Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How COVID-fueled crowdfunding can revive small businesses. Also in the news: How point and mile values have changed over the pandemic, the one trick to traveling cheaply, and this tool tells you what you owe the IRS before they come looking for it.

How COVID-Fueled Crowdfunding Can Revive Small Businesses
Tips for launching an effective campaign.

How Have Point and Mile Values Changed Over the Pandemic?
For the most part, airline miles are worth more than they were last year, while hotel points are worth less.

There’s Just One Trick to Traveling Cheaply: Flexibility
To fly for the lowest price, you should try searching without a specific destination or date in mind.

This Tool Tells You What You Owe the IRS Before They Come Looking for It
Beating the IRS to the punch.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 ways to help small businesses recover from the pandemic. Also in the news: The pros and cons of paycheck advance apps, an update on the housing market, and 23 states that are ending the extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits.
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5 Ways to Help Small Businesses Recover From the Pandemic
As a consumer, there are steps you can take to support businesses in your community. Here are five tips from small-business owners.

Should You Use a Paycheck Advance App?
Paycheck advance apps with low fees seem like a good idea if you need extra cash. Here’s what to know about them.

The Property Line: Housing Shortage Hangs On; Price Crash Unlikely
The housing shortage is blamed on factors including regulations and lack of workers. No need to fear a crash, but fixes won’t be easy.

These 23 States Are Ending the Extra $300 Per Week in Unemployment Benefits
Eleven more states join the list.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How small businesses can help workers save. Also in the news: 8 housing and mortgage trends for 2021, 45% of federal student loan borrowers unsure they can pay, and how to get your collectibles appraised.

How Small Businesses Can Help Workers Save
Small businesses can offer inexpensive ways to help workers save automatically through payroll deduction.

The Property Line: 8 Housing and Mortgage Trends for 2021
Low mortgage rates, strong home sales and evictions are among the trends expected in 2021.

Survey: 45% of Federal Student Loan Borrowers Unsure They Can Pay
Millions face the return of their monthly bill in January as the automatic pause for federal student loans ends.

How to Get Your Collectibles Appraised
Just how much is that signed baseball worth?

How small businesses can help workers save

Donna Skemp of Bend, Oregon, struggled to save before she signed up for an automatic savings plan offered by her employer’s payroll services company. Now, some of her pay goes into a federally insured, interest-paying savings account that she can access any time with a debit card.

“It’s painless, and it’s so easy,” says Skemp, accounting and office manager for the nonprofit Every Kid Sports, which pays sports registration fees for children from low-income families.

Skemp is lucky — more than one-third of private-sector workers don’t have access to workplace savings plans via payroll deduction. Many small-business owners may think such plans are too expensive or complicated to administer. In my latest for the Associated Press, find out why that isn’t so.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do if you’re laid off due to Coronavirus. Also in the news: Coronavirus relief for small businesses and the self-employed, free ways to protect your mental health, and 4 things to do for your parents during the Coronavirus outbreak.

What to Do if You’re Laid Off Due to Coronavirus
One step at a time.

Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses and the Self-Employed
What the CARES Act offers.

Free Ways to Protect Your Mental Health
Just as important as your physical health.

Do These 4 Things for Your Parents During Coronavirus Outbreak
We all need to take care of each other.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 12 African-American financial gurus to follow in 2019. Also in the news: How minimalism can declutter your finances, 11 Presidents Day sales to shop this weekend, and 6 small business tax deductions.

12 African-American Financial Gurus to Follow in 2019
Personal finance experts share their best advice.

Minimalism Can Declutter Your Finances, Too
Debt does not spark joy.

11 Presidents Day Sales to Shop This Weekend
Good time to buy a new mattress.

6 Small Business Tax Deductions
Don’t skip these deductions.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to mend holes in your budget with a little needle and thread. Also in the news: Understanding online loans, the cybersecurity best practices for small businesses, and a 2% boost is on the way for Social Security in 2018.

Mend Holes in Your Budget With a Little Needle and Thread
Easy repair measures.

Understanding Online Loans
Reading the fine print.

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses
Protecting your digital assets.

Social Security benefits to get 2% boost in 2018
A small raise is in the future.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

mortgageToday’s top story: How to know you’re mortgage pre-approval worthy. Also in the news: AmEx doubles your rewards at small businesses until the end of the year, where the savviest shoppers live, and the most common money schemes people still fall for.

How to Know You’re Mortgage Preapproval Worthy
Don’t be caught by surprise.

AmEx Doubles Rewards at Small Businesses Till End of 2016
A win-win all around.

Study Finds Where the Savviest Shoppers Live and What They’re Buying
What’s happening in your area?

The Most Common Money Schemes People Still Fall For
Don’t get duped.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

gay-marriage-cake-toppers-485x320Today’s top story: Wallet-stretching tips for renters. Also in the news: Financial advice for newly married couples, why timing is everything with travel rewards credit cards, and how small businesses can be prepared when disaster strikes.

6 Wallet-Stretching Tips for Renters
Keeping a roof over your head without breaking the bank.

10 Pieces of Financial Advice for Newly Married Couples
What to do when you’re back from the honeymoon.

With travel rewards credit cards, timing is everything
Don’t miss out on valuable points.

When Disaster Strikes: 3 Ways Small Businesses Can Be Prepared
Keeping your business afloat during tough times.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailToday’s top story: The increase in identity theft makes checking your credit an absolute necessity. Also in the news: How to prepare your college freshman for financial realities, how to pay off your debt for good, and five ways small businesses can get the most out of their credit cards.

Another Reason You Really Need to Remember to Check Your Credit
Staying on top of your credit is absolutely vital.

How to Prepare Your Child for the Financial Realities of Freshman Year
Better get used to ramen, kid.

Step-By-Step Guide: How To Pay Off Debt For Good
Could this method work for you?

Small-Business Credit Card Basics: 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Card
Always paying on time is key.

Review and Improve Your Budget With These Three Questions
Using your money on what truly matters most.