Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Inflation can spell disaster for some 40% of Americans. Also in the news: 5 reasons why ‘Shoulder Season’ is the best time to travel, a new episode of the Smart Money podcast on paying for college, and how a strong college application remains possible even with transcript gaps.

Inflation Can Spell Disaster for Some 40% of Americans
As of December, prices across all goods and services had risen more in a single year than they had in nearly 40 years.

5 Reasons Why ‘Shoulder Season’ Is the Best Time to Travel
Smaller crowds and better deals make the not-quite-offseason a great time to travel.

Smart Money Podcast: How Nerds Choose the Best, and Paying for College
NerdWallet’s Content team leader explains how Best-Of Award winners are chosen and why you can trust our picks.

Transcript Gaps? A Strong College Application Remains Possible
Show colleges the best version of yourself, but also know admissions officers have adapted their expectations.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: This year, resolve to leave no gift card unused. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on saving for your dream retirement, how to have the wedding you want for less, and comparing car insurance rates.

This Year, Resolve to Leave No Gift Card Unused
Most gift cards are spent within a year, but billions of dollars remain unspent and about 1% to 2% of gift card dollars typically go unused.

How to Have the Wedding You Want for Less
When planning a wedding, there’s pressure to create a perfect event. But you can still have the day of your dreams with a wedding budget of any size.

Smart Money Podcast: Saving for Your Dream Retirement
Budgeting pro Marissa Lyda talks with Sean and Liz about saving and how she’s made a full-time job out of YouTube.

Compare Car Insurance Rates
The NerdWallet guide to finding the best car insurance rate

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a financial therapist can help shift your money mindset. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on new money resolutions and strategizing debt payoff, how to attract busy contractors to your home remodel, and saving for what makes you feel good in 2022.

How a Financial Therapist Can Help Shift Your Money Mindset
A financial therapist can help you challenge your money fears and make progress in your investing journey.

Smart Money Podcast: New Money Resolutions, and Strategizing Debt Payoff
This week’s episode starts with a conversation about how to craft and achieve your money resolutions in the new year.

How to Attract Busy Contractors to Your Home Remodel
Patience, planning and a good referral can help homeowners stand out to contractors for home remodel projects.

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.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What the No Surprises Act means for your medical bills. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on buying your dream house, the January mortgage rate forecast, and 5 steps to reach your money goals in 2022.

What the No Surprises Act Means for Your Medical Bills
The No Surprises Act bans surprise medical bills for emergency services and unexpected out-of-network providers.

Smart Money Podcast: Buying Your Dream House
Sean and Liz chat with Nerd Elizabeth Renter about how she bought her dream house.

Mortgage Outlook: Rates May Stand Still in January
January mortgage rates forecast.

5 Steps to Reach Your Money Goals in 2022
With inflation and economic uncertainty clouding 2022, shoring up your finances this month can feel even more urgent.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Student loan pause is extended. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on what our listeners accomplished this year, 6 Instagram tips for small-business owners, and for young adults, building credit starts now.

Student Loan Pause is Extended
Payments will resume May 2nd.

Smart Money Podcast: What Our Listeners Accomplished This Year, Part 2
This week’s episode continues our celebration of our listeners’ money wins in 2021.

6 Instagram Tips for Small-Business Owners, by Small-Business Owners
Learn how to build an effective small-business Instagram strategy that takes up minimal time.

For Young Adults, Building Credit Starts Now
Building your credit while you’re young will pay off in the future, and it may be easier than you think.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do when your holiday gifts haven’t arrived. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on financial accomplishments, how pet insurance can keep costs in check, and the benefits of an unpaid internship.

Your Holiday Gifts Still Haven’t Arrived. Now What?
Remain calm.

Smart Money Podcast: What Our Listeners Accomplished This Year, Part 1

Pet Insurance Can Help Keep Costs for Your Furbaby in Check
A pet insurance policy can pick up part of the tab if your four-legged companion gets sick or injured.

Get Skills — Not Bills — at an Unpaid Internship
It can cost thousands of dollars to do an unpaid internship, and many take on credit card debt to get by. Here are ways to limit that high-interest debt.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to avoid going overboard and over budget on kids’ holiday gifts. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on countering uncertainty and building wealth early, Medicare and prescription drug costs, and what you need to know about Medigap Plan D.

Avoid Going Overboard and Over Budget on Kids’ Holiday Gifts
To avoid overspending this year, find a gifting strategy that works for your kids and your budget.

Smart Money Podcast: Countering Uncertainty, and Building Wealth Early
Sean and Liz discuss how to counter uncertainty, and respond to a young listener’s question about building wealth.

Does Medicare Cover Prescription Drugs?
Original Medicare beneficiaries can buy prescription coverage called Part D. Medicare Advantage plans usually include coverage.

What Is Medigap Plan D? What You Need to Know
Medigap Plan D helps Medicare enrollees with some costs not covered by Medicare Part A and Part B.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Cash back, miles, or…wine? Credit card rewards are evolving. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on why you should question your bills and how to make the most of a raise, Medicare’s telehealth experiment could be here to stay, and the best way to ask for a cost-of-living increase.

Cash Back, Miles or … Wine? Credit Card Rewards Are Evolving
If cash back and travel feel blah, a new crop of credit cards will reward you in different ways.

Smart Money Podcast: Why to Question Your Bills, and Making the Most of a Raise

Medicare’s Telehealth Experiment Could Be Here to Stay
An astronomical increase in telehealth visits by Medicare beneficiaries in 2020 could prompt a reshaping of post-pandemic rules.

The Best Way to Ask for a Cost-of-Living Raise
Inflation rates are the highest they’ve been in 30 years.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Will inflation be good for student loan borrowers? Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on holiday travel and financial advisors, how to retrain for a new job, and the December 2021 mortgage outlook.

Will Inflation Be Good for Student Loan Borrowers?
Student loan borrowers are taking to social media to celebrate inflation.

Smart Money Podcast: Travel Tips, and Finding the Right Financial Advisors

Talking holiday travel.

So You Want a New Job? Here’s How to Retrain
What happens to workers after the “Great Resignation?”

Mortgage Outlook: Rates Heading North in Late December
Rates will crawl up at the end of the month.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Should you bank with your brokerage?Also in the news: AirPods Black Friday 2021 deals, Smart Money Podcast on the benefits of being boring with your money, and saving money even back at the gym.

Should You Bank With Your Brokerage?
A cash management account can make it easier to invest, and CMAs have their own unique banking-style benefits.

AirPods Black Friday 2021 Deals: Are They Worth It?
Amazon and Best Buy are marking the AirPods Pro down to $189.99.

Smart Money Podcast The Benefits of Being Boring With Your Money, and Why to Make a Will ASAP
The benefits of being boring with your money.

Quitting Peloton? You Can Save Money, Even Back at the Gym
Peloton’s weak earnings data indicates that people are quitting at-home workouts. It could save you money, too.