Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get travel insurance without paying for it out of pocket. Also in the news: Hotels tap into hot amenity amid surging gas prices, what rising prices could mean for your retirement, and why you should know which financial phase you’re in.

You Can Get Travel Insurance Without Paying for It Out-Of-Pocket
Holding certain travel cards can be a great way to easily acquire travel insurance. Just understand what’s covered.

Hotels Tap Into Hot Amenity Amid Surging Gas Prices

What Rising Prices Could Mean for Your Retirement Plans
Inflation means your retirement savings won’t go as far. Here’s how to pivot.

You Should Know Which ‘Financial Phase’ You’re In
Over your lifetime, you’ll earn, save, and spend in alignment with your values and goals.

Monday’s need-to-know money

Today’s top story: How to save more when inflation makes your money count less. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on choosing the best crypto and Bitcoin coming to 401(k) plans, what to do if your car is stolen, and understanding the role of a power of attorney agent.

How to Save More When Inflation Makes Your Money Count Less
You can adjust your spending and saving strategies to help lessen the impact of inflation.

Smart Money Podcast: Bitcoin 401(k)s and Choosing the Best Crypto
Cryptocurrencies coming to Fidelity 401(k) plans.

What to Do if Your Car Is Stolen
Here’s when to call the police, what your insurance covers and more.

What Is a Power of Attorney Agent (and How Do You Choose One)?
If you’re aging independently, it’s important to have someone you trust in charge of your affairs.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do if a loved one owes you money. Also in the news: How to save more when inflation makes your money count less, how to visit Hawaii on a budget, and 9 ways to bolster financial intimacy in a new relationship.

A Loved One Owes You Money. Now What?
What should you do when they don’t pay you back?

How to save more when inflation makes your money count less
During inflation, consumers can adjust their spending and saving strategies to help lessen the impact that inflation has on the value of their money

Save on Hawaii Travel Even as Demand Soars
With the lifting of COVID restrictions, vacationers are once again flocking to the Aloha State.

9 Ways to Foster Financial Intimacy in a New Relationship

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: To fight inflation, take down food expenses. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast featuring a nerdy travel diary, how to handle the benefits at your new and improved job, and how to avoid 13 of the most persistent online scams.

To Fight Inflation, Take Down Food Expenses
Rising food prices are putting pressure on household budgets, but cooking more creatively can help control costs.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Travel Diaries: Weightlifting in New Mexico
A Travel Nerd shares her story about going to New Mexico for a weightlifting meet and how she saved money along the way.

You Got a Better Job. Now, How Do You Handle the Benefits?
Between 401(k)s, HSAs and ESPPs, new benefits can feel confusing. Knowing how to prioritize them can help you take full advantage of your new perks.

13 Persistent Online Scams (and How to Avoid Them)
Learn how to protect yourself from these common online scams and schemes.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Credit card debt has dropped, but inflation may change that. Also in the news: How to make summer 2022 travel plans that actually happen, how the end of the mask mandate could increase travel costs, and how much house you can get for $350K.

Credit Card Debt Has Dropped, But Inflation May Change That
Americans made big gains in paying off credit card debt over the past few years, but it may not last.

How to make summer 2022 travel plans that actually happen
After two years of cancellations, deferments and marathon sessions with airline customer service, many travelers are hoping to book summer trips that actually pan out this year.

Passengers cheered the end of masks on flights, but they won’t be cheering these prices
More people are taking to the skies than at any point since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s costing them more as a result.

Here’s How Much House You Can Buy for $350K
The median home price gets you a studio apartment in some cities and a mansion in others.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a home improvement fund can upgrade your new house to a home. Also in the news: Single-income couples, and when to use your FSA and HSA, and how rising inflation could mean your home is underinsured.

How a Home Improvement Fund Can Upgrade Your New House to a Home
A home improvement fund can help you be ready for repairs and updates after you buy.

Smart Money Podcast: Single-Income Couples, and When to Use Your FSA and HSA
Moving from two incomes to one is a financial challenge but can offer couples a chance to build their relationship.

Rising Inflation Could Mean Your Home Is Underinsured
Rising construction costs could leave many homeowners without enough insurance. Here’s how to know you have sufficient coverage to rebuild should the worst happen.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Combating inflation, and saving for retirement amid climate change. Also in the news: 3 ways to lessen the impact of inflation on your small business, 3 ways small-business owners will feel a fed rate increase, and how to get on top of planned expenses with sinking funds.

Smart Money Podcast: Combating Inflation, and Saving for Retirement Amid Climate Change
Things may seem grim, but you can still take steps to set yourself up for long-term financial success.

3 Ways to Lessen the Impact of Inflation on Your Small Business
Lessen the impact of inflation on your business by raising your prices, refining your operations and working with a financial advisor.

3 Ways Small-Business Owners Will Feel a Fed Rate Increase
The Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates multiple times in 2022.

Get on Top of Planned Expenses With Sinking Funds
Mapping out big purchases in advance gives you time to save by adding regularly to “sinking funds” for each goal.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story:  How to protect your spending power from inflation. Also in the news: How money red flags can make or break a couple, how Generation Z can jump-start savings, and how to tell if a subscription flight service is worth your money.

How to Protect Your Spending Power From Inflation
So the 7.5% spike seen over the past year in the costs of fuel, used vehicles, groceries and just about everything else is the kind of sudden and systemic rise that can give a jolt to most peoples’ everyday spending.

Money Red Flags Can Make or Break a Couple
If you both can discuss your differences with honesty and empathy, it’s an opportunity to emerge stronger. But some money red flags can’t be ignored.

How Generation Z Can Jump-start Savings (Advice Anyone Can Use)
Start saving early: Begin with a small amount, automate your deposits, earn interest and eventually level up.

How to Tell If a Subscription Flight Service Is Worth Your Money
Alaska Airlines is joining the subscription game with Flight Pass. How good of a deal is it?

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Inflation can spell disaster for some 40% of Americans. Also in the news: 5 reasons why ‘Shoulder Season’ is the best time to travel, a new episode of the Smart Money podcast on paying for college, and how a strong college application remains possible even with transcript gaps.

Inflation Can Spell Disaster for Some 40% of Americans
As of December, prices across all goods and services had risen more in a single year than they had in nearly 40 years.

5 Reasons Why ‘Shoulder Season’ Is the Best Time to Travel
Smaller crowds and better deals make the not-quite-offseason a great time to travel.

Smart Money Podcast: How Nerds Choose the Best, and Paying for College
NerdWallet’s Content team leader explains how Best-Of Award winners are chosen and why you can trust our picks.

Transcript Gaps? A Strong College Application Remains Possible
Show colleges the best version of yourself, but also know admissions officers have adapted their expectations.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Here’s which airline rewards program gives the most value. Also in the news: The most valuable hotel rewards program in 2022, 5 steps to strengthen your finances, and despite higher wages, inflation gave the average worker a 2.4% pay cut last year.

Here’s Which Airline Rewards Program Gives the Most Value
Alaska, Frontier and Southwest lead the way on cash value per mile.

The Most Valuable Hotel Rewards Programs in 2022
Radisson Rewards America and World of Hyatt lead the way on key measures of value.

5 Steps to Strengthen Your Finances in 2022
In 2022, setting grand financial goals may not be realistic for every budget, but there are still smart steps you can take to shore up your finances.

Despite higher wages, inflation gave the average worker a 2.4% pay cut last year
Inflation grew 7% in December from a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday.