Personal finance columnist Humberto Cruz and his wife, Georgina, did what many people dream about but believe can't be done: Retire from full-time work in their 50s on middle-class salaries, buy a new home on the beach and still have a nest egg of $2 million left. In his personal finance column, "The Savings Game," syndicated by Tribune Media Services, Cruz explores common-sense ways to manage money and build wealth.
A native of Cuba who came to the United States with only $300 in his pocket, Cruz practices the basic rules he promotes through his down-to-earth, easy-to-understand columns: Spending less than you make, investing wisely for the long term, being savvy with credit and making tax-smart decisions. Cruz closely follows trends and draws on a national network of outstanding sources to provide the most up-to-date, useful information.
Cruz worked as a writer and an editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 30 years. "The Savings Game" began at the Sun-Sentinel in 1990 and now appears in newspapers across the country. Cruz also wrote a syndicated column "The Mutual Funds Wire" between 1997 and 2000 before retiring from full-time work. Together with Georgina, a nationally known travel writer and author, Humberto also wrote "Retire Smart," a syndicated column for savvy retirees and boomers on the road to retirement, from 2001 to 2007.
In 2006, Moneysmartz.com named Cruz one of its best personal finance columnists for financial planning, savings commentary and advice.