Michelle Singletary
Michelle Singletary
Columnist

Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column, “The Color of Money,” which appears in The Post on Wednesday and Sunday. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writer’s Group and is carried in more than 100 newspapers. In 2010, she released her third personal finance book, “The Power To Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom.” She has been a personal finance contributor for MSNBC, NPR and ABC’s daily talk show, “The Revolution.” For two seasons she hosted “Singletary Says” on TV One. In her spare time, Singletary is the director of a ministry she founded at her church, in which women and men volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in business and management.

Latest Columns

Have a piece of paper? Use it to get smart about your money.

Have a piece of paper? Use it to get smart about your money.

To fix your finances, author Carl Richards suggests writing down what matters.

Stop doing debtors further damage

Stop doing debtors further damage

We should never forget the actions of companies that took people down — and hired others to strong-arm them with despicable collection actions.

How to make kids financially foolproof

How to make kids financially foolproof

The FoolProof Foundation has clever online financial literacy resources.

Restricting the spending of federal benefits should include the rich

Require the same standards and scrutiny for everyone who gets financial help from the government.

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Latest Newsletters

The Baltimore riots and the price paid by all of us

The Baltimore riots and the price paid by all of us

The poverty in underserved neighborhoods can make the world feel hopeless to some.

Would you go into debt to pay for vet care for your cat or dog?

Would you go into debt to pay for vet care for your cat or dog?

Financial firms offer credit cards for costly pet care, but the high interest rates can be a burden.

Rich and bankrupt, poor and bad-mouthed

Rich and bankrupt, poor and bad-mouthed

Recent stories on well-paid NFL players and people on public assistance reveal the two Americas.

Willing to be a little bit country to get your mortgage paid for a year?

Willing to be a little bit country to get your mortgage paid for a year?

Lady Antebellum has teamed up with Quicken Loans to offer seven fans some nice mortgage payment perks.

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The Latest Mailbags

Paying down debt amid credit score concerns

Couple wonders whether closing a few credit accounts will pose a problem when going after a car loan.

When is it time to let go of that old car?

Their 16-year-old car got towed to the impound lot. They wonder if it’s worth the expense to retrieve it.

Michelle Singletary answers questions about shutdown

Michelle Singletary answers questions about shutdown

The Color of Money columnist responds to furloughed workers’ concerns.

Who’s a Real Free-Loader Sibling?

A reader reminds us that sometimes a sibling is sacrificing more than we realize by caring for elderly parents.

Latest Chats

Color of Money Live (May 7)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.

CANCELED - Color of Money Live (Apr. 30)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.

Color of Money Live (Apr. 23)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offered her advice and answers your questions.

Color of Money Live (Apr. 16)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offered her advice and answers your questions.

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