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: Why good credit matters even if you don’t plan to borrow. Also in the news: An expert weighs in on how to travel safely, 4 options if you’re undecided about college this fall, and how to amend a tax return online.

Why Good Credit Matters — Even if You Don’t Plan to Borrow
Good credit provides a safety net in a crisis, and it can reduce bills and make you look better on applications.

Ask an Expert: Is Any Travel Safe?
Can we safely beat our cabin fever?

Still Undecided About College This Fall? Know These 4 Options
Things will look a bit different.

How to Amend a Tax Return Online
You no longer need to mail in corrections.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Haven’t filed a tax return lately? You can still get a refund. Also in the news: The ultimate travel tip for couples, a new tax form that may help simplify filing for seniors, and what Trump’s budget plan would mean for you student loan debt.

Haven’t Filed a Tax Return Lately? You Can Still Get a Refund
You’re owed what you’re owed.

Ask a Points Nerd: Our Ultimate Travel Tip for Couples
Companion tickets make it easier.

This New Tax Form May Help Simplify Filing for Seniors
The 1040-SR.

What Trump’s Budget Plan Would Mean for Your Student Loan Debt
Looking at the key cuts.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Is your debt good or bad? Also in the news: How to get a copy of your tax returns or an IRS transcript, why you might not get $125 in Equifax settlement money, and 13 tips for throwing a budget-friendly kid’s birthday party.

Is Your Debt ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’? It Depends
How to determine what you’re dealing with.

How to Get an IRS Transcript or Copy of Your Tax Return
Keep a copy handy.

Why You Might Not Get $125 in Equifax Settlement Money
Don’t spend that money just yet.

13 Tips for Throwing a Budget-Friendly Kid’s Birthday Party
Cut costs without cutting the fun.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: My Frugal Februarys: Lessons from buying only necessities. Also in the news: 12 African-American financial gurus to follow in 2019, many Americans are shocked by their 2018 tax returns, and what to know about the alternative minimum tax.

My Frugal Februarys: Lessons From Buying Only Necessities
Sticking to the essentials.

12 African-American Financial Gurus to Follow in 2019
For Black History Month and beyond.

Many Americans Are Shocked By Their Tax Returns in 2019. Here’s What You Should Know
Be prepared for a smaller refund.

What’s the Alternative Minimum Tax and Who Pays It?
Everything to know about the ATM.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to know before saying yes to an online wedding dress. Also in the news: Using your tax return to map out a better financial future, 8 ways to get cheap movie tickets, and how to take advantage of financial technology.

What to Know Before Saying ‘Yes’ to an Online Wedding Dress
There are bargains to be had but proceed with caution.

Use Your Tax Return to Map Out a Better Financial Future
Look for weak spots that could use improvement.

8 Ways to Get Cheap Movie Tickets
A great way to cool off this summer.

How to Take Advantage of Financial Technology
Apps to help make handling money easier.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Does the CFPB still care about students? Also in the news: How to use your tax return to map out a better financial future, paring down the price of a move to a new state, and 6 strategies to get a divorce without going broke.

Does the CFPB Still Care About Students?
Borrowers could be losing protection.

Use Your Tax Return to Map Out a Better Financial Future
Using your tax refund strategically.

Pare Down the Price of a Move to a New State
Finding ways to cut costs.

6 strategies to get a divorce without going broke
How to avoid a big bill.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Goofed on your tax returns? Here’s what to do. Also in the news: 5 awful reasons to buy a stock, what newlyweds need to know about insurance, and does free shipping make you spend more money.

Goofed on Your Tax Return? Here’s What to Do
Don’t panic.

5 Awful Reasons to Buy a Stock
Be cautious when buying.

What Newlyweds Need to Know About Insurance
Changes you need to make.

Does Free Shipping Make You Spend More Money?
When free shipping gets costly.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

bigstock-U-s-Income-Tax-Return-Form-28476797-e1390508229663Today’s top story: The best time to file your tax returns. Also in the news: Picking the right financial advisor, overcoming retirement obstacles, and what the Presidential candidates have planned for your wallet.

The Best Time to File Your Tax Return
What’s the optimum time for you?

Key Steps to Researching a Financial Advisor
Finding the right advisor.

5 ways to overcome obstacles between you and retirement
Don’t let them get in your way.

Keep an eye on candidates’ plans for your wallet: Advisors
They’re both after your money.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

emergency-fund-1940x900_36282Today’s top story: Debunking emergency fund myths. Also in the news: How filing separately could give some couples a lower tax bill, the financial benefits of living with less, and how much down payment you should have to buy a home.

Debunking 5 Emergency Fund Myths
Separating fact from financial fiction.

Filing Separately Could Give Some Couples a Lower Tax Bill
Splitting up your tax returns could save you money.

The Financial Benefits of Living With Less
Downsizing your way out of debt.

How Much Down Payment Do You Need to Buy a Home?
How much do you really need?