Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Is identity theft protection worth it? Also in the news: The perks of cutting spending, why good credit matters even if you don’t plan to borrow, and how to get a replacement economic impact payment card.

Is identity theft protection worth it?
Valuing your online privacy.

The perks of cutting spending
It doesn’t have to hurt.

Why Good Credit Matters — Even if You Don’t Plan to Borrow
Prepare for the unexpected.

How to Get a Replacement Economic Impact Payment Card
That random card you threw out might have been your stimulus payment.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Still undecided about college this fall? Know these 4 options. Also in the news: A new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on identity theft protection, 4 store credit cards with the best rewards, and how to prioritize high-interest debt payments.

Still Undecided About College This Fall? Know These 4 Options
You still have time.

SmartMoney Podcast: ‘Is Identity Theft Protection Worth It?’
Making yourself a smaller target.

Try these 4 store credit cards for the best rewards in this economic environment
Stretching your dollar.

How to Prioritize High-Interest Debt Payments
The type of debt is important.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Identity theft protection you may not know you already have. Also in the news: How auto insurers use you non-driving habits to raise prices, how younger consumers can get a credit boost from their elders, and how to close a credit card the right way.

Identity Theft Protection You May Not Know You Already Have
Some surprising sources.

How Auto Insurers Use Your Nondriving Habits to Raise Prices
What you need to know about price optimization.

Younger Consumers, Get a Credit Boost From Your Elders
Authorized user status could give you a boost.

How to Close a Credit Card The Right Way
Protecting your credit score.