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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

Budgeting
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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Travel
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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Careers
May 2019

Boost Your Income With a Side Hustle You’ll Love

Sidehusl.com editor Kathy Kristof discusses finding, vetting and profiting from side gigs. Also: Tax breaks for caregivers.

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Technology
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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SLIDE SHOW
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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Tax Prep & Filing
April 2019

Tax Day 2019: Money-Saving Tips for Everybody (Even If You've Already Filed)

Our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block walk you through all the last-minute advice you need to file your taxes -- from common errors to avoid to filing an extension to free filing software. The pair also discuss Tax Day consumer deals and freebies you don't want to miss.

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

Fortunately for drivers, the federal government’s gas tax hasn’t budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. However, every state and the District of Columbia add their own taxes, too, ranging from ...

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Technology
April 2019

What Happens If Big Tech Breaks Up?

Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block are joined by Kiplinger Letter tech expert John Miley to discuss the ramifications of breaking up major tech companies such as Facebook and Google. The pair also delve into strategies for those who can't pay their tax bills on time.

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Tax Tips
April 2019

Tax Tips for Last-Minute Filing

As you rush to meet the tax filing deadline, here are some pointers to bring your stress level down.

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