Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

HopeToday’s top story: When it’s time to look for a new bank. Also in the news: Personal finance questions you need to answer, how to upgrade your financial life, and ten ways to have a financially happy marriage.

6 Signs It May Be Time to Switch Banks
Time for a new relationship?

8 Personal Finance Questions Most of Us Flunk
How did you do?

10 Steps to an Upgraded Financial Life
Give yourself a boost.

10 Ways to Have a Financially Happy Marriage
There are better things to argue about.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Finding the best travel rewards credit cards. Also in the news: Five ways tot get things off of your credit report, what your parents didn’t teach you about personal finance, and five bad financial habits you need to break.

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards in America
How to get the most from your summer travel.

5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report
Erasers don’t actual work in this case.

What Your Parents Never Taught You About Personal Finance
The information age has changed the game.

5 Bad Financial Habits You Need to Break
Time to stop your chronic overspending.

5 Ways To Save On Home Remodeling
How to remodel without breaking the bank

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: A security flaw in the iPhone could expose your information to hackers. Also in the news: How to transform your finances, reducing financial adviser fees, and what to do when your parents ask you for financial assistance.

Don’t Use Your iPhone Until You Read This
A security flaw is leaving personal and financial information vulnerable.

Transform Your Finances With One 3-Letter Word
No, it’s not “win” as in “win the lottery”.

Are excessive financial fees eating your returns?
Why it’s crucial to pay close attention to financial adviser fees.

6 Do’s and Don’ts for When Your Retired Parents Ask for Financial Help
The difficult questions to ask when roles are reversed.

Oklahoma requires students learn personal finance to graduate
High school students will have to have a working knowledge of personal finance.

Great money books to get or give

Christmas shopping woman holding giftsDonna Freedman was kind enough to include a couple of my books in her recent post, “The gift of personal finance,” which made me realize that there was an unusually good crop of money tomes that appeared this year.

I’m delighted to recommend the following for anyone who’s interested in making the most of his or her money:

The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese,” by Brian J. O’Connor. How often do you laugh out loud when reading a personal finance book? Brian is flat-out hilarious, and his ultimately-successful efforts to trim his family’s spending are both entertaining and educational.
Confessions of a Credit Junkie: Everything You Need to Know to Avoid the Mistakes I Made” by Beverly Harzog. I wrote the forward to this book because its author’s message is so important: that you can bounce back from a credit disaster without forsaking plastic for the rest of your life.
The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement: How to Save Your Future Today” by Mary Hunt. Mary is best known for her Debt-Proof Living website and her books about saving money (which always teach me a thing or two). She brings her trademark approachable style to the often scary and sometimes complex world of retirement savings. She offers wisdom, practical ideas and hope to those who may be struggling with how to make their retirement dreams come true.
I’ll have more recommendations in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

creditWhich debts you should settle before applying for a mortgage, what to glean from your free credit report, and why crowdfunding is no longer just for opening a new coffee shop.

The Right Way to Pay Off Debt to Get a Mortgage
Which debts you should pay off before trying to get a mortgage.

The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance
Ways to avoid financial confession.

4 things you don’t know about 529 plans
What you should know before withdrawing funds from the popular college savings program.

5 lessons from free credit score notices
Things to keep in mind while reviewing your free credit reports.

Crowdfunding for Student Loan Debt?
Could the Kickstarter method be used to paid down student loans?