Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Finding which tax credits you qualify for. Also in the news: New rules could mean lower life insurance rates, why you shouldn’t fear your mobile wallet, and all the credit card companies that offer free access to your credit score.

What Tax Credits Can I Qualify For?
Saving the most money possible.

New Rules Could Mean Lower Life Insurance Rates
New state laws could lower your rate.

Don’t Fear Your Mobile Wallet
It could be the safest way to pay.

All the Credit Card Companies That Offer Free Access to Your Credit Score
Checking your score is absolutely essential.

How to put more in working-class pockets

The American working class lost a shocking amount of wealth in recent decades as wages stagnated. Despite campaign promises, making up that lost ground will be no easy feat.

Creating more well-paying jobs would help, but that could take years. Tax cuts could mean bigger paychecks for higher earners but won’t immediately help the many working people who don’t pay federal income taxes — people in the bottom 40 percent of incomes receive more back from the federal income tax system on average than they pay in, thanks to tax credits.

Expanding those credits, on the other hand, quickly could make a real difference in people’s lives and help return some of the income that’s been sacrificed to changing economies and technology.

In my latest for the Associated Press, a look at which tax credit expansion would put more money back into working-class pockets.

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

interest-rates-300x225Today’s top story: What you need to know about a potential interest rate hike. Also in the news: An education tax credit that could save you $2500, how to save money on your next vacation, and how to calculate how much you’ll lose by cashing out an old 401(k).

Rates Are About to Rise: Here’s What You Need to Know
Be prepared.

Could an educational tax credit save you $2,500 this year?
Let’s find out.

5 ways to save money on your next vacation
Alternatives to coming home broke.

This Calculator Shows How Much You’ll Lose by Cashing Out an Old 401(k)
Should you cash out?

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Tax credits that can save you a lot of cash. Also in the news: How to make your kids smarter about money, why we overspend with our credit cards, and how to get through the most awkward money conversations.

5 Tax Credits That Can Save You a Boatload of Cash
Don’t miss out.

9 ways to make your kids smarter about money
It’s never too early to start.

How credit cards get us to overspend
Mind games.

The 9 most awkward money conversations and how to get through them
The conversations you can’t avoid.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

22856641_SAToday’s top story: Tax breaks that can help pay for your kid’s college. Also in the news: How to prevent bad financial decisions in old age, when it’s time to call in a financial adviser, and the surprising answer as to whether or not you should pay off your mortgage early.

Tax breaks that can help when paying for college
See what your family may qualify for.

Preventing bad decisions in old age
Preparing for the time when you’re unable to make wise decisions.

Should You Pay Off a Mortgage Early? The Answer May Surprise You!
One of the rare occasions where paying early doesn’t pay off.

When Should You Use a Financial Advisor?
At what point should you enlist help with your finances?

3 Reasons to Check Your Credit Report Today
One in nine Americans have never checked their credit report.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Everything you need to know about the Earned Income Tax Credit. Also in the news: Saving for your wedding, double checking your 1040, and why deducting medical expenses isn’t as easy as you’d think.

Earned Income Tax Credit: The Basics
What you need need to know about this important tax credit.

How to Save for Your Wedding in Less Than a Year
The happiest day of your life doesn’t have to drain your bank account.

Do Some Looking And Thinking Before Signing Form 1040
Making sure you’ve covered the bases.

Claiming medical deductions harder than you think
Because nothing with taxes is ever easy.

Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?
Depends on what you’re purchasing.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Three dumb things you’re doing with your credit cards. Also in the news: Learning about the most common tax credits, details on the newest way to save towards retirement, and tips on how to spend your tax refund.

3 Stupid Things You Do With Your Credit Card
Stop doing that, would you?

Tax credits for all
A primer on the most common tax credits.

What’s All the Fuss About myRA Accounts?
A look at the newest way to save towards retirement.

Smart Tips for Your Tax Refund
How to get the most from your refund.

When to Tell Your Sweetheart About Your Money Problems
The best time to have The Talk.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Security tips from a former identity thief. Also in the news: What to teach teen about debt, tax mistakes you don’t know you’re making, and tips on retiring early. Ways-of-Identity-Theft

4 Security Tips From a Former Fraudster
Advice on how to protect yourself from guys like him.

4 Things Your Teen Needs to Know About Debt
Teaching your teens to avoid the debt trap.

7 Easy Steps to Pay Off Debt
Budgeting is essential.

7 Tax Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making
Don’t forget about tax credits!

5 tips to help you retire early
Treating dollars like employees.