Why your teen should work this summer

Summer jobs for teens are an endangered species worth saving.

These seasonal jobs offer more than a paycheck. Summer employment can:

• Improve academic performance, especially among lower-income teens.

• Teach important employment skills, including teamwork and problem-solving.

• Give teens real-world experience demonstrating a work ethic and satisfying bosses who expect them to earn every dollar.

“We don’t naturally know how to be good employees,” says Kathy Kristof, editor of SideHusl, a review site for part-time employment. “We learn, just like we learn the alphabet, with practice.”

In my latest for the Associated Press, how working this summer can prepare your teen for the job market.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Your store credit card wants to be your everyday card. Also in the news: Weathering life’s storms with an affordable disaster kit, how to wring the most business value from a personal loan, and which industries could feel the bite of a trade war.

Your Store Credit Card Wants to Be Your Everyday Card
Making the rewards more enticing.

Weather Life’s Storms With an Affordable Disaster Kit
Don’t be caught unprepared.

How to Wring the Most Business Value From a Personal Loan
Making a personal loan pay off.

These U.S. industries could feel the bite of a trade war
Is yours one of them?

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Here’s how Millennials can buy retirement income. Also in the news: How to hack your employee health benefits, simplifying the complex rules for flying with pets, and what President Trump’s banking deregulations mean for you.

Here’s How Millennials Can Buy Retirement Income
Introducing personal pensions.

How to Hack Your Employee Health Benefits
Getting the most from what your company offers.

3 C’s Simplify Complex Rules for Flying With Pets

What Trump’s Banking Deregulations Mean for You
What this means for your wallet.

How to hack your employee health benefits

Employee health benefits can have huge value, but you may not be taking full advantage of yours. In my latest for the Associated Press, three hacks that can help you get more of what your company offers.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to snag credit card rewards flights in peak season. Also in the news: Panic-proofing your portfolio for the next bank crisis, how to land the best airfare, and the pros and cons of a debit rewards card.

How to Snag Credit Card Rewards Flights in Peak Season
Don’t be held back by blackout dates.

Panic-Proof Your Portfolio for the Next Bank Crisis
Protecting your portfolio from the unexpected.

Landing the Best Airfare Is a Matter of Timing
How to beat the clock.

Should You Use a Debit Rewards Card?
The benefits and drawbacks.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why new grads shouldn’t snooze and lose on their employer’s 401(k). Also in the news: Ditching debt by working side gigs, how to decide if that life insurance rider is worth it, and how freelancers can save for retirement beyond an IRA.

New Grads, Don’t Snooze and Lose on Your Employer’s 401(k)
One of the biggest steps you’ll take in your new financial life.

How I Ditched Debt: Paying With Cash, Working Side Gigs
One man’s experience paying down his debt.

How to Decide If That Life Insurance Rider Is Worth It
A look at the extra benefits.

How Freelancers Can Save for Retirement Beyond an IRA
Other options to consider.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to save money by thinking like a college student. Also in the news: What an average retirement costs, how soon should you worry about your credit, and how to budget for your kids’ summer vacation.

Save Money by Thinking Like a College Student
You can skip the ramen.

Let’s Get Real: What an Average Retirement Costs
Breaking down the numbers.

Ask Brianna: I’m 18. Should I Worry About My Credit Yet?
It’s never too soon.

How to Budget for Your Kids’ Summer Vacation
Summer can get very pricey.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 things you can buy for less on Memorial Day. Also in the news: Why declining rental car insurance abroad is risky, hidden hotel fees that could spoil your stay, and 15 money-saving tips for big families.

3 Things You Can Buy for Less on Memorial Day
A handy cheat sheet.

Declining Rental Car Insurance Abroad? Know the Risks
Why you might need more coverage.

Don’t Let Hidden Hotel Fees Spoil Your Stay
Stay away from the minibar.

15 Money-Saving Tips for Big Families
Learning from the experts.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 ways to build your credit in less than an hour. Also in the news: Investing in international stocks, why you should invest in the stock market even if it scares you, and where to find the best Memorial Day sales.

6 Ways to Build Your Credit in Less Than an Hour
60 minutes to better credit.

Investing in International Stocks: A Road Map
Diving into the international market.

Invest in the Stock Market, Even if It Scares You
Take a deep breath.

Where to Find the Best Memorial Day Sales
Find the best savings.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What the Dodd-Frank rollback means for consumers. Also in the news: Memorial Day travel tips to remember, a day in the life of a portfolio manager, and 4 in 10 Americans can’t fund a $400 emergency expense.

Dodd-Frank Rollback: What It Means for Consumers
Sorting through the confusion.

Memorial Day Travel Tips to Remember
Travel safely!

A Day in the Life: Portfolio Manager
Staying ahead of trends in the market.

4 in 10 Americans can’t fund a $400 emergency expense without borrowing, Fed survey finds
An alarming statistic.