Friday’s need-to-know money news

IRS 1040 Tax Form Being Filled OutToday’s top story: Choosing between the standard or itemized tax deduction. Also in the news: Taking steps to a better financial future, money mistakes to avoid during your 20s, and the four letter word that can ruin your credit.

Should You Take the Standard or Itemized Tax Deduction?
While one might be easier, the other could save you more money.

7 Steps To A Better Financial Future
Begin with the end in mind.

Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s
Don’t makes mistakes in your 20s that you’ll be paying for in your 40s and 50s.

The 4-Letter Word That Can Ruin Your Credit
Take a guess.

3 Ill-Advised Reasons Not to Buy Life Insurance
You’re not getting any younger.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 7 expenses that vanish when you retire. Also in the news: earning extra cash for the holidays, money mistakes to avoid in your 40’s and 7 questions to ask before you retire.

7 Expenses That Vanish During Retirement
Time to kiss commuting expenses goodbye!

7 Things Your Credit Score Doesn’t Reveal
The source of your debt is one of them.

Ready to Retire? Answer these 7 Questions First
Seven questions you need to answer before handing in your papers.

How to Earn Extra Cash for the Holidays
Legitimate ways to earn money from home for the holidays.

Money Mistakes You Can’t Make In Your 40s
Starting with having too much credit card debt.