Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Keeping your money safe while you see the world. Also in the news: How one couple retired early, why Millennials should care about Medicare right now, and using liability insurance when driving abroad.

Keep Your Money Safe While You See the World
Enjoy your trip without money stresses.

If You Retire Early, Life Can Be a Beach
How one couple pulled it off.

Why Millennials Should Care About Medicare Right Now
Before it’s too late.

Do You Need Special Car Rental Insurance When Driving Abroad?
Looking at liability insurance.

Why Millennials Should Care About Medicare Right Now

Medicare provides basic health care to one out of six Americans, most of them 65 and older. Even people decades away from retirement, though, should be concerned about Congress meddling with the program.

Lawmakers understand that cutting current retirees’ benefits is a political nonstarter. Older people vote, and they have one of the most powerful lobbyists, AARP, advocating on their behalf.

Younger people? Not so much. Politicians will be tempted to foist the biggest cuts on people farther away from retirement (who are presumably paying less attention).

In my latest article for the Associated Press, why it’s crucial that Millennials begin to think a

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Mad at Equifax? Use that fuel to boost your cybersecurity. Also in the news: What to weight when considering a secured credit card, what not to do on your Facebook small business page, and 3 mistakes to avoid when picking a Medicare plan in open enrollment.

Mad at Equifax? Use That Fuel to Boost Your Cybersecurity
Batten down the hatches.

What to Weigh When Considering a Secured Credit Card
Things to watch out for.

What Not to Do on Your Facebook Small-Business Page
Setting the right tone.

Avoid these 3 mistakes when picking a Medicare plan during open enrollment
Choose wisely.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

1381460521Today’s top story: 7 ways to cover the cost of emergency home repairs. Also in the news: How to buy a home with a low down payment, breaking up with your credit card company, and 5 ways to save on Medicare.

7 Ways to Cover the Cost of Emergency Home Repairs
What to do when something goes kaput.

Beyond FHA Loans: How to Buy a Home With a Low Down Payment
Thinking outside the FHA box.

Are you using the wrong credit card?
Breaking up with your credit card company.

5 Ways to Save on Medicare
Mastering the Medicare maze.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

shutterstock_62636899Today’s top story: Getting your credit ready for holiday shopping. Also in the news: Keeping your Social Security plan on track despite higher Medicare premiums, 3 points to add to your year-end financial checklist, and shopping tricks to make your budget last longer.

How to Get Your Credit Ready for Holiday Shopping
And make January bills a bit less painful.

Don’t let higher Medicare premiums derail your Social Security plan
Keeping your plan on track.

Add these 3 points to your year-end financial checklist
Three more to-dos.

Smart Shopping Tricks to Make Your Budget Last All Month
Stretching your dollar.

The 10 Best States To Enjoy An Early Retirement
Is your state one of them?

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Getting the most from Medicare. Also in the news: Tips for smart student loan borrowing, the mistake single Americans are making with their retirement, and how to get the most from your credit card rewards.

Medicare’s Maze – How to Maximize Benefits
Navigating your way through.

Five Tips For Smart Student Loan Borrowing
Choose your loans wisely.

The Big Retirement Blunder Single Americans Are Making
Start saving, singles!

3 Ways to Maximize Your Credit Card Rewards
Getting the most points/miles from your cards.

What 11 Successful People Wish They Knew About Money in Their 20s
If they could turn back time.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to save money on your upcoming tax bill. Also in the news: Tracking your wasteful spending, how to get the best deal on car insurance, and why it pays to shop around for Medicare insurance plans.

7 Money-Saving Tips to Cut Your Tax Bill
How to make tax season a little less painful.

How to Track Your Most Ridiculously Wasteful Spending
Shame yourself into frugality.

Here’s How to Get the Best Deal on Car Insurance – Eventually
The older you get, the less you’ll pay.

It pays to shop for Medicare insurance plans
Welcome to open enrollment season.

Parents of special needs kids can bank on trusts
Providing for your child’s needs after you’re gone.

News you can use for retirement

seniorslaptopReuters news service has posted its “Retirement Roadmap 2014,” a collection of good advice on topics that don’t get as much attention as they should. My favorite of the bunch is Beth Pinsker’s piece on choosing a rehab facility after surgery, either for yourself or a parent. It’s not a sexy topic, but if you’ve ever been in this situation you realize how little information is out there to help you choose well. Another important topic is choosing a new Medicare plan, since open enrollment is coming up and most people just stick with what they have–not realizing they’re paying more than they should.  This would be a great article to pass along to anyone you know who’s 65 or over.

And then, for fun, read about a couple who sold their house to travel the world…and dream a little.

Here are the links you’ll need:

Video: Guide to Healthcare Costs
From Medicare to long-term care to health savings accounts. We explore the options – and the possibilities – in episode one of our 12-part series.

Stern Advice: Should you tap your 401(k)to buy a house?

Why it pays to pore over your Medicare drug plan – every year

How to choose the best rehab facility after a hospital stay

It happens: Seniors with student debt – and smaller Social Security checks

Extreme retirement abroad: How one footloose couple sees the world

Q&A: Medicare premiums

Dear Liz: I wanted to comment on the person who was wondering why her multimillionaire friend receives less Social Security. One reason could be that higher-income people pay more for Medicare, the health insurance program for people 65 and older. Instead of the standard $104 a month that most people pay, my wife and I pay about $375 each per month for Parts B and D. So if the person writing to you is thinking about net Social Security checks, Medicare would make quite a difference.

Answer: That’s a very good possibility. Some people don’t make the distinction between Social Security and Medicare. They’re separate government programs, but Medicare premiums are typically deducted from Social Security payments.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Hiccups to avoid when applying for a VA loan. Also in the news: Keeping your home from turning into a money pit, learning the basics of the Affordable Care Act, and how to file your tax returns electronically.

5 Homebuying Hiccups for Veterans to Avoid
How to clear any potential hurdles on the way to a VA loan.

7 Homebuying Mistakes to Avoid
How not to turn your new home into a money pit.

5 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act
Learning the basics.

Ways to Electronically File Your tax Return
Skip the long lines at the post office.

Medical Services Medicare Doesn’t Cover
If you need glasses or a hearing aid, you’re on your own.