Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to afford summer road trips amid high gas prices. Also in the news: A Travel Nerd on what the strong dollar means for summer travel, saving at summer music festivals, and how a business can move towards pay equity.

How to Afford Summer Road Trips Amid High Gas Prices
Travelers can save on road trips by traveling through regions with low-cost gas and by renting electric vehicles.

Ask a Travel Nerd: What Does the Strong Dollar Mean for Summer Travel?
Amid the anxiety of inflation, U.S. travelers can take comfort that their dollar will go further abroad.

Fine-Tune Your Music Festival Budget and Save
Music festivals can be pricey. Here’s how to see your favorite artists without breaking the bank.

How a Business Can Move Toward Pay Equity
Beyond avoiding litigation and reputation damage, pay equity is about fairly compensating workers for their experience and skills.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Crypto could be coming to your 401(k). Also in the news: When it comes to your car contract, the devil is in the details, the Travel Nerd on what oil prices mean for your summer travel, and the majority of adults support mandatory personal finance education in schools.

Crypto May Be Coming to Your 401(k) — Here’s What to Know Now
You may soon have access to Bitcoin as an investment in your 401(k). But think about how you react to losses before jumping in.

When It Comes to Your Car Contract, the Devil Is in the Details
Avoid bogus fees and additional charges in your car contract by reading carefully before you sign.

Ask a Travel Nerd: What Do Oil Prices Mean for My Summer Travel?
Airfares are rising, car rentals will cost you. Maybe try a city with good public transit?

88% of adults support requiring personal finance education in high school, survey finds
Starting off on the right foot.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Flying is likely the cheapest option for spring and summer trips. Also in the news: 8 tactics to break credit card debt cycles, dealing with bank mergers, and negotiating COVID-19 medical bills.

Flying is likely cheapest option for spring, summer trips
According to NerdWallet travel writer Sally French, despite the feeling that everything is more expensive these days, traveling by airplane is actually cheaper on average than it was before the pandemic.

8 tactics to break credit card debt cycles
Take a deep look at your credit card relationship.

If your bank merges, should you shop around or stay put?
How to handle changes with your bank.

Can You Negotiate Your COVID-19 Hospital Bills?
Insurance companies have stopped waiving COVID-19 treatment costs, but there are ways to appeal a huge medical bill.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do if a fair credit score cuts your credit card options. Also in the news: Should you use points and miles to book 2021 travel, should you purchase travel insurance for your summer vacation, and how often you should be checking your credit report.

What to Do If a Fair Credit Score Cuts Your Credit Card Options
If you have only average credit, appealing credit cards aren’t as easy to come by. But you do have some choices.

Ask a Travel Nerd: Should I Use Points and Miles to Book 2021 Travel?
If you’ve been sitting on a pile of travel points, now might be a good time to start planning how to use them.

Do I Need Travel Insurance for My Summer Vacation?
If you’re making nonrefundable bookings, you might want to consider a travel insurance plan.

How Often Should You Be Checking Your Credit Report?
More often than you’d think.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: These are probably your best options for travel this summer. Also in the news: A new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on how the pandemic is changing our financial lives, how your state may let you deduct the costs of working from home during the pandemic, and 10 steps to avoiding tax-return identity theft.

These are probably your best options for travel this summer
It’s going to be weird.

SmartMoney Podcast: The Pandemic Is Changing Our Financial Lives, and What to Know About Refinancing Now
Things have changed dramatically.

Your State May Let You Deduct The Costs of Working From Home During the Pandemic
Covering the costs of your upgrades.

10 Steps to Avoiding Tax-Return Identity Theft
Protecting your Social Security number.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How your credit card can help you save on summer travel. Also in the news: 7 steps to save on hardwood flooring costs, how not to be a knucklehead on Venmo, and how to boost your benefits at work.

How Your Credit Card Can Help You Save on Summer Travel
Using credit card rewards to pay for vacation.

7 Steps to Save on Hardwood Flooring Costs
How to keep your budget grounded.

How Not to Be a Knucklehead on Venmo
Don’t make things uncomfortable.

Boosting your benefits
Don’t leave money on the table.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

air-miles-cardToday’s top story: The worst airports in the U.S. for summer travel. Also in the news: 3 smart money moves to make buying a home easier, creating a money map to make sense of your financial plan, and five signs it’s time to shop for a new credit card.

The 10 Worst Airports in the U.S. for Summer Travel and How You Can Cope
Plan ahead.

Make Buying a Home Easier With 3 Smart Money Moves Now
Save money early and regularly.

Create a Money Map to Make Sense of Your Financial Plan
A big picture view.

5 Signs It’s Time to Shop for a New Credit Card
Loyalty doesn’t always pay.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

money-vacation-saveToday’s top story: How to save on summer travel. Also in the news: Tips on organizing your financial life, making sense of financial terms, and four traits financially secure people share.

5 Ways to Save on Summer Travel
Your wallet deserves a vacation, too.

Four Steps To Organize Your Financial Life
Make next year’s tax season easier.

Demystifying Financial Terms to Manage Your Finances Better
Knowledge is power.

4 Traits That Financially Secure People All Share
Learning from the pros.

12 Ways to Keep Your Money Safe Online
Steps you can take to protect your information.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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6 ways to score deals on summer travel
Planning ahead could save you money.

Why You May Not Get An Inheritance (And What To Do About It)
You know that saying about counting chickens before they hatch?

Outside-the-Box Financial Strategies to Pay for College
Thinking outside the loan box.

The Hidden Costs of Moving
You’re going to need boxes, packing tape and a whole lot of cash.

Helping Gen Y Declare Their Financial Independence
Escaping the debt-ridden 20’s.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailAdvice on how to hire a contractor, how not to waste your summer vacation money on AMT fees, and what to do when you realize someone has hacked your email.

Top 8 Pro Tips on Hiring a Contractor
Home renovations can be much less stressful with the right contractor.

Save Money on Summer Travel by Avoiding ATM Fees
How not to waste your souvenir money on ATM fees.

9 Things to Do When Your Email is Hacked
Panicking is not one of them.

9 Ways to Save on Flights
How not to waste the aforementioned souvenir money on plane tickets.

Do Women Over 50 Need Life Insurance?
The pros and cons of purchasing a policy after 50.