Personal Finance


Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: A sure-fire way to pay off student loans

Live for as long as you can with your par­ents, rel­a­tives or any­one who will al­low you to stay rent-free or charge you a su­perlow rent.

1 week ago


Pittsburgh region seeing fewer personal bankruptcy filings

The lull might reflect a tightening of the rules governing how often individuals can file or how much banks have been willing to lend.

6 days ago


Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Your guide to the new insurance rules

In­sur­ance can be com­pli­cated, and if you don’t fol­low the rules you can run into “got­chas” that can cost an arm and a leg.

5 days ago


CD rates are barely budging

The outlook for deposit rates the rest of the year is for more of the same, said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com.

1 week ago


Instacart, a shopping service, exemplifies ‘share economy’

Econ­o­mists de­bate the ef­fec­tive­ness of an in­dus­try that cre­ates thou­sands of jobs that pay lit­tle and of­fer no ben­e­fits.

1 week ago


Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Putting right foot on the corporate ladder

Across the country this summer, young adults will find the job isn’t just about the work they will be doing.

2 weeks ago


Heather Murray’s Good Question: Grocery store has the right ingredients for saving

Saving an extra $20 per week amounts to more than $1,000 a year.

1 week ago


Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Should you repair or replace that broken product?

Deciding whether to fix a broken product or spring for a new one often feels like an expensive guess.

1 week ago


The Color of Money: Finances as a family matter

Lots of the questions I get from readers involve their friends, families and finances. Here are some topics:

2 weeks ago


Consumer Reports: From business to travel, some fees can be mitigated

Costly fees you should never pay.

2 weeks ago


 A customer checks out at a wholesale club in Camp Hill, Dauphin County. Stores around the coun­try are gear­ing up for the next gen­er­a­tion of credit cards, and con­sum­ers can ex­pect to see changes in check­out aisles and in their wal­lets in com­ing months.

Americans will soon see a new patch of technology on their familiar charge cards

The “smart cards” are credit cards with embedded computer chips that can store large amounts of data and perform functions like encryption.

3 weeks ago


Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: For elderly, it's time to talk

Not long ago, I fo­cused one of my weekly chats on el­der ­care. Here’‍s an ed­ited tran­script of that con­ver­sa­tion.

3 weeks ago


Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Shape up at home

If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most powerful drugs ever invented, according to Consumer Reports.

3 weeks ago



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