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.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get what you want at your next job. Also in the news: Medicare to offer free at home COVID-19 tests in early spring, how your parents’ debt could outlive them, and what you need to know before you claim your child tax credit this season.

How to Get What You Want at Your Next Job
Before you start polishing your resume, here are tips from career coaches on being strategic with your job search, preparing for negotiations and asking for what you want.

Medicare to Offer Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests in Early Spring
Members will be eligible for eight free over-the-counter tests per month through local pharmacies.

How Your Parents’ Debt Could Outlive Them
Should you fear ‘filial responsibility’ laws?

What You Need to Know Before You Claim Your Child Tax Credit This Filing Season
The child tax credit was expanded up to $3,600 for the 2021 tax year. Here’s how to claim yours.