Barry Bridges


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).


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

Personal finance experience

  • Writer and Editor for The Simple Dollar (2017-2018)
  • Senior Editor, (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


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

Notable publications

Barry's Latest Articles

  • Best travel credit cards

    Best travel credit cards of January 2022

    Compare the best travel credit cards of 2022 A closer look at Bankrate’s top travel credit cards Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card Best for flat-rate travel rewards This card is best for: Capital [...]

    20 min read Jan 21, 2022
  • Best airline credit cards

    Best airline credit cards of January 2022

    Compare Bankrate’s top-ranked airline credit cards Card name Best for Highlights Bankrate review score Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card Flexible travel rewards 2X miles on every purchase 4.2 / [...]

    15 min read Jan 20, 2022
  • Best low interest credit cards

    Best low-interest credit cards for January 2022

    Everything you need to know about low-interest cards Low-interest rate credit cards can help you pay less via a lower APR if you ever have to carry a balance. And in some cases, they offer an introductory [...]

    14 min read Jan 14, 2022
  • Best credit cards for excellent credit

    Best credit cards for excellent credit in January 2022

    Credit cards for consumers with excellent credit An excellent credit score means you’ll have access to some of the top credit cards available, from cash back to travel rewards. We’ll help you learn [...]

    12 min read Jan 14, 2022