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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

July 2019

Credit vs. Debit Smackdown! general manager Robert Long joins the podcast to debate the merits of credit and debit cards. Plus, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey break down strategies for paying off student loans.

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July 2019

Boost Your Returns with Dividend Stocks

Kiplinger’s senior associate editor John Waggoner rejoins the show to discuss his favorite dividend-paying stocks.

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Family Finances
July 2019

Is Pet Insurance a Good Deal?

Associate editor Pat Mertz Esswein joins the podcast to explain the costs and benefits of buying insurance for your pet. Plus, how to save money in the face of rising fuel costs.

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Credit Reports & Scores
June 2019

How to Boost Your Credit Score

Kiplinger contributing editor Lisa Gerstner joins hosts Ryan and Sandy to discuss best practices for giving your credit score a boost. Also: Discover investment ideas for the "outer orbit" portion of your portfolio, and learn tax rules for renting out your home.

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June 2019

How to Create a Budget and Stick to It

Maintaining a budget so you can build up your savings takes more than just ditching your daily latte addiction. Brunch and Budget founder Pam Capalad chats with hosts Ryan and Sandy about how to devise a spending and saving strategy that works for you. Plus: Learn why everybody should have a Roth IRA.

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Stocks & Bonds
June 2019

Where the Stock Market Is Headed Now

Kiplinger's executive editor Anne Smith tells investors what to expect in the second half of 2019. Also, show hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey talk movie tickets and student loans in a new game of Deal or No Deal.

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Small Business
June 2019

Making It in the Gig Economy

Whether you’re earning extra money or working full time, you’ll need to adopt new financial strategies.

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Tax Planning
June 2019

Nina Olson: The Softer Side of the IRS

The national taxpayer advocate, who’s retiring soon, gives frustrated taxpayers a voice.

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Social Security
June 2019

Next Social Security Raise Likely Meager

But there could be an increase if higher tariffs on Chinese imports or a spike in gas prices drive up inflation in the third quarter.

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June 2019

Travel Like a Pro: How to Overcome Delays, Lost Bags and More

Atmosphere Research's Henry Harteveldt joins our hosts Ryan and Sandy to share ways to travel without any last-minute delays, cancellations, missed flights or lost bags. The pair also discusses the ins and outs of creating and donating to crowdfunding campaigns.

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Leisure Spending
May 2019

Money-Smart Ways to Save When Attending a Wedding

Kiplinger's associate editor Miriam Cross talks wedding guest etiquette and offers tips on how to attend without breaking the bank this summer. Also, hosts Sandy and Ryan explain the advantages of investing in 529 college savings plans.

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Leisure Spending
May 2019

Don't Overpay for Your Next Rental Car

Kiplinger's resident car guru David Muhlbaum joins the podcast to tell consumers how to strike the best deal on rental cars for the summer travel season. Also, job-search strategies during a period of historically low unemployment.

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Making Your Money Last
May 2019

Prosper With Do-Gooder Investments

Parnassus Investments founder and socially conscious investing pioneer Jerry Dodson talks value investing and some of his favorite stocks. Also: Which tax documents should you keep (or toss)?

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May 2019

Boost Your Income With a Side Hustle You’ll Love editor Kathy Kristof discusses finding, vetting and profiting from side gigs. Also: Tax breaks for caregivers.

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April 2019

How to Avoid Identity Theft

Podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey team up with Kiplinger's staff writer Brendan Pedersen to discuss how to prevent and recover from the most common forms of identity theft. The pair also break down some old school investing truisms.

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Saving for Retirement
April 2019

The Future of Retirement

Kiplinger's Retirement Report editor Rachel Sheedy joins podcast hosts Sandra Block and Ryan Ermey to discuss the changing landscape of retirement saving. The pair also share smart ways to spend your tax refund and explain all the fuss about the yield curve.

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April 2019

How to Appeal Property Tax

Home values have risen across the country, which means many homeowners' property taxes are going up, too. The average annual property tax for owner-occupied single family homes nationwide in 2017 was $3,399, ...

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