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.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Debit card fraud? Act fast to protect your money. Also in the news: How a data nerd tackled buying a house, popular 2021 home upgrades and how to pay for them, and when you don’t need to buy travel insurance.

Debit Card Fraud? Act Fast to Protect Your Money
When dealing with debit card fraud, get in touch with your bank quickly to protect your account.

How a Data Nerd Tackled Buying a House
The best financial advice is a starting point.

Popular 2021 Home Upgrades — and How to Pay for Them
If you can’t pay for a remodeling project with your savings, compare financing options to find the right fit.

When You Don’t Need to Buy Travel Insurance
Cancellation policies have relaxed during the pandemic, so you may not need travel insurance at all.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How a travel agent can help your COVID-Era travel plans. Also in the news: A beginner’s guide to travel insurance, possible relief for private student loan borrowers and what’s causing the GameStop stock frenzy.

How a Travel Agent Can Help Your COVID-Era Travel Plans
Travel agents can help you navigate coronavirus-related restrictions and make canceling trips easier.

A Beginner’s Guide to Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can help cover costs for unexpected events like cancellations, trip delays and medical care.

Will There Be Relief for Private Student Loan Borrowers?
It doesn’t look good.

What’s Causing the GameStop Stock Trading Frenzy?
An explainer.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Travel insurance options for digital nomads. Also in the news: What to do if you’ve been denied student loan refinancing, a new set of shopping tips in the pandemic, and what really happens when you file bankruptcy.

Travel Insurance Options for Digital Nomads
Digital nomads might travel for extended periods of time, so their needs are different than the average traveler.

Denied for Student Loan Refinancing? What to Do Next

A New Set of Shopping Tips in the Pandemic
Keeping yourself safe.

What Really Happens When You File for Bankruptcy
A look at each type of bankruptcy.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to pay for a home remodel without tapping your equity. Also in the news: U.S. unemployment shrinks, but recovery varies across race, sex, and age, how to avoid last-minute tax surprises when closing your business, and is COVID-specific travel insurance worth buying.

How to Pay for a Home Remodel Without Tapping Your Equity
Paying for a renovation equity-free can help you expedite the funding process and even start the project sooner.

U.S. Unemployment Shrinks, but Recovery Varies Across Race, Sex and Age
The recovery isn’t universal.

Thinking of closing your business? Avoid these last-minute tax surprises
Your state may also have requirements for dissolving your business, including canceling registrations and licenses.

Is COVID-Specific Travel Insurance Worth Buying?
What to consider before your next trip.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 National Parks to visit this fall and where to stay on points. Also in the news: How to find travel insurance that offers COVID coverage, 7 Personal Finance Rules it’s OK to break during a pandemic, and How to save the economy for everyone.

6 National Parks to Visit This Fall, and Where to Stay on Points
National parks waive fees on National Public Lands Day. Here’s where you can take advantage of the discount.

How to Find Travel Insurance That Offers COVID CoverageHere’s what to look for when seeking a travel insurance policy to cover coronavirus-related cancellations.
Reas the fine print.

7 Personal Finance Rules It’s OK to Break During a Pandemic
Almost half of Americans reported a reduction in income and need to adjust how they manage household bills.

How to save the economy for everyone
It’s worse than the 2008

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Does my travel insurance cover the Coronavirus? Also in the news: 3 signs that itemizing your taxes may be worth the headache, types of home inspections you should know, and why you shouldn’t pay for credit repair piggy back scams.

Does My Travel Insurance Cover the Coronavirus?
What to know about your upcoming travels.

3 Signs That Itemizing Your Taxes May Be Worth the Headache
How to know when it’s worth the effort.

Types of Home Inspections Buyers Should Know
When you should call in more than one inspector.

Don’t Pay for Credit Repair ‘Piggyback’ Scams
There are better ways to boost your credit.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How much you need to save every month to earn $60,000 a year in interest alone for retirement. Also in the news: 9 credit cards that provide travel insurance, how to turn your home into a moneymaker, and the easiest way to shop at warehouse clubs without a membership.

How much you need to save every month to earn $60,000 a year in interest alone for retirement
Nerdwallet crunches the numbers.

9 Credit Cards That Provide Travel Insurance
Accidents can happen, even on vacation.

Turn your home into a moneymaker.
Add some diversification to your portfolio.

The Easiest Way to Shop at Warehouse Clubs Without a Membership
Get into Costco without sneaking in the back entrance.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 divorce mistakes that can cost you. Also in the news: How to achieve financial independence without retiring early, consolidated debt and how to do it right, and where to go when you have a travel insurance problem.

5 Divorce Mistakes That Can Cost You
Curb your social media.

How to Achieve Financial Independence Without Retiring Early
A worthwhile goal.

What Is Consolidated Debt and How to Do It Right in 2019
Don’t start charging again.

Where To Go When You Have A Travel Insurance Problem
Being your own best advocate.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 ways a separate credit card could soup up your side hustle. Also in the news: Travel insurance and winter weather woes, exercise options besides an annual gym membership, and 15 money moves to make in 2019.

3 Ways a Separate Credit Card Could Soup Up Your Side Hustle
Double-dip on rewards.

Will Travel Insurance Cover Winter Weather Woes?
What to know before you book.

Exercise Options Besides an Annual Gym Membership
Cheaper alternatives.

15 money moves to make in 2019
Spending less and saving more.