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Barry Bridges

SENIOR CREDIT CARDS EDITOR

About the author

I take a fair amount of heat for being thrifty, and I'm not sure that's a bad thing. Living within your means and simplifying where possible are two of the keys to financial wellness, and my personal experience bears it out. That said, I'm not averse to occasionally splurging on a pair of well-made sneakers or an MLB streaming package (Bronx Bombers Rule).

Expertise

Personal finance, credit cards (balance transfer, zero interest and student)

Personal finance experience

  • Writer and Editor for The Simple Dollar (2017-2018)
  • Senior Editor, Bankrate.com (2018-2021)

Previous professional experience

  • Reporter, news editor, city editor and editorial page editor at two daily newspapers in North Carolina
  • Two-time winner, North Carolina Press Association Journalism Contest

Education

B.A. in Mass Communication with Distinction, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Notable publications

Barry's Latest Articles

  • Best airline credit cards

    Best airline credit cards of October 2022

    Compare Bankrate’s top-ranked airline credit cards Card name Best for Rewards Highlights Bankrate review score Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card Flexible travel rewards 2X miles on every purchase [...]

    15 min read Sep 30, 2022
  • Best cash back credit cards

    Best cash back credit cards for October 2022

    The information about the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi and Alliant Cashback Visa® Signature Credit Card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. [...]

    22 min read Sep 30, 2022
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    Best Credit Cards and Top Offers of October 2022

    Bankrate's experts compare hundreds of top credit cards and credit card offers to select the best in cash back, rewards, travel, business, 0% APR, balance transfer and more. Let Bankrate, a leader in personal finance advice, help you find the best credit card today.

    Sep 30, 2022
  • Best rewards credit cards

    Best rewards credit cards of October 2022

    Eligibility and Benefit level varies by Card. Terms, Conditions and Limitations Apply. Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. Underwritten by Amex Assurance Company. The information [...]

    29 min read Sep 30, 2022
  • Best Visa Credit Cards

    Best Visa credit cards for October 2022

    Compare Bankrate’s top Visa credit cards of October 2022 Card name Best for Bankrate review score Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Sign-up bonus 5.0 / 5 (Read full card review) Chase Sapphire Reserve Luxury [...]

    11 min read Sep 30, 2022
  • Best travel credit cards

    Best travel credit cards of October 2022

    Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Please visit AmericanExpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. Underwritten by Amex assurance company. The information [...]

    24 min read Sep 30, 2022
  • Best credit cards for fair credit

    Best credit cards for fair/average credit in October 2022

    Compare Bankrate’s best cards for fair credit Card name Best for Annual fee Bankrate review score Capital One Platinum Credit Card No annual fee $0 4.3 / 5 (Read full card review) Capital One QuicksilverOne [...]

    11 min read Sep 30, 2022
  • Best small business credit cards

    13 best small-business credit cards of October 2022

    Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Please visit AmericanExpress.com/BenefitsGuide for more details. Underwritten by Amex Assurance Company. The information [...]

    16 min read Sep 30, 2022
  • Best Credit Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees

    Best credit cards with no foreign transaction fees

    The information about the Costco Anywhere Visa® Business Card by Citi, Costco Anywhere Visa® Card By Citi, Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®, CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum [...]

    16 min read Sep 30, 2022
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    How to do a balance transfer

    Moving credit card debt to a low-interest card can be a smart financial move — if you do it right.

    4 min read Aug 05, 2022
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    The Best Prepaid and Debit Cards of 2022

    Compare Bankrate’s top prepaid cards Card Name Bankrate’s pick for Fees Visa Prepaid Card Budgeting online Variable monthly fee Netspend Visa Prepaid Card No activation fee Up to $9.95 monthly fee [...]

    6 min read Jul 19, 2022