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  • Top Marriott Boutique Hotels You Can Book With Points
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 11:39 AM

    Marriott Bonvoy has more than two dozen brands and 8,000-plus hotels from which to choose when earning and redeeming points. With so many options, Marriott has a property that can suit any taste from a business-focused conference locale to a budget-minded hotel in cities large and small.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How to Use a Marriott Free Night Certificate
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 11:20 AM

    Marriott Bonvoy offers its loyalty program members two ways of booking free night awards: with Bonvoy points or with free night awards. Points can be accumulated by staying at Marriott properties and by making purchases on co-branded credit cards.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Don’t Let Social Security Steer You Wrong
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 07:01 AM

    Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can be so convoluted that many people rely on what they’re told by Social Security employees, but that could prove to be an expensive mistake.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Medicare Advantage Plans in Michigan
    Wednesday - 09/22/2021 - 04:37 PM

    More than 2.1 million people in Michigan are signed up for Medicare, making it one of the top 10 states in terms of Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare is the government health care program for people age 65 and older.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Airline Elite Status
    Wednesday - 09/22/2021 - 10:47 AM

    If you’re an infrequent traveler or a hardcore bargain hunter, you may have never considered becoming an elite member of an airline loyalty program — but you’re missing out on perks that could make your travel more comfortable and affordable.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What Is a Merchant Account?
    Wednesday - 09/22/2021 - 03:15 PM

    A merchant account is a special type of bank account that gives businesses access to funds received from credit and debit card payments. After the payment processor coordinates with card networks and issuers to clear card transactions, funds from card payments are deposited into this account before being transferred to your business bank account.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Best Homeowners Insurance in Massachusetts for 2021
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 07:55 PM

    If you’re a homeowner in Massachusetts, you’ll typically pay less than the national average for your home insurance. At an average of $1,205 per year, home insurance in Massachusetts costs over $350 less than the national average of $1,585.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Medicare Advantage Plans in California
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 03:38 PM

    More than 6.4 million people in California are signed up for Medicare, making it the largest U.S. state for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare is the government health care program for people of ages 65 and older.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • LendUp No Longer Offers Installment or Single-Payment Loans
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 04:52 PM

    LendUp, an online lender that offered high-interest installment and single-payment loans to borrowers with poor credit, no longer originates new loans, according to a company spokesperson. The company did not offer a reason for the change.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Survey: Pandemic Shoppers a Lifeline for Small Businesses
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 09:00 AM

    The country’s first statewide stay-at-home order of the pandemic was issued in California over 18 months ago, and many small-business owners have been on a turbulent ride since. But a new NerdWallet survey reveals many Americans made — and continue to make — a conscious effort to help these businesses stay afloat.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How to Buy Southwest Points
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 11:36 AM

    Southwest is one of the most popular airlines for Americans. It offers numerous methods to earn Rapid Rewards points that can be redeemed for flights. When you need extra points to book an award flight, one option is to purchase points for Southwest Airlines.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Deep Dives: Investing, Part 1
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 12:00 PM

    This article provides information for educational purposes. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend specific investments, including stocks, securities or cryptocurrencies. Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Pay for Your Kid’s College? 3 Times to Think Twice
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 02:06 PM

    The debate over student loan debt often neglects a significant group: parents. About 1 in every 3 dollars the federal government lent for undergraduate education last year were in a parent’s name.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Shopify Payments Review: Pros, Cons, Alternatives
    Wednesday - 09/22/2021 - 05:16 PM

    Shopify Payments is an integrated payment service that allows you to accept payments almost immediately after signing up for a Shopify subscription. With Shopify Payments, you don’t have to set up a third-party provider to process online or in-person payments — and the service is included with all subscription plans, no additional monthly fee required....

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  • The Best Homeowners Insurance in Colorado for 2021
    Wednesday - 09/22/2021 - 07:17 PM

    If you’re a homeowner in Colorado, you’ll typically pay more than the national average for your home insurance. At $1,853 per year, the average home insurance policy in Colorado costs over $250 more than the national average of $1,585.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Why You Should Pack a Travel Guidebook, Even in 2021
    Wednesday - 09/22/2021 - 08:00 AM

    I’ve seen more travel guidebooks on library shelves and coffee tables in vacation rentals than I have in travelers’ hands as they navigate a new city. I get it. Travel guidebooks have been replaced — like so many other things — by smartphones and internet access, online searches, blog posts, TikTok video roundups and aspirational...

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  • 4 Traits That Have Helped Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 07:36 PM

    About half of Americans have deliberately shopped more at small and locally owned businesses during the pandemic, and many have rallied especially hard around small businesses with four particular characteristics, according to a new NerdWallet survey.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Freelancing Boom May Change How You Buy Life Insurance
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 03:43 PM

    Younger generations seem to have a knack for disrupting the status quo, and life insurance may be next on the list. As Generation Z and millennial workers challenge the concept of a traditional career and drive an increase in freelancing, the role of workplace group life insurance in long-term financial plans is likely to change....

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  • Shift4 Payments Review 2021: Pricing, Features, Alternatives
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 04:28 PM

    Shift4 Payments helps small businesses accept several different kinds of payments, both in person and online. Its services may be especially attractive to small businesses in food, hospitality and a short list of other industries, but if you want upfront pricing and a simple solution, you may want to look at other options.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 5 Options for Your Money Before Student Loan Payments Resume
    Tuesday - 09/21/2021 - 09:00 AM

    This article provides information for educational purposes. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend specific investments, including stocks, securities or cryptocurrencies. The Biden administration has extended the federal student loan payment pause a final time, meaning borrowers won’t owe money or accrue interest until February 2022.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share