Brian Bienkowski

Brian Bienkowski

I've done everything from PR to ghostwriting books. The topics I've covered range from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to male enhancement supplements, and quit-smoking advice to pee-wee football. Now I cover financial issues including debt recovery, fraud, and current credit card topics. When I'm away from a keyboard I enjoy craft beer and fishing — and once enjoyed a cold Sweet Water IPA after catching a sailfish.

Garrett Philbin

Garrett Philbin Believes Planning is Everything

March 1, 2017

Listing priorites and values made a vacation of a lifetime happen.

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February 28, 2017

Mental accounting, car insurance, debt and weight, divorce and more.

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Alyssa from Mixed Up Money Saved Big By Getting Sick

February 22, 2017

Now that she’s feeling better, she’s also eating and budgeting better.

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February 21, 2017

Student loans, extra money, common setbacks, emotional spending and more.

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Why The Green Swan Says Solar Is Sexy

February 15, 2017

Maybe going green really is worth it.

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February 14, 2017

Manage debt, shun the TV, rescue your retirement fund and more.

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Fritz Gilbert from The Retirement Manifesto Lived by this Quote

February 8, 2017

The words were financially inspiring, but you’ll never guess who said them.

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February 7, 2017

Spouses and money, waste less, frugal living, financial suicide and more.

Mystery Money Man

The Mystery Money Man Isn’t Really a Mystery

February 1, 2017

He remains anonymous for a good reason.

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January 31, 2017

Financial cleansing, raising a child, debt trackers, impulse spending remedies and more.

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Half-Banked’s Desirae Odjick Budgets For Dog Toys

January 25, 2017

Here’s how she obsessively tracks every penny — by hand.

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January 24, 2017

Financial scams, serious budgeting, saving money, spending less and more.

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January 20, 2017

Credit scores, retiring abroad, making money, managing money and more.

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January 13, 2017

Money systems, extreme saving, free things, falling off the wagon and more.

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January 6, 2017

Pay off debt, slash tech spending, cut bills in half, improve your finances and more.

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December 30, 2016

Trick yourself, make money, save money, educate your kids and more.

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December 23, 2016

Library perks, killing your wealth, depression era tips, sabotaging your retirement and more.

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December 16, 2016

Zombie debt, saving money, debt reduction, household budgets and money lingo.

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December 9, 2016

Fighting debt, bottled water, financial stress, finding money and more.

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December 2, 2016

College abroad, value-based spending, saving money at work, debt infestation and more.

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November 25, 2016

Credit cards, old cars, money smarts, the Green Acres syndrome and more.

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November 18, 2016

The Joneses, money boosts, retirement planning, the best time in history and more.

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November 11, 2016

Splurging, disappearing money, remembering each dollar, budget setbacks and more.

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November 4, 2016

Baby-sitting savings, medical expenses, reducing your bills and more.

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October 28, 2016

Student loans, credit without credit, retirement and rejecting norms.

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October 21, 2016

Jeep suicide, savings accounts, inconsistent income, family budgeting and more.

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October 14, 2016

Discussing finances with a date, saving money, living rent free, bad money habits and more.

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October 7, 2016

Money goals, retirement crisis, student loan help, fund-worthy emergencies and more. 

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September 30, 2016

Impulse buys, unsexy budgets, supermarket savings, retirement secrets and more.

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September 23, 2016

Wants and needs, clean finances, unpredictable expenses, small wins and more.

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September 16, 2016

A barebones budget, money mistakes, a costly scam, growing up poor and more.

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September 9, 2016

Save faster, earn passive income, review every bill, treat yourself and more.

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September 2, 2016

Find out if you’re saving enough, how love can ruin your finances, the truth about millennial debt, and more.

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August 26, 2016

Loan repayment, financial independence, FICO scores, grocery budgeting and more.

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August 12, 2016

Money wisdom, student loan debt, leasing myths, debt payoff goals and more.

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August 5, 2016

The 10 commandments, spending less, bad money moves, frugal overload and more.

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July 29, 2016

Financially naked, sex and money, money makers, a credit card myth and more.

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July 22, 2016

Hidden costs, spending only cash, gamifying your finances, changing your coffee habit and more.

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July 15, 2016

Reformed credit card users, discussing your parents’ retirement, money as a tool, good purchases and more.

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July 8, 2016

Money-saving habits, financial success, midyear checkup, student loan silver lining and more.

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July 1, 2016

Extra money, financial stability, debt myths, fraud protection and more.

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June 24, 2016

Living expenses, financial anxiety, buyers remorse, saving tips and more.

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June 17, 2016

Saving money, what you don’t know about credit scores, financial advice and more.

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June 10, 2016

Money-saving tips, debt co-signers, small financial changes, bankruptcy and the cost of raising a child.

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June 3, 2016

Lifestyle changes, bad money habits, save big bucks on clothes, stay out of debt and more.

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May 20, 2016

Retire poor, save money, costly acquired needs, conjuring up big savings and more.

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May 13, 2016

Paying off debt, budgeting, costly travel mistakes, money saving tips and more.

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May 6, 2016

Ruin your credit, pay your student loan, cut your budget, mom’s money advice and more.

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April 29, 2016

Savvy credit card use, table scraps, aging parents and finances, a financial fitness quiz and more.

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April 22, 2016

Student loan debt, emergency funds, status symbols, self control and more.