Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to put your tax refund to work for you. Also in the news: 7 ways to improve your small-business website, how ‘impact investment’ perform better than evil investments, and how to get the most out of every drop of gas right now.

How to Put Your Tax Refund to Work for You
Paying into an emergency fund and getting rid of high-interest debt are top priorities.

7 Ways to Improve Your Small-Business Website
Keep it simple and take your time while revamping your small-business website or establishing an online presence.

Does ‘Impact Investment’ Perform Better Than Evil Investments?
Impact investing is not charity, but it’s also not an automatic route to higher returns.

How to Get the Most Out of Every Drop of Gas Right Now
With prices well over $4 per gallon, you’ll want to squeeze every last inch of road from your fuel.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to pay for college when you haven’t saved enough. Also in the news: How credit cards are fueling bigger gas savings, how to see the world in your 20s without racking up debt, and what rising mortgage rates will cost you if you’re looking to buy a home.

How to Pay for College When You Haven’t Saved Enough
All hope is not lost.

How Credit Cards Are Fueling Bigger Gas Savings
Savings at the pump.

How to See the World in Your 20s Without Racking Up Debt
The trip of a lifetime without a lifetime of debt.

Buying a home? Here’s what rising mortgage rates will cost you
State-by-state findings.