Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Save more money for your next vacation with this simple trick. Also in the news: How LexisNexis identity mix-ups could be scrambling your finances, how to review your LexisNexis report and fix errors, and all the ways your credit card use reveals personal info.

Save More Money for Your Next Vacation With This Simple Trick
You won’t even miss the money.

LexisNexis Identity Mix-Ups Could Be Scrambling Your Finances
Your Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange could contain errors.

Check Yourself: How to Review Your LexisNexis Report and Fix Errors
Getting your information straight.

All The Ways Your Credit Card Use Reveals Personal Info
Privacy is a myth.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Green Dot launches 3% cash back and savings account. Also in the news: Apps that could prompt impromptu spending, how to avoid lifestyle creep, and how to financially plan for having kids.

Green Dot Launches 3% Cash Back and Savings Account
A new offering from Green Dot.

These Types of Apps Could Prompt Impromptu Spending
You don’t need any help spending money.

Don’t Let Lifestyle Creep Sneak Up on You
Staying in your lifestyle lane.

How to Financially Plan for Having Kids
They’re both cute and costly.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let lifestyle creep sneak up on you. Also in the news: 7 steps to buying a house, do you need a tax ID number, and how to make sure you don’t lose your credit card rewards when closing the card.

Don’t Let Lifestyle Creep Sneak Up on You
Living within your means.

What Is a Tax ID Number, and Do I Need One?
Going beyond your Social Security number.

Home Buying Checklist: 7 Steps to Buying a House
Making an important list.

How to Make Sure You Don’t Lose Your Credit Card Rewards When You Close the Card
Reading the fine print.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Regretting your Equifax settlement choice? You can change it. Also in the news: What to buy (and skip) in August, considering CDs as savings interest rates fall, and how to wean your adult child off your credit cards.

Regrets About Your Equifax Settlement Choice? You Can Change It
You might want that credit monitoring after all.

What to Buy (and Skip) in August
Let the back-to-school shopping begin.

When Savings Rates Fall, CDs Might Appeal
Interest on savings is about to take a dive.

How to Wean Your Adult Child Off Your Credit Cards
Setting an expiration date.

Is your wealth dripping away?

As a spokesperson for the insurance industry, Loretta Worters often gives tips to homeowners on preventing water damage. Some of her knowledge comes from personal experience.

Worters says she had owned a home in Bellmore, New York, for only a month when she noticed the clothes washer in the basement was taking an awfully long time to fill.

“I went downstairs and I was up to my ankles in water,” says Worters, vice president of communications for the Insurance Information Institute.

Appliance and plumbing failures are a leading cause of household water damage, which is far more common than you may think. Homeowners are six times more likely to suffer property losses from water than from theft and seven times more likely than from fire, says Kelly Greene, a risk consulting manager from Chubb Personal Insurance who led a session on property damage at the Financial Planning Association NorCal conference in May. (“Water damage” is different from flooding, which is rising water that affects two or more properties.)

In my latest for the Associated Press, steps you can take to ensure your wealth doesn’t evaporate drip by drip.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Dodge dealership dread with online used car sellers. Also in the news: What first-time home buyers should know about fixer-uppers, how to save for the future when it’s uncertain, and how long it takes for paid debt to be reported to credit bureaus.

Dodge Dealership Dread With Online Used Car Sellers
Car shop from your couch.

What First-Time Home Buyers Should Know About Fixer-Uppers
Don’t get trapped in a money pit.

How to save for the future when it’s uncertain
An emergency fund is crucial.

Here’s How Long It Takes for Paid Debt to Be Reported to Credit Bureaus
Be patient.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 sites to help aging parents organize vital details. Also in the news: How much you’ll really pay for that student loan, financial records to keep in your “go bag”, and online games that encourage savings.

3 Sites to Help Aging Parents Organize Vital Details
Keeping important documents straight and accessible.

How Much You’ll Really Pay for That Student Loan
The totals can be shocking.

Keep These Financial Records in Your ‘Go Bag’
Documents to have in case of an emergency.

People are paying to play online games that encourage them to save
Contradictory? Or incentivizing?

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What not to buy for your vacation. Also in the news: How to tidy up your finances so each dollar sparks joy, how to save on road trips, and how your retirement savings compares to others in your age group.

What Not to Buy for Your Vacation
What to buy to save money and time.

‘Tidy Up’ Your Finances So Each Dollar Sparks Joy
The Marie Kondo effect.

How to Save on Road Trips
Don’t blow all of your money on fuel.

Find Out How Your Retirement Savings Compare to Others in Your Age Group
Are you ahead or behind?

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: In the points and miles game, blind loyalty can cost you. Also in the news: The best mortgage lenders with no origination fee, how a personal loan affects your credit score, and how thinking like an optimist could help you save more.

In the Points and Miles Game, Blind Loyalty Can Cost You
You could end up losing the points game.

Best Mortgage Lenders with No Origination Fee of 2019
They’re not easy to find.

How Does a Personal Loan Affect Your Credit Score?
A chance to improve your score.

To Save More, Think Like an Optimist
The saving power of positive thinking.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news


Today’s top story: Why you should love robo-advisors. Also in the news: 7 ways to trim your tax bill in retirement, how Roth IRA taxes work, and how to save money for the future when it’s uncertain.

Why You Should Love Robo-Advisors
Keeping costs low and advice honest.

Taxes in Retirement: 7 Ways to Trim Your Bill
Ideas that can reduce financial stress in retirement.

How Roth IRA Taxes Work
A good investment at tax time.

How to save for the future when it’s uncertain
Preparing for a variety of outcomes.