Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How one family paid off $130,000 of debt in less than four years. Also in the news: The pros and cons of cash-out refinancing, the sneaky ways burnout hurts your bottom line, and how to not let your vet bill dog you forever.

How I Ditched Debt: Little Splurges on the Path to Freedom
One family’s story of paying off $130,000 in less than four years.

Cash-Out Refinance Pros and Cons
A good way to pay for home improvements.

Sneaky Ways Burnout Hurts Your Bottom Line
Millennials are struggling.

Don’t Let Your Vet Bill Dog You Forever
Taking care of your best pal.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: SmartMoney podcast on how to pay off debt faster. Also in the news: What to expect when requesting a credit limit increase, why you should always pay in local currency when traveling, and 10 money mistakes millennials should avoid.

SmartMoney podcast: ‘How Can I Pay Off My Debt Faster?’
Tips from the experts.

Requesting a Credit Limit Increase? Here’s What to Expect
Question and answerr

Why You Should Always Pay in Local Currency When Traveling
Avoid markups and fees.

10 Money Mistakes Millennials Should Avoid (No. 10’s a Shocker)
These mistakes could come back to haunt you.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to buy (and skip) in September. Also in the news: Why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge, hard-won tips from borrowers who got student loan forgiveness, and why podcasts can actually push people to start saving for retirement.

What to Buy (and Skip) in September
September is the month of big sales.

Why Streaming Services Are the New Credit Card Rewards Binge
Millennial-friendly reward categories.

Hard-Won Tips From Borrowers Who Got Student Loan Forgiveness
You’ll need lots of patience.

Why podcasts can actually push people to start saving for retirement
Catch up on your retirement planning while driving to work.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How student loan fees work and what they cost. Also in the news: Making renting work for your financial goals, what millennials get wrong about Social Security, and does the new Apple credit card live up to the hype?

How Student Loan Fees Work and What They Cost
Origination fees can be costly.

Make Renting Work for Your Financial Goals
It could help you buy your dream home down the line.

What Millennials Get Wrong About Social Security
Time for some mythbusting.

Does the new Apple Card live up to all the hype?
Reviews are mixed.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Make renting work for your financial goals. Also in the news: Why this investment account is becoming more popular, what millennials get wrong about Social Security, and the common money regimen that can backfire and leave you worse off.

Make Renting Work for Your Financial Goals
Rent reporting can boost your credit score.

Why This Investment Account Is Becoming More Popular
Revisiting the brokerage account.

What Millennials Get Wrong About Social Security
Costly myths.

The common money regimen that can actually backfire and leave you worse off
When dieting doesn’t work.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What millennials get wrong about Social Security. Also in the news: How to save more money for your next vacation, the best rewards credit cards for family travel, and why you should think of your finances in terms of what you’re not buying.

What Millennials Get Wrong About Social Security
The danger of believing the myths.

Save More Money for Your Next Vacation With This Simple Trick
Using a travel savings account.

Which Rewards Credit Cards Are Best for Family Travel?
The top picks.

Think About Your Finances in Terms of What You’re Not Buying
It could help to build longterm wealth.

What millennials get wrong about Social Security

Few issues unite millennials like the future of Social Security. Overwhelmingly, they’re convinced it doesn’t have one.

A recent Transamerica survey found that 80% of millennials, defined in the survey as people born between 1979 and 2000, worry that Social Security won’t be around when they need it. That’s not surprising — for years, they’ve heard that Social Security is about to “run out of money.”

The language doesn’t match the reality. In my latest for the Associated Press, why the myths surrounding Social Security could cause problems for millennials and their retirement.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Logical credit moves that can lead to trouble. Also in the news: Investing is within Millennials’ reach, ditch the dealership with online used car sellers, and what you should know about the qualified small business stock tax exclusion.

5 ‘Logical’ Credit Moves That Can Lead to Trouble
Common sense doesn’t always work in your favor.

Take Heart, Millennials — Investing Is Within Your Reach
Just make sure your financial foundation is strong.

Ditch the Dealership With Online Used Car Sellers
Get in the driver’s seat from your couch.

If Your Compensation Package Includes Stock, You Should Know About This Tax Rule
The qualified small business stock exclusion.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why you should ask your parents about their financial plans. Also in the news: Why you no longer need a chip-and-PIN card overseas, earning and burning your airline rewards to maximize free flights, and 1 in 4 millennials raiding 401(k)s early to pay down debt.

Yes, You Should Ask Your Parents About Their Financial Plans
Life moves fast.

Do You Need a Chip-and-PIN Card? Probably Not Anymore
“Chip-and-signature” becoming widely accepted overseas.

‘Earn and Burn’ Your Airline Rewards to Maximize Free Flights
Use your miles as soon as possible.

Yikes: 1 in 4 millennials raiding 401(k)s early to pay down debt
Risking retirement.

Monday’s need-to-know money news


Today’s top story: What students can learn from the days before college loans. Also in the news: How one couple paid off over $120,000 in debt in three years, which 1.5% cash-back credit card you should choose, and how millennials racking up credit card points could backfire.

What Students Can Learn From the Days Before College Loans
Community college as a money-saver.

How I Ditched Debt: Kicking Frugality Into High Gear
How one couple paid off over $120,000 in three years.

Which 1.5% Cash-Back Credit Card Should You Choose?
Finding the perfect fit.

Millennials are racking up credit card points—here’s how that could backfire
When chasing points puts you in debt.