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.
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 exempt…
July 26, 2021
25 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco
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Smart Buying

25 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.
July 21, 2021
21 Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi
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Smart Buying

21 Best and Worst Things to Buy at Aldi

The German supermarket chain is known for low prices, but not every item on Aldi's shelves is a bargain. See our list of the best and worst buys.
July 14, 2021
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 picturesque beach towns to cozy mountain communities, North Carolina and South Carolina offer retirees plenty of incentives.
July 12, 2021
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?
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Amazon Prime

How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?

The annual cost of an Amazon Prime membership has remained steady for both new and renewing members, even with new competition and the surge in busine…
July 9, 2021
How Much Does an Amazon Prime Membership Cost?
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Amazon Prime

How Much Does an Amazon Prime Membership Cost?

The cost of an annual Amazon Prime membership has remained steady, even as Amazon struggled during the COVID-related lockdown and new competition aros…
July 8, 2021
9 Things You Must Know About Retiring to Arizona
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9 Things You Must Know About Retiring to Arizona

The Grand Canyon State offers so much more than that gorgeous hole in the ground. Check out whether you'd like to spend your golden years in this sout…
July 2, 2021
10 Things You Must Know About Retiring to Florida
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Making Your Money Last

10 Things You Must Know About Retiring to Florida

Heading South has always been a key to your retirement plan. If Florida is part of the plan, we offer up a few tips to help you find your way.
June 29, 2021
How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership
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Amazon Prime

How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership

That Amazon Prime membership costs you at least $119 a year. You haven't been using most of the perks and you didn't buy anything on Prime Day, so you…
June 25, 2021
The Most Popular Items Sold on Amazon Prime Day
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Amazon Prime

The Most Popular Items Sold on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day moved up to June 2021 after a dive into October in 2020. Here are the most popular items sold this week.
June 23, 2021
Staunton, Va.: The Perfect Place (for Me) to Retire
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Smart Buying

Staunton, Va.: The Perfect Place (for Me) to Retire

Why not head farther south? Virginia is retiree-friendly, it doesn’t tax Social Security, and it has no estate or inheritance tax.
June 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…
June 17, 2021
Great Jobs for Retirees
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Great Jobs for Retirees

Your career job is ending. It’s time to consider how to earn extra cash in retirement working at something you’ve always wanted to do.
June 17, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2021
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The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2021

Prime members can plan their Prime Day purchases in advance to efficiently score the biggest and best deals throughout the two-day event.
June 14, 2021
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021?
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Amazon Prime

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. Prime Day 2021 w…
June 2, 2021
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.
May 27, 2021
5 Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping on Everyday Purchases
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5 Alternatives to Amazon Prime for Free Shipping on Everyday Purchases

You don’t need to pay Amazon Prime’s $119 annual fee to find a wide swath of products online at different retailers.
May 20, 2021
18 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores
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18 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores

These discount retailers stock plenty of bargains, but some of the merchandise isn’t worth the buck.
May 14, 2021
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.
April 23, 2021
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021? The Dates May Have Leaked
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When Is Amazon Prime Day 2021? The Dates May Have Leaked

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 22, 2021
11 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime
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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
37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021
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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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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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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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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