Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Preparing your holiday checklist, why checking your credit report is a must, and what you need to know about a possible national debt default. Pre-Holiday Guide: What To Mark On Your Financial Checklist Santa isn’t the only one with a list for the holidays. Why Some People Choose Work Over Retirement What happens when retirement […]

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Divorced spousal benefits cause confusion

Dear Liz: You’ve been writing about Social Security and how people can qualify for benefits based on a spouse’s or ex-spouse’s earnings record. Please add that given the parameters you already cite, a divorced spouse may remarry after the age of 60 and collect Social Security from the ex. However, if a person is collecting […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

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How your spouse could impact your mortgage, preparing for holiday travel, and a handy guide on who to tip and how much. Your Spouse’s Credit Could Hurt Your Chance of Buying a Home Welcome to life in community property states. How Many Bank Accounts Do You Need? The fewer, the better. Ways to Save: Best […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Saving money after Fido eats another sock, is good credit required for student loans, and what car shopping and college shopping have in common. Saving Money When Caring for Sick Pets How to save money when man’s best friend gets sick. Poll: Half of Older Workers Delay Retirement Plans Uncertainty over the financial markets have […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

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Why schools are lacking financial literacy classes, what retirees need to consider before buying a new car, and how to get the most from your wholesale club membership. Why We Want—But Can’t Have—Personal Finance in Schools Is financial literacy as important as historical literacy? Should Retirees Finance a Car or Pay Cash? Several things retirees […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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What to do when your adult kids ask for money, the bad side of credit card cash advances, and how the debt ceiling debacle could hit your wallet. How to Handle Loan Request From Adult Kids Carefully maneuvering a potential minefield. 4 Dangers of Credit Card Cash Advances The fees alone should make you think […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Protecting yourself from insurance fraud, the best time to close a credit card, and when straying from your monthly budget can be a good thing. What You Should Know About Buying a Fixer-Upper Don’t let your new purchase become a money pit. Eight Ways to Help Protect Yourself From Insurance Fraud How to avoid becoming […]

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A good prepaid card? It’s no longer an oxymoron

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Finally, there’s a prepaid card that may deserve a place in your wallet. The American Express Serve card eliminates, or at least makes it easy to avoid, most of the niggling fees that make typical prepaid cards a bad deal: Users will be able to load the card with cash for free at 14,000 CVS […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

How your good credit can be a valuable ally, never paying full price ever again, and everything you ever wanted to know about the debt ceiling but were afraid to ask. 4 Times Good Credit Can Come to Your Rescue Good credit can be your best friend during emergencies. Splitting From Wife, Want Cash From […]

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Student loans may be better than home equity borrowing

Dear Liz: I am almost finished with my associate degree at my local community college and will be starting my undergraduate degree in January. I have been lucky enough to accrue no college debt so far but know I will when I start my bachelor’s degree. I am considering taking out a home equity loan […]

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