Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 6 ways to finance your home improvement project. Also in the news: The dwindling power of Pell Grants to help at-need students, ‘Gamify’ your savings with a prize-linked bank account, and upcoming sales tax holidays.

6 Ways to Finance Your Home Improvement Project
A breakdown of loan options.

Pell Grants: Dwindling Power to Help At-Need Students
The maximum grant now covers less than 60% of expenses.

‘Gamify’ Your Savings With a Prize-Linked Bank Account
Introducing Yotta.

Sales tax holidays are coming up. Here’s where your state stands
More than a dozen states are offering a back-to-school break.