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.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to bounce back from a credit card mistake. Also in the news: Why you should pack a travel guidebook even in 2021, 4 traits that helped small businesses survive the pandemic, and how charitable donations can earn you an added tax deduction this year.

How to Bounce Back From a Credit Card Mistake
Errors happen to even the most seasoned credit card users. They can be costly, but they’re not irreversible.

Why You Should Pack a Travel Guidebook, Even in 2021
The pages of an actual guidebook often offer a level of quality and convenience that the internet can’t.

4 Traits That Have Helped Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic
Expanded delivery and online services, among other features, have been attractive to consumers during the pandemic.

How Charitable Donations Can Earn You an Added Tax Deduction This Year
Hold on to those donation receipts.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t make this common – and costly – credit card mistake. Also in the news: Paying by credit card will increase college costs, free credit freezes, and when to buy travel insurance.

Don’t Make This Common — and Costly — Credit Card Mistake
Even a day late can be costly.

To Make College Cost Even More, Pay by Credit Card
Interest rates can be even worse than through student loans.

Free Credit Freezes: Time to Rethink Your Protection?
Credit freezes will be free for everyone starting September 21st.

When to Buy Travel Insurance
When is it worth it?

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Credit card mistakes you need to avoid. Also in the news: Costly financial aid mistakes, avoiding debt for new grads, and when you should see a financial therapist.

5 Credit Card Mistakes Driving You Into Debt
Pay close attention.

How to avoid these costly financial aid mistakes
Don’t leave money sitting on the table.

Graduates, Here’s How to Avoid Debt and Get Rich
Oh, the places you’ll go!

5 Signs You Should See a Financial Therapist
Knowing when it’s time to get help.

The Best Browser Extensions That’ll Save You Money (and Which to Skip)
Save money with just a click of the mouse.