Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 0% intro APR credit cards can help in a crisis, but mind the details. Also in the news: A look at metro home affordability for first time buyers, how to find the right credit card for your side hustles, and how to stretch your money while you’re unemployed.

0% Intro APR Credit Cards Help in a Crisis, but Mind the Details
That 0% can be more complicated than you’d think.

First-Time Home Buyer Metro Affordability Report – Q1 2020
What the market was like before the pandemic.

Side Hustle Much? You Might Have the Wrong Credit Card
Finding the right card for the gig economy.

Ways to Stretch Your Unemployment Benefits
Making your benefits last.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: For self-employed, filing for unemployment benefits is getting easier. Also in the news: How to pay rent when you can’t afford it, what to keep in mind with credit card payments during the pandemic, and how to find out what you owe the IRS.

For Self-Employed, Filing for Unemployment Benefits Is Getting Easier
What you need to know before filing a claim.

How to Pay Rent When You Can’t Afford It
Exploring your options.

COVID-19: What to Keep in Mind With Credit Card Bill Payments
Reach out to your card issuer.

Use This IRS Tool to Check What You Owe Them
Making sure you’re up-to-date.

How to ask your bank or lender for help

Many banks, credit card issuers and other lenders have promised to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They’re offering to defer or reduce payments and waive interest charges and rebate fees for those who have lost jobs, had their hours reduced or otherwise lost income to the COVID-19 crisis.

The help usually isn’t automatic, however. You have to ask for it — and ask the right way.

In my latest for the Associated Press, the important questions to ask your bank or lender.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Should you use your emergency fund during the COVID-19 outbreak? Also in the news: A new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on the Coronavirus relief checks, why you should join a money community for financial support, and 13 tips to help protect your online financial information.

Should You Use Your Emergency Fund During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
Don’t be afraid to use it when you actually need it.

SmartMoney Podcast: ‘Where’s My Coronavirus Relief Check?’
Finding your $1200.

Why you should join a money community for financial support
Strength in numbers.

13 Tips To Help Protect Your Online Financial Information
Cybercrime never rests.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Global Entry travelers now have an 18-month renewal grace period. Also in the news: College students can get more aid during the Coronavirus crisis, 4 ways to travel cheaply during an economic downturn, and choose a student loan repayment program with this calculator.

Global Entry Travelers Now Have an 18-Month Renewal Grace Period
An extended renewal period due to COVID-19.

College Students Can Get More Aid During the Coronavirus Crisis
Three ways to find help.

4 Ways to Travel Cheaply During a Recession
Traveling during an economic downturn.

Choose a Student Loan Repayment Plan With This Calculator
Finding the plan that works best for you.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do if you can’t pay for insurance due to Coronavirus. Also in the news: 3 effective ways to get airlines and hotels to bend their rules, a new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on spring cleaning your finances, and what the CARES Act means for public service student loan forgiveness.

What to Do if You Can’t Pay for Insurance Due to Coronavirus
Get in touch with your carrier immediately.

3 Effective Ways to Get Airlines and Hotels to Bend Their Rules
Twitter vs. phone vs. email.

SmartMoney Podcast: ‘How Should I Spring-Clean My Finances?’
Three steps to tidy things up.

What the CARES Act Means for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
Document everything.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to know about buying life insurance during the Coronavirus pandemic. Also in the news: How to earn passive income, deferring a personal loan payment, and how to sell your home during the Coronavirus shutdown.

Buying Life Insurance? What to Know During the Coronavirus Pandemic
It’s not too late for most people to still get coverage.

What Is Passive Income, and How Do I Earn It?
Making money without the pressure of a full-time job.

Can’t Pay Your Personal Loan? Here’s How Deferment Works
The stress relief is only temporary.

How to Sell Your Home During the Coronavirus Shutdown
Get ready to go virtual.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to file for Coronavirus unemployment if you’re self-employed. Also in the news: Should you save your miles and points or spend them, 8 ways to switch up the new at-home normal, and a new episode of the SmartMoney podcast on what to do when you owe the IRS.

How to File for Coronavirus Unemployment if You’re Self-Employed

Double Take: Should You Save Your Miles and Points or Spend Them?

8 Ways to Switch Up the New At-Home Normal

SmartMoney Podcast: “Help! I Owe the IRS!”

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: SmartMoney Podcast – Coronavirus and your portfolio. Also in the news: How to suspend or cancel car insurance temporarily, what to do when the Coronavirus crisis delays your wedding day, and Coronavirus food delivery options and how your credit card can help.

SmartMoney Podcast: Coronavirus and Your Portfolio
Managing the toll on your investments.

How to Suspend or Cancel Car Insurance Temporarily
Don’t pay for a car you’re not using.

What to Do When the Coronavirus Crisis Delays Your Wedding Day
Working with vendors and tips on paring back.

COVID-19: Food Delivery Options and How Your Credit Card Can Help
No-contact deliveries and savings on fees.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What to do when your Coronavirus stockpile runs low. Also in the news: How expanded Coronavirus unemployment benefits work, buy a car at a safe distance with a No-Touch deal, and how to lift or cancel a credit freeze.

What to Do When Your Coronavirus Stockpile Runs Low
Shopping strategically.

How Expanded Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits Work
Understanding the CARES Act.

Buy a Car at a Safe Distance With a ‘No-Touch’ Deal
Car buying moves online.

How to Lift or Cancel a Credit Freeze
Thawing your credit.