The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Color of Money: Renting, reconsidered

WASHINGTON -- For as long as I can remember, homeownership has been a home run on the American Dream scorecard.

When I graduated from college, my grandmother gave me two choices -live with her or buy a home. In her mind, to rent meant I was a ...

Color of Money: A sibling's broken deal

WASHINGTON -- I've been inviting readers to let me share their family financial feuds and offer my advice.

The following is a dilemma one reader, who wrote to me during an online discussion, had with a sibling.

The family background: "I ...

Color of Money: Put a brake on long auto loans

WASHINGTON -- There are some things you want to run long.

I like two-week vacations so I can have time to wind down. A week is just not enough.

If you're an investor, the best thing going is that you have a long time to let your money work for ...

Color of Money: Holiday shopping boot camp

WASHINGTON -- We, the anti-consumerists, are losing the battles to curtail the consumerism that drives America, especially during the holiday season.

Again this year, major retailers are leaping over each other in an effort to be the first to ...

Color of Money: Picturing our financial behaviors

WASHINGTON -- It took a few years of running a financial ministry at my church before I realized the program needed to be revamped.

Initially, I would have participants start with creating a budget. But by the time we got midway through the 10-...