Michelle Singletary

Honest (and non-rich) people can get their kids in college

You say you can’t afford to pay bribes? Here’s some help to appeal for more financial aid.

Get ready for the next federal shutdown

Trump’s budget could lead to epic battles and another shutdown in the fall.

CPAs answer the most common 2019 tax-return questions

Thanks to the magnitude of the changes, this will continue to be a challenging tax season.

Tax-refund recipients respond to critics: ‘Stop shaming me’

Some view the refund as a savings plan for lower-income folks.

Surprise, no income tax refund for you!

What not to do if you owe the IRS and don’t have the money.

Talk is not cheap when it comes to love and money

Frank, regular discussions about your finances will help your relationship bloom and prosper.

Were you kicked out of the 401(k) millionaire’s club?

Even with the recent decline, the fact that people can become millionaires should spread hope.

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.