Thursday’s need-to-know money news

file_161555_0_tax refundToday’s top story: How to keep your tax refund safe. Also in the news: How to achieve financial fitness, building your gift-buying budget, and how to be smart about holiday spending.

The Simple Way to Keep Your Tax Refund Safe
Protecting what’s yours.

5 Money-Saving Exercises to Achieve Financial Fitness
Getting your wallet in shape.

How to Build Your Gift-Buying Budget
Be strategic.

Why the Holidays Make Us Dumb About Spending
How to stay smart.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

refinancingToday’s top story: Fees to watch out for when buying a home. Also in the news: How to request a tax extension, original ways to spend your tax refund, and what we can learn about finances from Game of Thrones.

6 Fees to Look Out for When Buying a Home
As if the home didn’t cost enough already!

How to ask for a tax extension
Don’t avoid the issue.

7 Slightly Original Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund
Still not a $10,000 Apple Watch.

Experts Cull Financial Lessons From ‘Game of Thrones’
The Lannisters always pay their debts, and so should you.

How to Rebuild Your Finances After Draining Your Emergency Fund
How to start over.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: Little known ways to get your student loans forgiven. Also in the news: What to do when you can’t pay your taxes on time, tools that can help you build wealth for the future, and great ideas for you tax refund.

5 Little-Known Ways to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven
Do you qualify?

When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes On Time
Ignoring them will only make matters worse.

5 Tools That Can Help You Build Wealth for the Future
Looking at the long term.

11 Great Ideas for Your Tax Refund
The $10,000 Apple Watch isn’t one of them.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

file_161555_0_tax refundToday’s top story: What to do with your tax refund. Also in the news: Financial aid myths, how much you should contribute to your 401(k), and easy steps to get started with investing.

How to Put Your Tax Refund to Good Use
Alternatives to spending it on new stuff.

5 Myths About College Financial Aid
Financial aid mythbusting.

How Much Should You Contribute to Your 401(k)?
Even the smallest amounts can pay off in the long run.

6 Easy Steps to Get Started With Investing
Don’t be intimidated.

How Being Too Open About Money Can Backfire
TMMI – Too Much Money Information

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How Generation X should plan for retirement. Also in the news: Factors that affect your Social Security benefits, five things that can ruin your tax refund, and important financial steps widows and widowers need to take.

Retirement planning steps for Generation X
Time’s running out.

3 Factors That Affect Your Social Security Benefits
How to plan ahead.

5 things that can kill a tax refund
Don’t get caught off guard.

8 Important Financial Steps for Widows and Widowers to Take
Important steps to take during a difficult time.

Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: Which Is Right for You?
The pros and cons of each retirement plan.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Why this year’s tax refund may take longer to arrive, if at all. Also in the news: The financial upsides to being an empty nester, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on your taxes, and tips on how to compare student loans.

Why Your Tax Refund May Be Slower (or Never Arrive) This Year
Budget cuts at the IRS could delay your refund.

The Money Bonanza For Empty Nesters
The financial upside to missing the kids.

How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Your Taxes?
Tax credits and penalties could make things trickier.

Use These Simple Excel Formulas to Compare Student Loans
With acceptance season right around the corner, this tool can make shopping for student loans much easier.

These 10 Changes to Financial Rules Could Impact You in 2015
New year, new rules.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

images (2)Today’s top story: The importance of having your affairs in order. Also in the news: Why you should save more for retirement, when it’s time to take over your parents’ finances, and when to smash the piggy bank containing your emergency fund.

A Cautionary Tale: Get Your Affairs In Order Now
Don’t let the biggest decisions in your life be left to chance.

5 Steps To Retraining Your Brain To Save More For Retirement
It’s not just about when you retire; it’s also how you retire.

How to Swoop In and Manage Your Parents’ Finances
Before it’s too late.

When Should I Dip Into My Emergency Fund?
What constitutes an actual emergency?

5 Last Minute Apps to Help You Get Through Tax Season
Your phone or tablet isn’t just for Candy Crush.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Finding the best tax software. Also in the news: The cost of the marriage tax penalty, how to convince your spouse to stop spending, and the hidden costs of buying a home.

Which Tax Software Is Best for You?
Which program best serves your tax needs?

How Much the Marriage Tax Penalty Will Cost You
Your spouse’s higher income could bump you into a new tax bracket.

How to Persuade Your Spouse to Stop Spending Money
Compromise could make all the difference.

The Hidden Costs of Buying a Home
Fees, fees, everywhere fees.

Should You Put Your Tax Refund On A Prepaid Card?
Faster access to your money could mean less of it.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

download (1)Today’s top story: Should you splurge or save with your tax refund? Also in the news: Saving for the end of the world, understanding Obamacare tax penalties, and why free checking is becoming a thing of the past.

Tax refunds: Cheap thrills or savvy savings?
Choose wisely.

End-of-world money moves to make
Why should the zombies get your money?

Obamacare Tax Penalties: Will You Have to Pay?
Understanding the new insurance penalties.

Free checking disappearing at the big banks
Free checking is going the way of free toasters.

Will Opening Credit Cards Help My Credit
Possibly. But proceed with caution.

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.