Bob Niedt

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.
18 States With Scary Death Taxes
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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…
January 24, 2021
15 Best Foreclosure Sites for Finding Properties
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15 Best Foreclosure Sites for Finding Properties

If you’re searching for foreclosures for sale for your next home or to flip for a profit, these websites will guide you to foreclosures to buy.
January 6, 2021
17 Best Amazon Prime Perks for the Holidays
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17 Best Amazon Prime Perks for the Holidays

Having an Amazon Prime membership isn't just about Amazon Prime Day. From Amazon for Students to Amazon Music, the benefits of Amazon Prime are far re…
December 1, 2020
19 Best Costco Kirkland Signature Products to Buy for the Holidays
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19 Best Costco Kirkland Signature Products to Buy for the Holidays

From Costco Kirkland Signature Nuts and other holiday snacks to Costco Kirkland Signature fruitcakes and gift sets, there are a ton of holiday bargain…
November 24, 2020
30 Great Black Friday Deals and Doorbusters for the 2020 Holiday Season
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30 Great Black Friday Deals and Doorbusters for the 2020 Holiday Season

We’ve rounded up dozens of bargains from top retailers including Amazon, Costco and Walmart, but you’ll need to act fast.
November 23, 2020
47 Stores That Won’t Be Open on Thanksgiving Day, 2020
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47 Stores That Won’t Be Open on Thanksgiving Day, 2020

Is Target open on Thanksgiving? Is Walmart open on Thanksgiving? What about Best Buy, Costco and others? We’re tracking dozens of major retailers that…
November 19, 2020
10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet
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10 Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

Storing your passport book or card, a spare key, or any of these other important items in your wallet leaves you open to identity theft -- or worse.
October 9, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2020: When It Starts, the Best and Worst Deals, Competing Events, More
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The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2020: When It Starts, the Best and Worst Deals, Competing Events, More

In a first, the giant retailer has pushed Amazon Prime Day this year from July to October, effectively launching the holiday shopping season weeks ear…
October 8, 2020
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2020?
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When Is Amazon Prime Day 2020?

Circumstances beyond its control have forced Amazon to move its annual Christmas-in-July Amazon Prime Day blowout sale in 2020 to ... later. Prime Da…
September 28, 2020
10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
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10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement

From reading materials to debt, the demands on your savings during your golden years might surprise you.
September 16, 2020
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
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10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement

We spend a lot of time worrying about running out of cash in retirement. But you might be surprised to see some of the things you'll find yourself spe…
September 16, 2020
8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to the Carolinas
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8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to the Carolinas

From the mountains to the beaches, North Carolina and South Carolina offer retirees plenty of incentives.
August 14, 2020
14 Reasons You Might Go Broke in Retirement
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14 Reasons You Might Go Broke in Retirement

Consider all the ways you may run out of money in retirement -- and the steps you can take to avoid that fate.
July 24, 2020
10 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime
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10 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime

You probably aren't using most of the perks tucked into that $119 annual fee -- which you don't need to pay to get the free Amazon shipping you crave.
July 19, 2020
Searching for the Perfect Place to Retire
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Searching for the Perfect Place to Retire

We home in on two places with less traffic and lower costs. 
July 2, 2020
14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online
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14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online

Why visit a government office to get your Social Security business done? You can do much of that online.
June 26, 2020
Don’t Let COVID-19 Derail Your Retirement
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Don’t Let COVID-19 Derail Your Retirement

Yes, many of us have taken a big hit. Stick to your principles — and be flexible.
June 8, 2020
13 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement
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13 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

RV-loving retirees talk about the downsides of spending retirement in a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or other recreational vehicle.
June 8, 2020
9 Reasons to Retire in an RV
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9 Reasons to Retire in an RV

RV-loving retirees talk about the upsides of spending retirement in a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or other recreational vehicle. Even Presi…
June 8, 2020
9 Things You'll Regret Keeping in a Safe Deposit Box
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9 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.
June 1, 2020
11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box
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11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

Certain documents and valuables, including certain things with sentimental value, should be stored securely at your bank.
June 1, 2020
8 Benefits for Healthcare Workers, First Responders in the HEROES Act
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8 Benefits for Healthcare Workers, First Responders in the HEROES Act

Parts of the massive federal stimulus passed by the House of Representatives focus on workers on the front line of the coronavirus battle.
May 21, 2020
13 Reasons to Shop at Walmart (Even If You Hate Walmart)
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13 Reasons to Shop at Walmart (Even If You Hate Walmart)

Let’s be honest: Many shoppers have a love-hate relationship with Walmart.
May 1, 2020
11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box
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11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

April 30, 2020
15 Safe Ways to Earn Extra Cash in the Age of the Coronavirus
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15 Safe Ways to Earn Extra Cash in the Age of the Coronavirus

Coming up with extra cash to pay the bills, cover unexpected expenses, boost savings, or accelerate your flagging 401(k) as we hunker down to ward off…
April 21, 2020
38 Ways to Earn Extra Cash With a Cool Side Hustle
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38 Ways to Earn Extra Cash With a Cool Side Hustle

Coming up with extra cash to pay the bills, cover unexpected expenses, boost savings, accelerate your 401(k) or perhaps even finance a dream vacation …
April 21, 2020
31 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2020
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31 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2020

At $119 for Amazon Prime, get your money's worth by taking full advantage of your membership. Here's a list of the best Prime perks.
April 17, 2020