Friday’s need-to-know money news

Wills-in-TexasToday’s top story: Ranking the cheapest cars to insure. Also in the news: Why you need to have a will, the financial perks of downsizing, and how much money you need to save monthly to reach your retirement goal.

Ranking the Cheapest Cars to Insure
Being a smart shopper.

Prince Had No Will, Reports Say — But You Should
Don’t let the government inherit your estate.

The Financial Perks of Downsizing
Going small can mean a bigger bank balance.

This Retirement Calculator Tells You How Much to Save Monthly to Reach Your Goal
How close are you?

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How $250 can keep families off welfare. Also in the news:A new tool to manage your student loans, what Prince can teach you about personal finance, and how to declutter after tax season. $250 Can Keep Families Off Welfare, Study Finds Even a small savings can have a big impact. White House […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to earn more interest on your money. Also in the news: When and how to appeal a financial aid award, what you need to know about estate planning, and how keeping your finances simple can ensure you staying on top of them. 4 Ways to Earn More Interest on Your Money […]

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The Huge, Hidden Costs of Owning a Home

First-time homebuyer Teresa Hair had owned her house less than two months when water started bubbling up through the guest bedroom floor. “The whole floor was just covered,” says Hair, a 34-year-old attorney who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. “I pulled up all the laminate flooring and there was an inch of water.” Finding and […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How leaving a 401(k) behind after a job change could cost you. Also in the news: A debt avalanche, the five best store credit cards, and money-saving tips for your next family vacation. Leaving 401(k) Behind After Job Change Could Be Costly You CAN take it with you. What Is a Debt […]

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Q&A: Adding daughter as co-owner of mother’s home could trigger costs

Dear Liz: My father passed away last year, and my mother wants to add my name to her house so there is no probate. Do I need to change the title or the deed or both? Are there any negatives to doing so? Also, we already have a durable power of attorney between us. Does […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: What is a debt snowball? Also in the news: A 1-week financial fast, why personal finance classes should be taught in college, and how your wallet is becoming the next tech platform. What Is a Debt Snowball? A creative way of tackling your debt. Big money goal? Try a 1-week financial fast […]

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Q&A: Catching up on retirement savings

Dear Liz: I just found out I am cured of cancer. I thought I would be dead in three years and thus did not save very much. I’m 62, single, with no children and an annual salary of $85,000. I’m now contributing the maximum to my employer’s 403(b) retirement plan plus $6,500 to a Roth […]

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Q&A: Finding fee-only financial planners

Dear Liz: Every so often your column mentions an organization that lists financial planners that are fee-only. I cannot find this information on your site. Please keep mentioning this in your column. Answer: You can get referrals to fee-only planners who charge by the hour at www.garrettplanningnetwork.com. If you’re looking for fee-only planners who charge […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Senior checking accounts. Also in the news: The best Earth Day sales and freebies, five reasons why a nearly perfect credit score isn’t enough, and how to file taxes for a deceased love one. What Is a Senior Checking Account? The pros and cons. Best Earth Day Sales, Deals and Freebies Thank […]

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