Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What you can do if your college says to stay home this fall. Also in the news: 8 things that will get more expensive (and 3 that will be cheaper) post-pandemic, 7 ways moving from a city to a small town could save you money, and what yo do when your forbearance […]

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What to do with your stuff the kids don’t want

Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions – particularly these days. The generations that came after the baby boom are famously less interested than their predecessors in the trappings of domestic life, says Elizabeth Stewart, author of “No Thanks Mom: The Top […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 credit card scams and how to avoid them. Also in the news: A new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on COVID impulse spending and building credit while paying off debt, how Black Friday shopping could look very different this year, and making a plan to repay your borrowed 401(k) money. 6 […]

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Q&A: I get different credit scores from my bank and card companies. What gives?

Dear Liz: I have three financial providers that supply regular, free credit scores: my bank and two credit card issuers. My credit score from the bank is always a “perfect score” while the two card companies are consistently 17 points lower, both exactly the same for two years now. I always pay off most or […]

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Q&A: Retirement accounts and taxes

Dear Liz: I am 41 and have had a traditional IRA for about two decades. I funded it for the first 10 years, taking a tax deduction for the contributions. Since I’ve had a 401(k) with my employer for the past several years, I obviously cannot take a deduction for the IRA amount, but I […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Is it okay to never have a credit card? Also in the news: How to organize important documents simply and safely, can a credit card company lower your credit limit, and how to try and prevent your eviction. Is It OK to Never Have a Credit Card? Using credit cards responsibly is […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Probate workarounds can save your heirs time and money. Also in the news: Student loan refi rates keep dropping, which airline you should fly in 2020 (and beyond), and how to know if you should refinance your mortgage. Probate Workarounds Can Save Your Heirs Time and Money There are often workarounds to […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Which airline has the most valuable elite status program. Also in the news: A look at summer homebuying, 25 tips for buying your first home, and how to automatically transfer your 401(k) money when you change jobs. Which Airline Has the Most Valuable Elite Status Program? The best perks and how to […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Options for undergrad, grad, veteran and international students when colleges say stay home. Also in the news: Which airlines have handled COVID-19 the best, is it OK to never have a credit card, and where to put your money when interest rates are falling. When Colleges Say Stay Home: Options for Undergrad, […]

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Probate workarounds can save heirs time, money

A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren. Because she lived in California, I had to break the bad news: He won’t be able to hand over the money any time soon. Probate […]

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