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Bob Niedt

Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Bob Niedt is an award-winning journalist who lives in Northern Virginia. Niedt has worked for online and print news organizations as a longtime writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., area as well as New York and Michigan. Niedt's journalism career includes covering breaking and in-depth financial and business news as well as entertainment, media and sports news. Niedt has also been an adjunct professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College.

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May 2017

5 Best (and 2 Worst) Things About Shopping at Lowe’s

For DIYers like myself, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: home-improvement season. Spring is a heady time for fixing up the old homestead and tending the estate. But a conundrum ensues: Lowe’s ...

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May 2017

Best (and Worst) Things About Shopping at Home Depot

As the weekends warm up and spring barrels toward summer, chances are you’re increasingly drawn to the neon orange Home Depot sign. This is the Big Daddy of the DIY/homeowner market—offering everything ...

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April 2017

11 Secrets of Home Improvement Shopping at Lowe’s

There are people who like the convenience of their neighborhood Home Depot. And there are those who will drive right by just to reach the nearest Lowe’s home improvement center. Me? I’m a Lowe’s ...

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Kip Tips
March 2017

3 Little-Known Ways to Save Big on Your Next Trip to Home Depot

Easy shortcuts to finding hidden bargains at the big-box retailer.

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March 2017

Secrets to Shopping at Home Depot

Home Depot is probably the first retailer to come to mind when you’re thinking “ubiquitous big-box hardware store.” The rise of these orange-hued home-improvement centers was a revelation to those ...

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March 2017

Surprising Benefits of Amazon Prime

Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with it as the giant online retailer edged the annual fee toward the triple-digit mark. But ...

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March 2017

6 Ways to Save Even More at Discount Retailer Big Lots

When you shop at Big Lots, don’t expect to cross everything off your list. The shopping experience at the popular discount retailer is more of a treasure hunt. Sure, you can shop for groceries and ...

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Smart Buying
February 2017

Best Kirkland Products to Buy at Costco

Many of the warehouse club's store-branded items get high marks for quality and value.

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Smart Buying
February 2017

Best Things to Buy at Aldi

The discount grocer beat competitors' prices on these four supermarket staples.

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March 2017

10 Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco

Years back, retailers got wise to the ways of store brands. You know the drill: Grocers stock their shelves with food items packaged just for them, from pasta sauces to pinto beans. For most, gone are ...

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February 2017

10 Secrets of the Apple Store

So, you’re closing the window on Windows and taking the Apple plunge. Congratulations. We’ve been aboard the Apple cart since the late-1980s and welcome all newbies. The simplest way to get started ...

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January 2017

Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi

Haven’t shopped at an Aldi supermarket yet? That could change soon. The German chain, famous for its no frills and low prices, is in the midst of a boom. After steadily expanding its footprint in the ...

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Kip Tips
December 2016

Best Gift Cards to Give (and Get) for the Holidays

Enjoy a little something extra, whether you're gifting someone or gifting yourself.

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December 2016

Best Things to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays

Thrifty holiday shoppers know where to go to save on seasonal necessities: the dollar store. The everything-is-a-buck-or-so retailers fit the bill for a wide array of must-have items for holiday entertaining ...

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November 2016

Best Black Friday Deals at Amazon, Costco, Walmart

Black Friday has become more than just one day of shopping. Deals start rolling out on Thanksgiving (sometimes earlier), stretch through the weekend, and take on new life online come Cyber Monday. Lucky ...

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Kip Tips
November 2016

Amazon's Best Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals

Some of the biggest holiday savings on Amazon.com are on Amazon’s own products.

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Kip Tips
November 2016

Costco's Best Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals

The warehouse club is promising big holiday markdowns on top of its members-only prices.

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