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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

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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.

    5 min read Dec 26, 2022
  • Best credit cards for fair credit

    Best credit cards for fair/average credit in December 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 [...]

    12 min read Dec 07, 2022
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    Best Credit Cards and Top Offers of December 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.

    Dec 06, 2022
  • Best airline credit cards

    Best airline credit cards of November 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 Nov 10, 2022
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    The 5 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 Nov 09, 2022
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    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 04, 2019
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    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 04, 2019