Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Your guide to earning bonus miles with airline promotions. Also in the news: 4 important features to finding the perfect home, why some people don’t mind overpaying the IRS, and this cash-envelope budgeting system turns back-to-school shopping into a money lesson.

Your Guide to Earning Bonus Miles With Airline Promotions
Check out these limited-time offers.

Look for these 4 important features to find the perfect home
Sometimes good enough is perfect.

Here’s why these people don’t mind overpaying the IRS
They’d rather get a refund.

This cash-envelope budgeting system turns back-to-school shopping into a money lesson
Letting your kids make the decisions.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Will a summer job burn your financial aid for college? Also in the news: 4 cool-down summer escapes you can book with points, new tools that can help turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck, and how how to find out if you’re eligible for a $20,000 payment from Equifax data breach.

Will a Summer Job Burn Your Financial Aid for College?
The unexpected impact.

4 Cool-Down Summer Escapes You Can Book With Points
Beating the heat with reward points.

New tools can help turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck
Personalized tools to create best-case scenarios.

Are you eligible for a $20,000 payment from Equifax data breach?
Don’t get too excited.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Stocking up for school can be eco-friendly and economical. Also in the news: Why this Southwest Airlines card is a solid choice for budget travelers, how to choose a secured credit card, and the best tip calculator apps.

Stocking up for school can be eco-friendly AND economical
Look for freebies first.

Why This Southwest Card Is a Solid Choice for Budget Travelers
Putting the Companion Pass within reach.

How to Choose a Secured Credit Card
Not all secured cards are created equal.

Best Tip Calculator Apps to Download Now
Make tipping much easier.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Beyond Airbnb: Your guide to peer-to-peer travel platforms. Also in the news: 5 reasons to get the Orbitz rewards Visa credit card, the Roth IRA 5-Year rule, and 5 money strategies for military deployments.

Beyond Airbnb: Your Guide to Peer-to-Peer Travel Platforms
Thinking beyond hotels.

5 Reasons to Get the Orbitz Rewards Visa Credit Card
All about the Orbucks.

What Is the Roth IRA 5-Year Rule?
Looking out for penalties.

5 Money Strategies for Military Deployments
Important lessons military families should know.

Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: These 3 tricks can help you shop less. Also in the news: What you need to know about Slack’s IPO, a college survival guide for your money, and how to use travel rewards for a Memorial Day Weekend getaway.

These 3 Tricks Can Help You Shop Less
Curbing your spending.

What you need to know about Slack’s IPO.
The work chat hits Wall Street.

College Survival Guide for Your Money
Surviving the unexpected.

How to Use Travel Rewards for a Memorial Day Weekend Getaway
The official kickoff of summer.

Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: In the points and miles game, blind loyalty can cost you. Also in the news: The best mortgage lenders with no origination fee, how a personal loan affects your credit score, and how thinking like an optimist could help you save more.

In the Points and Miles Game, Blind Loyalty Can Cost You
You could end up losing the points game.

Best Mortgage Lenders with No Origination Fee of 2019
They’re not easy to find.

How Does a Personal Loan Affect Your Credit Score?
A chance to improve your score.

To Save More, Think Like an Optimist
The saving power of positive thinking.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 travel rewards myths that could cost you. Also in the news: 5 things to know about the Hilton Honors AmEx business card, what to know about SIMPLE IRAs, and how to manage household finances after your spouse dies.

5 Travel Rewards Myths That Could Cost You
How to make the most of your rewards.

5 Things to Know About the Hilton Honors AmEx Business Card
Solid benefits.

What Is a SIMPLE IRA and How Do I Open One?
The small company version of a 401(k).

How to Manage Household Finances After Your Spouse Dies
Navigating new financial waters.

5 travel rewards myths that could cost you

Twenty-four years ago, I knew so little about travel rewards that I took an around-the-world trip without signing up for a single frequent traveler program. Those lost points and miles still haunt me.

Fast forward to last summer, when our family stayed two nights at a luxury hotel in Venice, Italy. Our room would have cost an eye-popping €1,500, or about $1,700, per night. Thanks to the points I’d accumulated using a travel rewards credit card, this over-the-top stay was free.

There’s definitely a learning curve involved when it comes to travel rewards, but delaying your education can be costly if you love to travel. In my latest for the Associated Press, 5 travel reward myths to avoid.

Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Travel rewards can take you far – but only if you pay attention. Also in the news: How blind loyalty can cost you in the points and miles game, the states where tax bills have shrunk the most, and what to do if your credit card application was rejected.

Travel Rewards Can Take You Far – but Only If You Pay Attention
Don’t overestimate their value.

In the Points and Miles Game, Blind Loyalty Can Cost You
Keeping your rewards as rewarding as possible.

These are the states where tax bills have shrunk the most
Is yours one of them?

What to Do If Your Credit Card Application Was Rejected
Make sure your credit report is correct.




Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 times to stash your cash and pay with plastic. Also in the news: Chase switches to Expedia for its online travel, how to use autopay to boost your bottom line, and a guide to borrowing money from friends and family.

5 Times to Stash Your Cash and Pay With Plastic
Good for extra protection.

Chase Switches to Expedia to Power Its Online Travel Portal
More choices and flexibility.

How to Use Autopay to Boost Your Bottom Line
It could even help save for retirement.

A Guide to Borrowing Money From Friends and Family
How to handle that awkward conversation.