Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Charged an overdraft fee? Ask for a refund. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on DIY investing, beating your summer revenge shopping debt, and what every homeowner should know about trampolines.

Charged an Overdraft Fee? Ask for a Refund
It never hurts to ask.

Smart Money Podcast: DIY Investing and Lightning Round Questions
What it is, how to do it and any potential risks.

Beat Your Summer ‘Revenge Shopping’ Debt
Paying for your return to society.

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Trampolines
If you’re not covered, it may be hard to bounce back from a big liability claim.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get the most home insurance help after a winter storm. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on filing your taxes early and tapping into your home equity, 8 ways to take your credit card rewards to the next level in 2021, and how to get relief with your federally backed mortgages.

How to Get the Most Home Insurance Help After a Winter Storm
Talking to your insurer and documenting everything will help you manage and recover from serious storm damage.

Smart Money Podcast: Filing Taxes Early and Tapping Home Equity
Why you probably want to file your taxes sooner rather than later.

8 Ways to Take Your Credit Card Rewards to the Next Level in 2021
With some extra steps — like an inventory of your wallet, a chat with your issuer, and a willingness to track and stack — you can squeeze more value from points and miles.

How to Get Relief With Your Federally Backed Mortgages
There’s a new extension.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Jump start your credit by developing two essential habits. Also in the news: Four questions to ask before buying homeowners insurance, how to handle vehicle repossession, and how much a DUI can cost you.

Jump-Start Your Credit: Develop 2 Essential Habits
These two habits matter most.

Buying Homeowners Insurance? Ask These 4 Questions First
Asking these questions can help you get the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

How to Handle Vehicle Repossession
Navigating a difficult time.

How Much a DUI Can Cost You
It’s simply not worth it.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to decide if loyalty to a hotel or airline is worth it in 2021. Also in the news: The timeline remains unclear on extending payment pause to student loan borrowers, how one late student loan payment affects you, and what questions to ask before buying homeowners insurance.

How to Decide If Loyalty to a Hotel or Airline Is Worth It in 2021
In this uncertain year, keep these factors in mind when deciding whether to change your travel loyalty memberships.

Biden Will Extend Payment Pause for Student Loan Borrowers. Yet Timeline Remains Unclear

Buying homeowners insurance? Ask these 4 questions first
Your insurance policy is your safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions before forking over your premium

How One Late Student Loan Payment Affects You
Find out the truth.

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.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let your love of logos become a financial faux pas. Also in the news: No-sweat solutions to save money on car fixes, what it’s like to use a financial advisor, and overlooking a risk in your home could cost you nearly $10,000.

Don’t Let Your Love of Logos Become a Financial Faux Pas
A pricey new trend.

5 No-Sweat Solutions to Save Money on Car Fixes
Break out the toolbox.

What’s It Like to Use a Financial Advisor?
Help for planning your financial future.

Overlooking this risk in your home could cost you nearly $10,000
Don’r drown in bills.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 steps to change homeowners insurance paid through escrow. Also in the news: Getting by on the average retirement income, TSA-Approved ways to cut the airport screening lines, and how to tell if your company’s 401(k) plan is any good.

5 Steps to Change Homeowners Insurance Paid Through Escrow
Seamless transition.

Could You Get By On the Average Retirement Income?
Will you have enough?

TSA-Approved Ways to Cut the Airport Screening Line
You can leave your shoes on.

How to Tell if Your Company’s 401(k) Plan Is Any Good
Is it worth contributing to?

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 ways to reduce credit card interest. Also in the news: Holiday hosting tips to be safe, holiday tipping guide, and the pros and cons of using debit vs. credit cards.

5 Ways to Reduce Credit Card Interest
Escaping the interest trap.

Holiday Hosting Tips to Be Safe, Insurance If You’re Sorry
What’s covered under your homeowner’s insurance.

Holiday Tipping Guide: Whom and How Much
Showing appreciation.

Pros and Cons of Using Debit Vs. Credit Cards
Differences to keep in mind.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Protecting yourself from identity theft. Also in the news: Unforeseen circumstances that could crush your retirement, what not to do when you pay off your mortgage, and the importance of an emergency fund.

Are You a Prime Target for Identity Theft?
How to protect yourself.

3 retirement-crushing unforeseen circumstancesWhen your retirement does go as planned.

Don’t Make This Mistake When You Pay Off Your Mortgage
It could end up costing you a lot of money.

1 in 3 Americans Does Not Have an Emergency Fund
Are you one of them?

Take Advantage of the “Direct Debit” Student Loan Discount
Every penny counts.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Stress Level Conceptual Meter Indicating MaximumToday’s top story: How to pass a financial stress test. Also in the news: How smart parents teach their kids about money, the worst money mistakes made by Millennials, and what to do if your homeowner’s insurance claim is denied.

5 Tips For Passing a Financial Stress Test
How would you do?

7 Ways Smart Parents Teach Their Kids About Money
Valuable lessons for your kids.

5 Worst Money Blunders Made By Millennials
Avoid these at all costs.

What to Do If Your Homeowner’s Insurance Claim is Denied
Don’t panic.

Will You Finally Be Able to Get Rid of Your Student Loans in Bankruptcy?
Introducing the Student Aid Bill of Rights.