Sandra Block

Sandra Block

Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Bad News for Super Savers
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Financial Planning

Bad News for Super Savers

Low inflation keeps thresholds on retirement savings plans in check.
November 25, 2020
Tune Up Your Finances for a Better 2021
Getting your finances in order for 2021.
Financial Planning

Tune Up Your Finances for a Better 2021

Resolve to start the New Year prepared for whatever life delivers.
November 25, 2020
How Holiday Shopping Happens in a Pandemic
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Smart Buying

How Holiday Shopping Happens in a Pandemic

Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year will be like never before. DealNews analyst Julie Ramhold joins us to talk about how to navigate sale season. …
November 24, 2020
Your Guide to Roth Conversions
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Tax Breaks

Your Guide to Roth Conversions

Like marriage, converting a traditional IRA to a Roth is not a step that should be taken lightly.
November 24, 2020
9 States with No Income Tax
Tax Breaks

9 States with No Income Tax

If you choose to live in these states, every penny you earn is safe from state income tax (although two of the states do tax some dividends and intere…
November 20, 2020
Making Wise Choices During Open Enrollment
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health insurance

Making Wise Choices During Open Enrollment

Contributing Editor Lisa Gerstner runs through the new variables of the 2020 open enrollment season. Also, hosts Sandy Block and David Muhlbaum talk a…
November 17, 2020
What the New President Means for Your Money
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Politics

What the New President Means for Your Money

President-Elect Biden wants more consumer protections and perks for the middle class and seniors.
November 17, 2020
11 Year-End Moves to Lower Your 2020 Tax Bill
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taxes

11 Year-End Moves to Lower Your 2020 Tax Bill

What you do between now and the end of the year can have a significant impact on how much tax you have to pay next April.
November 17, 2020
13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits
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social security

13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

You may have dreamed of a tax-free retirement, but if you live in these 13 states, your Social Security benefits are subject to a state tax. That's on…
November 16, 2020
10 States With the Highest Sales Taxes
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Tax Breaks

10 States With the Highest Sales Taxes

Before you embark on a shopping spree in any of the 10 worst states for sales taxes, make extra room in your budget.
November 16, 2020
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees
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retirement

The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees

Unfortunately, some states aren't very generous when it comes to helping retired veterans at tax time.
November 15, 2020
Financial Benefits for Military Families
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Personal Finance for Military Families

Financial Benefits for Military Families

For Veterans Day, we run through benefits and programs meant to offset some of the financial risks service members take on. Also, hosts David Muhlbaum…
November 10, 2020
State Taxes on the Ballot 2020 -- Pot, Real Estate and More
State tax questions on official ballot.
taxes

State Taxes on the Ballot 2020 -- Pot, Real Estate and More

Kiplinger.com senior tax editor Rocky Mengle joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to discuss the significant tax questions at stake on this year's ele…
November 2, 2020
The 60:40 Portfolio Rule Needs a Reboot
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investing

The 60:40 Portfolio Rule Needs a Reboot

Jared Woodard, head of Bank of America's research investment committee, joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to discuss the 60:40 portfolio rule. Also…
October 29, 2020
The Holidays Won’t Be Canceled
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Smart Buying

The Holidays Won’t Be Canceled

Malls will be quieter, but consumers will still go shopping.
October 29, 2020
Meet Brandon Copeland: NFL Linebacker, New Kiplinger Contributor
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Brandon Copeland

Meet Brandon Copeland: NFL Linebacker, New Kiplinger Contributor

We talk to Kiplinger's newest collaborator. Playing outside linebacker for the New England Patriots is just one of the irons he’s got in the fire — an…
October 20, 2020
18 States With Scary Death Taxes
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inheritance

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy, but several states have their own estates taxes and inheritances taxes…
October 19, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day
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Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day

Kiplinger.com editor and veteran comparison shopper Bob Niedt joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to talk about the ins and outs of Amazon Prime Day.…
October 13, 2020
How to Fly Safely for Less This Fall
Kiplinger's Your Money's Worth podcast
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How to Fly Safely for Less This Fall

Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to discuss strategies for snagging discounted airfare in the comin…
October 6, 2020
Make the Most of a Buyout Offer
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Making Your Money Last

Make the Most of a Buyout Offer

Handled wisely, your buyout could help you build a bridge to retirement without jeopardizing your financial security.
September 30, 2020
What to Know About the Tax Extension Deadline on October 15 (Ep. 46 Rebroadcast)
tax planning

What to Know About the Tax Extension Deadline on October 15 (Ep. 46 Rebroadcast)

Kiplinger.com tax editor Rocky Mengle joins host Ryan Ermey to discuss what you should know about the October 15 tax extension deadline. Also, Kipling…
September 29, 2020
Where You Should Invest Now
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Where You Should Invest Now

Kiplinger.com senior investing editor Kyle Woodley joins our Your Money's Worth podcast to answer investor questions about tech stocks, the election a…
September 22, 2020
How to Finance Home Schooling Your Children
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How to Finance Home Schooling Your Children

Kiplinger.com web editor Andrea Browne Taylor joins the Your Money's Worth podcast for a discussion on the financial pros and cons of homeschooling yo…
September 15, 2020
How to Find the Right Life Insurance Policy for You
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How to Find the Right Life Insurance Policy for You

Policygenius.com CEO and co-founder Jennifer Fitzgerald joins our Your Money's Worth podcast to offer advice on choosing a life insurance policy. Also…
September 1, 2020
How to Catch a Rock-Bottom Rate
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How to Catch a Rock-Bottom Rate

Rates on everything from home mortgages to car loans are at record lows. We’ll tell you how to qualify for the best rates.
August 27, 2020
Beware Crooked Contact Tracers
Scams

Beware Crooked Contact Tracers

If someone claiming to be a contact tracer asks you for money or requests your Social Security number, that’s a red flag.
August 26, 2020
How to Create Income for Life
Financial Planning

How to Create Income for Life

Having a paycheck you can depend on in retirement is more important than ever.
August 26, 2020