Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to save on school supplies by tapping your community. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on explaining cryptocurrency, how to feel richer (even when you’re not), and where home prices are dropping the most.

How to Save on School Supplies by Tapping Your Community
It’s that time again: back to school, back to spending so much money on supplies.

Smart Money Podcast: What the Heck Is Crypto, Anyway?
In this episode, NerdWallet investing writer Andy Rosen attempts to explain what cryptocurrency is to his family.

5 Ways to Feel Richer (Even If You’re Not)
In some ways, feeling “rich” is less about how many zeroes you have in your bank account and more about knowing how to use them to get what you want out of life.

Cities Where Home Prices Are Dropping the Most
Homeowners are slashing prices in these parts of the country.

Q&A: Dumping debt could make you ‘credit invisible.’ Why that’s a problem and how to fix it

Dear Liz: I have a credit card issue that I’ve not been able to resolve and hope that you can provide some helpful suggestions. I am a debt-free senior. I owe nothing on my house or vehicles and I pay off my one credit card each month. I’ve no missing payments on utilities. My credit […]

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Q&A: Deciding on when to take Social Security

Dear Liz: My ex-husband is 13 years younger than I. We were married for 10 years and he earns more than I do. If I start drawing my own Social Security benefit at age 70, can I switch to his benefit when I’m 75 and he is 62? Answer: Normally when someone applies for Social […]

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Q&A: Inherited IRA taxes

Dear Liz: I have about $16,000 in a Roth IRA that I plan to leave to my daughter. When she collects this on my death, does she pay tax on the withdrawals? Answer: No. She would have to pay taxes on withdrawals if the money were in a regular inherited IRA, but not if the […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Should you Buy Now, Pay Later for back-to-school? Also in the news: $6 billion in relief to defrauded students signals change ahead, six ways to support small businesses hit with inflation, and these online resources will help you find free college textbooks. Should You Buy Now, Pay Later for Back-to-School? You can […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What Equifax’s credit score miscalculations mean for consumers. Also in the news: 5 ways to feel richer (even if you’re not), mortgage rates to stay high in August, and who should consider a spousal IRA. What Equifax’s Credit Score Miscalculations Mean for Consumers Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, announced […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why it’s worth it to book Airbnbs for a week or longer. Also in the news: Selling direct-to-consumer custom fashions, why the upcoming Ethereum merge matters, and how to get a free or low-cost laptop for school. Why It’s Worth Booking Airbnbs for a Week or Longer Longer stays benefit both guests […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Mortgage rates are unlikely to cool in August. Also in the news: 6 ways to support small businesses hit with inflation, has remote work changed the travel landscape, and oat milk and coffee drink are part of a major recall. Mortgage Rates Unlikely to Cool in August Mortgage rates will likely rise […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: After a fall, crypto winter sets in. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast for kids on where money comes from, can job-hopping help retirement savings, and these states are having a tax-free back to school shopping weekend. After a Fall, Crypto Winter Sets In Cryptocurrencies hit […]

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Q&A: Here’s what you should do about suspicious credit report activity

Dear Liz: I recently obtained copies of my credit reports from the three major credit bureaus and discovered my brother’s home address listed in the personal information section. I am extremely concerned about how and why this happened since I have never lived with my brother. This brother is the executor of our father’s estate, […]

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