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Lisa Gerstner

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Lisa joined Kiplinger's Personal Finance in July 2007, shortly after her stint with Kiplinger as an American Society of Magazine Editors intern in the summer of 2006. She covers credit and banking, along with occasional stories on mobile technology and other money-related topics. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and history.

Latest Features

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November 2017

People You Should Tip at the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time to give back to the people who make your life easier throughout the year. But be sure not to bust your budget by giving too much or tipping unnecessarily. Scroll through ...

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November 2018

How to Avoid Paying Pesky Fees

Fees aren’t just annoying—they’re expensive. A few monthly surcharges can add up to hundreds of dollars a year. That’s money you could use to save for retirement, give to charity, or enjoy a really ...

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Estate Planning
November 2018

Estate Planning: A Family Affair

Use our guide to save on taxes, avoid probate and keep peace among your heirs.

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Stocks & Bonds
October 2018

Savings Bonds for the Holidays?

Rising interest rates won’t affect savings bonds, which makes them a money-smart gift for a young child. Here’s our top pick.

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Saving for Retirement
October 2018

A Visit With Mr. Money Mustache

Pete Adeney “retired” at age 30 and has been working hard ever since to inspire his FIRE followers.

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Travel
October 2018

Best Ways to Give Rewards Miles and Points

You may want to be generous with your credits, but the carriers have other ideas. Transfers are pricey (and limited).

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Banking
October 2018

New Rules for Mobile Deposits

The change is designed to help ensure that mobile banking app users aren't able to deposit a check online and then again at a brick-and-mortar bank.

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September 2018

10 Best Credit Unions Almost Anyone Can Join, 2018

Credit unions are nonprofit institutions owned by their members -- meaning they tend to offer accounts and services that are more customer-friendly than those of large national banks. And, like banks, ...

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Technology
August 2018

California Ramps Up Privacy Protection

A new law may spur other states—or the feds—to give you more control over your online data.

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2018

5 Great Second Career Moves

Many people suffer from job burnout, but making the decision to change careers can be a bit overwhelming, especially after decades of building expertise. Yet millions of workers are switching careers when ...

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Credit Cards
August 2018

Pump Up Your Credit-Card Gas Rebates

With prices at the pump climbing, some gas-brand credit cards are ramping up their discount offers.

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Tax Planning
August 2018

Online Shopping Could Get Pricier

States now have more latitude to collect sales tax on internet purchases.

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Banking
August 2018

Earn More Interest on Your Savings

Money market deposit accounts and savings accounts provide safe, easily accessible places to store cash.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

14 Little-Known Credit Card Perks

Rewards points and cash back aren’t the only benefits of paying with plastic. Card issuers offer extras that range from extended warranties on items you purchase with a card to free museum admission ...

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Credit Cards
July 2018

Travel Snag? Your Credit Card Could Help

Booking a trip with the right credit card can save you thousands.

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Banking
July 2018

The Best Bank for You, 2018

We've identified the banks and credit unions that offer the best combination of high rates, low fees and a customer-friendly focus.

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July 2018

Best National Banks, 2018

Large banks have the resources to serve up a variety of deposit accounts and loans, as well as financial planning, investing and wealth-management services. They also tend to have robust digital and mobile ...

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