Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to afford big-ticket items for the year. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on summer travel tips and conflicting financial priorities, how a Burbank teacher got their student loans forgiven, and 4 smart ways to teach kids about saving money.

How to Afford Big-Ticket Items for the Year
If you need to make a big purchase this year, such as furniture or an appliance, plan around sales and your budget.

Smart Money Podcast: Summer Travel Tips and Conflicting Financial Priorities
This week’s episode starts with a discussion about summer travel: how to manage costs, stay safe and prepare for the possibility of flight cancellations.

How I Got My Student Loans Forgiven: Teacher in Burbank, California
A fraught program gets temporary improvements.

4 Smart Ways to Teach Kids About Saving Money
Kids can learn to save by talking about money, securing a strong savings account and setting trackable goals.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to find an LGBTQ-Supportive financial advisor. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on setting your business up for success, the debate over student loan cancellation, and which items actually got cheaper this month.

How to Find an LGBTQ-Supportive Financial Advisor
Financial advisors exist for every income level and can help LGBTQ+ people realize their goals and ensure their wishes are honored.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Business: Setting Your Business Up for Success
This week, we talk with a business owner about how she turned on-the-side consulting work into a business with multiple revenue streams — and her passion for supporting other Latina entrepreneurs.

Are 0% Interest Student Loans Better Than $10K Cancellation?
Cancellation is the most popular proposal to address student loan debt, but it isn’t the only one out there.

These Items Actually Got Cheaper This Month
The new Consumer Price Index spells trouble, but not all items are affected.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Are 4-day workweeks and flexible hours the future of full-time? Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on home affordability trends in the United States and abroad, what to do if you can’t out-budget inflation, and how to set your own prices for Amazon Prime Day.

Are 4-Day Workweeks, Flexible Hours the Future of Full-Time?
While a shorter week sounds appealing, there are trade-offs — and perhaps other ways to raise worker satisfaction.

Smart Money Podcast: Why Are Homes Pricey in the U.S. and Abroad?
This week’s episode is a conversation among NerdWallet’s housing Nerds who discuss home affordability trends in the United States and abroad.

What if You Can’t ‘Out-Budget’ Inflation?
Inflation is a nightmare for the many Americans who already stretch their dollars to cover basic needs.

How to Set Your Own Prices for Amazon Prime Day (and Why You Should)
Beat Amazon’s manipulation tactics by setting your own maximum prices on Prime Day.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: A special episode of the Smart Money podcast on Queer money talk. Also in the news: How to shop for back-to-school during inflation, renting an EV for a gas-free road trip, and is owner financing ever a good idea?

Smart Money Podcast: Queer Money Talk
This week’s episode is dedicated to a conversation with David Auten and John Schneider of the Queer Money Podcast about the personal finance challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community.

Amid Inflation, Shop Back-to-School Early — But Not All at Once
Just as school-aged kids ease into summer break, the state of the economy forces many parents to put back-to-school shopping on the radar early.

Want a Gas-Free Road Trip? Consider Renting an EV
You can find EVs at some locations of major car rental companies or through car sharing alternatives.

Is Owner Financing Ever a Good Idea?
https://lifehacker.com/is-owner-financing-ever-a-good-idea-1849129075

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Is medical debt disappearing from your credit report? Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on tackling the racial wealth gap, using the 25-year-rule to buy a cool, cheap are, and how to check if your new circuit breaker is part of a serious recall.

Is Medical Debt Disappearing From Your Credit Report?
Health care bills are about to become far less threatening to the financial well-being of millions of Americans.

Smart Money Podcast: Taking On the Racial Wealth Gap
This week’s episode is dedicated to a conversation with journalist Kimberly Atkins Stohr. We discuss her series about how to solve the racial wealth gap.

Use the 25-Year Rule to Buy a Cool, Cheap Car
Tiny ’90s-era Japanese imports are having a moment. Here’s what you need to know.

Check If Your New Circuit Breaker Is Part of This Serious Recall
Approximately 1.4 million electric panels are included in the recall.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 7 things Medicare doesn’t cover. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on the cost of eggs, where small businesses are feeling inflation most, and the No. 1 hotel amenity people love might surprise you.

7 Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover
From dental cleanings to overseas health care, here’s what you’ll have to cover on your own.

Smart Money Podcast: What’s Up With Eggs, and Home Improvement Projects
This week’s episode starts with a discussion about eggs — why they’re so expensive right now and how you can adjust your shopping habits.

Here’s Where Small Businesses Are Feeling Inflation Most
Consumers aren’t the only ones with rising prices. Small businesses are battling inflation and supply chain delays.

The No. 1 Hotel Amenity People Love Might Surprise You
It seems everyone’s ready to kick back by the pool this summer.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to afford your meds and support your health. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on reducing child care costs, what the S&P bear market means for you, and why you might want to hold off traveling until September.

How to Afford Your Meds and Support Your Health
The cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. can be enough to make you sick.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Deep Dive: How to Reduce Child Care Costs
This week’s episode is a Nerdy deep dive into the cost of child care.

What Does the S&P 500 Bear Market Mean for You?
As of market close Monday, June 13, the S&P 500 has officially entered a bear market.

Don’t Forget: Travel Prices Usually Fall in September
We know it’s tempting to get out traveling again, but waiting until fall could be a big money-saver.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Fed hoists key interest rate as mortgage rates reach new heights. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on recession prep, a quiz to cut your credit card costs, and how long it could take for business travel to return to normal.

Fed Hoists Key Interest Rate as Mortgage Rates Reach New Heights
Some 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates surpassed 6% even before the Federal Reserve’s 75-point increase to the federal funds rate.

Smart Money Podcast: Recession Prep, and Lightning Round Money Questions
This week’s episode starts with a discussion about how to prepare your finances for a recession.

Pass This Credit Card Quiz and Cut Your Costs
Put your credit card knowledge to the test. Knowing the correct answers could save you money.

How Long Until Business Travel Returns to Normal?
Business travel is down, big-time, with experts anticipating a slow return to 2019 levels.

Thursday’s need-to-know money

Today’s top story: 9 essential business tasks that take an hour or less. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on the cost of childcare, 6 mistakes to avoid when you open a new credit card account, and why managing your money starts with your emotions.

9 Essential Business Tasks That Take an Hour or Less
It only takes a few minutes to apply for an employer identification number, get a business insurance quote and more.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Deep Dive: Why Is Child Care So Expensive?
This week’s episode is a Nerdy deep dive into the cost of child care.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Open a New Credit Card Account
Learning about a new card will help you optimize its benefits and avoid its gotchas.

Why Managing Your Money Starts With Your Emotions
Dealing with your feelings about money can clear away obstacles to making smart financial decisions.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money new

Today’s top story: Should you use a reverse mortgage to pay for long-term care? Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on giving family and friends money, a look at the Metro affordability report for first-time buyers, and the easiest ways to make your cell phone bill cheaper.

Should You Use a Reverse Mortgage to Pay for Long-Term Care?
A reverse mortgage can provide a crucial stream of income to pay for long-term care costs, but there are some limitations.

Smart Money Podcast: Giving Family Money, and What’s Happening With Inflation
This week’s episode starts with a discussion about when and how to give your family and friends money.

First-Time Home Buyer Metro Affordability Report – Q1 2022
Two years into the pandemic-era housing market, affordability falls again, making a bleak first quarter for first-time home buyers in 2022.

The Easiest Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Bill Cheaper
Your attention span is already prisoner to your phone; your wallet doesn’t have to be, too.