Weekend Reads: Four money lessons, 529 bonus month, and more…

By: Kimberly Lankford

School probably didn’t teach you much about money. Here are 4 things you should know.

Solid personal finance advice about taxes, student loans, building your credit history, saving and creating a budget. A good resource if you’re just starting out, but also some helpful reminders for anyone

Interested in free money for college? Check your state.

September is College Savings Month, and many states are offering special promotions to encourage people to contribute to 529 college-savings plans — such as a $100 bonus if you open a new ScholarShare account in California, or random giveaways of $1,000 for Iowa residents from that state’s 529 plan. This Forbes article lists each state’s promotions — and also includes helpful information about filling out financial aid forms (you can file the FAFSA form as early as October 1).

What should older investors do if they’re worried about the stock market?

The Boston Globe asked financial planners for advice to help late career baby boomers who are worried about market volatility in the years before they retire.

Why FICO scores have been increasing and how to improve yours.

MarketWatch explains why the average credit score has been increasing steadily over the past nine years, and steps you can take to improve your score.

My work life is over. What’s next?

New York Times article about the emotional shift from working to retirement, featuring stories about interesting people who found a new sense of purpose after retiring. The companion article about switching gears to retirement includes tips for making the transition.

I got a promotion, and I regretted it

Career advice in FastCompany from several people who ended up regretting their promotion — and what they wish they had done instead.

6 things that people get wrong about retirement

Key information from several studies about mistakes people make when planning for retirement, and how to prepare for the realities.

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