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How much are Marriott points worth? Here's the value you can expect from using Marriott Bonvoy points for stays, flights, experiences, and more

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Marriott Bonvoy doesn't have the most lucrative travel rewards, with an average redemption value of 0.7 cents per point in Personal Finance Insider's most recent valuations. Nonetheless, the program offers a variety of good redemption options, including hotel rooms, transfers to airline partners, and access to special events. Amex is an Insider...
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If you're planning a home-improvement project, it could be time to open a new credit card to earn rewards or get a 0% APR

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Earning a credit card bonus or extra rewards can take the sting out of an expensive home-improvement project. MoMo Productions/Getty Images
If you're sprucing up your space, make sure to think long and hard about how you'll pay for the project.
Paying for your home or landscaping remodel with a credit card can yield some significant benefits...
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Delta SkyMiles Blue American Express card review: Earn Delta miles and get inflight discounts without an annual fee

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. The Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card is really only a good choice for Delta flyers who absolutely don't want to pay an annual fee but still want a co-branded Delta credit card. It doesn't come with perks like a free checked bag or priority boarding like other Delta credit cards do, but you'll still get inflight discounts and access to...
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How monthly bank maintenance fees work, and ways to avoid them

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Some financial institutions charge monthly maintenance fees if you don't meet minimum balance requirements. Westend61/Getty Images Many banks charge monthly maintenance fees in exchange for their services. There are usually ways to waive the fees, such as keeping a minimum balance. Numerous banks don't charge monthly maintenance fees at all, including...
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How long does it take my FAFSA to process and when will I get my Student Aid Report?

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. FAFSA is a form that determines what types of student aid you qualify for. SDI Productions/Getty Images
The government will process your FAFSA within three to five days if you applied online.
Submitting your FAFSA will generate your Student Aid Report, which summarizes the info you input.
When you fill out the FAFSA online, you will receive a SAR in...
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Citizens Bank student loans and refinancing review: Good interest rates, but you'll need a strong credit score

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Citizens Bank has branches in 12 states on the East Coast. Citizens Bank; Insider The bottom line : Citizens Bank Undergraduate Student Loans may be a good student loan lender if you have a strong credit score, especially if you want the convenience of submitting just one application to secure funds for multiple school years. But keep in mind that you...
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I paid off my mortgage 16 years earlier with the help of a clever kitchen hack I learned from my parents

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. The author, Joseph Lalonde, left, with his wife. Joseph Lalonde
My parents always used old Country Crock butter containers as Tupperware.
I applied this lesson - using what I have instead of buying new - to pay off my mortgage early.
I borrowed other lessons from my parents, too, like never paying interest on my credit card.
"Hey, Joey!" (Yes, growing...
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Tin Leg travel insurance review 2022

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Tin Leg/Insider Before finalizing your travel plans, be sure to look into various insurance policies to safeguard yourself against potential risks. Travel insurance is an invaluable resource that can protect you from a number of unforeseen issues, but not all companies provide the same level of coverage. And some companies' policies may cost more than...
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Appraisal bias undervalues homes and robs homeowners of equity - here's how to spot it

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. If you get an appraisal that comes in lower than expected, your first move should be to look at the appraisal report. bauhaus1000/Getty Images
Bias in the appraisal process strips homeowners of wealth and hurts the values of neighboring homes.
Studies show that homes in areas with mostly residents of color are often undervalued compared to homes in...
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Paying a house cleaner is the best money I've ever spent

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

Insider's experts choose the best products and services to help make smart decisions with your money. In some cases, we receive a commission from our our partners , however, our opinions are our own. Terms apply to offers listed on this page. Welcome to Personal Finance Insider, a biweekly newsletter that connects you with the stories, strategies, and tips you need to be better with money. Vladimir Vladimirov/Getty Images Here's what: Spending $150 a month to have my house cleaned is worth every penny Earlier this year, in the throes of new motherhood and postpartum depression, I looked...
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