Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 times debt can be a helpful tool. Also in the news: How to buy stuff that lasts, how to plan for big expenditures, and how small daily purchases really affect your long-term finances.

3 times debt can be a helpful tool
When debt serves a purpose.

How to Buy Stuff That Lasts
Finding truly reliable and durable products isn’t always easy.

How to Afford Big-Ticket Items for the Year
If you need to make a big purchase this year, such as furniture or an appliance, plan around sales and your budget.

How Much Do Small, Daily Purchases Really Affect Your Long-Term Finances?
Your avocado toast or morning coffee is not to blame for your debt.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to buy stuff that lasts. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on how to build the right team, positive signs for college enrollment, and the most creative ways to use the equity in your home.

How to Buy Stuff That Lasts
Savvy consumers consider price, performance and reliability when making a major purchase, such as a car or home appliance.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Business: Building the Right Team
This week, we talk with a business owner about how she launched her IT consulting business, the way she learned to choose the right partners and what her exit strategy is.

A Positive Sign for College Enrollment — Finally
After a two-year slump in college enrollment, there’s at least one early indicator of a reversal ahead: Financial aid application submissions are up.

The Most Creative Ways to Use the Equity In Your House
To start with, you can actually use a HELOC to pay off your existing mortgage.