Bob Niedt

Bob Niedt

Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.

11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box
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home

11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

These valuables and documents, along with some items you hold dear, should be stored securely at your bank.
May 18, 2022
Things You’ll Regret Keeping in a Safe Deposit Box
Businesswoman holding big stack of US paper currency, standing by safety deposit boxes
savings

Things You’ll Regret Keeping in a Safe Deposit Box

Locking up certain important documents and valuables in a bank vault could turn into a headache for you or your heirs.
May 18, 2022
14 Reasons You Might Go Broke in Retirement
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retirement

14 Reasons You Might Go Broke in Retirement

Running out of money in retirement is a legitimate fear. But there are steps you can take to avoid that fate – and it’s never too late to start.
May 9, 2022
10 Things You’ll Spend More on in Retirement
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retirement

10 Things You’ll Spend More on in Retirement

Travel and utilities are just two of the items that will put greater demands on your hard-earned savings once you reach your golden years.
May 4, 2022
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
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retirement

10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement

We often fret about not having enough cash in retirement. But you might be surprised to see some of the things you’ll find yourself spending less on a…
May 4, 2022
10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet
Wallet on concrete in parking garage (focus on wallet)
Scams

10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

Storing a spare key, your passport book or card or any of these other important items in your wallet leaves you open to identity theft – or worse.
May 4, 2022
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2022?
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Amazon Prime

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon Prime Day landed in June last year and October the year before. Amazon just let us know it will drop in July this year. But what date?
April 29, 2022
17 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores (Dollar Tree Included)
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spending

17 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores (Dollar Tree Included)

These discount retailers stock plenty of bargains, but not all of the merchandise is worth the buck, especially since Dollar Tree’s price increase.
April 19, 2022
Best Things to Buy at Dollar Tree Dollar Stores
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Making Your Money Last

Best Things to Buy at Dollar Tree Dollar Stores

You might be surprised by some of the items you can and should purchase for just a buck.
April 19, 2022
12 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime
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Amazon Prime

12 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime membership recently jumped to $139 a year. That’s one good reason to cancel your Amazon Prime membership. There are 11 others.
April 7, 2022
Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
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Tax Breaks

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

We rated every state, plus the District of Columbia, on how retirees are taxed. Some of the results might surprise you.
April 4, 2022
Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping and More
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Amazon Prime

Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping and More

You don’t need to pay Amazon Prime’s juiced $139 annual fee to find a wide swath of products online at different retailers.
March 15, 2022
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership 2022?
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Amazon Prime

How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership 2022?

With the price of Amazon Prime rising 17% in 2022, the question remains: Is it worth it? We’ll run you through what you get (and ways you might pay le…
March 15, 2022
Amazon to Close Many Stores, Focus on Groceries
 Person Wearing Hoody and Gloves Walks Outside Amazon 4-Star Store
Amazon Prime

Amazon to Close Many Stores, Focus on Groceries

Amazon bookstores and 4-Star stores will shutter, reflecting shoppers’ love affair with online retail.
March 3, 2022
40 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2022
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business

40 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2022

We flag a wide variety of cool side hustles to earn bonus bucks for expenses both expected and unexpected as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.
March 2, 2022
18 States With Scary Death Taxes
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inheritance

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy, but several states have their own estate taxes and inheritance taxes t…
February 23, 2022
Amazon Prime Fees Are Rising. Here’s How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership
The buttons of the online shopping app Amazon, surrounded by Airbnb, ebay, News and other apps on the screen of an iPhone.
Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Fees Are Rising. Here’s How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership

Amazon Prime will soon cost $139 a year, $180 for those who pay monthly. If you’re a subscriber, maybe it’s time to rethink your relationship. Here’s …
February 18, 2022
Amazon Raising Annual Fees for Amazon Prime Membership
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Amazon Prime

Amazon Raising Annual Fees for Amazon Prime Membership

As expected, Amazon is hiking the cost of Amazon Prime membership for the first time in four years.
February 3, 2022
40 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2022
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Smart Buying

40 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2022

Amazon Prime membership will soon rise to $139 a year. Get your money's worth by following this guide to the best Prime perks to use for the rest of 2…
February 3, 2022
Costco Membership Cost Is Due to Rise
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Costco

Costco Membership Cost Is Due to Rise

If Costco stays true to form, a rise in membership dues could come as soon as this summer.
February 1, 2022
22 Products You’ll Waste Money Buying at Warehouse Clubs
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Costco

22 Products You’ll Waste Money Buying at Warehouse Clubs

We talked to shopping experts to find out which products shoppers should steer clear of (and why) at warehouse clubs Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s.
January 22, 2022
Amazon Prime Membership Fee Is Due to Rise
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Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Membership Fee Is Due to Rise

It’s been several years since Amazon raised its Amazon Prime membership cost to $119. Could inflation (and growth) mean another increase is imminent?
January 18, 2022
Best Things to Buy at Dollar Tree for the Holidays
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shopping

Best Things to Buy at Dollar Tree for the Holidays

You might be surprised by some of the items you can (and should) purchase for just a buck.
December 16, 2021
Best Amazon Prime Perks for the Holidays
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shopping

Best Amazon Prime Perks for the Holidays

From Amazon for Students to Amazon Music, the benefits of Amazon Prime are far reaching. We found some Prime perks perfect for the holidays.
December 13, 2021
21 Best Kirkland Signature Products to Buy at Costco for the Holidays
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Costco

21 Best Kirkland Signature Products to Buy at Costco for the Holidays

What do you need to sit around that hearth on a holiday evening: Nuts? Candies? Coffee with Irish Cream? There are a ton of holiday bargains on qualit…
December 7, 2021
12 Best Costco Cyber Monday Deals
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Costco

12 Best Costco Cyber Monday Deals

The warehouse club giant’s holiday shopping deals don’t stop with Black Friday. It has plenty of hot deals for Cyber Monday, too, and some of them inc…
November 29, 2021
Best Black Friday Deals at Costco
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Costco

Best Black Friday Deals at Costco

The venerated warehouse chain unleashes holiday bargains in hopes you’ll also snap up Costco’s Kirkland Signature house-brand line of goods as well.
November 23, 2021