Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

creditPreparing your holiday checklist, why checking your credit report is a must, and what you need to know about a possible national debt default.

Pre-Holiday Guide: What To Mark On Your Financial Checklist
Santa isn’t the only one with a list for the holidays.

Why Some People Choose Work Over Retirement
What happens when retirement doesn’t live up to the hype?

Ways to Cut Heating Costs, Beat Rising Fuel Prices
Winter is just around the corner.

How to Make Sure Your Credit Report Is Accurate
Mistakes can wreak havoc with credit limits and interest rates.

Why Many Americans Aren’t Concerned About a National Debt Default
Ignorance may be bliss, but a national debt default could hurt everyone.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

creditWhich debts you should settle before applying for a mortgage, what to glean from your free credit report, and why crowdfunding is no longer just for opening a new coffee shop.

The Right Way to Pay Off Debt to Get a Mortgage
Which debts you should pay off before trying to get a mortgage.

The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance
Ways to avoid financial confession.

4 things you don’t know about 529 plans
What you should know before withdrawing funds from the popular college savings program.

5 lessons from free credit score notices
Things to keep in mind while reviewing your free credit reports.

Crowdfunding for Student Loan Debt?
Could the Kickstarter method be used to paid down student loans?

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

HomeWays to monitor your credit at no cost, the college classes that impress potential employers, and how to take advantage of the housing rebound.

Can You Really Monitor Your Credit For Free?
Keeping an eye on your credit doesn’t have to cost you.

To land a job, take these six college courses
Employers like to see these classes on your resume, even if they weren’t part of your major.

Can you cash in on the housing rebound?
With careful planning, the opportunities are out there.

Six ways to wreck your credit without knowing it
What to avoid when trying to build your credit history.

The Top 10 Credit Card Perks
How to make your credit cards work for you.