By Kenrya Rankin Naasel | 05/11/2010 - 17:00
We've all seen the headlines; times are still tough. Many are on edge about having lost their jobs, and if you still have yours, you're probably fearful of joining the ranks of the unemployed. (Check out Latina.com's new Job Search section to find the perfect gig!) Believe it or not, now is the time to strategize. "We're in a recession, and if you don’t step up, you could be fired.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/16/2010 - 15:40
If you filed your taxes on time yesterday (which we're sure you did) then you are most likely expecting some sort of tax refund. Almost two-thirds of Americans who file their taxes get some money back from the government and this year, the number has gone up thanks to new tax breaks instituted by President Obama's administration. In 2007, the average tax refund was $2,300—that's a sizeable chunk of change chicas and we decided to help you spend it.
By Dolores | 04/15/2010 - 19:00
I enjoy reading your column and try to take your advice on how to be an empowered Latina. But it’s not working. I am 34 years old, am divorced, have no children, am good-looking, own my own home and have a great career as a police officer. The problem is el machismo. The men around here can’t handle my independencia. I have to be tough at work, but I still want to be treated like a girl when I’m not working.
—Ms. Independencia in El Paso, TX
Dear Ms. Independencia:
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/15/2010 - 15:00
When you apply for a mortgage or an auto loan, the amount of money in your account isn’t the only number lenders look at to make their decision. They instantly judge your credit worthiness based on your three-digit credit score, and a low one could label you as a risky borrower and stand between you and a low interest rate on that loan. So what exactly determines that number? Your FICO score—the most commonly used one—is based on info in your credit report like your payment history, amounts owed, length of credit history, new credit and the types of credit used.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/11/2010 - 13:43
Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu has edged out both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to claim the title of richest man in the world. Gates held the title of Forbes's Richest Person in the World for 14 of the last 15 years, while Buffet is holding steady in the third place position. Ironically enough, though we've witnessed one of the worst global recessions in history this past year, most of the world's wealthiest people saw their riches sore during the last 12 months.
By Chris Hermosilla | 02/12/2010 - 10:17
If the only thing you typically make for dinner is reservations, then it's time to stop and think about how much money you could be saving by eating more at home. Prepping tasty meals and drinks at home can be easy, and whether you're a cooking genius or you somehow manage to burn a pot of water, useful appliances, gadgets and tools are always welcome. Here are a few of our favorite helpers in the kitchen:
By Dolores | 02/08/2010 - 12:28
I have a big problem. I’m super-shy. My face turns red every time a stranger talks to me—even on the phone! This has become harder since my new job requires that I deal with the public. What can I do?
—Blushing in Boulder, CO
By Franziska Castillo | 01/28/2010 - 09:32
It happens everywhere: Latinos arrive in a new American town, work and save like crazy, and within a few years, voilà! They’re opening businesses and buying homes. At a time when the rest of us are choking on major credit card debts, immigrants often save a fifth or more of their income and are 30 percent more likely than nonimmigrants to open a business.
By Dolores | 01/27/2010 - 17:00
I don’t know if I’m getting mad over nothing, but I feel uncomfortable about a non-Latina coworker who always greets me in Spanish. I don’t think she’s doing it out of kindness. Maybe she thinks I can’t speak English? Am I wrong to feel weird about her talking to me in Spanish?
—Sexy in Chicago
By Chris Hermosilla | 01/07/2010 - 14:57
Buying an HDTV nowadays can feel like buying a car, because there are so many options: LCD or plasma? Is a 32-inch screen too small? Which one will just make my movies look better? It might seem overwhelming, but knowing the following basic facts will make finding the right TV a snap—just in time for holiday clearance sales!