Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How the IRS knows if you cheat on your taxes. Also in the news: 3 reasons to pay for spring break with a travel credit card, alternative options if you can’t find an affordable FHA-approved home, and why the bank holds your deposit for 9 days on new accounts.

How the IRS Knows If You Cheat on Your Taxes
They’re always watching.

3 Reasons to Pay for Spring Break with a Travel Credit Card
Racking up points.

Can’t Find an Affordable FHA-Approved Home? You Have Options
Alternative options.

Why the Bank Is Holding Your Deposit for 9 Days
The downside of a new account.

Q&A: To build credit, try this set-it-and-forget-it trick

Dear Liz: I have little credit history and my Experian credit score is about 620. My wife has no credit history. We are in the process of increasing our creditworthiness. I have an unsecured credit card from my credit union. She will be getting a secured credit card. We will use these lightly and regularly, […]

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Q&A: Delaying Social Security benefits

Dear Liz: My wife is a retired schoolteacher who has a pension. Because she is subject to the government pension offset, she will not be eligible for my Social Security benefit when I pass. My plan was to wait until 70 to file to maximize my benefit. This usually has the advantage of also increasing […]

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Q&A: An emergency kit document hack

Dear Liz: Thanks for answering my question about storing hard copies of financial services records for emergency preparedness. My wife and I finally reached a compromise: We printed out our account numbers, but we attached code names to them that only we would recognize. Now both of us are comfortable that even though someone might […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Make your brand loyalty pay off. Also in the news: When your new car have more tech than you know what to do with, one thing to know when filing your taxes, and beware email attachment scams this tax season. Make Your Brand Loyalty Pay Off Cash in on your devotion. Does […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Beware of these overhyped financial strategies. Also in the news: How to get car insurance quotes online the smart way, how often should you shop around for car insurance, and what to know about the marriage tax penalty. Beware of These Overhyped Financial Strategies Looking out for your best interests. How to […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: When and how to say no to extended car warranties. Also in the news: How to save money with used baby items, medical expenses you can deduct on your taxes, and why you really need to set up automatic credit card payments. Extended Car Warranties: When and How to Say No Don’t […]

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Beware of these overhyped financial strategies

A good rule of thumb when you’re trying to eat healthy is to beware of any food you see advertised. The most beneficial fare — whole grains, fruits, vegetables — tends not to have a marketing budget. Similarly, investments that are enthusiastically pushed by commission-earning salespeople may not be the best for your financial health. […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Identity theft protection you may not know you already have. Also in the news: How auto insurers use you non-driving habits to raise prices, how younger consumers can get a credit boost from their elders, and how to close a credit card the right way. Identity Theft Protection You May Not Know […]

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Q&A: Handling money after marriage can be complicated. Mom and Dad should butt out

Dear Liz: My son just married. He and his wife are keeping totally separate finances, though he makes much more than she does. She is spending way more than she should on household items and services. Is this the new norm for relationships? What kind of professional do we contact that could help them with […]

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