Jessica L. Anderson

Jessica L. Anderson

Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Anderson has been with Kiplinger since January 2004, when she joined the staff as a reporter. Since then, she's covered the gamut of personal finance issues—from mortgages and credit to spending wisely—and she heads up Kiplinger's annual automotive rankings. She holds a BA in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the 2012 president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and serves on its board of directors. In 2014, she was selected for the North American Car and Truck Of the Year jury. The awards, presented at the Detroit Auto Show, have come to be regarded as the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S. because they involve no commercial tie-ins. The jury is composed of nationally recognized journalists from across the U.S. and Canada, who are selected on the basis of audience reach, experience, expertise, product knowledge, and reputation in the automotive community.
10 Best Cars for Older Drivers
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10 Best Cars for Older Drivers

Sooner or later, comfort enters into the car equation.
July 3, 2019
The Family Money Talk You Must Have
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The Family Money Talk You Must Have

Your adult kids should know about your finances—and what they can expect.
October 12, 2016
10 Best Values in All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
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10 Best Values in All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

When you have to drive on the white stuff—or, worse, a wintry mix—you want to feel confident that you can get where you're going.
January 29, 2016
Five Myths About Leasing a Car
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Five Myths About Leasing a Car

Learning the facts could save you a bundle.
October 30, 2015
7 Secrets to Save on Travel
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7 Secrets to Save on Travel

Keep more money free for souvenirs with these expert tips.
April 29, 2015
10 International Travel Bargains
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10 International Travel Bargains

The good news for U.S.
April 8, 2015
10 World-Class Travel Bargains
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10 World-Class Travel Bargains

We pick international destinations where the strong dollar is making travel remarkably affordable.
April 6, 2015
The Woes of Extended Auto Warranties
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The Woes of Extended Auto Warranties

Payouts over the life of an extended warranty typically fall short of the cost of the warranty.
April 3, 2015
6 Tips to Get the Best Price on a New Car
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6 Tips to Get the Best Price on a New Car

February 24, 2015
A Smart Reason to Cash Out Your Car Lease
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A Smart Reason to Cash Out Your Car Lease

You might be able to sell your leased vehicle yourself and keep the profits.
February 20, 2015
Best Luxury Cars for the Money
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Best Luxury Cars for the Money

Take a look at three luxurious 2014 vehicles that you can own for less than $40,000.
February 20, 2015
20 Small Ways to Save Big
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20 Small Ways to Save Big

Think you don't have enough money to start saving? Even little deposits add up to big bucks -- especially when you start young.
January 28, 2015
10 Best Values in Family Cars, 2014
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10 Best Values in Family Cars, 2014

January 22, 2015
8 Best Values in Luxury Cars
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8 Best Values in Luxury Cars

The words affordable and luxury rarely go hand in hand, but you may not have to pay a lot more for a luxury car than for a mainstream model.
January 22, 2015
15 Greatest Cars of the 21st Century
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15 Greatest Cars of the 21st Century

Kiplinger ranks cars and SUVs every year, choosing the best in various price categories based on performance, value and safety.
January 22, 2015
How We Choose the Best New Car Values
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How We Choose the Best New Car Values

A guide to our annual Best New Car Values rankings.
January 22, 2015
Best Values in 2015 Cars: New and Redesigned Models
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Best Values in 2015 Cars: New and Redesigned Models

To win Kiplinger's Best Value Award among new and redesigned models, a vehicle must be newly introduced or fully redesigned—not just updated.
January 22, 2015
Best Values in 2015 Cars: Best in Class
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Best Values in 2015 Cars: Best in Class

For our Best Value Awards, Kiplinger's chooses a Best in Class (as well as a Best New) vehicle in 15 categories.
January 22, 2015
Deals on New Wheels: Best Car Values, 2015
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Deals on New Wheels: Best Car Values, 2015

Kiplinger’s Best Value Awards can help you find the right car at a great price.
January 22, 2015
13 Best in Class Car Values, 2014
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13 Best in Class Car Values, 2014

Kiplinger's Best Value Award winners for Best in Class are tops in our 13 categories.
January 16, 2015
When Leasing Makes Sense
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When Leasing Makes Sense

If you always have a car payment—because you trade in your cars often or you tend to finance with long-term loans—then leasing is a good choice.
January 2, 2015
Going Green on the Cheap
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Going Green on the Cheap

You don't have to be rich to help save the planet. Here are 15 ways to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle on a budget.
December 29, 2014
Best Values in New Cars, 2013
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Best Values in New Cars, 2013

Intense competition means that you're in the driver's seat when it's time to negotiate.
December 9, 2014
Best Ways to Sell Your Car
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Best Ways to Sell Your Car

Dealers usually can't beat CarMax, but even there you may get $500 to $1,500 less than in a private sale.
December 2, 2014
6 Things You Must Know About Gift Returns
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6 Things You Must Know About Gift Returns

How to avoid the hassle when you need to take it back.
December 1, 2014
3 Common Home-Insurance Gaps to Fill
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3 Common Home-Insurance Gaps to Fill

Make sure your policy provides enough coverage to protect your home and belongings.
November 14, 2014
Cash Out Your Lease on Your Car
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Cash Out Your Lease on Your Car

You could walk away with a check if your vehicle is worth more than the purchase price written into the lease.
November 13, 2014