Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Starter credit cards are still a thing but are harder to get. Also in the news: A new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on debt and refinancing, debt management as an alternative to credit card relief, and should you let your insurance company track your driving?

Starter Credit Cards Are Still a Thing but Harder to Get
Starter credit cards have gotten harder to qualify for in recent years — but not impossible. And more options exist now.

Smart Money Podcast: The Psychology of Debt, and When to Refinance
People are having complicated feelings about plastic.

If Credit Card Relief’s a No-Go, Check Out Debt Management
Not everyone will qualify for hardship programs or find the terms affordable.

Should You Let Your Insurance Company Track Your Driving?
You could get a significant discount.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Ask a Points Nerd: What Will Holiday Travel Be Like? Also in the news: Starter credit card options, how to avoid common and costly home renovation mistakes, and what to know about Sam’s Club’s new telehealth program.

Ask a Points Nerd: What Will Holiday Travel Be Like?
It’s hard to say how pent-up demand might affect this holiday travel season.

Starter Credit Card Options: Student Card or Secured Card?
They can both help you establish your credit history, but they function differently.

How to avoid common and costly home renovation mistakes
The key lies in good planning and financial strategizing

What to Know About Sam’s Club’s Telehealth Program
24/7 access to doctors.