Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Money myths you don’t have to live by. Also in the news: Keep track of store deadlines for happy returns, how to stop scammers who sound just like your bank, and how to use tipping apps.

You Don’t Have to Live By These Money Myths
What works for one person might not work for another.

Keep Track of Store Deadlines for Happy Returns
And hold on to those receipts.

How to Stop Scammers Who Sound Just Like Your Bank
Protecting your personal information.

How to Use Tipping Apps
Tipping goes mobile.

You don’t have to live by these money myths

We’re told experiences are supposed to make us happier than stuff — turns out that may apply mostly to the affluent. The famous marshmallow test that predicts future success, based on which kids can resist an immediate treat? That research has similar problems. Meanwhile, the jury’s still out on whether willpower is something you can “use up.”

Studies about these issues shaped a fair amount of personal finance advice in recent years. The fact that researchers may have drawn incorrect or at least incomplete conclusions reminds us that blanket advice on money is risky. What works for one person may not work for the next, particularly if their financial lives are vastly different. In my latest for the Associated Press, the money myths you don’t have to live by.

5 money myths you probably believe

Managing money can be complicated, and myths are often born from people’s struggles to make it simpler. But simplistic solutions can cost you instead of saving you money.

If you believe any of these five money myths, it’s time to take a closer look at the financial realities.

In my latest for the Associated Press, it’s time for some money myth busting.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to save for retirement while getting out of debt. Also in the news: money lessons to teach your kids this summer, money myth busting, and how to protect your Facebook information from identity thieves.

How to Save for Retirement While Getting Out of Debt
It’s not impossible.

9 Money Lessons To Teach Your Kids This Summer
And have fun while doing it.

5 Foolish Money Myths You Can Stop Believing Right Now
Myth busting!

How to Master Your Facebook Privacy Settings
Protecting your personal information from identity thieves.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

homebuyerToday’s top story: How to help a family member buy a house. Also in the news: Personal finance mythbusting, easy ways for retirees to cut spending, and how to get good financial advice for free.

The Right Way to Help a Family Member Buy a Home
Making the process easier for both of you.

Why These 4 Personal Finance Myths Perpetuate Money Problems
Some long overdue mythbusting.

Retirees: 9 easy ways to cut spending
How to painlessly reduce your spending.

How You Can Get Good Financial Advice for Free
Take advantage of free Certified Financial Planner days.

Keep Track of Your Hourly Wage, Even If You’re Salaried
Your time is as valuable as your money.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to protect yourself from credit card breaches. Also in the news: The best ways to pay for college, how to avoid year-round tax scams, and what happens to your debt after you die.

Shelter yourself from payment card breaches
How to protect both your finances and your identity while shopping.

The Best Ways to Pay for Your Child’s College Education
How to combat the rising cost of a college education.

Tax-related scams don’t hit just during tax season
Beware of these year-round scams targeting your taxes.

Who Will Inherit Your Debt When You Die?
One thing you don’t want to leave behind.

Why These 4 Personal Finance Myths Perpetuate Money Problems
Monday mythbusting.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

homebuyerToday’s top story: How long you should work to max out your social security benefits. Also in the news: What your student loans are really costing you, 9 common financial myths, and paying close attention to closing costs.

Social Security Benefits: How Long Should You Work to Max Them Out?
Determining your magic number.

Are Your Student Loans Costing You More Than You Think?
Find out what you’re really paying.

9 Common Money Myths
How many do you believe?

Watch Out for These Closing Costs When Buying a Home
Don’t pay more than you have to.

Quiz: Are you smart enough to buy a home?
Do you have what it takes to become a homeowner?