Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Do your kids a favor and pick retirement savings over tuition. Also in the news: 18 of the best Black Friday deals, Navient’s student loan practices are under fire, and how much it costs to have a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Do Your Kids a Favor: Pick Retirement Savings Over Tuition
Looking at the bigger picture.

18 of the Best Black Friday 2018 Deals
Serious savings.

Navient’s student loan practices raise questions in federal audit
Deceptive tactics.

How much does a float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cost?
The helium costs will surprise you.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Having the talk about college costs with your teen. Also in the news: How the new tax law affects vacation homes, what to do when an airline loses your bag, and thinking twice before paying for accident forgiveness.

Having ‘The Talk’ About College Costs With Your Teen
Managing expectations.

How the new tax law affects vacation-home owners
It gets complicated.

What to Do When an Airline Loses Your Bag
Don’t panic.

Think Twice Before Paying for Accident Forgiveness
Premium increases vs. the cost of forgiveness

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Smart ways to rein in holiday spending. Also in the news: Budgeting before Black Friday to prevent costly regrets, why you should check travel prices before Black Friday, and 7 things not to buy on Cyber Monday.

Smart Ways to Rein In Holiday Spending
Keeping your expenses in check.

Budget Before Black Friday to Prevent Costly Regrets After
Don’t go in without a plan.

Check Travel Prices Before Black Friday
You could be missing out on deals.

7 things NOT to buy on Cyber Monday
Not all sales are created equal.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Shopping or skipping Black Friday. Also in the news: Notes from a disabled traveler, how to save money on a cross-country road trip, and how to locate the investment fees you’re paying.

Black Friday: Shop It or Skip It?
The pros and cons.

What I’ve Learned as a Disabled Traveler
Flexibility is key.

How We Saved Money on Our Cross-Country Road Trip
A look at the trip budget.

How to Locate the Investment Fees You’re Paying
Inside the fine print.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 tax tips for military members and veterans. Also in the news: How to save $500, how Black Friday prices stack up, and what student loan debt does to people.

5 Tax Tips for Military Members and Veterans
Tracking your expenses.

How to Save $500
Every bit helps.

How Do Black Friday Prices Stack Up?
Real savings or holiday hype?

What student loan debt does to people
It’s not pretty.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t leave credit card rewards on the table when dining out. Also in the news: How to move forward after a financial setback, the best Black Friday TV deals, and when to opt out of the target-date funds in your 401(k).

Dining Out? Don’t Leave Credit Card Rewards on the Table
Earning money back for every meal.

How to Move Forward After a Financial Setback
Getting back on track.

Best Black Friday TV Deals, 2018
The most screen for your money.

When to Opt Out of the Target-Date Funds in Your 401(k)
It depends on your goals.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Think twice before paying for accident forgiveness. Also in the news: What to do when a fund in your portfolio closes, 5 Black Friday credit card strategies to add to your list, and how to get your finances in order.

Think Twice Before Paying for Accident Forgiveness
How much to pay for a mistake you might never make?

What to Do When a Fund in Your Portfolio Closes
ETFs are dying off.

5 Black Friday Credit Card Strategies to Add to Your List
Using your cards smartly this season.

How to Get Your Finances in Order
Prioritizing is key.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to move forward after a financial setback. Also in the news: Military student loan rights, the best Black Friday deals on laptops and computers, and how to find cheaper international travel fares with a decades-old loophole.

How to Move Forward After a Financial Setback
Refuse to get stuck.

Thank You for Your Service: Military Student Loan Rights
Understanding your options can help reduce the risk of default.

Best Black Friday Laptop and Computer Deals, 2018
New tech for less.

Find Cheaper International Travel Fares Using This Decades-Old Loophole
Get to know the fifth freedom.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Employee loans as alternatives to payday loans. Also in the news: 3 savings strategies for holiday shoppers, the best Black Friday deals, and many people are still paying off last year’s holiday debt.

Short on Cash? Employee Loans Are Alternatives to Payday Loans
78% of working Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck.

Outsmart Other Holiday Shoppers With These 3 Saving Strategies
Your phone is your ally.

Best Black Friday Deals for 2018
Holiday strategies.

It’s the holidays already? Many are still paying off credit card debt racked up last year
It’s ok to use credit cards, but they need to be paid off promptly.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t make these big life insurance blunders. Also in the news: Bail on your big bank for better savings returns, Macy’s Black Friday ad, and a new banking scam to watch out for.

Don’t Make These Big Life Insurance Blunders
Common mistakes financial planners see.

For Better Savings Returns, Bail on Your Big Bank
Look small and local.

Macy’s Black Friday 2018 Ad, Deals and Store Hours
Department store deals.

Watch Out for This New Banking Scam
This one comes via text.