Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Finding your tax refund. Also in the news: How long you should keep your tax records, when to pay for ‘free’ shipping, and 7 steps towards financial literacy for your kids.

Where’s My Tax Refund?
Tracking down your refund.

How Long Should You Keep Your Tax Records?
What to keep and what to toss.

When to Pay for ‘Free’ Shipping
When “free” is worth the cost.

7 Steps Toward Financial Literacy For Your Children
It’s never too early for them to learn.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

teen-creditToday’s top story: How to safely shop online. Also in the news: The top financial complaints by state, how to lower your tax bill before the end of the year, and 5 ways car ads lie to you.

How to Safely Shop Online
Protect yourself from cyber theft.

Study: The Top Financial Complaints by State in 2016
What’s going on in yours?

How to Lower Your Tax Bill Before Year’s End
There’s still time!

5 ways that car ads lie to you
Don’t get duped.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to protect your credit cards online. Also in the news: Tips to avoid investing scams, moves to make before the Fed raises interest rates, and how to handle investments if you divorce.

4 Ways to Protect Your Credit Cards Online
With holiday shopping just around the corner, you can’t be too careful.

Simple steps retirees (and others) can take to avoid investing scams
If it sounds too good to be true…

5 moves to make before the Fed raises rates
It’s only a matter of time.

How to Handle Investments When You Divorce
Making sure your assets are fairly divided.

Finally Start Saving for Retirement With the Help of Your Tax Refund
Saving instead of splurging.

The budget deal is a lesson in loopholes for retirees

tax loopholeEven people decades away from retirement should pay close attention to how Congress just ended two lucrative ways of taking Social Security benefits, known jointly as the “claim now, claim more later” strategy.

One big lesson: Once claiming methods are seen as benefiting the affluent, they are labeled loopholes, and that puts them on the chopping block.

“They can go away, and they can go away fast,” says Michael Kitces, a partner and director of research for Pinnacle Advisor Group in Columbia, Maryland.

In my latest for Reuters, how claiming methods turn into loopholes, leaving them vulnerable to cuts.

In my latest for Money, a look at when it’s better to put away the laptop and purchase something at a brick and mortar store instead.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to stay safe while shopping for Labor Day bargains. Also in the news: Trusting apps that access your credit card, how to clear your ChexSystems record, and financial planning tips for college students.

Labor Day Deals: How to Stay Safe While Shopping Online
Don’t get taken for a ride while bargain hunting.

Should You Trust Apps That Access Your Credit Card Information?
Convenience doesn’t always mean safety.

5 Steps for Getting Your ChexSystems Record Cleared
When’s the last time your checked your ChexSystems record?

10 Financial Planning Tips for College Students
It’s all about the budget.

Calculate the Expected Salary (and Debt) With Your Degree
How much you’ll make and how much it’ll cost you.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

money-vacation-saveToday’s top story: How to save on summer travel. Also in the news: Tips on organizing your financial life, making sense of financial terms, and four traits financially secure people share.

5 Ways to Save on Summer Travel
Your wallet deserves a vacation, too.

Four Steps To Organize Your Financial Life
Make next year’s tax season easier.

Demystifying Financial Terms to Manage Your Finances Better
Knowledge is power.

4 Traits That Financially Secure People All Share
Learning from the pros.

12 Ways to Keep Your Money Safe Online
Steps you can take to protect your information.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

retirement-savings3Today’s top story: Seven financial moves to make before New Year’s Eve. Also in the news: When you should use your credit card instead of your debit card, what to do when you’re 40 and have nothing saved for retirement, and busting four common myths about taxes.

7 Financial Moves to Make Before New Year’s Eve
Preparing yourself for 2015.

6 Times You Should Use a Credit Card Instead of a Debit Card
Credit cards can provide more protection.

What to Do When You’re 40 and Have Nothing Saved for Retirement
Don’t panic.

5 Ways to Combat an Online Shopping Addiction
Tips to combat a growing problem.

4 Common Myths About Taxes
Time for some tax mythbusting.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Five areas of personal finance that you can’t afford to ignore. Also in the news: How your unhappy relationship could affect your wallet, what to do when a friend sends a debt collector after you, and how you can be rewarded for waiting to purchase something online.

Personal Finance: 5 Areas You Can’t Ignore
Paying attention to the basics.

5 money habits of unhappy couples
When relationship angst affects your wallet.

Can a Friend Send a Debt Collector After Me?
With friends like these…

The Retailers Who Will Reward You for Abandoning Your Shopping Cart
Waiting a little bit could save you money.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to create a post-college financial plan. Also in the news: Tips for safe shopping online, how to protect your child from identity theft, and eight questions to ask a home inspector.

8 Tips for Creating a Post-College Financial Plan
As graduation approaches, it’s time to get serious.

5 Tips for Safe Online Shopping
Recent massive security breeches have shoppers on edge.

A Mother’s Day Guide to Keeping Your Child’s Identity Safe
People of all ages are at risk for identity theft.

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Inspector
Buying a home is stressful enough.