Thursday’s need-to-know money news

635515781002297417-D12-PRIMES-GRINCH-30-3881065Today’s top story: An identity theft checklist for the holidays. Also in the news: How to save for retirement while paying off student loans, defending yourself against financial bullies, and 25 ways to improve your finances in 2016.

Your Holiday Identity Theft Checklist
Beware the identity theft Grinch.

5 Ways To Save For Retirement While Paying Off Your Student Loans
It’s not impossible.

5 Ways to Defend Yourself Against Financial Bullies
Stand your ground.

25 Ways to Improve Your Finances in 2016
Every bit helps.

Want better holiday deals? Try haggling
It can’t hurt!

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Flying Piggy BankHow your good credit can be a valuable ally, never paying full price ever again, and everything you ever wanted to know about the debt ceiling but were afraid to ask.

4 Times Good Credit Can Come to Your Rescue
Good credit can be your best friend during emergencies.

Splitting From Wife, Want Cash From Home
How to draw cash from a home where you’re soon-to-be ex is still there.

Haggling 101: Six ways to get a deal on anything
Paying full price is SO yesterday.

8 Hobbies That Can Fund Retirement
That old rock collection finally comes in handy.

10 simple things that finally explain the debt ceiling
Introducing the next big fight that could paralyze congress.