Rivan V. Stinson

Rivan V. Stinson

Associate Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Rivan joined Kiplinger on Leap Day 2016 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. She's now a staff writer for the magazine and helps produce content for Kiplinger.com. A Michigan native, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 and from there freelanced as a local copy editor and proofreader, and served as a research assistant to a local Detroit journalist. Her work has been featured in the Ann Arbor Observer and Sage Business Researcher.

Protect Your Home From Nature's Wrath
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Becoming a Homeowner

Protect Your Home From Nature's Wrath

Not all damage is covered by standard homeowners policies. Make sure you’re prepared before it’s too late.
March 4, 2021
Update: Biden Administration Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, Again
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mortgages

Update: Biden Administration Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, Again

Getting to work right after the inauguration ceremony was over, President Joe Biden included assistance for renters and homeowners among a slew of exe…
February 16, 2021
10 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes
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taxes

10 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes

Saving money is a marathon not a sprint. And even low gas taxes can help keep money in your pocket.
February 12, 2021
10 Places That Will Pay You to Live There
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real estate

10 Places That Will Pay You to Live There

Working remotely? You may want to check out these places that'll pay you to move there.
February 9, 2021
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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taxes

10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes

COVID-19 has made us appreciate driving our cars more, but filling up the tank will cost you more in these state.
February 9, 2021
Kiplinger’s Best Values in Tax Software, 2021
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Tax Breaks

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Tax Software, 2021

We ranked the most popular tax-prep packages to help you find the ones that provide the best experience at the lowest cost.
January 27, 2021
Stephanie Creary: Making the Case for Diversity on Corporate Boards
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Business Costs & Regulation

Stephanie Creary: Making the Case for Diversity on Corporate Boards

Adding underrepresented voices can improve a company’s bottom line.
January 23, 2021
When Is Bankruptcy the Right Move?
Man with past due bills and foreclosure notice
Coronavirus and Your Money

When Is Bankruptcy the Right Move?

Seeking protection from creditors can provide a lifeline, but there are plenty of trade-offs.
January 21, 2021
Getting Married or Moving In Together? Time to Talk About Money
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Starting a Family

Getting Married or Moving In Together? Time to Talk About Money

Sharing a life means it’s time to talk finances.
December 22, 2020
Is Pet Insurance Worth It?
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Making Your Money Last

Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

If you’ve added a dog or cat to your family, consider pet insurance to manage routine and unexpected veterinary bills.
December 16, 2020
Financial Planning We Can Afford
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Financial Planning

Financial Planning We Can Afford

You don't have to be a wealthy baby boomer to hire a financial adviser.
December 15, 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
13 Costs of Owning a Cat
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how to save money

13 Costs of Owning a Cat

Housecats may be known for their aloofness and low-maintenance attitude, but they're not cheap. Here's what you can expect to spend if you plan on ado…
October 29, 2020
How to Negotiate a Break on Rent
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Healthy Living on a Budget

How to Negotiate a Break on Rent

The downward trend in rents has me thinking it's time to ask my apartment manager to reduce my rent.
October 19, 2020
Beirut Explosion: Avoid Charity Scams
personal finance

Beirut Explosion: Avoid Charity Scams

With the recent explosion in Beirut kicking off calls for aid, beware of scammers trying to take advantage.
August 10, 2020
How to Avoid a Charity Scam
personal finance

How to Avoid a Charity Scam

Scammers never quit, even when you're trying to be altruistic. But you can avoid getting duped if you do your homework.
August 7, 2020
Vote by Mail: A State-by-State Guide to Absentee Ballot Voting
Politics

Vote by Mail: A State-by-State Guide to Absentee Ballot Voting

With health authorities recommending people continue to social distance, the idea of voting by mail is becoming an increasingly hot topic.
August 4, 2020
Understanding Tax Planning
tax planning

Understanding Tax Planning

The importance of tax planning goes beyond keeping cash out of Uncle Sam’s hands. You’re also preparing yourself for a secure retirement. Here are a c…
August 3, 2020
This Olympian Has a New Goal: Closing the Wealth Gap
Financial Planning

This Olympian Has a New Goal: Closing the Wealth Gap

She encourages advisers to introduce students to financial planning.
July 21, 2020
24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money
Travel

24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money

Traveling is fun and you can do it without breaking the bank — you just have to know where to go online first.
June 12, 2020
Millennials Face Their Second Recession
Making Your Money Last

Millennials Face Their Second Recession

Forty percent of millennials say the pandemic will likely cause them to delay payments on their debts. Does that include you? Time to take action.
June 4, 2020
16 Ways to Get Your Finances in Better Shape for the New Normal
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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
The Best Tax Software Values for 2020
tax software

The Best Tax Software Values for 2020

We tested nine of the most popular tax software programs to see which ones offer the best overall value. You might be surprised who's #1.
April 22, 2020
This Doctor Will Heal Your Portfolio
investing

This Doctor Will Heal Your Portfolio

A physician turned financial planner says the coronavirus is an opportunity for you to tackle “fixable risks.”
April 3, 2020
If You Need a Real ID, Visit the DMV Soon
business

If You Need a Real ID, Visit the DMV Soon

2020 is the year Real ID goes into effect for air travel. So having a star on your license will become more important if you don’t have a passport.
March 29, 2020
22 Secrets to Save Money on Travel
Travel

22 Secrets to Save Money on Travel

We all dream of taking that perfect solo or family vacation, but planning on a budget can be hard.
March 27, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a 457 Retirement Plan for 2020?
retirement

How Much Can You Contribute to a 457 Retirement Plan for 2020?

State and local government workers can contribute $500 more to their 457 plans in 2020 than they could in 2019. Some workers can make additional catch…
February 24, 2020