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Stacy Rapacon

Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Rapacon joined Kiplinger in October 2007 as a reporter with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and became an online editor for Kiplinger.com in June 2010. She previously served as editor of the "Starting Out" column, focusing on personal finance advice for people in their twenties and thirties.

Before joining Kiplinger, Rapacon worked as a senior research associate at b2b publishing house Judy Diamond Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the George Washington University.

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July 2019

Great Small Towns for Early Retirement

Small towns can pack in big benefits for young retirees: little to no traffic, tight-knit communities, typically lower living costs and some peace and quiet. And you don't necessarily have to lose out ...

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July 2019

Cheapest U.S. Cities for Early Retirement 2019

Early retirement can be more than just a daydream for those long Tuesday afternoons at work. With some smart planning, you can make leaving the workforce early a reality. You just have to keep in mind ...

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July 2019

Great Places Near the Mountains for Early Retirement

Once you've made that difficult climb to achieve financial independence early, why not enjoy some literal climbs in your early retirement? America's mountain majesties can be found in many locations all ...

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June 2019

Great Places to Retire Early Near the Beach

Lazing about the beach is a common retirement dream, but expensive oceanfront housing costs are often a big wake-up call. Then again, America is filled with great beachfront destinations from sea to shining ...

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June 2019

50 Great Places for Early Retirement in the U.S.

Early retirement can be more than just a daydream for those long Tuesday afternoons at work. With some smart planning, you can make leaving the workforce early a reality. You just have to keep in mind ...

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June 2019

Financial Commandments for Your 20s

Thou shalt not be broke forever. It just may feel that way when you're first starting out on the road to financial independence. Managing your finances for the first time can be overwhelming—what ...

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June 2019

Financial Commandments for Your 30s

Your finances might have felt like a plague in your 20s, but thou shalt thrive throughout your 30s and beyond. Our list of Financial Commandments for your 20s helped you find your financial footing ...

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March 2019

12 Best Jobs If You Want to Be Your Own Boss

Sometimes the best career path is the one you blaze yourself. Self-employment affords you the opportunity to take full control of your work life: You can make your own hours, set up shop where it best ...

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March 2019

Best and Worst Liberal Arts Majors for Your Career

Liberal arts studies, in general, get a bad rap when it comes to career utility. But the rumors are only partly true. Yes, the median annual income for liberal arts majors is about 8% less than it is for ...

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February 2019

Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career 2019

College is often considered the surest path to a lucrative career. After all, while you can find some promising jobs without a college degree, the majority of the best jobs for the future require you to ...

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January 2019

Worst College Majors for a Lucrative Career 2019

Whether the high cost of college is worthwhile often depends on what you study. It’s true a full-time worker with a bachelor's typically earns about 80% more than someone with only a high school diploma, ...

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January 2019

12 Surprisingly Dangerous Jobs Worth the Risk

If “danger” is your middle name, why not add it to your resume? Taking on greater risk at work can lead to greater rewards. Such is the case for the following dozen jobs, which all endure high rates ...

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December 2018

Best Jobs Without a College Degree 2018

The highest-paying jobs typically require a big investment in education. But you can still follow plenty of good career paths straight out of high school, saving yourself the time and money you’d spend ...

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December 2018

15 Best Jobs With the Biggest Paychecks

If you're hoping to rake in the biggest bucks, be ready to invest in yourself first. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher levels of educational attainment typically lead to higher levels ...

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December 2018

Worst Things to Buy During the Holidays 2018

It's all too easy to get caught up in the holiday shopping frenzy. Stores are blaring your favorite holiday tunes. Santa is camped out near the food court with a long line of kids waiting to take a photo. ...

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December 2018

Best Jobs for the Future 2018

The U.S. job market is looking good. Unemployment is near a 50-year low, and wages are even starting to rise after remaining stubbornly stagnant for years. But some career tracks lead to a more prosperous ...

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November 2018

Worst Jobs for the Future 2018

With the U.S. unemployment rate near a 50-year low, it’s a great time to be looking for a new job. Employers have plenty of openings to fill, and wages are even starting to rise after remaining stubbornly ...

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