The publisher and judges selected 32 innovative apps, tools and services that simplify the money management process and increase your bottom line
NEW YORK, August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dotdash Merediths REALLY EASY announced the winners of its fourth annual Smart Money Awards and showcased 32 of the best products and services to help readers maximize their money, investments and time. Winners, selected by editors and a panel of judges, span eight categories such as Travel, Child and Family Finance, Home and Real Estate, and more. The Smart Money Awards 2022 will be on sale in the September issue 12. August and the full list of winners is available now RealSimple.com/moneyyawards.
“Whether you’re looking to turn big purchases into bite-sized payments or get accounting support for your small business, this year’s Smart Money Awards offer more innovative solutions to your personal finance needs than ever before. We’re here to help you get your money house in order with this intelligently curated rundown of the best new tools and services. I especially love the ones that extend banking access to underserved communities and reward you for green purchases,” said REAL SIMPLE Editor-in-Chief Lauren Iannotti.
The Smart Money Awards are REAL SIMPLE’s annual highlight for the best financial innovations that make life easier. To curate the Smart Money Awards 2022, the editors of REAL SIMPLE have compiled a list of products in eight categories that have been introduced or have been updated in the meantime January 2021 and June 2022. A panel of financial experts evaluated them and selected 32 winners based on innovation and relevance to REAL SIMPLE readers.
Winner of the 2022 Smart Money Awards by REAL SIMPLE
Save for big purchases: Collect savings
Earn impressive debit card rewards: Review of American Express Awards
Build Set It and Forget It Savings: digit
Access traditional banking if you’ve been locked out: majority
Easily share expenses: Well paid
Take the guesswork out of points and rewards: Card Curator (Premium)
Cut large purchases into bite-sized payment chunks: Follow my pursuit plan
Earn money for what you need: Citi Custom Cash Card
Get rewarded for eco-friendly purchases: FutureCard Visa card
Investment & Retirement
Reflect your values with your stock picks: Aline
Try a non-traditional retirement plan: Alto Solutions Inc. IRA Account
Learn how to invest: Schwab starter kit
Embrace risk and excitement: SoFI IPO Investments
Child and family finances
Help your teen increase pocket money: Fidelity youth account
Drill down to saving for college: Personal Capital Education Planner
Teach kids to spend money and save wisely: until app/debit card combination
Get Big Payouts for Globe-Trab: Capital One Venture X card
Holidays on a budget: Evade
Turn a random mix of points into an actual journey: NerdWallet Airline Point Transfers and Partner Award Booking Tool
Keep all your points in one place – and maximize them: The Points Guy app
Career & Taxes
Get the benefits of being an employer while working for yourself: catch
Get accounting help for your business: collective
Organize invoices for freelance work: Lili Pro
Home & Real Estate
Rent with advantages: Bilt Mastercard
Be your neighbor’s self-storage: Neighbor
Accelerate the Home Buying Business: Open door locked
Own a holiday home without responsibility: Pacaso
Get rewarded for on-time rent payments: pinata
Protect yourself from disasters: avibra
Get Essential Disability Insurance: breeze
Buy life insurance without feeling judged and depressed: haven life
Get Rid of the Burden of Medical Debt: PayZen
Including the jury Marsha Barnescertified financial social worker, educator and founder of The Finance Bar, which offers personal finance tools and educational support; Cathy Curtiscertified financial planner and founder of Curtis Financial Planning in Oakland, Californiawhich focuses on counseling women; Dawn DahlbyCertified Financial Planner and Behavioral Financial Adviser, offering online financial coaching courses to clients across the country; Stephanie McCulloughFinancial planner and CEO of Sofia Financial in Berwyn, Pennsylvania; Grant Sabatierauthor of Financial Freedom and creator of the Financial Freedom Course, which helps participants build wealth and retire early; Julien and Kiersten Saundersauthors of payoutabout the payout $200,000 in debt, who provide advice on building wealth and financial freedom, especially for black men and women; Erin Sky Kellylicensed mortgage broker that paid off 2 million dollars in debt and author of Getting out of debton her three-step process to eliminate debt and build wealth; Tatyana ZoirChartered Accountant and Author of Dream Bold, Start Smart, A Guide to Entrepreneurship; and V-weirPersonal finance educator in Boulder, Colowhich has more than paid off $70,000 in debt and shares tips on Instagram at @Veefrugalfox.
The September issue of REAL SIMPLE is available on newsstands 12. Augustand the full list of this year’s Smart Money Awards is now available at REALSIMPLE.com/moneyyawards.
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REALLY EASY offers practical and useful solutions to simplify every aspect of the busy life of a modern woman. through tight curate the best advice, products and services to make decisions easy, REAL SIMPLE offers a non-judgmental guide to life that makes them easier, more successful and more in control. As the leading women’s lifestyle magazine on newsstands and Apple News+, REAL SIMPLE reaches an audience of 22 million each month across print, digital, podcast, licensed products, branded experiences and more. REAL SIMPLE is part of the hit dot Meredith Publishing Family.
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