Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The average American saves less than 5%. Also in the news: Strategies for lowering your closing costs, how to make money with YouTube, and should credit card perks coax you to go steady with a bank?

Average American Saves Less Than 5%
See how you stack up.

Strategies for Lowering Your Closing Costs
Saving as much as you can.

How to Make Money With YouTube
Monetizing your cat videos.

Should credit card perks coax you to go steady with a bank?
A one-sided love affair?

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Pile of Credit CardsToday’s top story: The hidden bonuses of paying off credit card debt. Also in the news: Financial tips for the sandwich generation, how to start preparing your taxes, and the changes coming to your credit card perks.

The Hidden Bonus of Paying Off Credit Card Debt
Your credit score will thank you for it.

The Sandwich Generation: 5 C’s To Deal With Your Financial Challenges
The financial challenges of taking care of your young and old.

11 Tax Moves Every Taxpayer Should Make Before the End of the Year
Time to get organized.

Big Changes Coming for Your Credit Card Perks
What’s in and what’s out.

6 questions to ask before getting a store credit card
Know what you’re signing up for.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

giftcardsToday’s top story: How to protect your gift cards this holiday season. Also in the news: Getting the most out of your credit cards over the holidays, where to cash a check without paying high fees, and personal finance mythbusting.

Why Gift Cards Aren’t As Secure As Your Credit Cards
Protecting your presents.

How to get the most out of your credit cards over the holidays
Making your credit cards work for you.

Where to Cash a Check Without Paying High Fees
Keeping as much of your money as possible.

5 personal finance myths you probably still believe
Mythbusting!

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: How to decide if you should refinance your student loans. Also in the news: Credit card scams to watch out for, money-saving tips for the holidays, and hidden perks in your credit cards.

This Infographic Helps You Decide If You Should Refinance Student Loans
Refinancing could give you some breathing room.

3 Credit Card Scams You Need to Watch Out For
Protect yourself.

5 smart money-saving tips for the holidays
Especially if you’re still paying off last year’s holiday shopping.

8 Perks That Might Be Hiding in Your Credit Cards
What you could be missing out on.

7 simple steps to wise charitable giving
Donating strategically.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

money-down-the-drainToday’s top story: Common money mistakes you need to avoid. Also in the news: When should you get professional help for education expenses, what you need to do in order to retire in the next five years, and five of the craziest credit card perks.

11 Common Money Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make
Watch out.

When To Pay For Education-Related Financial Help
Knowing when to call in the experts.

If You Want to Retire in the Next Five Years, Do These 9 Things Now
Time to get busy.

5 Crazy Credit Card Perks
Virtual flight simulator!

Friday’s need-to-know money news

download (1)Today’s top story: The best credit card freebies. Also in the news: Breaking bad money habits, the worst states for retirement, and apps that can save you money while shopping.

8 Credit Cards With Freebies
Perks from the get go.

5 Ways to Break Your Bad Money Habits
Breaking the cycle.

10 Worst States for Retirement
States to reconsider.

The “Cash Back” Apps That Can Actually Save You Money When Shopping
Take your smartphone shopping.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: The credit card perk that can save you time and money. Also in the news: The dumb things people do to be frugal, why a big tax refund isn’t always a good thing, and the investment fees you didn’t know you were paying.

The Credit Card Perk That Can Save You Big Money
Getting the lowest price on your purchase.

7 Dumb Things People Do in the Name of Being Frugal
Good intentions, bad results.

Why a Big Income Tax Refund Is Not a Good Thing
The instant windfall that means you’ve been shortchanged.

The Investment Fees You Don’t Realize You’re Paying
How to start tracking stealthy fees.

The Best Hotel Rewards Credit Cards in America
Getting the most points for your money.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Help at financial crisisToday’s top story: How to work towards a debt free 2014. Also in the news: PayPal and credit ratings, finding the cheapest holiday gifts, and how to avoid financial pitfalls this Thanksgiving.

Tips for Paying Off Debt in 2014
Starting the new year off on the right foot.

Can PayPal Hurt Your Credit?
Conversely, could bad credit prevent you from getting a PayPal account?

Where to Find the Cheapest Holiday Gifts
Presents that won’t lead you to the poor house.

Have a Happier Thanksgiving by Dodging These Spending Pitfalls
The bourbon in the pecan pie doesn’t have to be top shelf.

The greatest, most underused credit card perk
Two words: price match.