Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Need a passport for a trip? Give yourself a big time cushion. Also in the news: How to avoid getting sick on a plane, what to buy (and skip) in September, and how to minimize credit damage from medical bills.

Need a Passport for a Trip? Give Yourself a Big Time Cushion
If you don’t pay fees for expedited service, you can expect to wait 18 weeks or more for a new or renewed passport.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane
Traveling can increase your risk of getting sick, but there are steps you can take to mitigate exposure.

What to Buy (and Skip) in September 2021
Plan accordingly.

How to Minimize Credit Damage From Medical Bills
Keeping what you owe out of the hands of debt collectors.