The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Color of Money: Small steps to financial health

WASHINGTON -- Seeing decorations popping up everywhere reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the television feature "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town."

A young Kris Kringle is trying to help the mean old Winter Warlock see that he can change ...

Color of Money: Getting back at the scammers

WASHINGTON -- I take pleasure in making the life of a scammer more difficult.

When I get calls offering me a too-good-to-be true mortgage refinance or vacation club membership, I listen. I then ask questions, making them think they've got a fish ...

Color of Money: Fending off fraudsters

WASHINGTON -- There was something wrong with my computer, the caller told me.

He said his systems had detected a virus. (My computer had been rather slow lately.) He said he was a computer technician with Microsoft.

"How did you get my number?" ...

Color of Money: Getting stuck in reverse

WASHINGTON -- I have a long driveway at my home. Frequently, guests who are backing out in reverse drift left or right and tear up some grass.

What is it about driving in reverse that causes people to get so confused and go off track?

They often...

Color of Money: Some tips for your good credit

WASHINGTON -- As the old saying goes, no man's credit is as good as his money.

And yet we live in a society that judges our ability to get credit -- and in many cases a job, insurance and even a security clearance -- based on our good credit ...