This week’s money news

This week’s top story: Smart Money podcast on no-spend month 2.0, and recovering from credit damage. In other news: February mortgage rates on the downslope by end of month, having a conversation about fraud with older adults, and how to save your job from laying off.

Smart Money Podcast: No-Spend Month 2.0, and Recovering From Credit Damage
This week’s episode starts with a conversation about how to do a no-spend month that will work for you.

February Mortgage Rates on the Downslope by End of Month
With inflation in retreat, mortgage rates could follow downward.

Have a Conversation (Not a Lecture) About Fraud With Older Adults
Chatting with older adults about fraud and scams could help everybody in the conversation avoid becoming a victim.

Industries Most Likely to See Layoffs + How to Save Your Job
Money News & Moves: As layoffs escalate, these are the jobs most at risk — and how to protect yours.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 homebuying lessons from last year’s unsuccessful buyers. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on No Spend Month and making money while raising kids, why you can expect to pay more for car insurance this year, and why banks are eliminating overdraft fees.

5 Homebuying Lessons From Last Year’s Unsuccessful Buyers
Buying a home in 2022 won’t be easy, but learning from last year’s challenges might give you the edge that you need to succeed.

Smart Money Podcast: No-Spend Month, and Making Money While Raising Kids
How to make a no-spend month work for you.

Why You Can Expect to Pay More for Car Insurance This Year
Rising car prices, supply-chain and labor shortages, plus minimal rate increases last year are leading to an expected surge in car insurance costs.

Why Banks Are Eliminating Overdraft Fees
More banks are reducing or eliminating overdraft fees on customer accounts because of increased competition.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why buying life insurance for your parents can make financial sense. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on the 50/30/20 budget, one person’s no-spending month results, and when to hire a tax professional.

Why Buying Life Insurance for Your Parents Can Make Financial Sense
Life insurance can help offset the costs of your parents getting older, but you’ll need their help to get it.

Smart Money Podcast: Money News You Missed and the 50/30/20 Budget
Breaking down the budget numbers.

I Stopped Spending for a Month, and You Can Too
One person’s success story.

When to Hire Someone to Do Your Taxes
When it’s time to call in the pros.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to nail a no-spend month. Also in the news: New credit card benefits we’d love to see for 2021, the popular online banking service Simple is shutting down, and TurboTax customers will still get their stimulus payment.

How to Nail a No-Spend Month
Recover from the holidays.

New Credit Card Benefits We’d Love to See for 2021
The pandemic forced credit card issuers to revamp their travel card benefits. Why stop there?

Simple, the Popular Banking Service, Is Shutting Down
What to do if you have an account.

TurboTax Customers Will Still Get Their Stimulus Payments
Understanding the glitch.