The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Color of Money: Advice worth repeating

WASHINGTON -- The music has stopped, the cap and gown have been packed away, and now the work begins. But not the work you think.

Now you have to work on getting rid of your student loan debt. So where do you start?

If you pay your student loan ...

Color of Money: Big Data is watching you

WASHINGTON -- I'm a glass-half-empty person. I say this as a way to express my feelings about a report released by the Federal Trade Commission on data brokers, companies that collect and sell consumer information.

Whenever I've been searching ...

Color of Money: No way to collect taxes

WASHINGTON -- The federal government needs money. I get it. The Internal Revenue Service has a significant number of overdue tax debts it needs to collect. More than 5 million taxpayers were delinquent near the end of April, according to the ...

Color of Money: The relief of a 529 college plan

WASHINGTON -- When I see college graduates celebrating their achievement, I can't stop wondering about all the loans many will be paying off for years to come.

But it also makes me relieved that my husband and I set up 529 plans for our children....

Color of Money: Giving graduates their ABCs

WASHINGTON -- I've been thinking about the advice I would give this year's graduates.

You might expect me to tell them about the importance of saving or the need to take advantage of any workplace retirement plan. I could also urge them to pay ...

Color of Money: The money management lecture

WASHINGTON -- My 16-year-old son will be working for the first time this summer. He already has plans to buy an iPad with his earnings. And he made the mistake of telling me.

What followed was another one of my lectures that ended with him ...