Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Cutting through credit score confusion after the Experian fine. Also in the news: Eat out without biting into your budget, the female faces of student loan debt, and why it’s harder than ever to apply for financial aid.

Cutting Through Credit Score Confusion After Experian Fine
Making sense of it.

Eat Out Without Biting Into Your Budget
It’s all about strategy.

Female Faces of Student Loan Debt
A Women’s History Month feature.

It’s Harder Than Ever to Apply for Student Aid
Finding ways to make the process easier.

The recession has helped nudge women into science jobs

STEM-logo_webEncouraging more women to pursue careers in science, technology, education and math – the so-called STEM fields – is a worthy goal, given the potential payoff for our economy and for women who get jobs in these higher-paying fields.

One surprising way to make it happen: Suffer through a recession.

My column for Reuters explores how women shift their career focus towards the sciences when the economy is struggling.

For DailyWorth, I take a look at the six types of money bullies and how to handle them.

And for CBS MoneyWatch, I examine the average credit score for millennials.