Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 401(k) mistakes for new grads to avoid. Also in the news: 6 financial questions you’re too embarrassed to ask, why you should scatter your bank accounts, and 5 facts that prove Americans don’t know anything about managing money.

New Grads, Don’t Make These 401(k) Mistakes
Plan carefully.

6 Financial Aid Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask
We’ve got answers.

Why You Should Scatter Your Bank Accounts
Don’t keep it all in one place.

5 Facts that Prove Americans Don’t Know Anything about managing money
We need to get better at this.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: NerdWallet dads share their personal finance tips. Also in the news: Why college grads need more education, how minimalism can help your wallet, and what the Fed meeting means for investors and home buyers.

NerdWallet Dads Share Their Personal Finance Tips
Learning from the dads.

College grads are educated, but not in matters of personal finance
More education is needed.

8 Ways Minimalism Can Help Maximize Your Wallet
Less can equal more.

What Fed meeting means for investors, homeowners/buyers
Keeping an eye on interest rates.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

business girl with shopping bagsToday’s top story: How to find the best deals for Memorial Day sales. Also in the news: Money mistakes to avoid for new grads, why Americans are pretty clueless about their credit cards and scores, and deciding what to do with an old 401(k).

Memorial Day Sales: How to Snag a Good Deal, Guaranteed
The most bang for your buck.

New Grads: Avoid These 5 Money Mistakes
Don’t start off on the wrong foot.

Survey: Americans are pretty clueless on credit cards and scores
We need to do better.

To Roll Over or Not to Roll Over: What to Do With That Old 401(k)
What works best for you?

A game plan for grads struggling with new loan payments

Student-LoansAn improved economy and lower unemployment should reduce the number of recent college graduates who default on the federal student loans they are supposed to start repaying when their six-month grace periods expire – as soon as November for May graduates.

Inevitably, though, some will fall behind even though there is no good reason to do so. Their credit scores will be crippled and they will risk the government garnishing their wages and seizing their tax refunds.

In my latest for Reuters, how new graduates can handle their new loan payments and protect their credit.

At MoneyWatch, the five things you should know about disaster insurance, and the IRS retirement plan contribution limits for 2016.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

College SavingsToday’s top story: What new grads wish their parents had told them about money. Also in the news: How to maximize your savings, what to know before starting a small business, and how free trials can end up costing you big bucks.

5 Things New Grads Wish Their Parents Had Taught Them About Money
It’s not too late!

6 personal finance hacks to maximize your savings
Getting the most from your budget.

5 Things To Know Before Starting A Small Business
Research is key.

The Hidden Costs of Free Trials
Why companies are banking on your bad memory.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

o-CREDIT-REPORT-facebookToday’s top story: Tips on improving your credit score by Labor Day. Also in the news: How to get credit bureaus to remove errors from your credit report, the money moves college graduates should make, and how to decide between a credit card or a personal loan.

How to Improve Your Credit Score By Labor Day
Boosting your score over the summer.

5 Ways to Get Credit Bureaus to Remove Errors From Your Report
Be persistent.

Top 5 Money Moves to Make After Graduation
Don’t let your student loan debt overwhelm you.

Credit Card vs. Personal Loan: Which One Should I Get?
The pros and cons of both.

Catch The Company Stock Tax Break While You Can
The window is closing on a little known tax break.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: A guide to student loan debt for new college grads. Also in the news: What parents should teach their kids about finances, what to do before hiring a financial adviser, and major money mistakes made by seniors and retirees.

The New Grad’s Guide to Student Loan Debt
Congratulations! Time to pay up!

11 Financial Words All Parents Should Teach Their Kids
Get them on the right path early.

4 things to do before hiring a financial adviser
Research is key.

Major money mistakes for seniors and retirees
Fraud can wreak havoc on seniors’ finances.

Don’t Touch the Minibar! How to Avoid 10 Annoying Hotel Fees
Don’t even breathe near it.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to negotiate your medical bills. Also in the news: How to file a financial aid appeal, gifts to set graduates off on the right financial foot, and ways to maximize Social Security benefits.

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills
You don’t have to pay $7.00 for that aspirin.

How To File A Financial Aid Appeal
Don’t take no for an answer.

5 Gifts to Set Graduates Off on the Right Financial Foot
It’s graduation gift season!

3 Ways to Maximize Social Security Benefits
Getting the most from your earnings.

How to Get Back on Track with Retirement Savings
Making up for lost time.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Credit card mistakes you need to avoid. Also in the news: Costly financial aid mistakes, avoiding debt for new grads, and when you should see a financial therapist.

5 Credit Card Mistakes Driving You Into Debt
Pay close attention.

How to avoid these costly financial aid mistakes
Don’t leave money sitting on the table.

Graduates, Here’s How to Avoid Debt and Get Rich
Oh, the places you’ll go!

5 Signs You Should See a Financial Therapist
Knowing when it’s time to get help.

The Best Browser Extensions That’ll Save You Money (and Which to Skip)
Save money with just a click of the mouse.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Social Security is in better shape than originally though. Also in the news: how to reduce your monthly expenses by having a “bill haggle day”, personal finance tips for recent college grads, and why you may want to wait before upgrading your cell phone.

4 Reasons Not to Panic About Social Security’s Future
Things aren’t as bad as we thought!

Have a “Bill Haggle Day” to Reduce Your Monthly Expenses
It may take multiple phone calls but it’s worth it.

4 Personal Finance Tips For Recent College Graduates
Don’t let your loans intimidate you.

Do the math before upgrading your cellphone
It could be worth waiting a bit to get the latest gadget.

The Most Important Tip For Avoiding Investment Fraud
You’ll want to remember this one.