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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

Home Insurance
August 2019

Is Your Home Covered If a Natural Disaster Strikes?

Hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey are joined by longtime Kiplinger contributor Kim Lankford to discuss how to ensure your home is protected if a natural disaster hits. The pair also explains why college-branded debit cards aren't a smart move.

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Credit Reports & Scores
August 2019

Equifax Settlement: Should You Take the Money?

Contributing editor Lisa Gerstner discusses the Equifax data-breach settlement and the recent Capital One breach. Also, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey offer up strategies for hosting and shopping yard sales.

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Home Insurance
August 2019

Are You Covered for the Next Natural Disaster?

Make sure you have the right insurance to protect you from nature’s wrath.

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401(k)s
August 2019

Building a Better 401(k)

Funneling all your retirement contributions into a target-date fund isn’t always the best strategy.

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Paying for College
July 2019

The Best College Values

Associate editor Kaitlin Pitsker joins the show to discuss Kiplinger’s annual college value rankings. Plus, Sandy and Ryan discuss tax holidays and other back-to-school shopping deals.

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Ask Kip
August 2019

How to Maximize Social Security Through Spousal Benefits

Spouses born before 1954 can still take advantage of a strategy to boost Social Security retirement benefits.

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Social Security
July 2019

When to Start Taking Your Social Security Benefits

Kiplinger senior editor Eileen Ambrose discusses when is the best time to take Social Security to help maximize your benefits. Also, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey delve into cost-friendly ways to keep cool during a summer heat wave.

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Budgeting
July 2019

Credit vs. Debit Smackdown!

Kiplinger.com 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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Dividends
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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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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