Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do with your remaining student loan debt. Also in the news: Unlock the college financial aid you need starting Oct. 1, and how to negotiate with debt collectors (and why you always should).

What to Do With Your Remaining Student Loan Debt
For the 23 million borrowers with debt left over, now is the time to develop a payoff plan.

Unlock the College Financial Aid You Need Starting Oct. 1
Applications for the 2023-24 school year open on Oct. 1, and those who apply early stand the best chance of getting more free money for school.

How to Negotiate With Debt Collectors (and Why You Always Should)
Don’t ignore calls from collectors when you can find a way to talk the debt down.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How the September 2022 fed rate increase will impact your bank account. Also in the news: 6 new rules for smarter European travel, how to weigh the risks and rewards of buying a used EV, and Fed boosts rates yet again, pushing down home affordability. How the September 2022 Fed Rate Increase […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The downsides of hotel free night certificates. Also in the news: travel prices that are coming back to earth, if your airline miles and hotel pointes are worth less now, and a hotel kitchen that may not save you money after all. The Downsides of Hotel Free Night Certificates Free night certificates […]

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6 new rules for smarter European travel

Tourism rebounded this summer in Europe — and Europe wasn’t ready. Pandemic-related staff shortages led to massive lines and flight cancellations at many airports; meanwhile, prices for hotels and taxis soared. Then there were the record-breaking temperatures that caused roads, airport runways and railroad tracks to buckle , leading to further disruptions. Our family of […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: To prepare kids set to invest with custodial accounts. In other news: 8 Latino financial pros on building wealth and knowledge in 2022, Smart Money Podcast on fall money tasks, and saving enough to retire, and if a line of credit is right for your business recession plan. Get Kids Set to […]

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Q&A: Social Security’s complex rules

Dear Liz: You recently mentioned that people can’t always trust the information they get from Social Security representatives. I worked for Social Security for 25 years. When I was ready to file for spousal benefits a few years later in another town, the rep I got immediately told me I wasn’t eligible and was not even going […]

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Q&A: How to practice good credit card hygiene to avoid getting hacked

Dear Liz: We have one primary credit card, which we use all the time, that collects airline miles we use for travel. Every few months it is “compromised” and we have to get a new one. Is there something we’re not doing right? Are there “good hygiene” rules for credit cards? Answer: Yes, and most involve reducing […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to find a happy balance among competing savings goals. Also in the news: Smart Money Podcast: live from Las Vegas, easy solutions to 3 common air travel nightmares, and how relaxed COVID guidelines will affect your next trips. How to Find a Happy Balance Among Competing Savings Goals Deciding how to […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Student debt cancellation news, and money 101. In other news: How public defender in Florida got her student loans forgiven, and how much fees do impact Airbnb prices. Smart Money Podcast: Student Debt Cancellation News, and Money 101 Here’s what we know and what we still need answers to. How I Got […]

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