Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do when your credit card issuer blindsides you. Also in the news: Watching for snags with free money offers, rock-solid tips for buying a diamond online, and how to make a grab for $150,000 in college scholarships.

What to Do When Your Credit Card Issuer Blindsides You
Expect the unexpected.

Free-Money Offers Can Be Alluring, but Watch for Snags
What to consider before signing up.

Rock-Solid Tips for Buying a Diamond Online
Getting the most for your money.

Need money for college? Here’s how to make a grab for $150,000 in scholarships.
Every bit helps.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 things your credit reports won’t reveal. Also in the news: More credit card issuers are letting you pay off debt for free, everything you need to know about mortgage loan modifications, and how to stay debt-free during back-to-school shopping. 5 Things Your Credit Reports Won’t Reveal What’s missing from your credit […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The average American saves less than 5%. Also in the news: Strategies for lowering your closing costs, how to make money with YouTube, and should credit card perks coax you to go steady with a bank? Average American Saves Less Than 5% See how you stack up. Strategies for Lowering Your Closing […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to tackle credit card debt when you’re young and overspent. Also in the news: How to make it work when sharing expenses with roommates, how to honeymoon in style instead of debt, and how to pick a good kids’ savings account. Young and Overspent? How to Tackle Credit Card Debt Sharing […]

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How to stop being the family ATM

If you want someone to stop asking you for money, the worst thing you can do is say no and then give in after persistent pleading. Such “intermittent reinforcement” — granting a reward after an unpredictable number of requests — makes it more likely the person will ask for another handout than if you just […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A car insurance quiz to see if you’re savvy or stumped. Also in the news: How to afford college as an older student, five ways car ads lie, and why habits that create good credit can still be a bad thing. Take This Car Insurance Quiz to See if You’re Savvy or […]

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Q&A: The woes of this car-less worker can’t be fixed with junkers or leasing schemes

Dear Liz: My spouse and I are in Chapter 13 repayment bankruptcy and have a few more years to go. We’re obviously on a tight budget. My spouse has the reliable car, but I’ve already paid $1,500 cash each for two junkers and it’s caused major stress. I know we can petition the court and […]

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Q&A: Starting Social Security benefits early will cost you

Dear Liz: I started getting Social Security at age 62. I would have only gotten $327 a month based on my work history, but they gave me $666 based on my husband’s work history. He gets $1,966 but your article said I should get half. Should I be receiving more? Answer: Probably not. Your spousal […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Brace yourself for higher car insurance rates. Also in the news: 3 tax errors that could be hiding in your paycheck, how to make sense of your credit card number, and how other people’s weddings are preventing millennials from buying homes. Brace Yourself for Higher Car Insurance Rates Get ready to pay […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to decide between investing or paying off your mortgage. Also in the news: Using payment apps in college, what you need to know about FHA mortgage insurance, and how to calculate how much an equity offer is worth in salary. Invest or Pay Off Your Mortgage? How to Decide Which is […]

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