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David Muhlbaum
Senior Online Editor, Kiplinger.com
David Muhlbaum has worked for Dow Jones Newswires and America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting, taxes, and automotive issues. He is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association.
How to Save on a Used Car
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How to Save on a Used Car

Kiplinger's resident car guru David Muhlbaum joins host Ryan Ermey on our Your Money's Worth podcast to offer tips on buying a used car. Also, the pai…
September 8, 2020
The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History
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The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History

Wind, water, fire and drought have all wreaked havoc on the United States. What’s been the worst?
August 26, 2020
2021 COLA: A Raise Likely for Social Security Recipients After All
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2021 COLA: A Raise Likely for Social Security Recipients After All

Fear of a flat COLA? Relax, looks like an increase is coming for 2021 Social Security checks.
August 24, 2020
How to Save on a Used Car
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How to Save on a Used Car

Tips and techniques that can help you save money when shopping for a used car.
August 12, 2020
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Get Your Car on the Cheap
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Get Your Car on the Cheap

Want to spend less on transportation? Step 1 is a car that’s used, but not used up.
July 22, 2020
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
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Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class

Your retirement contributions could be the key to a lower tax bill.
July 9, 2020
10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
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10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

Tax breaks aren't just for the rich. There are plenty of them that are only available to middle- and low-income Americans.
June 30, 2020
Protecting Your Car During COVID-19
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Protecting Your Car During COVID-19

Lack of exercise won’t make your car flabby, but problems with the battery, the fuel and even malevolent wildlife are a real possibility.
June 12, 2020
13 Things That May Soon Disappear Forever (The Pandemic Edition)
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13 Things That May Soon Disappear Forever (The Pandemic Edition)

Emerging technologies (and now the COVID-19 pandemic) are putting an end to these familiar items and practices.
June 9, 2020
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A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life
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A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life

If you travel more than, say, 150 miles from home more than a few times a year, I don’t see an electric car working as your primary vehicle.
May 26, 2020
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How to Buy a Car (for Less!) During COVID-19
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How to Buy a Car (for Less!) During COVID-19

Safety first, but don’t rule out the old-school approach of just picking up the phone and calling your local dealer.
May 5, 2020
The 10 Best Cars for Senior Drivers
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The 10 Best Cars for Senior Drivers

Whether you're 50, 60 or 70, you may start thinking about a vehicle that conforms to your chassis, instead of the other way around.
April 27, 2020
Claim These Tax Deductions Even If You Don’t Itemize
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Claim These Tax Deductions Even If You Don’t Itemize

One of the biggest changes the 2017 tax reform law brought was a near doubling of the standard deduction.
April 2, 2020
How to Clean and Maintain Your Car in the Coronavirus Era
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How to Clean and Maintain Your Car in the Coronavirus Era

First things first: Let’s disinfect that small, enclosed space.
March 26, 2020
The Safest Used Cars for $20,000 or Less
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The Safest Used Cars for $20,000 or Less

Shopping for a used car?
March 23, 2020
Should You Buy Your Next Car New or Used?
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Should You Buy Your Next Car New or Used?

There are cases when it’s better to buy new than used. Look for low-priced cars with high resale value.
March 17, 2020
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5 States With No State Sales Tax
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5 States With No State Sales Tax

Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon do not impose a state sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low ta…
March 12, 2020
The Safest Cars for $30,000 or Less
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The Safest Cars for $30,000 or Less

You want to put yourself (and your loved ones) in the safest vehicle possible, right?
March 10, 2020
Car Buying New or Used: Use Data to See Which Is Better
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Car Buying New or Used: Use Data to See Which Is Better

Edmunds.com and KBB offer useful tools to calculate the real cost of owning a car. But it’s still on you to make the right comparisons.
March 5, 2020
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes

Fortunately for drivers, the federal government’s gas tax hasn’t budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993.
February 18, 2020
Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
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Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

Retirees relocate for lots of different reasons, from the weather to proximity to grandchildren.
February 13, 2020
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11 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don’t)
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11 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don’t)

January 31, 2020
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Minivans: What’s Not to Like?
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Minivans: What’s Not to Like?

The minivan has been unfairly displaced by the three-row SUV as the family hauler of choice.
January 26, 2020
Best States for Low Taxes: 50 States Ranked for Taxes, 2019
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Best States for Low Taxes: 50 States Ranked for Taxes, 2019

We rated every state for taxes based on state income taxes, local sales taxes and property taxes. Find out where your state ranks.
December 27, 2019
10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
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10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

December 20, 2019
Gas-Saving Tips That Actually Work
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Gas-Saving Tips That Actually Work

The price of gasoline today isn’t exceptional — well off the $3+ spikes seen in the early part of this decade.
December 20, 2019
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, as well as …
November 20, 2019