Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 signs you’re about to overpay for life insurance. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on big purchases and overcoming money guilt, 53% of Americans support expanding Medicare benefits, and avoid penalties by filing for a tax extension.

6 Signs You’re About to Overpay for Life Insurance
If you focus on convenience or a policy’s extra benefits, you might pay too much. Here’s what to look out for.

Smart Money Podcast: Big Purchases and Overcoming Money Guilt
How to use credit cards to cover big purchases.

53% of Americans Support Expanding Medicare Benefits, Survey Finds
Some potential Medicare changes are more popular than others, according to a new NerdWallet poll.

Avoid Penalties by Filing for a Tax Extension
The deadline is midnight tonight.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

refinancingToday’s top story: Fees to watch out for when buying a home. Also in the news: How to request a tax extension, original ways to spend your tax refund, and what we can learn about finances from Game of Thrones.

6 Fees to Look Out for When Buying a Home
As if the home didn’t cost enough already!

How to ask for a tax extension
Don’t avoid the issue.

7 Slightly Original Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund
Still not a $10,000 Apple Watch.

Experts Cull Financial Lessons From ‘Game of Thrones’
The Lannisters always pay their debts, and so should you.

How to Rebuild Your Finances After Draining Your Emergency Fund
How to start over.