Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 tips to get back on budget after the holidays. Also in the news: Thinking twice about that in-flight credit card offer, how a Roth IRA works, and how paying your child an allowance can pay off in the long run.

5 Tips to Get Back on Budget After the Holidays
Reigning in the spending.

Think Twice About That In-Flight Credit Card Offer
Reading the fine print.

How Does a Roth IRA Work?
Know this important retirement tool.

Paying allowance can pay off, if you do it right
How much is enough?

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to make a money resolution that succeeds. Also in the news: Cashless kids’ allowances, 3 things to know about Spotify’s IPO, and why you should prioritize your job’s 401(k) benefits over offers of student loan help.

Ask Brianna: How Do I Make a Money Resolution That Succeeds?
How to stick with it.

For Kids’ Allowance, No Cash Required
Preparing your kids for life in the digital world.

Spotify’s Oddball IPO: 3 Things to Know Before You Buy
The streaming service is going public.

Prioritize Your Job’s 401(k) Benefits Over Their Offers of Student Loan Help
Taking the long view.

Allowances Don’t Teach Kids About Money – You Do

Many parents tell me they feel guilty about allowances.

They aren’t consistent about when and how they give their kids money. They wonder if allowances should be tied to chores. Even how they dole out money can be a problem. Cash is easiest, but much of what kids want to buy — downloads of a favorite show, a toy on Amazon, a realm in Minecraft — requires plastic.

I’ve used our daughter as a guinea pig to test all kinds of allowance systems and apps , starting when she was just 3.

In my latest for the Associated Press, how to start teaching your kids about money at an early age.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

FICO-score-calculation-300x281Today’s top story: Unraveling the mysteries of the FICO score. Also in the news: What you shouldn’t buy with your tax refund, teaching your kids good money habits, and 11 common money mistakes to avoid.

How Many FICO Scores Are There?
More than you’d think.

5 things not to buy with your tax refund
Put down that solid gold Apple watch.

How to Use Allowances to Teach Kids About Money
Instilling good money habits early.

Don’t Make These 11 Common Money Mistakes
Avoid getting caught in a spending trap.

5 Vital Questions To Ask Before Retirement
Remember, this isn’t a permanent vacation.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Teaching your kids to avoid money mistakes. Also in the news: Becoming a smarter investor, cleaning up your digital life, and how your summer vacation could earn you credit card perks.

Teaching Kids to Avoid Money Missteps
Put them on the right path early.

One Phrase That Will Make You a Smarter Investor
It’s all about the evidence.

Tips for Cleaning Up Your Digital Life
Protecting yourself from identity theft.

The Best Summer Credit Card Rewards Offers
How to get perks from your vacation spending.

3 Tips to Increase Your Paycheck
It’s time to maximize your allowances.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Tips on how to raise your credit score. Also in the news: How to save money while on a road trip this summer, the proper amount of allowance you should give your kids, and how to be prepared for unscheduled home repairs.

7 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score Fast
Closing your accounts is NOT one of them.

4 Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip
More money for t-shirts!

How Much Allowance Should You Give Your Kid?
Allowances can teach kids good savings habits at an early age.

Unscheduled Home Repairs: Are You Financially Prepared?
Don’t get caught off guard.

There’s Probably No Cash in Your Wallet. Could That Cost You?
Why living on plastic can add up.