Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to make living in a new place a reality. Also in the news: How one couple paid off $300k of debt in three years, what workers can learn from retirees’ regrets, and the average FICO score hits an all-time high.

Dreaming of Living in a New Place? Here’s How to Make It a Reality
One step at a time.

How I Ditched Debt: Small Wins Help Achieve a Big Dream
How one couple paid off over $300K in three years.

What Workers Can Learn From Retirees’ Regrets: Save More Now
The sooner, the better.

Average FICO score hits all-time high
The nation’s average score is now 706.

Moving to escape taxes? Make it a clean break

Breaking up can be hard to do if the other party doesn’t want to let you go. People who move out of high-tax states may learn this the hard way — through a residency audit.

States such as New York, California and Illinois use the audits to claim that your recent interstate move was just a tax dodge and that you still owe their state income taxes. Proving you’ve actually moved and plan to make the new place your permanent home — yes, the burden of proof is on you in a residency audit — often requires far more than flashing your new driver’s license or spending a certain number of days outside the old state. In my latest for the Associated Press, how to prepare for a residency audit.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How your tax refund could improve your credit. Also in the news: 5 smart ways to invest your tax refund, how the Apple Card stacks up against the competition, and how moving between states could raise or lower your tax burden.

How your tax refund could improve your credit
Using your refund strategically.

5 Smart Ways to Invest Your Tax Refund
Your refund could help fund your future.

How the Apple Card Stacks up Against the Competition
Comparing features.

Will Moving Between States Raise or Lower Your Tax Burden?
Dramatic swings in both directions.





Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 9 expenses to pack in your moving budget. Also in the news: How to stretch summer job money, retaking control over car payments, and when it pays to buy a one-way plane ticket.

9 Expenses to Pack in Your Moving Budget
Leave some wiggle room.

How to Stretch Summer Job Money
Invest in your future.

Car Payments Out of Control? Retake the Wheel
Get back in the driver’s seat.

When It Pays to Buy a One-Way Plane Ticket
One=way premiums are disappearing.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

building-good-creditToday’s top story: How to build credit without a credit card. Also in the news: Financial steps to take if you’re getting divorced, apps to help with moving, and how your financial behavior is manipulated.

7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card
Non-credit card options for building credit.

7 Financial Steps to Take When Getting a Divorce
Protecting yourself during a difficult time.

These Apps Will Make Your Next Move a Breeze
Taking some of the stress away from moving.

The Six Ways Your Financial Behavior Is Manipulated
Who’s pulling the strings?

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: How to protect your bank account. Also in the news: How to financially survive moving, how to rebuild your credit, and how to curb your impulse buying.

5 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Bank Account
Defending your assets.

Married and moving? Heed these money tips
Packing is stressful enough.

How to build, or rebuild your credit
Starting over.

Put a 30-Day Delay on All Impulse Purchases to Ensure You Really Need It
Find out how much you really want it.