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Rivan V. Stinson

Associate Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Rivan joined Kiplinger on Leap Day 2016 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. She now writes and produces content for Kiplinger.com. A Michigan native, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 and from there freelanced as a local copy editor and proofreader, and served as a research assistant to a local Detroit journalist. Her work has been featured in the Ann Arbor Observer and Sage Business Researcher.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

15 Cheap Late Fall and Winter Dates, 2019

Date nights — even for married couples who may not be trying to impress — can be expensive. The average cost of a date in the U.S. is about $100, according to a survey from Match.com, the online matchmaker. ...

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QUIZ
October 2019

Can You Fly With That?

Packing for vacation these days usually involves a bit of unpacking -- removing potentially dangerous items altogether and perhaps shifting other items from your carry-on to a checked bag ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2019

10 States With The Lowest Gas Taxes

For those of us who usually drive, seeing the price of gas on any given day can either make us want to take the long way home or wish we had access to public transportation. The state you live in (or, ...

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Travel
October 2019

If You Need a Real ID, Visit the DMV Soon

2020 is the year Real ID goes into effect for air travel. So having a star on your license will become more important if you don’t have a passport.

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Ask Kip
October 2019

How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA

By beginning to invest in a Roth IRA at an early age, today’s teens can become tomorrow’s millionaires.

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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
August 2019

Protecting Your Privacy in the Wake of FaceApp

Revelations about FaceApp have rekindled debate over how to protect your data.

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Millennial Money
August 2019

Giving to Charity When You're on a Budget

Don’t forget that your time has value, too. Volunteering is the best way to see if you like how the charity is run.

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Fund Watch
August 2019

A REIT Fund Checks Out of Hotels

Real estate stocks are sizzling. But TIAA-CREF Real Estate Securities is playing defense.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2019

Best Values in Public Colleges, 2019

No matter how eager you are to leave the nest, you can save a lot of money by going to an in-state school. According to the College Board, tuition, fees, and room and board cost 43% less for in-state students ...

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Ask Kip
July 2019

How to Find Buyers for Your Baseball Card Collection

The first step to selling baseball cards is finding out the value of what you own.

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Saving for Retirement
July 2019

States Step in to Boost 401(k) Savings

Some states are providing a savings option for workers without an employer-sponsored plan.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2019

Waterville, Me: A Smart Place to Retire

Retirees have access to ample extracurricular activities including music, sports and arts in this Maine town along the Kennebec River, home to Colby College.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2019

Oberlin, Ohio: A Smart Place to Retire

Stellar health care options, affordable living and engaging community activities make this Ohio town a great choice for retirees.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2019

Olympia, Wash.: A Smart Place to Retire

Enjoy the tax-friendly city's wine trails and college courses.

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IRAs
June 2019

How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2019?

The maximum amount workers at small businesses can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2019 is $500 higher than it was for 2018.

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Saving for Retirement
June 2019

How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan for 2019?

Federal workers and military personnel can save up to $19,000 in TSP retirement accounts for 2019. Some savers can make additional catch-up contributions.

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