Bob Niedt

Bob Niedt

Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob Niedt is a multi-award-winning journalist who has worked for esteemed online and print news organizations as a writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., area as well as New York and Michigan. He joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail and retirement. He has also been an adjunct professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor's degree from Hope College.

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
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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…
October 19, 2021
​18 Deal Sites and Tools for Finding Online Shopping Bargains
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​18 Deal Sites and Tools for Finding Online Shopping Bargains

Ease the hassles of shopping online by using these resources that will do the deal hunting for you.
October 13, 2021
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…
October 6, 2021
11 Reasons You Don't Want to Retire in Florida
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11 Reasons You Don't Want to Retire in Florida

An overabundance of boomers, critters, sweat and weirdness. Welcome to the dark side of the Sunshine State.
October 6, 2021
36 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2021
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36 Best Amazon Prime Benefits to Use in 2021

Get your money’s worth by taking full advantage of your $119 Amazon Prime membership. Here’s a list of the best Prime perks to use for the rest of 202…
September 29, 2021
The Time to Start Your Holiday Shopping Is Right Now
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Making Your Money Last

The Time to Start Your Holiday Shopping Is Right Now

Shortages of the popular toys and gifts due to logistical delays could be massive this holiday shopping season. Expecting guests? Toilet paper, paper …
September 28, 2021
11 Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box
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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.
September 25, 2021
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.
September 24, 2021
15 Things Retirees Should Buy at Costco
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Making Your Money Last

15 Things Retirees Should Buy at Costco

From its house brand Kirkland Signature lineup to name brands and hidden gems, the warehouse club offers bargains aimed at mature shoppers.
September 8, 2021
Free (or Cheap) College for Retirees in All 50 States
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Free (or Cheap) College for Retirees in All 50 States

Whether it's to complete a degree, gain new knowledge or just for fun, retirees can collect their books and get on (back) to school in a most inexpens…
August 25, 2021
19 Things You Can't Return to Amazon
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19 Things You Can't Return to Amazon

Before tossing these items into your virtual shopping cart, be sure to read Amazon's return policy first.
August 16, 2021
24 Kirkland Products Retirees Should Buy at Costco
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Making Your Money Last

24 Kirkland Products Retirees Should Buy at Costco

Retirement means taking full advantage of your Costco membership to save money but not cut corners on quality.
August 13, 2021
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)

If you haven't shopped at the world's largest retailer in some time, here's some of what you've been missing.
August 4, 2021
25 Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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