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.

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.
September 23, 2022
A Second Amazon Prime Day 2022 Is an October Surprise
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Amazon Prime

A Second Amazon Prime Day 2022 Is an October Surprise

Prime Day: So nice they had to try it twice? A fall event is likely to follow the model of blowout sales over two days. But it will come with a differ…
September 23, 2022
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost (And Is It Worth It?)
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Amazon Prime

How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost (And Is It Worth It?)

Plenty of prices are higher in 2022 and membership in Amazon Prime (up 17%) is no exception. Are you still getting your money’s worth? We’ll test the …
September 22, 2022
Amazon Warehouse: Where Amazon Prime Returns Become Your Next Online Bargains
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Amazon Prime

Amazon Warehouse: Where Amazon Prime Returns Become Your Next Online Bargains

Amazon Warehouse products have a wide range of imperfections, but that leads to some often wildly discounted prices.
September 16, 2022
Amazon Outlet: Where to Get Hot (and Cheap) Overstock Deals Online
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Amazon Prime

Amazon Outlet: Where to Get Hot (and Cheap) Overstock Deals Online

Beyond the everyday offerings of Amazon Prime lies Amazon Outlet for bigger discounts.
September 14, 2022
Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping and Other Perks
Several Amazon packages, on September 1, 2022
Amazon Prime

Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping and Other Perks

You don’t need to pay Amazon Prime’s juiced $139 annual fee to find a wide swath of products online at different retailers.
September 9, 2022
Costco Deals Ripe for the Pillage in the “Treasure Hunt”
In this photo illustration the homepage of the Costco Wholesale Corporation website is seen displayed on a computer screen through a magnifying glass.
Costco

Costco Deals Ripe for the Pillage in the “Treasure Hunt”

You don’t have to be a pirate to go on this Treasure Hunt, where you can buy $55,000 diamond rings, $650 Wagyu filets or a $35 fur trapper hat. But hu…
August 31, 2022
Will There Be a Second Amazon Prime Day 2022? Stand By
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Amazon Prime

Will There Be a Second Amazon Prime Day 2022? Stand By

Purportedly leaked documents indicate Amazon is asking retailers for possible “lightning” deal options for an October Amazon Prime Day 2022.
August 26, 2022
MoviePass is Relaunching. Should You Sign Up?
The MoviePass application is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Smart Buying

MoviePass is Relaunching. Should You Sign Up?

The subscription discount movie card company has a checkered past and an army of disillusioned former cardholders. If you want to try the reboot, you’…
August 26, 2022
The Open Secret of Costco Shopping: Costco Next
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Costco

The Open Secret of Costco Shopping: Costco Next

What is Costco Next? It’s a specialty shopping zone of Costco.com that has highly curated products at discounted prices.
August 23, 2022
HBO Max Is Offering Huge Discounts
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Smart Buying

HBO Max Is Offering Huge Discounts

Looking for a streaming service deal? Warner Bros. Discovery is cutting the price of HBO Max.
August 18, 2022
Latest Costco Perk: Pickup Lockers
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Costco

Latest Costco Perk: Pickup Lockers

Costco’s lockers will let you buy some products without having to roam the aisles.. But don’t expect to use it to buy a generator, mattress, whole goa…
August 18, 2022
Can I Buy Amazon’s Always Home Cam, the Flying Indoor Security Camera?
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Amazon Prime

Can I Buy Amazon’s Always Home Cam, the Flying Indoor Security Camera?

Want to know if everything’s okay at home while you’re away? The Always Home Cam is a drone that will fly from its dock and soar toward the bad guys (…
August 16, 2022
Amazon Layaway: A New Perk of Amazon Prime
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Amazon Prime

Amazon Layaway: A New Perk of Amazon Prime

Reserve now, pay over time is one of retail’s oldest holiday shopping gimmicks, dating back to the Great Depression. Now, Amazon is reviving it year-r…
August 10, 2022
Amazon Adds Another Popular Smart Home Brand to Its Amazon Prime Mix
 A Roomba robot vacuum made by iRobot is displayed on a shelf at a Target store on August 05, 2022 in San Rafael, California.
Amazon Prime

Amazon Adds Another Popular Smart Home Brand to Its Amazon Prime Mix

Amazon.com spends $1.7 billion to vacuum up iRobot into its name-brand portfolio.
August 9, 2022
Are You Streaming Too Much? What the Discovery+/HBO Max Mashup Means
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Smart Buying

Are You Streaming Too Much? What the Discovery+/HBO Max Mashup Means

Fewer original scripted series? Maybe. And maybe it’s time to unsubscribe.
August 5, 2022
Amazon Ending a Key Perk for Amazon Prime Customers
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Amazon Prime

Amazon Ending a Key Perk for Amazon Prime Customers

Got stuff stored on Amazon Drive? Heads up – that’s going away. Your photos are safe, though.
August 1, 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…
July 29, 2022
12 Reasons to Retire in an RV
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retirement

12 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.
July 29, 2022
15 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement
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Making Your Money Last

15 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

RV-savvy retirees talk about the downsides of spending retirement in a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or other recreational vehicle.
July 29, 2022
Best Amazon Prime Day Smart Home Deals
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Best Amazon Prime Day Smart Home Deals

Time to scoop up Amazon Prime Day deals to make your home, and your life, smarter.
July 12, 2022
21 Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi
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Aldi

21 Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi

If you haven’t made the acquaintance of this German supermarket chain, you’re missing out on some serious savings. But not every item is a hit. See ou…
July 5, 2022
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2022?
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Amazon Prime

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon.com locks down two days in July for Amazon Prime Day 2022.
June 16, 2022
30 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco
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Costco

30 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco

Many of warehouse club Costco's store-branded Kirkland Signature items get high marks for quality and value. Check out our picks.
June 3, 2022
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
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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