Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What happens when you can’t repay a payday loan. Also in the news: How to upgrade your old car with new-car tech, why women may face retirement shortfalls despite the closing pay gap, and the biggest complaints about 401(k)s.

When You Can’t Repay a Payday Loan
Preparing for the consequences.

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Old Car With New-Car Tech
You don’t need a new car in order to have the bells and whistles.

Pay Gap Closing but Women May Face Retirement Shortfall
Good news and bad news.

The Biggest Complaints About 401(k)s
Know what you’re dealing with.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

download (1)Today’s top story: Why you should be wary of payday loans for small businesses. Also in the news: NerdWallet’s best credit card tips for October, financial fine-tuning to do before year’s end, and ten ways to make the most of your rewards credit card.

Worries Grow Over ‘Payday Loans for Small Businesses’ — What You Need to Know
Looking out for astronomical interest rates.

NerdWallet’s Best Credit Card Tips for October 2016
Time to activate your rewards.

Financial fine-tuning you must do before year’s end
Money actions worth considering.

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Rewards Credit Card
Maximizing your rewards.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

payday-loansToday’s top story: Financial aid tips for procrastinators. Also in the news: Auto insurance in the driverless car era, payday alternative loans, and six ways your teen driver will affect your wallet.

4 Financial Aid Tips for College Procrastinators
Don’t waste any more time.

If You Hate Auto Insurance, You’ll Love Driverless Cars
A change in who’s to blame for accidents.

What Is a Payday Alternative Loan?
Avoiding the traditional payday loan trap.

6 Ways Your Teen Driver Will Affect Your Wallet
It’s more expensive than you’d think.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: Avoiding a costly student loan mistake. Also in the news: How a marijuana DUI could raise your insurance rates, why the new “good” payday loans are still awful, and how to resell a canceled event or trip.

Don’t Make This Student Loan Mistake
It could be quite costly.

A Few Hundred Good Reasons to Avoid a Marijuana DUI
You could see a big insurance hike.

‘Good’ Payday Loans Still Very, Very Expensive
Don’t fall the “kinder and gentler” approach.

How to Resell a Canceled Event or Trip
Your money may not be a lost cause.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Image9Today’s top story: How payday loans work, and what they cost. Also in the news: Getting the most out of a retirement calculator, money tips you should ignore, and the best budgeting apps for your financial life.

Payday Loans: How They Work, What They Cost
Reading the fine print.

5 Steps to Get the Most Out of a Retirement Calculator
Planning ahead.

15 Money Tips You Should Ignore
Not all advice is good advice.

The 5 best budgeting apps for tracking and planning your financial life
Help at your fingertips.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

payday-loansToday’s top story: Covering the costs of long-term care. Also in the news: Discovering tax credits you qualify for, how to save money on your wedding day, and how the government’s new rules will make payday loans a little less terrible.

Covering the Costs of Long-Term Care
Preparing for the future.

What Tax Credits Can I Qualify For?
Finding the “gold nuggets” of the tax world.

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day
Weddings don’t have to cost a fortune.

The government’s new rules will make payday loans less terrible
Easing horrific interest rates.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

file_161555_0_tax refundToday’s top story: Smart things to do with your tax refund. Also in the news: New options for payday loan borrowers, how to build an emergency fund on a low income, and how to decide when to claim Social Security.

Smart Things To Do With Your Tax Refund
Putting your refund to good use.

A New Option for Payday Loan Borrowers
Borrowers in California and Texas may have better options.

Build Your Emergency Fund On a Low Income With a Simple Bill Tweak
A slight tweak in how you pay your bills could save the day.

3 fast facts that can help you decide when to claim Social Security
Making the best decision for your retirement.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

download (1)Today’s top story: What to do if you’ve been blacklisted by ChexSystems. Also in the news: How to avoid early withdrawal fees for CDs, steps to take if you can’t pay your taxes, and the high cost of being poor.

Blacklisted by ChexSystems? Here’s What to Know
That bounced check may have come back to haunt you.

How to Avoid CD Early Withdrawal Fees
Understanding the terms of your CD can save you money.

8 steps to take if you can’t pay your taxes
Don’t ignore the elephant in the room.

The high cost of being poor
How payday loans can become a never ending cycle.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

hidden-fees1Today’s top story: Why personal loans with no credit checks are a very bad idea. Also in the news: What business expenses are tax-deductible, free apps to track your spending, and when it makes sense to hire a tax preparer.

Personal Loans With No Credit Check: A Very Bad Idea
If it seems too good to be true, it is.

What Business Expenses Are Tax-Deductible?
What small business owners need to know.

12 Free Apps To Track Your Spending And How To Pick The Best One For You
Tracking at your fingertips.

12 Times When It Makes Sense to Hire a Tax Preparer
When it’s time to call in the big guns.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

payday-loansToday’s top story: The dangerous trap of online payday loans. Also in the news: How to erase your credit card late fees, the best way to ask for a raise, and how to survive financially when needing time off from work.

Consumers Warned About Pitfalls of Online Payday Loans
An immediate solution can cause long term problems.

Your Personal Finance Weapon Is Within Reach: Erase Credit Card Late Fees
Banks are showing more willingness to forgive.

The best way to ask for a raise
Practice, practice, practice.

3 Ways to Take Time Off Work Without Destroying Your Finances
How to minimize the financial damage.

J.P. Morgan says about 76 million households affected by cyber breach
Another day, another massive security breach.