3 lessons I wish I’d learned sooner about travel

Almost every trip teaches me something about myself, the world and what not to do next time.In my latest for the Associated Press, three hard-won travel lessons that may help you learn from my mistakes.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A special episode of the Smart Money podcast on Queer money talk. Also in the news: How to shop for back-to-school during inflation, renting an EV for a gas-free road trip, and is owner financing ever a good idea? Smart Money Podcast: Queer Money Talk This week’s episode is dedicated to a […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How LGBTQ+ Americans can overcome barriers to building credit. Also in the news: How to protect your vacation budget, the pros and cons of “Travel now, Pay later,” and 58% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck after inflation spike. How LGBTQ+ Americans Can Overcome Barriers to Building Credit LGBTQ+ people report […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to approach buying home insurance for the first time. Also in the news: How to get PrEP with or without insurance, could this be the summer of debt forgiveness, and these credit cards come with sweet airport perks. How to Approach Buying Home Insurance for the First Time Proactive research will […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 items for your midyear money checklist. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on small business and inflation, a potential student trap, and store loyalty programs worth signing up for. 4 Items for Your Midyear Money Checklist Review your expenses, deal with debt, plan for holiday […]

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Q&A: How previous home sales might affect your capital gains taxes

Dear Liz: I am selling my house and will not be buying another one. I believe that I know the rules of capital gains taxes in general. However, must I include the capital gains of previous homes, even those experienced many years ago? Answer: Possibly. Before 1997, homeowners could avoid capital gains taxes by rolling […]

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Q&A: Riding the market waves

Dear Liz: Today’s stock market is one of the most volatile of all time. So many issues affect it, and there seems to be no end in sight to war in Ukraine, inflation, high fuel prices, the pandemic, China conflict concerns and more. Any one of these would cause the market pain, but together it’s […]

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Q&A: Finding divorce papers

Dear Liz: My ex passed three years ago. I have done everything to try to get a copy of our divorce papers. I’ve lost out on three years of divorced survivor benefits. Social Security said I must have a copy of the papers before I apply. I have contacted the last places where he lived […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Is medical debt disappearing from your credit report? Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on tackling the racial wealth gap, using the 25-year-rule to buy a cool, cheap are, and how to check if your new circuit breaker is part of a serious recall. Is Medical […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to afford summer road trips amid high gas prices. Also in the news: A Travel Nerd on what the strong dollar means for summer travel, saving at summer music festivals, and how a business can move towards pay equity. How to Afford Summer Road Trips Amid High Gas Prices Travelers can […]

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