Got an hour? Chalk up 4 quick financial wins

Sometimes money is like technology. Getting stuff done — whether it’s updating an operating system or moving a bank account — often takes longer than it should.

There are some money chores, though, that can be done a lot faster than you may think. In my latest for the Associated Press, four financial tasks that take less than 15 minutes each.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: You don’t need to be a citizen to have a US bank account. Also in the news: 3 money tasks you shouldn’t do on your own, how to save on granite countertops, and how to find cheap transportation to and from major airports.

You Don’t Need to Be a Citizen to Have a US Bank Account
Protecting yourself and your money.

3 Money Tasks You Shouldn’t Tackle on Your Own
Calling in the pros.

Granite Countertops Cost: 7 Ways to Save
Gorgeous countertops for less.

How to Find Cheap Transportation to and From Major Airports
Saving your money for your actual vacation.