Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to rack up points and miles with everyday spending. Also in the news: What to buy and skip in October, how to catch up on your savings, and why consumer instant gratification can prove risky.

How to Rack Up Points and Miles With Everyday Spending
Piling up miles wherever you go.

October is the Month to Buy Jeans, Grills and More

Behind on Your Savings? You’re Not Alone
There’s time to catch up.

Consumer instant gratification can prove risky
Staying within your means.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: In the points and miles game, blind loyalty can cost you. Also in the news: The best mortgage lenders with no origination fee, how a personal loan affects your credit score, and how thinking like an optimist could help you save more.

In the Points and Miles Game, Blind Loyalty Can Cost You
You could end up losing the points game.

Best Mortgage Lenders with No Origination Fee of 2019
They’re not easy to find.

How Does a Personal Loan Affect Your Credit Score?
A chance to improve your score.

To Save More, Think Like an Optimist
The saving power of positive thinking.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why you should ask your parents about their financial plans. Also in the news: Why you no longer need a chip-and-PIN card overseas, earning and burning your airline rewards to maximize free flights, and 1 in 4 millennials raiding 401(k)s early to pay down debt.

Yes, You Should Ask Your Parents About Their Financial Plans
Life moves fast.

Do You Need a Chip-and-PIN Card? Probably Not Anymore
“Chip-and-signature” becoming widely accepted overseas.

‘Earn and Burn’ Your Airline Rewards to Maximize Free Flights
Use your miles as soon as possible.

Yikes: 1 in 4 millennials raiding 401(k)s early to pay down debt
Risking retirement.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let puppy love blind you to the expenses of a dog. Also in the news: The pros and cons of timeshares, 9 unsung ways to earn airline miles for free, and every expense you can expect with a first-time home purchase.

Don’t Let Puppy Love Blind You to the Expense of a Dog
Keeping Fido’s costs in check.

Are Timeshares Worth It? Possibly, if You Buy Smart
There are bargains to be found.

9 Unsung Ways to Earn Airline Miles for Free
Convert your groceries into miles.

Every Expense You Can Expect With a First-Time Home Purchase
The costs lurking behind the celebration.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 9 unsung ways to earn airline miles for free. Also in the news: 5 ways not to blow a financial windfall, 5 ways to save at summer music festivals, and the best credit cards for grocery and dining out rewards.

9 Unsung Ways to Earn Airline Miles for Free
Racking up miles while on the ground.

5 Ways Not to Blow a Financial Windfall
Using your newfound money wisely.

5 Ways to Save at Summer Music Festivals
Skip the ten dollar water.

The Best Credit Cards for Grocery and Dining Out Rewards
How to maximize your rewards.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

air-miles-cardToday’s top story: The best airline miles credit cards. Also in the news: Behind the scenes of a student loan deal, how to prioritize your bills when you’re low on cash, and five items to donate for a charitable tax deduction.

The Best Airline Miles Credit Cards in America
Getting the most mileage bang for your buck.

How a Little Student Loan Deal Could Spell Big Trouble for Borrowers
The ghosts of FFEL loans.

How to Prioritize Bills When You’re Low on Cash
Paying in the right order could save you time and money.

5 Items to Donate for a Charitable Tax Deduction
Every little bit healps.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Re-Evaluating your airline miles credit cards. Also in the news: Saving money on school expenses, avoiding awkward money conversations at the holiday dinner table, and finding the best life insurance plan to fit your needs.

Do You Need to Re-Evaluate Your Airline Miles Credit Cards?
Changes to several programs has made some frequent travelers unhappy.

How to Save More Money on School Expenses
Don’t let school supplies drain your wallet.

How to Navigate Awkward Money Conversations at Your Family’s Holiday Dinner
AKA “How to avoid a food fight.”

Tips for Picking the Right Life Insurance Plan
Making sure your plan best suits your needs.

Will FlexScore Replace Credit Scores?
A new way of determining credit worthiness is on the horizon.