Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Why the Good Enough home may just be perfect. Also in the news: How to turn your retirement plan into an early-retirement plan, how to mess up a variable annuity, and why it’s important to calculate the cost of college – not just tuition.

The ‘Good Enough’ Home May Be Just Perfect
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.

How to Turn Your Retirement Plan Into an Early-Retirement Plan
Tweaking your ideas about retirement.

How to Mess Up a Variable Annuity
Mistakes can be costly.

Calculate the Total Cost of College—Not Just Tuition
There’s a whole lot more to pay for than just classes.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Pile of Credit CardsToday’s top story: NerdWallet’s best credit card tips for November. Also in the news: How credit card rewards can help pay for the holidays, what to do if your parents don’t have a retirement plan, and the pros and cons of a joint checking account with your parents.

NerdWallet’s Best Credit Card Tips for November 2016
Preparing for holiday spending.

How Credit Card Rewards Can Help Pay for the Holidays
Every little bit counts.

What to Do If Your Parents Don’t Have a Retirement Plan
An important conversation.

Helping out Mom or Dad with a joint checking account? Watch out
The pros and cons.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

taxesToday’s top story: How to write a retirement plan. Also in the news: The tax advantages of homeownership, tax tips for members of the military, and the billions of dollars in unclimed tax refunds.

How to Write a Retirement Plan
It’s a lot simpler than you might think.

Still Renting? You’re Missing These Tax Advantages
Homeownership has its benefits.

7 Tax Tips for Military Members
The IRS has special rules for military members.

The IRS Says They Have $1 Billion in Unclaimed Refunds, So Make Sure to Claim Yours
If you didn’t file taxes in 2012, you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars.