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.
11 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime
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Budgeting

11 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.
April 13, 2021
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021?
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Making Your Money Last

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Circumstances beyond its control forced Amazon to move its annual Christmas-in-July Amazon Prime Day blowout sale in 2020 to October. It looks like Pr…
April 12, 2021
37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021
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business

37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021

We flag a wide variety of cool side hustles to earn bonus bucks to cover expenses expected and unexpected as we begin to emerge from the pandemic lock…
April 8, 2021
14 Social Security Tasks You Can Do Online
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retirement

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.
April 2, 2021
14 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement
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Making Your Money Last

14 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.
April 1, 2021
10 Reasons to Retire in an RV
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retirement

10 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.
April 1, 2021
36 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2021
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Smart Buying

36 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2021

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.
March 17, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
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retirement

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.
February 25, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
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retirement

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…
February 25, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
Senior couple sitting at table, using laptop, looking at bills
retirement

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.
February 25, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
Senior couple having a conversation while dining out
retirement

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…
February 25, 2021
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 Washington, D.C. on how retirees are taxed. We considered taxes on Social Security and other retirement income, tax exempti…
February 23, 2021
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…
January 24, 2021
15 Best Foreclosure Sites for Finding Properties
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Making Your Money Last

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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savings

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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spending

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
shopping

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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Smart Buying

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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Scams

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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spending

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?
spending

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
8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to the Carolinas
retirement

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
retirement

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
Budgeting

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
Empty Nesters

Searching for the Perfect Place to Retire

We home in on two places with less traffic and lower costs. 
July 2, 2020
Don’t Let COVID-19 Derail Your Retirement
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retirement

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
RV
Making Your Money Last

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