Alina Tugend

Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Alina Tugend writes regularly on education, personal business and a variety of other subjects for the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher EducationKiplinger and other national publications. From 2005 to 2015, she wrote the biweekly Shortcuts column for the New York Times business section, which received the Best in Business Award for personal finance by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In 2011, Riverhead published Tugend's first book, Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong. Her work for the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other national media can be seen at www.alinatugend.com.

Your Doctor is Retiring. Here's How to Find a New Physician
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health insurance

Your Doctor is Retiring. Here's How to Find a New Physician

More doctors are considering quitting due to burnout from the pandemic. If you must find a new physician, get recommendations from friends and review …
September 24, 2021
Can Insurers Be a Pension Safety Net?
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retirement planning

Can Insurers Be a Pension Safety Net?

In exchange for buying a group annuity, employers are transferring their pension-paying obligations to life insurance companies, who pay the pension. …
September 1, 2021
What to Expect Traveling in a Post-COVID World
Travelers in face masks waiting in line at airport.
Travel

What to Expect Traveling in a Post-COVID World

As the pandemic recedes, the travel industry is booming. Here's what you should know before booking your trip.
July 8, 2021
Assessing the Risks of International Travel
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Travel

Assessing the Risks of International Travel

Data on COVID cases and vaccination rates can help you determine if your international destination is safe.
July 8, 2021
The Benefits of Serving on a Board in Retirement
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Business Executives

The Benefits of Serving on a Board in Retirement

Landing a board seat for a nonprofit or a corporation is a great way to utilize the skills you learned during your career while doing something that's…
July 2, 2021
How to Make Gardening Easier as You Age
A couple smiles while gardening.
happy retirement

How to Make Gardening Easier as You Age

Gardening can be harder on your body as you get older, but there are simple changes you can make so you don't have to give up this hobby.
June 1, 2021
How Retired Singles Can Safely Travel While Saving Money
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Travel

How Retired Singles Can Safely Travel While Saving Money

Many older adults look forward to seeing the world once they retire. Here are some tips for those who are single and looking for adventure.
April 8, 2021
4 Steps to a Happy Single Retirement
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happy retirement

4 Steps to a Happy Single Retirement

The number of seniors who are single and childless is growing. This group needs to be purposeful as they think about their health and finances and fos…
April 8, 2021
Video Games Aren’t Just for Teenagers
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Empty Nesters

Video Games Aren’t Just for Teenagers

Playing video games can help retirees stay mentally sharp and stave off loneliness by connecting them with a community.
February 23, 2021
What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement
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spending

What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement

If one partner takes a less conservative approach to money, it can wreak havoc on a marriage. But the problem can be addressed by agreeing on bigger f…
February 10, 2021
How Cruise Ships Are Setting Sail During COVID
Travel

How Cruise Ships Are Setting Sail During COVID

Retirees wanting to take a cruise should plan for additional safety measures, such as temperature checks and wearing a mask in public areas.
February 3, 2021
When Mental Health and Aging Collide
Senior man wearing COVID mask sadly stares out a window
Caregiving

When Mental Health and Aging Collide

For retirees struggling with depression, a psychologist who specializes in older adults might be the right path toward recovery.
February 1, 2021
Are There Cracks in Your Pension Plan?
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retirement

Are There Cracks in Your Pension Plan?

You're counting on pension benefits in retirement. But how secure is your pension plan? We offer some guidance, including a pension calculator, to hel…
December 28, 2020
A Memoir to Record Your Life Story
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Basics

A Memoir to Record Your Life Story

Engaging with a company that will write your life story could be a lasting gift to yourself or a family member.
December 18, 2020
When Only One Spouse Retires
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Making Your Money Last

When Only One Spouse Retires

Retirement in any form can upend a couple’s relationship, but when both spouses used to work full-time and only one retires, that reconfiguration rais…
November 20, 2020
Insurance for Long-Term Care at Home
retirement

Insurance for Long-Term Care at Home

In the wake of COVID-wracked nursing homes, increasingly more people are looking at options to age in place with long-term care insurance.
September 17, 2020
When Elder Care Requires Legal Advice
Caregiving

When Elder Care Requires Legal Advice

Consult an elder care lawyer preemptively to avoid making a panicked phone call in the moment.
September 15, 2020
Back in School Decades Later
Empty Nesters

Back in School Decades Later

Getting a degree or certificate in retirement or later in life can have its advantages.
September 2, 2020
Sandwich Generation Faces Caregiving Challenges
Caregiving

Sandwich Generation Faces Caregiving Challenges

The sandwich generation has it tough in the best of times. The pandemic has made it even tougher.
August 26, 2020
Don’t Be a ‘Helicopter Child’ in Retirement
Caregiving

Don’t Be a ‘Helicopter Child’ in Retirement

Signs and signals you're hovering over your aging parents and infantilizing them.
August 26, 2020
Pass Along Life Lessons With an Ethical Will
retirement

Pass Along Life Lessons With an Ethical Will

Create a legacy letter to communicate values, experiences and life lessons to your family.
June 9, 2020
Great Jobs for Retirees
Retiree jobs
retirement

Great Jobs for Retirees

Whether you are looking for an encore career or a low-stress job to supplement your income, here’s how to find the perfect gig.
June 3, 2020
How to Participate in a Clinical Trial
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retirement

How to Participate in a Clinical Trial

New policies and guidelines emerge to ensure that more people, especially those age 65 and older, are included in clinical trials.
May 6, 2020
Tips for Dating Later in Life
retirement

Tips for Dating Later in Life

Dating as an older adult can be both easier and more difficult than it is for younger adults.
February 10, 2020
Test-Drive Your Retirement
retirement

Test-Drive Your Retirement

Before you quit your job, try out your new budget and your new lifestyle.
December 23, 2019