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: Qube Money Concept Review

Overall there aren't really a ton of personal finance-related memories I have from being a kid, but there is definitely one that comes to mind. I don't recall exactly how old I was at the time but I do distinctly remember my parents utilizing the cash envelope method to budget. As a result, the far-left drawer of our kitchen island contained half a dozen or so legal-sized envelopes, each stuffed...

Money at 30: "Financial Freedom" Book Review

When my wife and I decided to move from Los Angeles to Springfield, Missouri, we did so in a bid to have more financial freedom. Sure enough, the savings associated with that relocation have helped get us on track for building an emergency fund and getting started with investing. Yet, as I've learned in recent years, there's a sizeable difference between "financial freedom" and "financial independence." Ironically then, the book...

Money at 30: "Young, Fun & Financially Free" Book Review

Personal finance often gets a bad rap. Despite dozens if not hundreds of bloggers insisting that, no, budgeting doesn't mean depriving yourself of all non-essential spending, there's no question that this is still the impression most people get. Enter another expert here to insist that you can indeed lead a fulfilling life not in spite of financial responsibility but because of it. In Young, Fun & Financially Free: Live the...

Money at 30: Paribus Review (2019)

Have you ever pulled the trigger on a purchase only to watch the price fall mere days later? That's the frustration Paribus aims to alleviate and eliminate. The Capital One-owned service helps consumers claim refunds on their purchases when items drop in price or their packages arrive after their promised date. So does Paribus live up to the hype? Let's take a look at what the service is, how it...

Money at 30: InboxDollars vs. Survey Junkie Review

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 sites allow users to take various surveys and earn a small amount of cash for their time. Then, when you...

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

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 is a model that matches up borrowers in need of loans with investors willing to fund them. This system benefits...

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 it easier to obtain a policy but also flipping the script on the insurance model. Let's take a look at...

Money at 30: "The War on Normal People" Book Review

If you thought that the 2016 Republican presidential primary was packed, take a look at the roster of Democrats looking to earn their party's nomination in 2020. Among the nearly two dozen Dems courting voters are established brands like Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren alongside some lesser known figures like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. One of the candidates...