Emma Patch

Emma Patch

Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Emma Patch joined Kiplinger in 2020. Born in London to two New Yorkers, Emma grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Middlebury College in February of 2020 with a degree in comparative literature. She previously interned for Kiplinger's Retirement Report and before that, for a small investment bank in New York City. She served as editor-at-large and features editor for Middlebury's student newspaper, The Campus, and speaks French, Spanish and Russian.

The Pandemic Pet Problem
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Coronavirus and Your Money

The Pandemic Pet Problem

Lisa Gretebeck used telemedicine and other creative ways to handle a surge of new cat and dog patients.
August 29, 2021
Complain and Get Results
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Smart Buying

Complain and Get Results

Use these tried-and-true strategies to get companies to listen to you.
August 26, 2021
When It’s Time to Drop Your Parents’ Health Insurance
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Starting Out: New Grads and Young Professionals

When It’s Time to Drop Your Parents’ Health Insurance

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for twenty-somethings has plummeted.
July 29, 2021
Plan to Start Repaying Student Loans
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Paying for College

Plan to Start Repaying Student Loans

The pandemic-era pause on student loan repayments is scheduled to end September 30. If you can’t afford payments, you have options.
July 29, 2021
Tying the Knot Post-Pandemic
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Business Costs & Regulation

Tying the Knot Post-Pandemic

This wedding planner is gearing up for a full fall season amid continuing concerns about safety.
July 28, 2021
Tough Times for a Family Business
Richard Atack, owner of Barry-Regent Dry Cleaners in Chicago.
Business Costs & Regulation

Tough Times for a Family Business

His dry-cleaning operation was rocked by the pandemic, but he is staying optimistic.
June 24, 2021
Avoid the Summer Travel Rush; Plan a Fall Getaway
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Travel

Avoid the Summer Travel Rush; Plan a Fall Getaway

Prices will be lower, you’ll encounter fewer crowds, and pandemic restrictions are likely to ease even more.
June 24, 2021
Marriage and Taxes: What You Need to Know
Getting Married

Marriage and Taxes: What You Need to Know

Most couples will owe less in federal taxes by filing jointly, but sometimes it pays to go it alone.
May 27, 2021
COVID’s Silver Lining: A Calmer Life
Aimee and Barrett Foster with son George and daughter Elizabeth sit on a bench for a photo in Cape Cod, Mass.
Coronavirus and Your Money

COVID’s Silver Lining: A Calmer Life

This family left the West Coast for a simpler lifestyle in a small Cape Cod town.
May 26, 2021
Reliving a Harlem Renaissance
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Business Costs & Regulation

Reliving a Harlem Renaissance

After a tough winter, two sisters look forward to reviving their restaurant’s business.
April 29, 2021
The Hazards of Buy Now, Pay Later
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Smart Buying

The Hazards of Buy Now, Pay Later

Breaking up payments can make a big purchase seem cheaper, which can tempt you to overspend.
March 31, 2021
A New Chapter for This Bookstore
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Coronavirus and Your Money

A New Chapter for This Bookstore

Katrina and COVID haven’t deterred the owner of a used bookstore from catering to his clientele.
March 24, 2021
Add a VPN to Surf the Internet Safely
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Technology

Add a VPN to Surf the Internet Safely

To help you fight identity theft, consider adding a VPN.
March 20, 2021
Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package lays the groundwork to forgive some student loan debt.
March 11, 2021
Flying This Summer? What to Expect
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Travel

Flying This Summer? What to Expect

Depending on your destination, you may need to show a negative COVID test or even prove you’ve been vaccinated.
February 23, 2021
New Challenges for a Church
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Empty Nesters

New Challenges for a Church

With Sunday services online, this minister’s congregation is finding ways to stay connected.
February 22, 2021
What to Expect if You're Flying in 2021
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Travel

What to Expect if You're Flying in 2021

Policies enacted by the airlines in 2020 may change air travel for the long haul.
January 24, 2021
$300 Weekly Unemployment Benefits Included in Stimulus Bill
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Coronavirus and Your Money

$300 Weekly Unemployment Benefits Included in Stimulus Bill

The bill provides temporary expanded relief to the unemployed in the form of additional payments, longer benefit periods, and help for the self-employ…
December 28, 2020
Kids and Money: Boost Your Child's Future Credit Score
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Raising Money-Smart Kids

Kids and Money: Boost Your Child's Future Credit Score

Naming your child as an authorized user on your credit card can be a great way to set them up with a healthy credit report.
December 26, 2020
Rapper Moves From Music to Merchandise
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Making Your Money Last

Rapper Moves From Music to Merchandise

This rapper has pivoted from putting on live shows to selling T-shirts and tote bags.
December 24, 2020
How to Stay Safe on the Slopes
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Coronavirus and Your Money

How to Stay Safe on the Slopes

Ski resorts have made changes to deal with COVID. Here’s what to expect.
December 24, 2020
Analyst: Housing Market Will Stay Strong in 2021
Danielle Hale (pictured above) is the chief economist for Realtor.com.
Markets

Analyst: Housing Market Will Stay Strong in 2021

But the pace of home sales could slow by the end of the year.
November 27, 2020
How to Safely Socialize (and Work) at Home During the Pandemic
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home

How to Safely Socialize (and Work) at Home During the Pandemic

Tips for transforming your backyard area into a social distancing hang out, as well as creating a work-from-home haven.
November 25, 2020
Growing the Family Business
Farm owner Larkin Martin of Courtland, Alabama, stands in a field holding a plant while posing for a photograph
Business Costs & Regulation

Growing the Family Business

This Alabama farmer navigates the uncertainties of tariffs, COVID and unpredictable weather.
November 24, 2020
Dear Mom and Dad: Thanks
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Making Your Money Last

Dear Mom and Dad: Thanks

Ideally, living at home should provide a way to improve your financial well-being and lay the groundwork for future success.
November 17, 2020
17 People You Should Tip for the Holidays
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spending

17 People You Should Tip for the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time to give back. So who gets a holiday tip this year – and how much?
November 6, 2020
COVID Clipped This Pilot's Wings
David Hodas, 39, of Kinnelon, N.J., is an American Airlines pilot currently on furlough.
Coronavirus and Your Money

COVID Clipped This Pilot's Wings

American Airlines furloughed him on November 1. Now his career track is cloudy.
October 29, 2020