Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 ways to build your credit in less than an hour. Also in the news: Investing in international stocks, why you should invest in the stock market even if it scares you, and where to find the best Memorial Day sales.

6 Ways to Build Your Credit in Less Than an Hour
60 minutes to better credit.

Investing in International Stocks: A Road Map
Diving into the international market.

Invest in the Stock Market, Even if It Scares You
Take a deep breath.

Where to Find the Best Memorial Day Sales
Find the best savings.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What the Dodd-Frank rollback means for consumers. Also in the news: Memorial Day travel tips to remember, a day in the life of a portfolio manager, and 4 in 10 Americans can’t fund a $400 emergency expense.

Dodd-Frank Rollback: What It Means for Consumers
Sorting through the confusion.

Memorial Day Travel Tips to Remember
Travel safely!

A Day in the Life: Portfolio Manager
Staying ahead of trends in the market.

4 in 10 Americans can’t fund a $400 emergency expense without borrowing, Fed survey finds
An alarming statistic.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 questions to ask before getting your favorite brand’s credit card. Also in the news: 7 ways to save on concert tickets, why you should try slow travel at least once, and where you have the best chance of finding a free checking account.

6 Questions to Ask Before Getting Your Favorite Brand’s Credit Card
Are the rewards worth the interest rate?

7 Ways to Save on Concert Tickets
Concert season has begun.

Why You Should Try Slow Travel at Least Once
How to savor your vacation.

Here’s where you have the best chance of finding a free checking account
Credit unions are your best shot.

Don’t get taken for a ride this summer at the theme park

The best way to save money at theme parks this summer is simple. Don’t go.

Peak season means peak pricing. Admission discounts can be hard to find, and nearby hotels jack up their rates. Add in the always-inflated prices of food, souvenirs and parking, and you’re buying a pretty expensive day out. At the mega-parks operated by Disney and Universal, a family of four can easily spend $1,000 per day.

In my latest for the Associated Press, how to rein in costs while keeping your sanity.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to say no to co-signing – and yes to helping. Also in the news: How to rake in cash at your yard sale, fighting against auto loan bias, and 401(k) mistakes to stop making.

How to Say No to Co-Signing — and Yes to Helping
Protecting yourself while helping others.

Rake in Cash at Your Yard Sale
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

You Can Fight Auto Loan Bias, Despite Congress’ Reversal
You still have options.

Stop Making These 401(k) Mistakes
Stop hurting your retirement.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to know before saying yes to an online wedding dress. Also in the news: Using your tax return to map out a better financial future, 8 ways to get cheap movie tickets, and how to take advantage of financial technology.

What to Know Before Saying ‘Yes’ to an Online Wedding Dress
There are bargains to be had but proceed with caution.

Use Your Tax Return to Map Out a Better Financial Future
Look for weak spots that could use improvement.

8 Ways to Get Cheap Movie Tickets
A great way to cool off this summer.

How to Take Advantage of Financial Technology
Apps to help make handling money easier.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 7 air-travel headaches and how to head them off. Also in the news: 5 survival strategies for camping on a budget, 5 steps to officiating at a friend’s wedding, and what 20-somethings need to know about getting their financial lives in order.

7 Air-Travel Headaches and How to Head Them Off
Leave the headaches at home.

5 Survival Strategies for Camping on a Budget
Skip the “glamping.”

5 Steps to Officiating at a Friend’s Wedding
You don’t have to be a professional.

What 20-Somethings Need to Know About Getting Their Financial Lives in Order
Prioritizing is key.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Does the CFPB still care about students? Also in the news: How to use your tax return to map out a better financial future, paring down the price of a move to a new state, and 6 strategies to get a divorce without going broke.

Does the CFPB Still Care About Students?
Borrowers could be losing protection.

Use Your Tax Return to Map Out a Better Financial Future
Using your tax refund strategically.

Pare Down the Price of a Move to a New State
Finding ways to cut costs.

6 strategies to get a divorce without going broke
How to avoid a big bill.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Fighting auto loan bias, despite Congress. Also in the news: What you should tell your financial advisor, how much you should spend on a Mother’s Day gift, and why you shouldn’t pay anyone to help with your student loans.

You Can Fight Auto Loan Bias, Despite Congress’ Reversal
Preapprovals are key.

What You Should Tell Your Financial Advisor
Everything they need to know.

How Much Should You Spend on a Mother’s Day Gift?
Making Mom happy.

Don’t Pay Anyone to ‘Help’ You With Your Student Loans
Beware of scams.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to break free from credit card inertia. Also in the news: How to travel like a minimalist and save big, paring down the price of a move to a new state, and the 401(k) fees you need to know.

How to Break Free of Credit Card Inertia
Evaluating your cards.

Travel Like a Minimalist and Save Big
Avoid the tourist traps.

Pare Down the Price of a Move to a New State
Cutting costs each step of the way.

401(k) Fees You Need to Know
Tracking the fees charged by your mutual fund manager.