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Rivan V. Stinson
Associate Online Editor, Kiplinger.com
Rivan joined Kiplinger on Leap Day 2016 as a reporter for magazine. She now writes and produces 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 and .
24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money
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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
Milliennials Face Their Second Recession
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Milliennials 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 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Coronavirus Quarantine Time
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16 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Coronavirus Quarantine Time

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
Vote by Mail: A State-by-State Guide to Absentee Ballot Voting
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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.
May 12, 2020
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The Best Tax Software Values for 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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How Much Can You Contribute to a 403(b) for 2020?
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How Much Can You Contribute to a 403(b) for 2020?

Teachers and nonprofit workers can contribute $500 more to their 403(b) retirement savings plan in 2020 than they could in 2019. Plus, the catch-up co…
February 24, 2020
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How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2020?
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How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2020?

The maximum amount workers at small businesses can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2020 is $500 higher than it was for 2019.
February 24, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan for 2020?
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How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan for 2020?

Federal workers and military personnel can save more in their TSP retirement accounts in 2020.
February 24, 2020
10 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes
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10 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes

For those of us who usually drive, seeing the price of gas on any given day can either make us want to take the long way home or wish we had access to…
February 18, 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
Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2018 Tax Return
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Top Tax Software Programs for Your 2018 Tax Return

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered tax rates, eliminated some popular tax deductions and nearly doubled the standard deduction, which will sharply redu…
January 31, 2020
Why You Need a Renters Insurance Policy
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Why You Need a Renters Insurance Policy

The average monthly premium for renters insurance is about $17 a month for $40,000 in personal property coverage, according to Insurance.com.
January 30, 2020
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How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2019?
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How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2019?

The maximum amount workers at small businesses can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2019 is $500 higher than it was for 2018.
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a 403(b) for 2019?
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How Much Can You Contribute to a 403(b) for 2019?

Teachers and nonprofit workers can contribute $19,000 to a 403(b) for 2019, but catch-up contributions and employer contributions can further boost re…
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a 457 Retirement Plan for 2019?
retirement

How Much Can You Contribute to a 457 Retirement Plan for 2019?

State and local government workers can contribute $19,000 to 457 plans for 2019. Some workers can make additional catch-up contributions.
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan for 2019?
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How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan for 2019?

Federal workers and military personnel can save up to $19,000 in TSP retirement accounts for 2019. Some savers can make additional catch-up contributi…
January 10, 2020
Retirement Savings for the Self-Employed
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Retirement Savings for the Self-Employed

If you don’t have access to a retirement plan through your employer, you have other options.
December 3, 2019
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16 People You Should Tip for the Holidays
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16 People You Should Tip for the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time to give back.
December 2, 2019
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15 Cheap Late Fall & Winter Dates
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15 Cheap Late Fall & Winter Dates

Date nights — even for married couples who may not be trying to impress — can be expensive.
November 15, 2019
How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA
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How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA

By beginning to invest in a Roth IRA at an early age, today’s teens can become tomorrow’s millionaires.
October 3, 2019
Giving to Charity When You're on a Budget
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Giving to Charity When You're on a Budget

Don’t forget that your time has value, too. Volunteering is the best way to see if you like how the charity is run.
September 12, 2019
A REIT Fund Checks Out of Hotels
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A REIT Fund Checks Out of Hotels

Real estate stocks are sizzling. But TIAA-CREF Real Estate Securities is playing defense.
August 30, 2019
Protecting Your Privacy in the Wake of FaceApp
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Protecting Your Privacy in the Wake of FaceApp

Revelations about FaceApp have rekindled debate over how to protect your data.
August 29, 2019