I'm a huge fan of BillGuard and how great it is at monitoring charges across all debit and credit cards. Recently the service went completely free for an unlimited number of cards, which gives no one an excuse not to keep a tight fist on their finances, and fraud protection.
For those not already familiar with BillGuard, it's a service that links up to all your credit and bank card providers and constantly monitors what's going in and out. It's very good at finding grey charges and extra fees that you never knew you were being charged. I personally saved quite a lot of money when I realized one of my cards had me enrolled in something I never agreed to.
Beyond monitoring and tracking, BillGuard also offers spending analytics so you see exactly where your money is going. Trying to cut back? Check the analytics section and see what types of items you spend the most money on in a single glance.
A newer feature of BillGuard is the savings portion which smartly chooses merchants around you that have deals based on where you most frequently shop. Whether it's a discount or sales that may apply to you, it's a neat feature that could occasionally save you a few bucks.
Previously BillGuard only allowed you to monitor two credit cards of free. If you wanted to monitor more you'd have to pay $10 as an in-app purchase. Now you can track as many cards as you'd like for free.
Given recent security breaches, consumers are on edge about what's happening with their money. While credit monitoring is a great service, BillGuard is crowdsourced and monitors all transactions, not just the overall picture. That means you get up to date information as it happens, not just incremental updates like credit monitoring provides. That increases your chances of finding fraudulent charges faster.
If you haven't tried BillGuard in the past, it's a great time to check it out. Let us know what you think of it in the comments! And if you happen to find any unauthorized charges, let us know that too!
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