Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 ways to protect yourself from Medicare fraud. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on questioning the 50/30/20 budget, 5 credit card mistakes to avoid during tough times, and the cheapest places to buy an acre of land in the United States.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Medicare Fraud
Protect your Medicare number and review your statements to guard against Medicare fraud. If it does happen, help is available.

Smart Money Podcast: Questioning the 50/30/20 Budget, and Company Stock
This week’s episode starts with a discussion of the 50/30/20 budget — why it works and how to use it as prices soar.

5 Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid During Tough Times
By having a plan and knowing about less costly alternatives, you can avoid credit card mistakes that lead to debt.

The Cheapest Places to Buy an Acre of Land in the U.S.
There are still some (relatively) affordable places to put down roots.