Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What Medicare Part A’s belly-up date means for you. In other news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on investing for your dream life, what the Inflation Reduction Act means for your Medicare coverage, and what small businesses should do now to prep for a recession.

What Medicare Part A’s Belly-Up Date Means for You
Shifting services, revamping drug coverage and cutting payments to providers are all strategies that could slow Medicare Part A insolvency.

Smart Money Podcast: Investing for Your Dream Life
This week we’re running an episode from our financial dream series.

What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Your Medicare Coverage
The act would implement cost-cutting measures for prescription drugs and cap out-of-pocket spending with Medicare Part D.

4 Things Small Businesses Should Do Now to Prep for a Recession
Speculation about a looming recession is putting pressure on many small-business owners to protect themselves against a downturn.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Should you Buy Now, Pay Later for back-to-school? Also in the news: $6 billion in relief to defrauded students signals change ahead, six ways to support small businesses hit with inflation, and these online resources will help you find free college textbooks.

Should You Buy Now, Pay Later for Back-to-School?
You can use BNPL to cover back-to-school shopping, but limit it to one purchase at a time and look for other ways to save.

$6 Billion in Relief to Defrauded Students Signals Change Ahead
More than 200,000 federal student loan borrowers who were misled by their schools are in line for $6 billion worth of debt relief.

6 Ways to Support Small Businesses Hit With Inflation
Business owners explain how they’d like to see their community show up for them as prices rise.

These Online Resources Will Help You Find Free College Textbooks
Why spend hundreds on a hard copy when you can download the PDF for free?

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Mortgage rates are unlikely to cool in August. Also in the news: 6 ways to support small businesses hit with inflation, has remote work changed the travel landscape, and oat milk and coffee drink are part of a major recall.

Mortgage Rates Unlikely to Cool in August
Mortgage rates will likely rise in August as the Federal Reserve continues to yank interest rates higher.

6 Ways to Support Small Businesses Hit With Inflation
Business owners explain how they’d like to see their community show up for them as prices rise.

Has Remote Work Changed the Travel Landscape?
Widespread access to remote work has changed the travel industry, perhaps for good.

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53 nationally distributed products have been recalled due to possible bacteria contamination.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 ways to protect your small business from cyberattacks. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast featuring a travel nerd’s trip to Japan, what Warren Buffett would do about inflation, and what Stablecoin’s troubles mean for crypto investors.

4 Ways to Protect Your Small Business From Cyberattacks
You can follow cybersecurity best practices, train your employees and invest in cyber insurance to protect your business.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Travel Diaries: Scrimping and Splurging in Japan
A Travel Nerd’s story about traveling to Tokyo for a vacation that balanced moments of luxury and cost-saving travel hacks.

Rising Inflation, Volatile Market: What Would Buffett Do?
For billionaire Warren Buffett, investing in low-cost index funds and pursuing value over the long term are the best ways to beat inflation and weather turbulent times.

What a Stablecoin’s Troubles Mean for Crypto Investors
TerraUSD’s high-profile flop has added to the pressure on digital assets this week.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 7 ways small-business owners can save on taxes in 2022. Also in the news: Check your DMs for debt collectors and scams, coupling your finances for Valentine’s Day, and how one couple reconciled their relationship with money.

7 Ways Small-Business Owners Can Save on Taxes in 2022
Seven things entrepreneurs and independent workers can do to lower their tax bills and their anxiety this filing season and in the year ahead.

Check Your DMs for Debt Collectors and Scams
Sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter could be where debt collectors slide into your DMs.

For Valentine’s Day, Couple Your Finances
Money coaches discuss how couples can combine finances and bank accounts while balancing autonomy and partnership.

How My Fiance and I Reconciled Our Relationships With Money
When differing financial attitudes collide, communicating openly is the best way to bridge the divide.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 things small businesses need to know about the Metaverse. Also in the news: Grads left behind $3.7B in free college aid in 2021, buying your next used car online, and why you should teach your kid to invest while they’re still a kid.

What Is the Metaverse? 5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know
The metaverse is coming — eventually. Here’s what you need to know in the meantime.

Grads Left Behind $3.75B in Free College Aid in 2021, Study Says
An estimated 813,000 Pell-eligible high school graduates didn’t submit the FAFSA in 2021, a college access nonprofit found.

Buy Your Next Used Car Online
Learning how to navigate online car dealerships can help you find your next used car from the comfort of your home.

Why You Should Teach Your Kid to Invest While They’re Still a Kid
Teaching them to save is good; teaching them to invest might be even better.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 banking facts to fortify your finances. Also in the news: Taking a new look at banking in 2022, 6 predictions for small businesses, and how to stop wasting your gift cards.

5 Banking Facts to Fortify Your Finances in 2022

2022. New year. New you. New look at banking? It would be a smart move.
Save for what makes you feel good in 2022
Expenses that don’t put a roof over your head, but do provide joy, rejuvenation and other hard-to-quantify benefits are worth saving for, too.

How will small businesses survive 2022? 6 predictions on what they’ll need for success.
It’s been a rough couple of years for many small businesses—what does the future hold?

How to Stop Wasting Your Gift Cards
Stop letting them collect dust in your wallet.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to bounce back from a credit card mistake. Also in the news: Why you should pack a travel guidebook even in 2021, 4 traits that helped small businesses survive the pandemic, and how charitable donations can earn you an added tax deduction this year.

How to Bounce Back From a Credit Card Mistake
Errors happen to even the most seasoned credit card users. They can be costly, but they’re not irreversible.

Why You Should Pack a Travel Guidebook, Even in 2021
The pages of an actual guidebook often offer a level of quality and convenience that the internet can’t.

4 Traits That Have Helped Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic
Expanded delivery and online services, among other features, have been attractive to consumers during the pandemic.

How Charitable Donations Can Earn You an Added Tax Deduction This Year
Hold on to those donation receipts.

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.
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.