Monday’s need-to-know money news

Student-LoansToday’s top story: How to do what your love and still pay off your student loans. Also in the news: What to consider before attending a for-profit college, five crucial personal finance lessons to teach your children, and how to make the most of working with a financial advisor.

How to Do What You Love and Pay Off Your Student Loans
They’re not mutually exclusive.

5 Things to Consider Before Attending a For-Profit College
Reading the fine print.

Teach Your Children These 5 Crucial Personal Finance Lessons
Starting them off on the right foot.

How To Make The Most Of Working With A Financial Advisor
Getting the advice you need.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

teen-creditToday’s top story: What your high schooler needs to know about credit cards. Also in the news: Saying goodbye to foreign transaction fees, the new calling limits facing debt collectors, and how letting your adult child stay home could benefit you financially.

Credit Card Basics for High School Students
What your high schooler needs to know.

As International Travel Grows, Foreign Transaction Fees Get Left Behind
Bid farewell to foreign transaction fees.

Debt collectors could face new limits on calls
Changing the collection game.

Read This Before You Push Your Deadbeat Millennial Out of the House
Having your adult child at home could be financially beneficial.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

1436536219414Today’s top story: Time to give your financial goals a midyear checkup. Also in the news: The statute of limitations on debt, how to save on child care, and financial concepts to teach your teen.

Give Your Financial Goals a Midyear Checkup
Checking your progress.

The Difference Between a Debt’s “Statute of Limitations” and Your Credit History
The debts that will not die.

7 Ways to Save on Child Care
Saving where you can.

5 Financial Concepts To Teach Your Teen Before High School Graduation
Get them on the right path before they leave for college.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to improve your online banking security. Also in the news: Avoiding overwhelming student debt, getting the most out of your 401(k) plan, and 12 cheap ways to keep your kids busy this summer.

5 Ways to Improve Your Online Banking Security
Protecting your information.

8 College Planning Tips to Avoid Overwhelming Student Loan Debt
There are alternatives.

401(k) Fatigue? Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your Plan
Don’t leave money on the table.

Summer is coming: 12 cheap ways to keep your kids busy
Summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

imagesToday’s top story: How to talk to your kids about money. Also in the news: Shrewd ways to use your tax refund for your future, how to survive an IRS audit, and tips for cancer patients who are worried about the cost of their care.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Money
The sooner the better.

5 shrewd ways to use your tax refund for your future
Your retirement fund will thank you.

How to survive being audited by the IRS
Don’t panic.

7 tips for cancer patients worrying about the cost of their care
Minimizing the stress.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

College SavingsToday’s top story: What to buy and what to skip in April. Also in the news: What all those terms and conditions you ignore really mean, how to save for a home when you have student debt, and steps for helping kids become financially savvy.

What to Buy (and Skip) in April
Spending your cash wisely.

What those terms and conditions really say
You could be giving up many consumer protections.

How To Save For A Home When You Have Student Debt
There are ways to manage both.

9 steps to helping kids and teens become financially savvy
A great way to celebrate National Financial Literacy month!

Friday’s need-to-know money news

imagesToday’s top story: How life insurance can affect your estate taxes. Also in the news: Money tips for new workers, 401(k) tips for when you quit your job, and important money lessons for kids under 5.

How Life Insurance Can Affect Estate Taxes
Life insurance comes into play if you have a sizeable estate.

4 Money Tips for New Workers
Using your paycheck strategically.

Roll over or not? Smart 401(k) moves when you quit your job
Don’t lose out on your contributions.

3 Important Money Lessons Kids Under 5 Should Know
It’s never too early to start.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What kids can learn about money by having a savings account. Also in the news: A guide to debt management, the easiest way to cut your 2015 tax bill, and how Uncle Sam is trying to help you save.

What a Savings Account Can Teach Your Child About Money
Good money habits start early.

How Does Debt Management Work?
A guide to wrangling your debt.

Here’s the Easiest Way to Cut Your Tax Bill Now
There’s still time to shelter some of your income.

How Uncle Sam wants to help you get ready to retire
The government wants you to start saving.

In debt and need cash? Payday loans are not your only option. RSVP for the NerdWallet & NAACP webinar on March 1 at 5pm to learn about alternatives.

Q&A: Saving and investing for a child

Dear Liz: I recently got a court judgment for my daughter’s father to pay me child support. She is 1 year old, and it will be about $1,500 a month. I would like this money to be a gift for her when she is older. I’m told not to put it in her name now, as it may hurt her chance for financial aid for college later. How do you recommend I save and invest it for her? I’d like her to have it when she is a young adult.

Answer: This could be quite a gift for a young woman. If the money earned a 5% average annual return over time, you could be presenting her with a check for half a million dollars.

Consider putting at least some of the money in a 529 college savings plan. Withdrawals from these plans are tax-free when used to pay qualified college expenses. College savings plans receive favorable treatment in financial aid formulas because they’re considered an asset of the contributor (typically the parent), rather than the child.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to get your credit card’s annual fee to pay for itself. Also in the news: Balancing debt reduction and retirement savings, money lessons to teach your kids, and why you should check your FAFSA status.

How to Get Your Credit Card’s Annual Fee to Pay for Itself
Getting the most out of your credit card.

How to Balance Debt Reduction and Retirement Savings
You can do both.

4 Money Lessons Smart Parents Teach Their Kids
It’s never too early to start teaching them.

How and Why to Check Your FAFSA Status
Staying on top of the financial aid process.