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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

QUIZ
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...

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Family Finances
February 2020

Alexa, Protect My Privacy

Take steps to keep speakers, security cameras and other smart devices safe from hackers who want to steal your data—or worse.

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Technology
January 2020

Protect Your Smartphone With Your Credit Card

Before shelling out extra cash on insurance for your mobile device, check to see if your credit card's benefits include coverage.

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Social Security
January 2020

Social Security Tips and Tricks for All: Divorcees, Widows, Older Workers, Teachers, More

Selecting the right strategy for when to claim Social Security will pay off for years to come. But there’s a lot more to maximizing your benefits.

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Credit Cards
December 2019

Does Your Credit Card Measure Up?

Knowing your card’s mechanics can help you avoid high rates and fees.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

How to Beat Paying Pesky Fees

No matter how much you try to swat them away, pesky fees keep nibbling at your travel bookings, wireless plans, bank accounts, investments and pretty much every other part of your financial life. Although ...

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QUIZ
December 2016

Who Should You Tip for the Holidays?

The beginning of the holiday season is prime time to tip 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. <...

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Family Finances
November 2019

How Much Allowance Should My Kid Get?

A weekly allowance can be an important tool to help teach your son or daughter about how to manage money.

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Family Finances
November 2019

Consumers Will Keep Access to Complaint Database

An online collection of consumer beefs about financial services will remain publicly accessible.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

Your Financial Planning Calendar for 2020

Whether or not you make financial New Year’s resolutions, you no doubt want to improve your bottom line in the coming year. With that in mind, we have some suggestions for bolstering your finances each ...

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Banking
November 2019

Find Free Checking With Benefits

It’s getting more difficult to find free checking. Here are some workarounds.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2017

10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families

Members of the military have a lot of special financial challenges that most people don’t encounter. However, they have access to many special benefits, tax breaks and legal protections that can make ...

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Banking
October 2019

Find the Best Savings Account

Are you willing to walk for a higher return? There’s an app (and account) for that.

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Credit Reports & Scores
October 2019

How to Build a Credit History

Credit newbies can take advantage of both tried-and-true methods and new alternatives.

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Health Care & Insurance
October 2019

What You Should Know About Open Enrollment

You may have more health insurance options. But you’ll need to work harder to find the one that’s right for you.

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Credit Cards
October 2019

Should You Get a Loan From Your Credit Card?

The convenience can come at a steep cost. But there are options.

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Saving Money
August 2019

Don't Get Burned by Falling Rates

The Federal Reserve’s latest rate cuts mean some savers will have to think outside-the-box when it comes to stashing their cash.

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