Financial Advice for People at All Income Levels

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Cathy, a Kiplinger’s friend on Facebook, has a request. She asks that we “profile real middle-class people who make $50K a year, not people who make $200K a year.”

Fair enough, Cathy. Let me explain that in choosing real people to profile we try to select folks who represent the whole range of income levels among our readers. Flipping through the past few issues, for example, you’ll find stories about a college student who is paying his way through school without loans, a young couple who have dug themselves out of debt, a 27-year-old woman with a modest amount in old 401(k) plans, and new parents of twins who just bought a used car for their growing family.

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Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.