Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Credit card backgroundHow to avoid wrecking your credit, using your credit card to support your pet causes, and the most underrated jobs in America.

5 Habits That Can Wreck Your Credit
Complacency is a credit killer.

5 Tips to Help 50-Somethings Make Ends Meet
These tips can also help ease the transition into retirement.

How to Pick a Socially Responsible Credit Card
How your credit card can benefit the causes you support.

3 Ways to Make Your References Most Effective
Getting the most from your former employers.

What are the most underrated jobs?
What do a librarian, EMT and accountant have in common?

Friday’s need-to-know money news

CollegeWhy Generation X needs to accept the inevitable, coping with a layoff, and how the key to financial prosperity could be inside a funeral home.

Survey: Gen X seriously short on life insurance
Note to Gen Xers: You’re not getting any younger.

3 Ways You May Be Throwing Money Away Without Realizing It
Hands off that retirement account.

What to Do if You Just Got Laid Off
What you need to do once the panic subsides.

4 Tips to Help 30-Somethings Save for a Rainy Day
In every life, a little rain must fall.

10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well
What cruise ship entertainers, hot dog vendors, and morticians have in common.