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-present)

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

Recent Articles By Barry Bridges

  • Credit Cards

    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.

    5 MIN READ Apr. 2, 2021
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  • Loans

    Other uses for personal loans

    See below for other uses for personal loans: Financing Fertility Treatments Andy Bowen March 9, 2018  in  Personal Loans Only a few states mandate health insurance coverage for major fertility treatments [...]

    52 MIN READ Jan. 4, 2019
  • Loans

    Alternative Uses for Personal Loans

    See the articles below for alternative uses of personal loans. Financing Fertility Treatments Andy Bowen March 9, 2018  in  Personal Loans Only a few states mandate health insurance coverage for major [...]

    50 MIN READ Jan. 4, 2019
    Person looking at credit card
  • Loans

    Student Loan Grace Periods: How to Maximize Your Time

    Is there a grace period for student loans? In many cases, yes. A loan with a grace period gives you a temporary window before you’re required to start making monthly payments — the key word being temporary. [...]

    3 MIN READ May. 8, 2018
    College graduation crowd