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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

SLIDE SHOW
May 2019

The Best Rewards Cards for You, 2019

Choosing a rewards credit card may not seem so rewarding—at first. The market is crowded with contenders vying for space in your wallet, and comparing the card terms and features can easily eat hours ...

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Ask Kip
May 2019

How to Add Treasury Bonds, Bills and Notes to an IRA

While you can't use the government's TreasuryDirect website to buy Treasury securities for your IRA, there are other ways to get the securities online.

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Ask Kip
May 2019

Why Your Credit Score May Drop When You Shop for a New Phone Plan

Wireless carriers often use a scoring system that differs from the traditional credit score when it reviews new mobile customers.

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Credit Cards
May 2019

Rewards Cards: Watch Out for These Category Catches

Playing the rewards-card game is not without some pitfalls. We warn you about the biggest.

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Credit Cards
May 2019

Make the Most of Steady Interest Rates

The Fed is putting a pause on rate hikes. Here’s what borrowers and savers should do now.

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Scams
April 2019

Identity Theft: Act Now to Protect Yourself

Identity thieves are more skilled at their nefarious craft than ever.

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Millennial Money
April 2019

Get a Head Start on College Savings

It’s a daunting prospect. In 18 years, attending an in-state public college for four years will likely cost a total of about $233,000.

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Credit Cards
April 2019

It's Easier to Rent a Car With a Debit Card

At Dollar Car Rental and Thrifty Car Rental, you now face fewer requirements to rent using a debit rather than a credit card. And the hold on a renter’s bank account dropped from $350 to $200.

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Technology
March 2019

A New Way to Tap and Pay

Seventy-eight of the top 100 U.S. merchants can now handle contactless transactions, and more contactless cards are rolling out.

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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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SLIDE SHOW
November 2017

People You Should Tip at the Holidays

The holiday season is prime time to give back to 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. Scroll through ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

How to Avoid Paying Pesky Fees

Fees aren’t just annoying—they’re expensive. A few monthly surcharges can add up to hundreds of dollars a year. That’s money you could use to save for retirement, give to charity, or enjoy a really ...

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Estate Planning
November 2018

Estate Planning: A Family Affair

Use our guide to save on taxes, avoid probate and keep peace among your heirs.

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Stocks & Bonds
October 2018

Savings Bonds for the Holidays?

Rising interest rates won’t affect savings bonds, which makes them a money-smart gift for a young child. Here’s our top pick.

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Saving for Retirement
October 2018

A Visit With Mr. Money Mustache

Pete Adeney “retired” at age 30 and has been working hard ever since to inspire his FIRE followers.

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Travel
October 2018

Best Ways to Give Rewards Miles and Points

You may want to be generous with your credits, but the carriers have other ideas. Transfers are pricey (and limited).

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Banking
October 2018

New Rules for Mobile Deposits

The change is designed to help ensure that mobile banking app users aren't able to deposit a check online and then again at a brick-and-mortar bank.

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