Thursday’s need-to-know money news

321562-data-breachesToday’s top story: The worst online passwords of 2015. Also in the news: Why you should beware of the word “afford,” how to start saving for your retirement in your 20s and 30s, and steps to get more college financial aid.

The Worst Passwords of 2015
Stop making life easy for identity thieves.

Be Suspicious of the Word “Afford” to Keep Your Budget Balanced
Just because you can afford it doesn’t mean you should buy it.

6 Steps to Saving for Retirement in Your 20s and 30s
It’s never too early to start saving.

3 Steps to More College Financial Aid From FAFSA
The sooner you fill out the form, the better.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: What your credit score doesn’t say about your finances. Also in the news: Putting yourself on a money diet, financial lessons to master before 40, and what to do if you actually win tonight’s Powerball jackpot.

4 Things Your Credit Score Doesn’t Say About You
What isn’t revealed.

How to Put Yourself on a Money Diet
Getting in financial shape.

8 personal finance lessons you must master by age 40
Putting yourself in a better position for retirement.

What to Do with the Money If You Actually Win Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot
After you stop screaming.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

download (1)Today’s top story: How to put an end to credit card solicitations. Also in the news: How a two checking account system could help automate your budget, how to maximize your pension, and five surprising sources of debt.

How to Stop Credit Card Solicitations for Good
Reclaiming your mailbox.

Use the Two Checking Account System to Automate Your Budget
Why two accounts could make budgeting easier.

Maximize Your Pension With This Calculator
Calculating the best option for your retirement.

5 Surprising Sources of Debt
Racking up debt from unexpected sources.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Scoring a lower credit card interest rate. Also in the news: the one resolution to improve your finances, creating your own financial plan, and why you need a budget, even if you’re broke.

How to Score a Lower Credit Card Interest Rate
Time to negotiate.

The 1 New Year’s Resolution To Improve Your Finances 4 Ways
Getting the most from your resolution.

How to create your own financial plan in 18 easy steps
Emphasis on easy.

Why You Need a Budget, Even If You’re Broke
Controlling your spending even when you don’t have a lot of cash.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

file_161555_0_tax refundToday’s top story: How to keep your tax refund safe. Also in the news: How to achieve financial fitness, building your gift-buying budget, and how to be smart about holiday spending.

The Simple Way to Keep Your Tax Refund Safe
Protecting what’s yours.

5 Money-Saving Exercises to Achieve Financial Fitness
Getting your wallet in shape.

How to Build Your Gift-Buying Budget
Be strategic.

Why the Holidays Make Us Dumb About Spending
How to stay smart.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

best-credit-cards-for-holiday-shopping-2013Today’s top story: Smart ways to use credit cards over the holidays. Also in the news: Personal finance tips people wish they’d know when they were younger, how to survive Black Friday, and steps you should take before the next financial crash.

5 Smart Ways to Use Credit Cards During the Holidays
Protecting your money and your data.

5 Personal Finance Tips Most People Wish They’d Known When They Were Younger
It’s never too late.

Surviving Black Friday: How to set a budget and stick to it
Resisting temptation.

Steps You Must Take Before the Next Financial Crash
Trouble could be on the horizon.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

stack-of-billsToday’s top story: The bills you need to prioritize when you’re short on cash. Also in the news: Divorcing your financial adviser before your spouse, what to do when you get an inheritance, and the potential drawbacks to buying a home with an FHA loan.

Prioritize These 5 Bills When You’re Short on Cash
Creating an order of importance.

Before divorcing your spouse, consider divorcing your financial adviser
You’ll need someone who’s only in your corner.

What to do when you get an inheritance
Besides tapdancing, of course.

The Drawbacks of Buying a Home With an FHA Loan
Knowing the potential downsides.

FTC Shuts Down 12 ‘Rogue’ Debt Collectors
The tactics they used to collect a debt will stun you.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

shutterstock_101159917Today’s top story: How to avoid debt after a divorce. Also in the news: What you need to have in your financial emergency kit, why frugal people aren’t cheap, and how attempting to save money can backfire.

4 Ways to Avoid Debt After Divorce
Building your new financial life.

Your Financial Emergency Kit
What you need to have when things go wrong.

5 Ways Frugal People Aren’t Cheap
Being smart doesn’t mean being cheap.

7 ways your attempts to save money can backfire
Why saving requires a strategy.

This Cheat Sheet Shows You How to Prioritize Your Savings and Debt
Introducing the “retirement wrapper.”

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

imagesToday’s top story: The FAFSA changes students and their parents need to know about. Also in the news: Why you shouldn’t increase your spending when you have extra money, podcasts that will teach you about investing, and what your children should know about money at different stages of development.

The FAFSA Changes You Need to Know About
What students and parents need to know.

Don’t Increase Your Spending When You Have Extra Money
Don’t set yourself up.

9 Podcasts That Will Teach You About Investing
Learn about different approaches and strategies.

What your child should know about money by grade school, middle school and high school
Teaching the basics

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

shutterstock_62636899Today’s top story: Getting your credit ready for holiday shopping. Also in the news: Keeping your Social Security plan on track despite higher Medicare premiums, 3 points to add to your year-end financial checklist, and shopping tricks to make your budget last longer.

How to Get Your Credit Ready for Holiday Shopping
And make January bills a bit less painful.

Don’t let higher Medicare premiums derail your Social Security plan
Keeping your plan on track.

Add these 3 points to your year-end financial checklist
Three more to-dos.

Smart Shopping Tricks to Make Your Budget Last All Month
Stretching your dollar.

The 10 Best States To Enjoy An Early Retirement
Is your state one of them?