Michelle Singletary

Washington, D.C.

Personal finance columnist

Education: University of Maryland; Johns Hopkins University

Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column “The Color of Money,” which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you have a personal finance question for Singletary, please call 1-855-ASK-POST (1-855-275-7678). Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post News Service and Syndicate and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. In 2021, she won the Gerald Loeb award for commentary. She has written four personal finance books, including, “What to Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide” and “The 21-Day Finan
Latest from Michelle Singletary

Financial aid letters don’t reveal the real cost of college

A GAO report found that the ways colleges present costs in their financial aid offer letters make it difficult for students to determine affordability.

December 7, 2022

5 reasons to report your fantasy football and gig income to the IRS

In the long run, it can benefit you to report gig and gambling income to the IRS. And it’s not just about avoiding an audit or jail time.

December 2, 2022

Here’s what to do if a payment app reports your cash gifts to the IRS

Year-end tax tip: Keep good records if you're using payment platforms. Some payments may be incorrectly reported to the IRS as taxable income.

November 30, 2022

The scammers are coming for you. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Here are some tips that will help you stay safe while online shopping.

November 28, 2022

How to manage gift-giving expectations while in debt

Tips on dealing with the pressure of buying gifts when you're deep in credit card debt.

November 23, 2022

Friends don’t charge friends for dinner parties

Some etiquette rules never change. So, yes, it's rude to charge guests for their supper.

November 18, 2022

Here’s how midterm elections impact your stock portfolio

Control of Congress may be in limbo, but don’t let post-election panic drive your investing decisions.

November 11, 2022

Elon Musk just showed us how not to fire people

The trifling way the billionaire dismissed Twitter workers was akin to breaking up with someone via text. It was disrespectful and insensitive.

November 9, 2022

A quarter of children being raised by grandparents face hunger

A report by Generations United finds 25 percent of grandparents raising grandchildren experienced food insecurity between 2019 and 2020, twice the national rate.

November 4, 2022

Inflation-proof I bond rate sank to 6.89%, but so what? It’s still a deal.

There’s been unprecedented demand for the Series I savings bond, which just had its rate reset from 9.62 percent.

November 1, 2022