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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

Leisure Spending
September 2019

Scoring Cheap Airfare With Scott Keyes

The founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights newsletter joins the show with strategies you can use to save on travel. Also, our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block talk streaming options for those thinking of ditching their cable service.

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Buying & Selling a Home
September 2019

When to Refinance Your Home

Kiplinger's real estate guru Pat Mertz Esswein shares why now is a great time to refinance your mortgage. Also, our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block delve into the recent surge in gold prices, as well as talk savings bonds and negative interest rates.

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Ask Kip
August 2019

Pushing the FDIC $250,000 Limit

If your bank or credit union balance exceeds the limit, you can still be covered by FDIC insurance with planning.

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Making Your Money Last
August 2019

Live Well Without Running Out of Money in Retirement

These money-generating tactics will help retirement savers enjoy their Golden Years without stressing over cash.

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Wealth Management
August 2019

Pick the Best Broker for You

Co-hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block discuss Kiplinger’s annual ranking of online brokerages and take you through the ins and outs of buying a new car over Labor Day weekend.

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ETFs
August 2019

Best ETFs for a Volatile Market

Kiplinger.com senior investing editor Kyle Woodley talks investing strategies and recommends top ETF picks for a volatile market. Also, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey explain why teens with summer jobs should stash some money in a Roth IRA.

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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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