Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How some of your back-to-school expenses could be tax deductible. Also in the news: Paying taxes on free credit monitoring, money saving tips for when you’re earning minimum wage, and ten financial vocabulary terms you absolutely need to know. Some Back-to-School Expenses Could Be Tax-Deductible Back-to-school expenses could be a little less […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The increase in identity theft makes checking your credit an absolute necessity. Also in the news: How to prepare your college freshman for financial realities, how to pay off your debt for good, and five ways small businesses can get the most out of their credit cards. Another Reason You Really Need […]

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The minus side of PLUS loans

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Parent education loans can help your child attend the college of her dreams — and sink any dreams you had of ever retiring. The grim reality is that the federal PLUS loan program allows parents to borrow far more than they can comfortably, or even ever, repay. In my column for Reuters, I explain why […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Seven money podcasts you should be tuning in to. Also in the news: Why your parents’ financial advisor keeps asking about you, how small business owners can prepare for an interest rate hike, and a guide to debit vs credit cards. 7 Money Podcasts You Should Be Following Making your commute more […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Common mortgage roadblocks and how to fix them. Also in the news: How to make your retirement nest egg last longer, why you should try haggling when renting an apartment, and ten back-to-school supplies that teachers say are a waste of money. 4 Common Mortgage Killers & How to Survive Them Common […]

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Q&A: IRA contributions and tax deductions

Dear Liz: I am changing jobs because of a layoff. I contributed to my former employer’s 401(k) to the extent possible. My new employer also offers a 401(k), but I won’t be eligible for a year. I want to use an IRA in the meantime. I do not understand how I should answer the question […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What you cannot ignore on your retirement statement. Also in the news: How to improve your finances in a single day, how teens can save money on car insurance, and why mental accounting can be dangerous. 4 Things You Can’t Ignore on Your Retirement Statement Pay close attention. 10 Ways to Improve […]

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Q&A: Credit score changes

Dear Liz: My Discover card started including a complimentary credit score with my statement. My first report was 840. Each month since has been lower. Two months ago it was 812 and the last one was 800. I have not applied for any new loans, cards or other credit. My limit on this card is […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to build credit without a credit card. Also in the news: Financial steps to take if you’re getting divorced, apps to help with moving, and how your financial behavior is manipulated. 7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card Non-credit card options for building credit. 7 Financial Steps to Take […]

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