3 Ways to Get Socially Distanced Tax Prep This Year

Before COVID-19, doing your taxes often meant carrying a box of paperwork to someone’s office for a long, in-person visit. For many people, that’s no longer a viable option in this era of social distancing. But there are still ways to get your taxes done safely — if you know what to look for. 1.…

Your Credit Report May Be Wrong — Here’s What to Do About It

Consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in record numbers in 2020, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. Credit reporting issues were cited in 282,000, or 63%, of the complaints. The majority noted “incorrect information” on credit reports or “information belongs…

4 Ways to Get Help If You Don’t Have Flood Insurance

If a flood wrecks your house and belongings, and you don’t have flood insurance, you may feel as though you’ve lost everything. But once the floodwaters recede, help is available to get you back on your feet. Your first step: Check your insurance. Although your homeowners policy likely won’t cover flood damage, your auto policy…

5 Things to Consider When Picking a College in the COVID-19 Era

Colleges have faced innumerable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the way they’ve responded to those issues should influence how prospective students evaluate them. Online learning, strict campus rules and lingering economic concerns have left many students wondering if their college investment will be worthwhile. As a result, fall 2020 enrollment declined by 2.5% —…

If a Stranger Offers You Student Loan Forgiveness, Hang Up

Student loan scammers have a brand-new hook: “Biden student loan forgiveness” or “stimulus forgiveness.” Behind the pitch is the same old fraudster playbook, one that persuades federal student loan borrowers to pay for services they could get for free or to share personal account information in exchange for forgiveness. The extended pause on federal student…

Disneyland Partially Reopens With $75 Tickets and No Rides

Most of the Disneyland Resort has been closed for nearly a year, but it’s set to reopen — sort of — in March through a new ticketed event dubbed “A Touch of Disney.” About A Touch of Disney What and when For $75, ticket holders will gain access to most of Disney California Adventure Park,…

Is Uber Eats Pass Worth It?

While restaurant delivery services like Uber Eats were already around before COVID-19, the pandemic took delivery from something often reserved for pizza and Chinese food to virtually all restaurant types. If you’re a regular user of Uber Eats, you may be interested in a monthly subscription that gets you discounts when ordering. Here’s a look…

The Hottest Marriott Hotels for Your Free Night Award

With over 8,000 Marriott properties around the world, you have plenty of choices for redeeming a Marriott free night award — but only a fraction stand out as the top picks for Marriott Bonvoy member redemptions. The in-the-know Bonvoy members who flock to these properties reveal a lot of great choices for your next free…

Underrated Reasons Why You Need a Best Western Rewards Premium Mastercard

If you’re a traveler looking for inexpensive but quality hotels, you’re probably familiar with Best Western. This hotel group spans 18 brands in about 100 countries. Even if you stay only a few times per year, you should consider the Best Western Rewards® Premium Mastercard®. Not only will the card generate Best Western Rewards points…

What to Know About Chase’s New Policy on ‘Cash-Like Transactions’

Chase is using a new and expanded definition of “cash-like transactions,” which for Chase credit card holders refers to purchases that trigger the penalties of taking a cash advance. Cash advance rules can vary by card, but they often include expensive fees and interest while also disqualifying the purchase from earning rewards, such as cash…