Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The 4 perks of Solo 401(k) for business owners and freelancers. Also in the news: How to monitor your credit in exactly 250 words, how to eat healthy on a budget, and the best places to retire in 2017.

4 Perks of Solo 401(k) for Business Owners and Freelancers
Retirement savings for sole employees.

How to Monitor Credit in (Exactly) 250 Words
Short and sweet.

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
You don’t have to live on ramen.

The Best Places To Retire In 2017
Where would you like to go?

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: 4 ways you can protect your credit score over the holidays. Also in the news: Giving Tuesday and beyond, why you should think twice before grabbing certain Black Friday deals, and the used cars with the best discounts on Black Friday.

4 Ways You Can Protect Your Credit Score Over the Holidays
Monitoring is key.

Giving Tuesday and Beyond: How Millennials Like to Contribute
Bucking against the self-centered stereotype.

Think twice before grabbing this Black Friday deal
It’s all in the wording.

The Used Cars With the Best Deals on Black Friday
Used car shopping on Black Friday? Why not!

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Buying credit and identity theft monitoring. Also in the news: Financial aid appeal tactics, why we’re still swiping our credit cards, and how to look at living on a budget as an opportunity.

Should You Buy Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring?
What to look for.

7 Financial Aid Appeal Tactics To Improve Your Child’s College Aid Award
Making the case for more aid.

Why Are We Still Swiping Our Credit Cards?
Where are all the chips?

Why You Should Think of Frugality as an Opportunity, Not a Sacrifice
A different way of looking at living on a budget.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

635522783074355959-holiday-cardsToday’s top story: Finding the best credit monitoring service. Also in the news: The best move to make at tax time, how to get the best financial aid package, and how to keep your digital transactions safe.

How to Compare Free Credit Monitoring Offers
With credit theft becoming a near daily occurrence, it’s important to keep an eye on yours.

The Single Best Move to Make At Tax Time
Time to beef up your emergency fund.

4 insider tips to get the best financial aid package
How to make paying for college less traumatic.

5 Ways to Protect Your Digital Wallet
Keeping your online transactions safe.

How to Live Richly When You’re Feeling Broke
Cutting costs without cutting your favorites.

Get free credit monitoring for a year

TargetTarget’s offering free credit monitoring as penance for its recent massive database breaches. To get it, navigate to https://creditmonitoring.target.com and fill in your email address and name.

Within a day or two, you should get an activation code that allows you to sign up for one-bureau monitoring at Experian. Now, Experian’s a for-profit company, so it will try to sell you upgrades, such as a peek at “your credit score”–actually a PLUS score that isn’t used by lenders. You don’t have to buy anything or give up a credit card number to get the credit monitoring, however.

You will have to cough up your Social Security number and answer some questions culled from your credit report there so Experian will know you’re really you. As always, make sure the URL starts with an “https” before you give up private personal information.

You always need to be wary of credit monitoring offers. Apparently scamsters pretending to be Target are already targeting its customers, so you want to be sure you navigate to the right sites. Don’t click on links in random emails or give out private information over the phone to anyone who calls.

Another hazard has to do with lawsuits. Some companies offer credit monitoring after a breach, but in the fine print you agree to give up your rights to sue the company that suffered the breach or participate in class action lawsuit settlements.

In this case, the fine print requires you to agree to arbitration if there’s a problem with your credit monitoring service, but there’s no mention of giving up your rights regarding any future Target litigation.

I’m generally not a big fan of paying for credit monitoring, but free on-demand access to your credit information–plus alerts of suspicious activity–is a deal worth getting.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Essential tips for navigating Obamacare. Also in the news: How to boost Millennials’ retirement savings, when couples should separate their finances, and how to monitor your credit after a data breach. Hope

10 Essential Tips for Navigating Obamacare
How to find your way through the Affordable Care Act maze.

The Obamacare Trick Early Retirees Should Know
Subsidies could be a game changer for early retirees.

Two Surest Ways to Boost Millennials’ Retirement Savings
Teaching Millennials’ the importance of planning ahead.

Video: When Should Couples Separate Their Finances?
Navigating personal finances with your spouse.

How to Monitor Your Credit After a Data Breach
Keeping an eye out for suspicious activity.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 8 tax breaks expiring at the end of 2013. Also in the news: How to monitor your credit after a data breach, when it makes sense to have credit card debt, and could cheaper insurance convince you to buy a self-driving car?

8 Tax Breaks Expiring at the End of 2013
Teachers aren’t going to like this.

How to Monitor Your Credit After a Data Breach
Vigilance is key.

When Does It Make Sense to Have Credit Card Debt?
Credit card debt isn’t always a bad thing.

Will cheaper insurance sway you toward a self-driving car?
Are you ready to let someone (or something) else do the driving?

10 ways to avoid car-buying gotchas
Be prepared to walk away.