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.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to snag credit card rewards flights in peak season. Also in the news: Panic-proofing your portfolio for the next bank crisis, how to land the best airfare, and the pros and cons of a debit rewards card.

How to Snag Credit Card Rewards Flights in Peak Season
Don’t be held back by blackout dates.

Panic-Proof Your Portfolio for the Next Bank Crisis
Protecting your portfolio from the unexpected.

Landing the Best Airfare Is a Matter of Timing
How to beat the clock.

Should You Use a Debit Rewards Card?
The benefits and drawbacks.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The most and least affordable places to buy a home. Also in the news: 3 investments that aren’t actually investments, why credit card rewards may lose their sparkle, and how to ask for a raise.

The Most and Least Affordable Places to Buy a Home
Some of these may surprise you.

3 Investments That Aren’t Actually Investments
The true definition of investment.

Credit Card Rewards May Lose Sparkle, but Not Value
Rewards could get a lot more personal.

Use This Formula to Ask for a Raise
Getting what you’re worth.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Equifax extends credit freeze deadline. Also in the news: Why single parents are turning to online colleges, how credit card rewards can take the sting out of a starter budget, and strapped families hope President Trump will tackle student loans in tonight’s State of the Union address.

How to Freeze Your Credit With Equifax
Extended deadlines.

For Some Single Parents, Online College Holds the Key

Credit Card Rewards Take the Sting Out of a Starter Budget

Strapped families hope Trump’s speech will tackle student loans
The State of the Union speech is tonight.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Cryptocurrency for beginners. Also in the news: How credit card rewards made a couple’s dreams come true, when to tell your partner that you’re in serious debt, and why you should get a new bank if you’re paying fees.

Cryptocurrency for Beginners: 7 Questions to Ask
Understanding the hottest money trend.

How Credit Card Rewards Made Their Dreams Come True
Building rewards with an ultimate goal in mind.

Ask Brianna: Should I Tell My Partner I’m in Serious Debt?
When it’s time to confess.

If You’re Paying Fees of Any Kind, Get a New Bank
Don’t pay for your banking.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Resolving to slim down your credit cards in the new year. Also in the news: Why you need a Roth IRA even if you have a 401(k), how to reach your 2018 travel goals with credit card rewards, and what to know about the major cryptocurrencies besides Bitcoin.

This New Year, Resolve to Slim Down Your Credit Cards
Taking a look at balance transfer cards.

Why You Need a Roth IRA — Even If You Have a 401(k)
Unique benefits.

How to Reach 2018 Travel Goals With Credit Card Rewards
Maximizing your miles.

What to Know About the Major Cryptocurrencies Besides Bitcoin
Etherium, Litecoin and more.