Monday’s need-to-know money news


Today’s top story: What students can learn from the days before college loans. Also in the news: How one couple paid off over $120,000 in debt in three years, which 1.5% cash-back credit card you should choose, and how millennials racking up credit card points could backfire.

What Students Can Learn From the Days Before College Loans
Community college as a money-saver.

How I Ditched Debt: Kicking Frugality Into High Gear
How one couple paid off over $120,000 in three years.

Which 1.5% Cash-Back Credit Card Should You Choose?
Finding the perfect fit.

Millennials are racking up credit card points—here’s how that could backfire
When chasing points puts you in debt.






Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: These 4 tax scams could really cost you. Also in the news: 3 times you can pay taxes with plastic and come out ahead, how to decide between investing in a 401(k) or a Roth 401(k), and the 5 best free money-management apps.

These 4 Tax Scams Could Really Cost You
Here’s how to avoid them.

3 Times You Can Pay Taxes With Plastic and Come Out Ahead
Maximizing your rewards.

Should You Invest in a 401(k) or Roth 401(k)?
Deciding which is best.

The 5 Best Free Money-Management Apps
Managing your finances by phone.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 reasons to choose a college based on price. Also in the news: 3 times you can pay taxes with plastic and come out ahead, 7 tax changes investors should watch for when they file, and why you should check your hospital bill against your explanation of benefits.

3 Reasons to Choose a College Based on Price
Avoiding high debt.

3 Times You Can Pay Taxes With Plastic and Come Out Ahead
Building card perks.

7 Tax Changes Investors Should Watch For As They File
Investors face several new changes.

Check Your Hospital Bill Against Your Explanation of Benefits
Billing mistakes are rampant.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: NerdWallet’s best credit card tips for January 2019. Also in the news: What the government shutdown means for home loans, 5 reasons credit cards rule for family vacations, and why you should ask your student loan servicer to ungroup your loans.

NerdWallet’s Best Credit Card Tips for January 2019
New year, new cards.

What the Government Shutdown Means for Home Loans
Could the shutdown affect your loan?

5 Reasons Credit Cards Rule for Family Vacations
All about the perks.

Ask Your Student Loan Servicer to Ungroup Your Loans
Use the snowball method.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Avoid costly mistakes with the car buyer’s checklist. Also in the news: How to be the holiday host with the most credit card rewards, what you should know before making your first student loan payment, and illegal tax moves to avoid.

Avoid Costly Mistakes With the Car Buyer’s Checklist
Take this list with you to the dealership.

Be the Holiday Host With the Most Credit Card Rewards
Reward yourself for being an excellent host.

Read This Before Making Your First Student Loan Payment
The first day of the rest of your payment life.

Illegal Tax Moves to Avoid
Tiny fibs can lead to big trouble.

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.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 ways to pay for Airbnb with credit card rewards. Also in the news: A cheapskate’s guide to shopping for credit cards, Black Friday price matching, and how much you’ll actually take home if you win the billion dollar Mega Millions jackpot.

3 Ways to Pay for Airbnb With Credit Card Rewards
Using rewards to pay for your stay.

A Cheapskate’s Guide to Shopping for Credit Cards
Finding a match for your thriftiness.

Black Friday: If No Price Match, Go for Cash Back
More Black Friday strategy.

How Much You’ll Actually Take Home from the $970M Mega Millions Jackpot
Don’t forget to tip your blogger.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Want to become a millionaire? These choices can get you there. Also in the news: Use points and miles on ordinary expenses, being partners in finances and life, and how to shore up your savings against inflation.

Want to Become a Millionaire? These Choices Can Get You There
The road to a million.

Go Ahead, Use Points and Miles on Ordinary Expenses
Leave some wiggle room in your budget.

Be Partners in Finances As Well As in Life
Understanding the big picture together.

Inflation Erodes Your Savings. Here’s How to Shore Them Up
Don’t be caught short.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How your credit card can help you save on summer travel. Also in the news: 7 steps to save on hardwood flooring costs, how not to be a knucklehead on Venmo, and how to boost your benefits at work.

How Your Credit Card Can Help You Save on Summer Travel
Using credit card rewards to pay for vacation.

7 Steps to Save on Hardwood Flooring Costs
How to keep your budget grounded.

How Not to Be a Knucklehead on Venmo
Don’t make things uncomfortable.

Boosting your benefits
Don’t leave money on the table.