This week’s money news

This week’s top story: Smart Money podcast on investing for your family’s future. In other news: Family budgeting tips that actually work, billions spent on tax returns that could be filed for free, and 3 ways to maximize points and loyalty programs on your work trips.

Smart Money Podcast: ‘The Color of Wealth’: Investing for Your Family’s Future
This week’s episode is dedicated to a conversation about strategies Black women can use to invest for their family’s future.

Family Budgeting Tips That Actually Work
Following a family budget is challenging, especially when unexpected costs pop up, but staying flexible will help.

Billions Spent on Tax Returns That Could Be Filed for Free
About 101 million eligible filers missed out on using the Free File program, a NerdWallet data analysis shows.

3 Ways to Maximize Points and Loyalty Programs on Your Work Trips
Make sure travel reservations are linked to your loyalty accounts, especially if you weren’t the one who booked.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: When good money advice is bad for you. Also in the news: Loyalty program overload, 4 ways socially responsible banks are good for you and your wallet, and why we stress spend during the holidays.

When Good Money Advice Is Bad for You
One size does not fit all.

Loyalty Program Overload? Here’s How to Stay Focused
Making the programs work for you.

4 Ways Socially Responsible Banks Are Good for You and Your Wallet
When your money supports a mission.

Why we stress spend during the holidays — and how to stop
Curbing impulse behavior during the holidays.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: Life without credit cards. Also in the news: What to splurge (and skimp) on for back-to-school shopping, why you should pay an extra $100 on your student loans right now, and how banks are working to gain your loyalty.

Life Without Credit Cards: How Two Families Make It Work
Could you do it?

What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back-to-School
Spending carefully.

5 Reasons to Pay an Extra $100 on Your Student Loans Right Now
Saving on interest.

How Banks Are Working to Gain Your Loyalty
Going beyong the free toaster.