Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The end of student loan forbearance will be tougher on women. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on what people get wrong about credit and how to build a budget when you’re self-employed, 5 misconceptions about how insurers price your auto premium, and start your holiday savings now to skip the regret later.

The End of Student Loan Forbearance Will Be Tougher on Women
Over a million women have had to drop out of the workforce

Smart Money Podcast: What People Get Wrong About Credit, and Self-Employed Budgeting
A discussion about what people get wrong when it comes to managing their credit — and how they can improve their credit the right way.

5 Misconceptions About How Insurers Price Your Auto Premium
Getting to the truth.

Start Holiday Savings Now, and Skip the Regret Later
Between now and December, these money-saving strategies can keep you from taking on additional debt or overspending.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Make your money more exciting by keeping it boring. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on finding a new job and rent vs. buy in a new city, 7 ways to make more confident COVID-Era business decisions, and why you might finally qualify for student loan forgiveness.

Make Your Money More Exciting — By Keeping It Boring
Growing your net worth doesn’t have to be a thrill ride. Boring money management allows you to live your life while your nest egg grows in the background.

Smart Money Podcast: Finding a New Job and Rent vs. Buy in a New City
Getting what you want out of a new job.

7 Ways to Make More Confident COVID-Era Business Decisions
Here’s how to make COVID-era decisions with less anxiety.

You Might Finally Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness
New Public Service Loan Forgiveness rules mean hundreds of thousands of borrowers could have their loans forgiven faster than expected.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How gratitude can help your financial life. Also in the news: What’s being fixed with student loan forgiveness, a new Smart Money podcast deep dive on investing strategies, and what happens when you’re too sick to pay your credit card bills.

How Gratitude Can Help Your Financial Life
Taking stock of what you have.

Student Loan Forgiveness: What’s Getting Fixed?
Public service loan forgiveness is being repaired.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Deep Dives: Investing, Part 3
Exploring investment strategies.

I Was in a Coma and Couldn’t Pay My Credit Card Bills
After a medical emergency, your card issuer may be able to make accommodations to lessen the financial strain.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The FAFSA, your ticket to help pay for college, just opened. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on negotiating and volatile car valuations, what to buy and skip in October, and how car insurance works after a natural disaster.

The FAFSA, Your Ticket to Help Pay for College, Just Opened
The FAFSA opened Oct. 1. Apply as soon as possible to be considered for the most available free money for college.

Smart Money Podcast: Haggling Tips and What’s Driving Volatile Car Valuation
How to negotiate.

What to Buy (and Skip) in October 2021
Tricks and treats.

How Car Insurance Works After a Natural Disaster
Comprehensive coverage pays for damage to your car from disasters like floods and wildfires, but other coverage options may offer peace of mind.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 4 workarounds to book your fall vacation rental with points. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on fall financial tasks and debit cards for kids, what it costs to fill up an electric vehicle, and why waiting until the last minute could save you money on your hotel room.

4 Workarounds to Book Your Fall Vacation Rental With Points
Booking a vacation home rental with rewards points is more difficult than booking a hotel, but it’s not impossible.

Smart Money Podcast: 5 Financial Tasks for Fall, and Kid Debit Cards

What’s It Cost to Fill Up an EV?
It costs less to charge an electric vehicle than it does to buy gasoline, even when traveling — if you plan ahead.

If you’re looking for a hotel deal, it might pay to wait until the last minute
Two weeks could be the sweet spot.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Don’t let Social Security steer you wrong. Also in the news: 3 times to think twice about paying for your kid’s college, a new episode of the Smart Money podcast on investing, and how to spot the signs of a better market for homebuyers.

Don’t Let Social Security Steer You Wrong
When to claim benefits is a complex decision. Don’t rely on the help line staff, and consider getting a pro’s help.

Pay for Your Kid’s College? 3 Times to Think Twice
Don’t take on college debt for your child if your financial health will suffer when your kid doesn’t pay the bill.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Deep Dives: Investing, Part 1
Exploring your personal money background and how it can affect your investing choices.

The Property Line: Watch for Signs of a Better Market for Buyers
Home buyers can track the number of offers, days on market and inventory to see whether the market is becoming more favorable.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Charged an overdraft fee? Ask for a refund. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on DIY investing, beating your summer revenge shopping debt, and what every homeowner should know about trampolines.

Charged an Overdraft Fee? Ask for a Refund
It never hurts to ask.

Smart Money Podcast: DIY Investing and Lightning Round Questions
What it is, how to do it and any potential risks.

Beat Your Summer ‘Revenge Shopping’ Debt
Paying for your return to society.

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Trampolines
If you’re not covered, it may be hard to bounce back from a big liability claim.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 ways to rein in impulse spending. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on lifestyle creep and booking cheap travel, 4 business financial metrics to track performance, and 8 other things your digital wallet can do for you.

5 Ways to Rein In Impulse Spending
Get a handle on urges before a debt cycle starts — especially if you expect holiday expenses in the months ahead.

Smart Money Podcast: Lifestyle Creep and Booking Cheap Travel
How to know if you’re falling victim to it, tips for preventing it and how to spend your money intentionally.

Know These 4 Business Financial Metrics to Track Performance
Understanding your financial performance is essential to making informed business decisions. These four metrics can help.

8 Other Things Your Digital Wallet Can Do for You
Send and receive money, lower exposure to germs when paying and get more benefits by using a digital wallet.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Pandemic puts personal finance on high school agenda. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on Delta spending habits and marriage vs. mortgage, 4 new rules for entrepreneurs in 2021, and the mortgage outlook for September.

Pandemic Puts Personal Finance on High School Agenda
“Educators say there’s never been more interest in the subject from students and parents.”

Smart Money Podcast: Delta Spending Habits and Marriage vs. Mortgage
How the Delta variant is changing the way people spend money.

4 New Rules for Entrepreneurs in 2021
How COVID has rewritten the rules.

Mortgage Outlook: September Rates to Ascend, Then Level Off
What to expect in the month ahead.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 things to do before you buy crypto. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on back to school shopping and breaking bad money habits, student debt is canceled for borrowers with disability, and 6 ways to make your business more agile.

3 Things to Do Before You Buy Crypto
All your friends are doing it. Should you invest in crypto, too? Take it slow and meet other money goals first.

Smart Money Podcast: School Supply Shopping and Breaking Bad Money Habits
How to save money when back-to-school shopping this year.

Student Debt Canceled for Borrowers With Disability; $10K Forgiveness Stalled

6 Ways to Make Your Business More Agile
Small businesses with agility can quickly pivot to survive disruptions and take advantage of opportunities.