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

  • 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.

    6 min read Sep 21, 2021
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  • Best airline credit cards of 2021

    The information about the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card, Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® and the [...]

    18 min read Sep 21, 2021
    Best airline credit cards
  • Top student credit cards for 2021

    How to find a student credit card that makes the grade Despite sometimes taking on the label of a “junior card,” many student cards are just as useful and valuable as general rewards cards. With benefits [...]

    15 min read Sep 21, 2021
    Best student credit cards
  • Best travel credit cards of September 2021

    The information about the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, the United MileagePlus® Club Card and Radisson Rewards™ Premier Visa has been collected independently by The card [...]

    27 min read Sep 20, 2021
    Best travel credit cards
  • Best low interest credit cards for 2021

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

    13 min read Sep 14, 2021
    Best low interest credit cards