Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to budget for a family trip to Disney. Also in the news: How to cancel an extended car warranty, investment strategies for 2019, and 5 credit card trends to watch in 2019. How to Budget for a Family Trip to Disney Saving money for the Mouse. How to Cancel an Extended […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Furloughed workers face potential damage to their credit scores. Also in the news: A bill could expand the financial literacy of students, 8 budget types for businesses, and 6 practical ways to pay off credit card debt. A big problem looms for furloughed workers — preventing damage to their credit scores Another […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to stay afloat financially in a federal shutdown. Also in the news: 5 things not to say when you’re buying a car, how to sleep for free (or nearly free) when traveling, and the average kid’s allowance rose faster than American workers’ salaries in 2018. How to Stay Afloat Financially in […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: NerdWallet’s best credit card tips for January 2019. Also in the news: What the government shutdown means for home loans, 5 reasons credit cards rule for family vacations, and why you should ask your student loan servicer to ungroup your loans. NerdWallet’s Best Credit Card Tips for January 2019 New year, new […]

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3 money tasks you need to do right now

Most financial to-do lists focus on what you need to get done by Dec. 31, but there’s also a brief window early in the new year to save yourself some significant cash. In my latest for the Associated Press, three tasks to consider doing now.

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Quick ways to save more money in 2019. Also in the news: Medical bills plague millennials, 3 simple strategies to max out your 401(k), and the basics of Parent PLUS loan forgiveness. Quick Ways to Save More Money in 2019 Focusing on the simple. Medical Bills Plague Millennials; These Tips May Be […]

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Q&A: How to find affordable healthcare insurance

Dear Liz: I am 25 and work two part-time jobs, neither of which offers health insurance. Once I’m 26, I will no longer be able to remain on my parents’ policy. Do I need a full-time job to receive health benefits, or do I have other options? Answer: You currently have other options, but you […]

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Q&A: Options for high debt, low income

Dear Liz: I’m 87 and drowning in debt, owing more than $21,000 with an income of $23,000 from Social Security and two small pensions. I don’t like the idea of debt consolidation but is that better than bankruptcy? My only asset is a 2003 car. Answer: Debt consolidation merely replaces one type of debt (say, […]

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Q&A: Retirement planning needs expert help

Dear Liz: I am about to retire and have had to make some very important decisions: How should I receive my company pension, when should we start taking Social Security, should we convert some IRAs to Roths, how to best cover our healthcare needs and what the best ways are to manage our tax bill. […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 ways a separate credit card could soup up your side hustle. Also in the news: Travel insurance and winter weather woes, exercise options besides an annual gym membership, and 15 money moves to make in 2019. 3 Ways a Separate Credit Card Could Soup Up Your Side Hustle Double-dip on rewards. […]

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