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Bob Niedt

Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Bob Niedt is an award-winning journalist who lives in Northern Virginia. Niedt has worked for online and print news organizations as a longtime writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., area as well as New York and Michigan. Niedt's journalism career includes covering breaking and in-depth financial and business news as well as entertainment, media and sports news. Niedt has also been an adjunct professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

Worst Things to Buy in Bulk at Costco

Costco gets big ups from shoppers and shopping experts alike for its high quality and low prices. During recent research trips we’ve been impressed too, highlighting some of the best things retirees ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2018

Supermarket Showdown: Aldi vs. Whole Foods

Whole Foods and Aldi have traditionally rested on opposite ends of the supermarket spectrum. The former known for being upscale and expensive; the latter, no frills and cheap. But times are changing. Since ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2018

15 Things Retirees Should Buy at Costco

American shoppers are going gray. Chalk it up to aging baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. There are roughly 74 million of them alive today, still outpacing millennials, with the first wave of boomers ...

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QUIZ
October 2018

Yes or No: Should You Keep This in Your Safe Deposit Box?

Even as financial institutions offer more and more incentives to move us into the digital cloud for all of our banking needs, some old-school services are still in demand by bank customers. Top of ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2018

Scams That Will Ruin Your Retirement

Scams can hit anyone at any age, but falling victim to fraud is especially painful for retirees, many of whom are counting on the fixed income from their nest eggs and Social Security benefits to last ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2018

Best Things to Keep in a Safe Deposit Box

As digital records and cloud storage become the norm, the stodgy safe deposit box is under threat to join our growing list of things that will soon disappear forever. “They’re probably going to be ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2018

11 Ways to Save $1,000 by Black Friday 2018

Summer is barely over, but already retailers are getting us revved up for the holidays with cheerful spreads of toys and décor on display. You know in your heart it’s an expensive time of year. And ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2018

Things You'll Regret Keeping in a Safe Deposit Box

In today’s digital age, in which seemingly anything that matters is stored virtually “in the cloud,” a physical safe deposit box comes across as a relic of the bricks-and-mortar past. But don’t ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2017

8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to Florida

As you sit there mulling a retirement in the South, approximately 1,000 people are already on their way to Florida today with all their household belongings. Should you join them? Like many baby boomers ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2018

12 Smart Moves to Save More at IKEA

It’s easy to think of IKEA, the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture retailer, as a trap. The stores (56 of them across North America) are huge -- measuring out at 300,000 square feet, or three times ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2018

The Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

One of the worst feelings is reaching for your wallet and finding it's not there. Panic ensues: Did you leave it at home? Drop it? Were you the victim of a pickpocket? Following our advice won't salve ...

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best Kirkland Products You Should Buy at Costco

Costco has turned on its head the notion that a store brand is a notch below a national brand. How? By using its coast-to-coast strength to strong-arm suppliers to put quality as well as value into its ...

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Leisure Spending
July 2018

Whatever Happened to Howard Johnson's Restaurants?

Once a staple of roadside dining, the last HoJo's closed its doors in 2017. R.I.P. fried clam strips.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best Things Retirees Should Buy at Costco

American shoppers are going gray. Chalk it up to aging baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. There are roughly 74 million of them alive today, still outpacing millennials, with the first wave of boomers ...

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best Things to Buy

With Amazon Prime Day just around the corner, starting July 16 at 3 p.m. ET and running for 36 hours, questions beg: What do I buy? What do I avoid? Do I even play into the hype of what some consider an ...

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Leisure Spending
July 2018

Whatever Happened to Arthur Treacher's Restaurants?

The fish-and-chips chain had 826 locations at its peak. Today, just seven Arthur Treacher's remain in business.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2018

Best Amazon Prime Benefits

Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with Amazon as the cost of a Prime membership rose from $79 to $99 -- and now to $119. Today, ...

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