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Lisa Gerstner

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Lisa joined Kiplinger's Personal Finance in July 2007, shortly after her stint with Kiplinger as an American Society of Magazine Editors intern in the summer of 2006. She covers credit and banking, along with occasional stories on mobile technology and other money-related topics. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and history.

Latest Features

Credit Reports & Scores
March 2017

A Payout for Credit Score Customers

A refund could be coming your way if you paid to get your FICO score.

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Credit Cards
February 2017

Credit, Debit or Cash?

Each method has pros and cons. Your best bet is to stay flexible.

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Credit Reports & Scores
February 2017

Lessons From the Credit-Score Elite

Simple steps for how to improve your credit score.

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Travel
February 2017

How to Protect Your Rewards Points and Miles From Theft

Monitor your loyalty rewards as you would your bank accounts.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores

Want to improve your credit score? Take a page from the best. People with excellent scores know that following a few basic rules is the key to success. Adopting their habits could boost your score into ...

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Credit Cards
January 2017

Don't Be Burned by Deferred Interest

You'll feel the pain if you fail to pay off your store card before the 0% period ends.

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Smart Buying
January 2017

Boomers Cashing Out Their Art Collections

That spells opportunity for buyers of modern and contemporary art.

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QUIZ
February 2017

Test Your Knowledge of Everyday Actions That Affect Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a key indicator of your financial well-being and of the risk you pose to lenders. The most common credit score, known as a FICO score, ranges from 300 to 850. Generally, a scor...

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QUIZ
December 2016

Who Should You Tip for the Holidays?

The beginning of the holiday season is prime time to tip the people who make your life easier throughout the year. But be sure not to bust your budget by giving too much or tipping unnecessarily. <...

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Family Finances
December 2016

Time to Stock Up at the Grocery Store

Eggs, meat, coffee and cheese are cheaper thanks to bumper crops and low fuel prices.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2017

Budgeting Tools to Get Your Finances in Order

We admit it: Budgeting is drudgery, a pain, the pits among personal finance tasks. But at the start of a new year, when people are brimming with resolutions to get organized, accelerate saving and all ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2016

People You Should Tip at the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time to give back to the people who make your life easier throughout the year. But be sure not to bust your budget by giving too much or tipping unnecessarily. Scroll through ...

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Banking
December 2016

Mobile Check Deposit: Give It a Shot

Mobile check deposit is catching on. In the past year, one in three Americans submitted a check to their bank account using a smartphone or other device.

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Starting Out
December 2016

How to Get Your First Credit Card

Plus, how to use it wisely and earn the lowest interest rates.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2016

Best Wireless Phone Plans for Every Type of User

Because the wireless carriers are no longer subsidizing phone prices with most of their plans, buying a smartphone these days will cost you a pretty penny—especially if you want a top-of-the-line device. ...

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Kip Tips
December 2016

3 Surprisingly Great Kirkland-Brand Products at Costco

You can save money and find quality in the warehouse chain's signature food and spirits line.

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Health Care & Insurance
November 2016

Best Websites and Tools to Save on Your Health, 2016

Keys to finding less-expensive pharmaceuticals and cutting costs for health care.

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