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.

$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
Girl holding parent's credit card in store
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
Photo of rapper turned clothier Jewel.
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
Social distancing in backyard during COVID-19 pandemic.
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
Mother and daughter working in kitchen together
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
Picture of tiny gift box next to dollar bill and loose change
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
Protection for Your Assets
Protecting your financial assets.
wealth management

Protection for Your Assets

At a time when Americans’ savings are soaring, you need to know how your money is insured.
October 29, 2020
File the FAFSA Now: Urgent Reasons for Families to File Early in 2020 for College Aid
Filling out a FAFSA 2021 form.
college

File the FAFSA Now: Urgent Reasons for Families to File Early in 2020 for College Aid

If you have a college-bound student at home, don't procrastinate on securing financial aid for the 2021-22 school year.
October 9, 2020
A Tasty Break From the Pandemic
Bakery owner Theresa Hammons in front of her shop holding a collection of her baked goods.
Business Costs & Regulation

A Tasty Break From the Pandemic

This Ohio bakery has found creative ways to stay in business—and even thrive.
October 1, 2020
Watch Out for COVID Cons
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Scams

Watch Out for COVID Cons

Isolated seniors are particularly vulnerable to pandemic-related scams.
September 30, 2020
Airlines Nix Change Fees
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Travel

Airlines Nix Change Fees

You may still pay a change fee for tickets in basic economy, though.
September 30, 2020
A Guide to Streaming Services
Smart Buying

A Guide to Streaming Services

Competition is growing. That’s giving you more choices—and a chance to save money.
August 27, 2020
Even in a Pandemic, Some Employers Are Hiring
Coronavirus and Your Money

Even in a Pandemic, Some Employers Are Hiring

During COVID-19, you may have to use different strategies to find the job you want.
August 26, 2020
Back to School, Ready or Not
Technology

Back to School, Ready or Not

This Florida teacher’s school let families choose distance learning or in-person classes.
August 26, 2020
Emergency Funds: How to Get Started
Making Your Money Last

Emergency Funds: How to Get Started

There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for how much you’ll need.
July 30, 2020
Travel Rewards Cards Offer New Perks
Travel

Travel Rewards Cards Offer New Perks

Credit card issuers expand benefits to justify the annual fees.
July 30, 2020
Class of COVID-19
Starting Out: New Grads and Young Professionals

Class of COVID-19

Recent graduates are starting their careers at a time of tremendous uncertainty, but hiring is up in several job categories.
July 2, 2020
Are You Ready to Travel Again?
Travel

Are You Ready to Travel Again?

You may be itching to travel, but the risks and rules—especially for international travel—may keep you at home a while longer. 
June 25, 2020
Travel Planning in the Time of Coronavirus
Travel

Travel Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

Insurance may not cover canceled vacations, but airlines and hotels may be flexible.
June 11, 2020
How to Get Your Money Back
spending

How to Get Your Money Back

Some refund policies have been relaxed during the pandemic, but reimbursement isn’t always automatic.
June 5, 2020
Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft
business

Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft

Fraud losses grew in 2019 and are likely to increase in 2020.
June 5, 2020
16 Ways to Get Your Finances in Better Shape for the New Normal
how to save money

16 Ways to Get Your Finances in Better Shape for the New Normal

With some states slowly opening back up their economies while others extend shelter in place orders, you may have lots of free time on your hand even …
May 21, 2020
Best Video Apps for Staying in Touch
Technology

Best Video Apps for Staying in Touch

We rate five video-chat platforms for user-friendliness and security features.
May 10, 2020