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Bob Niedt

Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Bob Niedt is an award-winning journalist who lives in Northern Virginia. Niedt has worked for online and print news organizations as a longtime writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., area as well as New York and Michigan. Niedt's journalism career includes covering breaking and in-depth financial and business news as well as entertainment, media and sports news. Niedt has also been an adjunct professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2018

Retirement Mistakes You Will Regret Forever

As more and more baby boomers start eyeing retirement, thoughts turn from worry over the workday commute to concerns about how to fund the golden years. How prepared are you? How much money do you really ...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2018

Best Amazon Prime Benefits

Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with Amazon as the cost of a Prime membership rose from $79 to $99 -- and now to $119. Today, ...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2018

Ways to Make Extra Cash

Coming up with extra cash to pay the bills, cover unexpected expenses, boost savings, accelerate your 401(k) or perhaps even finance a dream vacation isn’t as hard as it seems. Plenty of legit, and many ...

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Leisure Spending
June 2018

Whatever Happened to Chi-Chi's Restaurants?

A deadly hepatitis A outbreak devastated the chain in the U.S., but locations remain overseas.

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Leisure Spending
June 2018

Whatever Happened to Bennigan's Restaurants?

A new owner is trying to revive the chain after the once-popular fern bar nearly disappeared.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2018

Classic Restaurant Chains: Where Are They Now?

There’s nothing more nostalgia-inducing than a trip down memory lane with your taste buds. Your long-ago visits to classic restaurant chains with family and friends surely produced many indulgent memories: ...

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QUIZ
November 2016

Dollar Store Quiz: Deal or No Deal?

The magic of the dollar store is that just about everything costs, well, a dollar—even brand-name items. Inexpensive, yes, but there a few traps and surprises at dollar stores. Some deals are rea...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2017

Surprising Benefits of Amazon Prime

Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with it as the giant online retailer raised the annual fee from $79 to $99 -- and now to $119 ...

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2018

Best (And Worst) Buys at Aldi

Aldi is rapidly expanding in the U.S. Already, the no-frills German supermarket chain has nearly 1,800 stores in 35 states offering super-low prices on brand-name knockoffs. Indeed, 90% of Aldi’s products ...

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Kip Tips
March 2018

Rush to Redeem Toys R Us Gift Cards Before Liquidation

The bankrupt retailer is going out of business and will honor gift cards for Toys R Us and Babies R Us only until April 21. But you also have a Bed Bath & Beyond option... until April 5.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2018

Retirement Planning Mistakes You'll Regret Forever

As more and more baby boomers start eyeing the coastline of retirement, thoughts turn from the daily worry over the Monday-through-Friday commute to concerns about how to fund the golden years. How ...

See More From: Saving for Retirement

SLIDE SHOW
December 2017

5 Best Things to Buy at Aldi for the Holidays

Minimalist grocer Aldi, the German no-frills supermarket chain, builds its reputation one doubting first-time customer at a time. The limited-assortment retailer, focusing on 90% store-brand products ...

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Kip Tips
December 2017

3 Best Things to Buy at Lidl for the Holidays

The discount retailer from Germany rolls out the bargains on groceries and more as it grows its U.S. store footprint.

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Smart Buying
December 2017

3 Best Costco Kirkland Products for the Holidays

'Tis the season for the warehouse club's affordable Kirkland Signature batteries, wines and Belgian chocolates.

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Kip Tips
December 2017

Gift Cards You Can Buy at a 10% Discount (or More)

Why pay full price for popular gift cards when warehouse clubs and discount websites sell them well below face value.

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Smart Buying
December 2017

Best Holiday Deals at Dollar Stores

You can pick up gifts, wrapping paper, holiday decor and other seasonal items on the cheap at dollar stores.

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Kip Tips
November 2017

Roundup: Best Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals at Top Retailers 2017

Here's a roundup of doorbusters and deals from Walmart, Costco, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Lowe's and Amazon.

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