank has a novel idea. Launched in 2020, Bask Bank introduced a unique twist on a...

Varo Bank Review: The FinTech With a National Bank Charter

Last year, Varo Money made history by becoming the first FinTech firm to be awarded a national bank charter — resulting in the new name Varo Bank. Although I hadn't previously used Varo Money, they always struck me as an intriguing service that put its customers first. So, is that same spirit still present in Varo Bank? Let's take a look at what Varo Bank has to offer, including the...

Money at 30: Cashback Monitor Review

As most people these days are surely aware, shopping online comes with many conveniences and advantages. Among them is the fact that there are a variety of rewards and cashback platforms that consumers can use to score themselves a better deal. The only downside to this is that, with more portals popping up all the time (and their offers updating daily if not even more often), it can be difficult...

Lemonade Renters Insurance Overview (2022)

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 changing that by flipping the script on the insurance model and making it easier to get a policy. Let's take a look at what Lemonade is, how their...

Money at 30: Everplans Review

As I've detailed many times before, I have a metric ton of bank accounts these days thanks to my duties as a FinTech reviewer. Because of this, every so often, my wife will see a new debit card come in the mail and half-jokingly ask, "So, how am I supposed to find all of these accounts if you die?" That's actually a really good question — and one I'd honestly...