Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A special episode of the Smart Money podcast on Queer money talk. Also in the news: How to shop for back-to-school during inflation, renting an EV for a gas-free road trip, and is owner financing ever a good idea?

Smart Money Podcast: Queer Money Talk
This week’s episode is dedicated to a conversation with David Auten and John Schneider of the Queer Money Podcast about the personal finance challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community.

Amid Inflation, Shop Back-to-School Early — But Not All at Once
Just as school-aged kids ease into summer break, the state of the economy forces many parents to put back-to-school shopping on the radar early.

Want a Gas-Free Road Trip? Consider Renting an EV
You can find EVs at some locations of major car rental companies or through car sharing alternatives.

Is Owner Financing Ever a Good Idea?

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 workarounds to book your fall vacation rental with points. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on fall financial tasks and debit cards for kids, what it costs to fill up an electric vehicle, and why waiting until the last minute could save you money on your hotel room.

4 Workarounds to Book Your Fall Vacation Rental With Points
Booking a vacation home rental with rewards points is more difficult than booking a hotel, but it’s not impossible.

Smart Money Podcast: 5 Financial Tasks for Fall, and Kid Debit Cards

What’s It Cost to Fill Up an EV?
It costs less to charge an electric vehicle than it does to buy gasoline, even when traveling — if you plan ahead.

If you’re looking for a hotel deal, it might pay to wait until the last minute
Two weeks could be the sweet spot.