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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.

Latest Features

Saving for Retirement
November 2019

Retiring With Your Spouse

Kiplinger's retirement columnist and editor-at-large Janet Bodnar joins hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to offer tips on how to retire as a couple. Also, the pair talks tax breaks and perks for members of the military on Veterans Day.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Military Retirees, 2019

If you spent your career in the military, you've probably lived all over the U.S. and around the world. But before you put down roots in retirement, find out how much of your hard-earned pension will be ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

10 Year-End Moves to Lower Your 2019 Tax Bill

Don't let the holidays sidetrack your tax planning. Moves you make between now and the end of the year can have a significant effect on how much tax you have to pay next April. This is particularly true ...

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Health Care & Insurance
November 2019

Make Better Benefits Decisions During Open Enrollment

Our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey talk with Jellyvision CEO Amanda Lannert about what to consider when choosing insurance plans during open enrollment. The pair also breaks down money moves to make right now to help prepare for 2020.

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Stocks & Bonds
October 2019

Should Shareholders Share the Wealth?

Business leaders say firms should be accountable to customers and workers, and protect the environment, too.

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Family Finances
October 2019

The Truth About DNA Testing

Kiplinger's vice president of content Sarah Stevens joins our podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to talk about the advantages, risks, obstacles and other things to consider when having your DNA tested.

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Tax Planning
October 2019

What You Should Know About Your State Taxes

Our podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey break down Kiplinger's updated state-by-state tax map. The duo also shares free shipping deals and lesser known Amazon Prime benefits.

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Estate Planning
October 2019

Why You Should Have an Estate Plan

Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block discuss why estate plans aren't just for the super rich with estate lawyer (and Ryan's sister) Lindsay Ermey. Also, the duo tackles the latest moves in the broker price wars, as well as the Yahoo data breach settlement.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Most people shouldn't be afraid of federal "death taxes." For 2019, only estates worth $11.4 million or more ($22.8 million or more for a married couple) are slashed by federal estate taxes, and only a ...

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Tax Planning
October 2019

What to Know About the Tax Extension Deadline on October 15

Kiplinger.com tax editor Rocky Mengle joins host Ryan Ermey to discuss what you should know about the October 15 tax extension deadline. Also, Kiplinger's car guru David Muhlbaum offers tips on preparing your ride for winter.

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Technology
October 2019

Yahoo Reaches Data Breach Settlement

More than 3 billion Yahoo account holders were affected by the data hacks, which occurred between 2012 and 2016. And a $117.5 million settlement has been proposed.

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Family Finances
October 2019

Financial Challenges Affecting the LGBTQ Community

Our podcast hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block talk with financial coach Cait Howerton about the unique set of financial issues facing those in the LGBTQ community. Plus: The pair discuss why you should stop procrastinating and get your REAL ID driver's license now.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

States Without Income Tax

Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming don’t tax earned income, period. – for any residents. For retirees, in particular, that means no state ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

States Where Sales Taxes Are the Highest

Before you embark on a shopping spree in any of the 10 worst states for sales taxes, make extra room in your budget. Tennessee, for example, is in a tie for the highest sales tax in the country, at 9.47%, ...

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Credit Reports & Scores
September 2019

How to Fix a Mistake on Your Credit Report

Kiplinger's resident credit guru Lisa Gerstner joins our podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to explain how to take on the credit bureaus if there's a mistake (or outright fraud) on your credit report.

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Saving for Retirement
September 2019

How to Save Big and Retire Earlier

Our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey chat with Playing With FIRE author Scott Rieckens about money-saving strategies that can help you retire sooner. The pair also discusses travel safety tips and timeshare scams.

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Leisure Spending
September 2019

Scoring Cheap Airfare With Scott Keyes

The founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights newsletter joins the show with strategies you can use to save on travel. Also, our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block talk streaming options for those thinking of ditching their cable service.

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