Michelle Singletary, The Reading Eagle

Michelle Singletary

The Reading Eagle

Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Michelle:

Diners should tip servers 20%, no matter what [Color of Money]

If the service is terrific, you should add more to the tip. But never subtract. → Read More

It’s not just the cost of tipping that upsets customers. It’s the lack of price transparency.

What is it about tipping that makes people lose their minds? → Read More

Tipping fatigue is real, especially for travelers

People really just want to know how much it’s going to cost them, and tipping complicates that. → Read More

Tipping on a sliding scale. People have a lot of opinions about it.

Tipping is a hot-button issue. And the suggestion that diners should always tip 20 percent pushed a lot of people’s buttons. → Read More

Color of Money Live: Let's talk about tipping

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

Michelle Singletary | Diners should tip servers 20%, no matter what

By WASHINGTON — Tipping is not about you. When eating out at a restaurant, many diners believe that they should be tipping on a sliding scale based on the service they receive — good or… → Read More

Poor service? You still have to tip 20 percent, no matter what.

Tipping is not about quality of service. It’s about providing restaurant workers a living wage. → Read More

It’s not a bad idea to keep some of your money outside a tax-advantaged retirement account

You're saving enough for retirement. What now? → Read More

You will die. Don’t exit leaving a hot mess behind.

This month’s Color of Money book club pick is Rhonda Green’s “My Exit Plan: Getting My House in Order.” When it comes to bereavement and warring families, she has seen it all. → Read More

Debunking a credit score myth: Forget what you’ve heard. Use much less than 30% of your available credit card limit

That 30 percent credit utilization rule you've heard about is misleading. The truth is you should be using very little of your available credit limit. → Read More

Color of Money Live (October 3)

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

You don’t have to have a credit score grand slam to be a solid hitter

A perfect credit score is a worthy goal but the bigger prize is getting rid of debt. → Read More

Sorry, you can’t escape income taxes by using 401(k) funds to pay off your mortgage

No, there isn't a tax loophole for paying off your house with tax-deferred retirement money. → Read More

Michelle Singletary: ‘Degree inflation’ is also contributing to the student-loan crisis

WASHINGTON — Whenever I talk to students and parents who have taken on college debt that will choke their budget for decades, they say this: College is an investment. But is it, though? In their... → Read More

Debunking a credit score myth. No, you shouldn’t leave a balance on your card.

Paying your credit accounts on time — every month — is the surefire way to boost your credit score. → Read More

The Trump impeachment inquiry is just one more thing for investors to worry about

Should investors be concerned about the Trump impeachment inquiry? Financial experts say no more so than any other issues that can impact the stock market. → Read More

Color of Money Live with Kerry Hannon (September 26)

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

The percentage of consumers with a perfect 850 credit score is up slightly. Here’s how they achieved perfection.

Consumers with perfect credit scores do have debt, just not a lot of it. → Read More

Your retirement money may not be as safe as you think

Some investors may be confused about what government protection they have for their retirement money. → Read More

The fight over shutting down the CFPB consumer complaint database is over. It’s staying.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will keep a complaint database that consumers use to ask for help in resolving financial issues, such as problems with a debt collector, mortgage lender, or student loan servicer. → Read More