Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Four questions you need to ask before renewing your health insurance. Also in the news: Retirees share their nest egg regrets, how you may be killing your retirement dreams, and how networking on LinkedIn could cost you a job.

4 questions to ask before renewing health coverage
Preparing for 2015.

Real Retirees Dish: My Biggest Nest Egg Regret
Retirees share their their savings regrets.

5 Ways You’re Killing Your Retirement Dreams
Behaviors that are hurting your financial future.

Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?
The popular social network can reveal more than you’d like to potential employers.

Should Grandparents Worry About Their Credit?
One word: Yes.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to save on your healthcare costs. Also in the news: Planning a successful retirement, how to handle new found wealth, and nine surprising stats on Social Security.

4 Ways to Save on Healthcare Costs
Preparing for January’s change in health care costs.

3 Phases of Successful Retirement Planning
Customizing your retirement planning based on your age.

Inheriting a Windfall: How to Handle Sudden Wealth
What to do once the shock wears off.

Nine surprising Social Security statistics
In 2012, 20% of the United States received Social Security.

Don’t Fall for these Credit, Gift Card Pitfalls and Gotchas
The importance difference between gift cards and pre-paid cards.

A health insurance shopping site that actually works

Health claim formYou don’t have to wait for the federal government to fix the Obamacare Web site to learn about your insurance options.

HealthSherpa is the creation of three guys who actually seem to know how to program. Instead of fighting your way through confusing interfaces, legalese and a long sign-up process, you just type in your Zip Code and bam! Your options start to show up.

HealthSherpa allows you to modify your results by the number of family members and your income (which determines whether you get subsidies to cut the cost–most people do).

HealthSherpa doesn’t have the links to Social Security and the IRS that would allow you to sign up for a plan directly on the site. But it does offer links and phone numbers to insurers that can help you sign up once you pick a plan.

If only Kathleen Sebelius had hired these guys in the first place…

UPDATE: As commenter Kitty notes below, you’ll still need to go through Healthcare.gov to sign up for coverage if you want the subsidies and other cost reductions available through Obamacare. The HealthSherpa site allows you to see and explore your options, which should make signing up a bit easier.

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.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Credit card backgroundToday’s top story: Planning for Black Friday. Also in the news: How the CARD ACT saved consumers billions, five factors that could increase your insurance rates, and three tax moves you should make before the end of the year.

Score on Black Friday by doing research now
Developing a plan of attack could save you a lot of money.

CARD Act Helped Consumers Without Limiting Credit Access
Saving consumers over $20 billion a year.

5 Factors That Could Raise Your Insurance Rates
You might want to put out that cigarette.

3 Tax Moves to Make Before the End of Year
It’s time to get your investments in order.

DHS Secretary warns of Obamacare scams
Your personal information could be at risk.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHow many credit cards is too many, starting your kids on the road to financial success, and what it’s like to apply for Obamacare.

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?
The answer may surprise you.

Smart Financial Moves for Fall
Ways to boost your finances in between pumpkin spice lattes.

Home Improvement Projects Every Seller Should Consider
These projects could increase the number of offers you receive on your home.

Want Your Child To Succeed? A Savings Account May Help
How even a small savings account could set your child on the road to financial success.

Obamacare marketplaces are open: How to apply
A reporter shares her experience of applying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Credit Check 1 How to cure your financial jealousy, steps to improve your credit score, and understanding the Affordable Care Act.

How to Combat Financial Envy
The greener grass isn’t always the better grass.

5 Budget Busters Draining Your Wallet
Simple changes to monthly expenses could make a big difference.

5 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score
Paying attention to your credit reports are key.

4 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card
Loans can be a big help.

Obamacare 101: Your Questions Answered
Understanding the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailHow your addiction to pop culture could put your identity at risk, saving on holiday travel, and when is the right time to kick your kid off of your health insurance?

How Your Katy Perry Obsession Could Get You Hacked
Hackers love the pop culture obsessed.

Our Financial Future: How Banking and Money Will Change
Could bank tellers be replaced by smartphones?

5 tips on selling a home on your own
The pros and cons of selling your home without a real estate agent.

How to Save on Holiday Airfares
What better gift to give yourself than saving on holiday travel?

When to kick your adult child off your health plan
Weighing the options offered by the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

How Boomers should prepare for Obamacare, the right time to purchase life insurance, and how to keep scammers away from your grandparents’ life savings.

Credit Check 1Six Things Boomers Need to Know About Obamacare
Enrollment begins on October 1st.

Knowing When You Need Life Insurance
It’s likely sooner than you think.

Your Kids And Money: Teaching The Value Of A Dollar
Can giving your child an allowance teach them financial responsibility?

Will Making Minimum Payments Damage Your Credit Score?
Understanding the formulation of your credit score.

The Good News: Your Grandson Isn’t In Peruvian Prison. The Bad News: You Just Lost $250K
Protecting Grandma and Grandpa from scammers.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

School Kids DiversityWhy joint accounts aren’t always a good thing, how to raise financially savvy kids, and the psychology behind overspending.

4 Ways Joint Accounts Can Ruin Your Credit
Sharing isn’t always a good thing.

7 Personal Finance Tools Every Kid Should Have
Starting your kids off on the right financial foot.

ABCs of Obamacare: a glossary for consumers
Become familiar with the Affordable Care Act.

How to Know You’re Ready for Retirement
Preparing for one of life’s biggest transitions.

3 Reasons You Overspend
What makes us spend the way that we do?