Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 things you can do to fortify your finances. Also in the news: How hotel elite status is shaping up in 2022, what airline elite status looks like in 2022, and where to get reimbursed for spoiled food after a power outage.

Struggling? Here are 5 things you can do to fortify your finances
Cost of living is up, income is down—a few adjustments here and there can help boost your bank account.

How Hotel Elite Status Is Shaping Up in 2022
The most worthwhile hotel loyalty programs have elite perks that show they value their repeat customers.

How to Think About Airline Elite Status in 2022
What airline elite status qualifications will look like in 2022 is up in the air.

Where to Get Reimbursed for Spoiled Food After a Power Outage
You may be entitled to up to $500 for spoiled food, depending on your homeowners insurance policy.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Inflation can spell disaster for some 40% of Americans. Also in the news: 5 reasons why ‘Shoulder Season’ is the best time to travel, a new episode of the Smart Money podcast on paying for college, and how a strong college application remains possible even with transcript gaps. Inflation Can Spell Disaster […]

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How to get more joy while giving to good causes

We may think spending money on ourselves will make us happier than spending it on someone else. That belief can make it hard to carve money out of our budgets to give to good causes. But research shows that spending money on others is more likely to make us happy. This seems to be a […]

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Q&A: Social Security and government pensions

Dear Liz: You recently mentioned the windfall elimination provision that affects pensions from jobs that don’t pay into Social Security. I’m wondering what those jobs are. Are they just part of the gig economy, or is there some other category of jobs that don’t pay into Social Security? Answer: Gig economy jobs are supposed to […]

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Q&A: What is the capital gains tax, and how big a bite does it take?

Dear Liz: We own stocks with enormous capital gains — as in, six figures or more. The tax would be a lot. Any advice on how to limit the tax bite? Our income consists of Social Security and a teacher’s pension. Answer: Capital gains taxes may be less of a problem than you fear. If […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: This year, resolve to leave no gift card unused. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on saving for your dream retirement, how to have the wedding you want for less, and comparing car insurance rates. This Year, Resolve to Leave No Gift Card Unused Most gift […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Here’s which airline rewards program gives the most value. Also in the news: The most valuable hotel rewards program in 2022, 5 steps to strengthen your finances, and despite higher wages, inflation gave the average worker a 2.4% pay cut last year. Here’s Which Airline Rewards Program Gives the Most Value Alaska, […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Crushing student loan debt prompts parents to consider postponing their retirement. Also in the news: Who should and shouldn’t consider using a personal loan to pay off holiday debt, the number one insurance claim filed by homeowners in the winter, and will employees be able to travel more this year? Crushing student […]

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This year, resolve to leave no gift card unused

Years ago, a friend who needed cash sold me a $100 Nordstrom gift card. I wish I knew where the heck I put it. Gift cards are a popular holiday solution, especially recently, as supply chain disruptions and shipping delays have made gift buying more challenging. Most gift cards are spent within a year, but […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a financial therapist can help shift your money mindset. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on new money resolutions and strategizing debt payoff, how to attract busy contractors to your home remodel, and saving for what makes you feel good in 2022. How a Financial […]

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