Michelle Singletary

Here’s one way to stop living paycheck to paycheck

Furloughed federal workers are pawns, but they’d be better off had they budgeted better.

 

They’re feeling the shutdown squeeze — and it hurts

In a panic about their missing paychecks, federal workers apply for unemployment.

 

How to deal with the shutdown if you’re a federal employee

Take these financial steps as the partial federal government shutdown drags on into 2019.

 

Bad financial habits that you shouldn’t take into the New Year

I meet a lot of people who have spent years making a financial mess of their lives. They come to me deep in debt. They… Continue reading

How to dig out of your holiday debt

If you want to become debt-free in 2019, make this your mantra: Live by overspending, die in debt.

The SMART way to make financial resolutions for 2019

You can’t just say you want to pay down debt, etc. You have to make a detailed plan.

Five rules for a No-Gift Christmas

Get off the gift-giving train and save your money for a rainy day.

Michelle Obama is right. We can’t have it all.

The “Lean-in” mindset pushes women to pursue career advancement at any cost.

Many people pay a high price to be an unpaid caregiver

The AARP offers a five-step guide to better caregiving.

New frontier of bigotry: algorithms

Even machines are discriminating against black and Latino homebuyers.

Help grandkids by handling college saving with care

Managed properly, 529 plans won’t hinder students’ ability to qualify for federal aid.

The best states for college savings

Which states have gold-rated 529 plans? Morningstar ranks the best and worst in class.

Start early on saving for college

Parents should begin socking money away in a 529 even before baby arrives.

Perspective on recent stock-market plunges

There’s no need to panic — yet, says a respected scholar on capital markets.

Debunking 5 myths about college financial aid

For one thing, you need to fill out the FAFSA form — regardless of family income.

7 credit myths that can cost you a lot of money

Your credit history is your financial scorecard, so good credit is well worth the effort.

Lessons from the crash of 2008

Here’s what you can learn from the last financial crisis that will help you with the next.

10 years ago, financial crisis taught us a thing or two

Experts weigh in on what happened and how you can protect yourself from the next crash.

There may be money out there for you

Could you use some cash? Here are five places to look for unclaimed money.

Where there isn’t a will, there can be a mess

I wasn’t surprised that Aretha Franklin didn’t have a will. You probably don’t have one either.