Jon McDonald

Jon McDonald

Bad Credit Expert

With more than 15 years of journalism expertise, Jon McDonald stays up to date on emerging finance trends and news about the companies impacting the industry. He is most knowledgeable in the areas of budgeting, loans, and responsible credit use and is committed to bringing that experience to readers around the world. He has a passion for both writing and editing, and his articles have appeared in publications produced by The New York Times.

Latest Posts

(66) Total Posts to Date

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Global Anti-Scam Organization: Advocacy and  Support for Victims of Romance, Financial Scams

The Global Anti-Scam Organization Provides Support, Advocacy for Victims

In a Nutshell: Opportunities for romance and relationship-building abound online. But people searching for... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/27/22

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Obi: An Innovative Rideshare Comparison App That Helps Users Find The Best Price on Transportation

Obi Allows Users to Compare Rideshares and Find the Best Price

In a Nutshell: Transportation options, including rideshares and taxis, abound in many cities. But when users want... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/26/22

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1,140 views

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Kukun Provides Homeowners With Tools to Maintain and Increase the Value of Their Homes

Kukun Helps Consumers Maintain Homes and Increase Value

In a Nutshell: Homeowners know that smart remodeling projects can add value to their home. But some projects... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/23/22

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1,792 views

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UW Credit Union: Products to Help Members Build Credit and a Commitment to Improve Communities

UW Credit Union Works for Members and Communities

In a Nutshell: In the college town of Madison, Wisconsin, UW Credit Union builds on its legacy of community... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/22/22

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1,968 views

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DailyPay Allows Businesses to Pay On-Demand and Gives Workers Financial Peace of Mind

DailyPay Allows Businesses to Pay Workers On-Demand

In a Nutshell: Many people living paycheck to paycheck in the United States turn to payday loans or overdraft their... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/21/22

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3,135 views

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MomsLA Connects Families with Affordable Opportunities for Fun, Celebration, and Travel

MomsLA Connects Families with Affordable, Kid-Friendly Fun

In a Nutshell: The city of Los Angeles is packed with opportunities for family-friendly fun — it’s just a matter of... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/19/22

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3,332 views

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OppFi Products Help Consumers with Less-Than-Perfect Credit Obtain Emergency Credit at Better Rates

OppFi Offers Products to Help Consumers Rebuild Credit

In a Nutshell: Consumers with low credit scores often struggle to receive favorable loans from lenders. Through... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/14/22

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NCSHA and State Housing Finance Agencies Partner to Address Rising Housing Costs

NCSHA Partners With State Agencies to Address Rising Housing Costs

In a Nutshell: State housing finance agencies (HFAs) provide a collective $45 billion in financing to assist more... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/7/22

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13,536 views

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Prepaid2Cash: Safely Scan Unused Gift Cards and Quickly Receive a Cash Deposit in Return

Prepaid2Cash Quickly Converts Unused Gift Cards Into Cash

In a Nutshell: The average American household has about $125 in unused gift cards, which amounts to approximately... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 8/25/22

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Brigit Provides Consumers With Tools to Build Better Credit and Positive Financial Momentum

Brigit Tools Can Help Consumers Build Better Credit

In a Nutshell: The Brigit mobile app offers affordable cash advances, credit builder loans, and financial literacy... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 8/8/22

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13,605 views

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Prosper Adds a Subprime Credit Card to Its Robust Portfolio of Financial Products

Prosper Adds a Subprime Credit Card to Its Portfolio

In a Nutshell: Prosper launched in 2005 as the first peer-to-peer lending platform in the US. Since then, it has... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 7/27/22

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27,094 views

11 min read

Back Market Allows Consumers to Buy Affordable, Expertly Renewed Tech Through a Circular Economy

Back Market: Expert-Renewed Tech With a Focus on Sustainability

In a Nutshell: Smartphones, wearables, and other tech devices are of such high quality these days that new products... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 7/26/22

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18,496 views

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St. John’s College: Transparent Tuition and Financial Aid Make its ‘Great Books’ Education More Accessible

St. John's College: Transparency and Financial Aid Make Education Accessible

In a Nutshell: As the rising cost of higher education continues to outstrip the rate of inflation, financial aid... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 7/25/22

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24,900 views

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InHerSight Empowers Women to Find Equitable Employers and Inclusive Workplaces

InHerSight Empowers Women to Find Equitable, Inclusive Employers

In a Nutshell: Even in 2022, women have yet to achieve equity in the workplace. Many women continue to look for... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 7/22/22

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30,186 views

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Blue Federal Credit Union Aims to Improve Finances and Communities Through The Blue Foundation

Blue Federal Credit Union Helps Members and Communities Thrive

In a Nutshell: Blue Federal Credit Union serves more than 112,000 members primarily in Wyoming and Colorado and... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 7/11/22

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16,467 views

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Nav Matches SMBs with Personalized Financing Options That Align With Their Business Objectives

Nav Offers Small Business Finance Matching with a Personal Touch

In a Nutshell: Many small businesses fail because they can’t access credit and financial services to achieve... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 7/7/22

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19,371 views

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YourDigitalRights.org Teaches Consumers How to Protect Their Personal Info from Data Brokers

YourDigitalRights.org Offers Digital Privacy ​​Resources

In a Nutshell: Regulations provide a legal framework for digital privacy, but individuals must proactively protect... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 6/21/22

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31,084 views

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Halo Homebuyers Can Help Remove Stress and Unpredictability From the Home Selling Process

Halo Homebuyers Simplifies and Shortens the Home Selling Process

In a Nutshell: Sometimes the unpredictable scheduling involved in selling a home doesn’t match what homeowners and... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 6/16/22

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30,360 views

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DigniFi: Flexible Financing for Auto Shop Repairs Keeps Budget-Minded Car Owners on the Road

DigniFi Offers Flexible Auto Repair Financing Through Merchants

In a Nutshell: More budget-minded consumers are holding on to their cars as inflation takes a bigger bite out of... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 6/8/22

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33,735 views

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The Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Advocates for Equitable Health Care Access

The Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Fosters Care for All

In a Nutshell: Virginia’s robust network of free and charitable clinics extends health care to individuals who... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 5/18/22

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35,464 views

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Mission Driven Finance Offers Right-Sized Capital for SMBs That Impact Communities — No Matter the Personal Credit Score

Mission Driven Finance Lends to Impactful SMBs and Nonprofits

In a Nutshell: Small businesses and nonprofits that positively impact their communities may lack access to the... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 5/11/22

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56,912 views

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Kasasa: Innovative Loan and Rewards Products That Boost Community Banks and Credit Unions

Kasasa Loans and Rewards Boost Local Financial Institutions

In a Nutshell: Consumers understand that community banks and credit unions offer more personalized service, but... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 5/2/22

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37,912 views

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The Zebra Helps Consumers Select the Best Auto, Home, and Rental Policies from 100+ Insurers

The Zebra Offers Comparison Shopping for Insurance

In a Nutshell: Shopping online for insurance can present challenges for consumers. Rates for the same basic... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 4/11/22

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41,509 views

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American Traditions Insurance Helps Homeowners Protect Themselves From Unexpected Expenses

American Traditions Insurance Helps Homeowners Avoid Unexpected Costs

In a Nutshell: Insurance is a critical financial tool with which to protect a home investment, especially for... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 5/2/22

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60,299 views

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24/7 Lending Group Finds Responsible Lenders for Consumers No Matter Their Credit History

24/7 Lending Group Helps Consumers With Any Credit History

In a Nutshell: Sometimes, a small setback can spiral into a financial crisis for individuals and families living... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 3/23/22