Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How your vacation spending can help fund next year’s trip. Also in the news: How much you’ll really pay for that student loan, the 5 best and 5 worst states for retirement, and what NOT to buy on Amazon Prime Day.

Record Summer Vacation Spending? Pay It Forward to Your Next Trip
Consider a travel rewards card.

How Much You’ll Really Pay for That Student Loan
Interest rates can be shocking.

Here are the 5 best and 5 worst states for retirement
Did yours make the list?

What NOT to buy on Amazon Prime Day
Not all sales are created equal.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to plan a vacation without getting into debt. Also in the news: How to save money and drive safer by plugging into your car’s computer, 9 expenses to pack in your moving budget, and 3 people show how they got control of their college debt.

How to Plan a Vacation Without Getting Into Debt
Sticking to your budget.

Plug Into Your Car’s Computer to Save Money, Drive Safer
Using the onboard diagnostic panel.

9 Expenses to Pack in Your Moving Budget
Don’t forget the minor details.

3 people, 3 ways of getting control of college debt
What you can learn from their approaches.