Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

PayRentPiggyBank.157131716_stdToday’s top story: How paying rent can affect your credit. Also in the news: How to protect yourself from cybercrime while banking with your phone, why you shouldn’t consider something “yours” until it’s completely paid off, and financial strategies for creative types without steady incomes.

How Paying Rent Can Affect Your Credit
Rent-reporting services can boost your credit.

4 ways to dodge cybercrime when banking, shopping on mobile phones
Convenience can come with a hefty price.

Avoid Saying You “Own” Something Until It’s Paid Off
It isn’t yours until the last payment is made.

The #1 Reason Artists Struggle With Money, and 3 Simple Strategies to Turn Things Around
Advice for creative types.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

taxesToday’s top story: Should you do your own taxes or hire a professional? Also in the news: How to be a frugal foodie, why you should check all three of your credit reports, and what to expect if you get audited.

Tax Preparer Vs. Software: How To Choose
Deciding whether to get help or go it alone.

8 Ways to Be a More Frugal Foodie
Eating well doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Checking All 3 Credit Reports Pays Off
Don’t assume they’re all the same.

What to Expect if Your Tax Return Gets Audited
First, don’t panic.

3 Terrifying Things Cybercriminals Can Hack
It goes way beyond your computer.