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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

April 2019

Identity Theft: Act Now to Protect Yourself

Identity thieves are more skilled at their nefarious craft than ever.

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Millennial Money
April 2019

Get a Head Start on College Savings

It’s a daunting prospect. In 18 years, attending an in-state public college for four years will likely cost a total of about $233,000.

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Credit Cards
April 2019

It's Easier to Rent a Car With a Debit Card

At Dollar Car Rental and Thrifty Car Rental, you now face fewer requirements to rent using a debit rather than a credit card. And the hold on a renter’s bank account dropped from $350 to $200.

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March 2019

A New Way to Tap and Pay

Seventy-eight of the top 100 U.S. merchants can now handle contactless transactions, and more contactless cards are rolling out.

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February 2017

The Couples and Money Quiz

Money is a common cause of conflict in relationships and, sadly, the reason that many couples split up. Among divorcees, 21% say that money was the reason for the split—and the higher the...

See More From: Family Finances

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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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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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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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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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 ...

See More From: Careers

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.

See More From: Credit Cards

Tax Planning
August 2018

Online Shopping Could Get Pricier

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

See More From: Tax Planning

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