Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to plan holiday travel for maximum flexibility in 2020. Also in the news: The best debt consolidation loans right now, how to work from home like a pro, and how to find homeowners insurance that won’t discriminate against your dog.

How to Plan Holiday Travel for Maximum Flexibility in 2020
These precautions can help you avoid losing money if you have to cancel or change your holiday travel plans.

The best debt consolidation loans right now
Choose wisely.

It’s Time to Start Working From Home Like a Pro
Time to upgrade the sweatpants.

Find Homeowners Insurance That Won’t Discriminate Against Your Dog
Make sure you’re covered.

Borrowing your way out of debt

how-are-debt-consolidation-loans-handledMany people who take out loans to pay off credit cards and other obligations wind up worse off, with more debt and more stress than before they applied. Some people, though, successfully use debt consolidation loans to turn a bad financial situation around.

In my latest for the Associated Press, a look at debt consolidation loans and how to keep yourself out of the debt trap.