Sandra Block on Muck Rack

Sandra Block Verified

Washington, DC
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Senior associate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Proud West Virginian. I read a lot of books.

Retirement: Cold-weather cities with benefits - Tulsa World: Business — Median home price: $643,000 Cool feature: Harvard Square If you live in Cambridge, there is no excuse for boredom: On any day of the week, you can attend a lecture, a museum exhibit or a concert. If you run out of things to do, you can take the subway (known as the T) to downtown Boston for only $1.05 if you're 65 or older.

Retirement: Some like it hot - Tulsa World: Business — Population: 53,326 Median home price: $218,000 Cool feature: The Ringling estate's museums Life in this small city moves a bit more slowly than in St. Petersburg and Tampa, both of which are about an hour's drive away. But Sarasota offers plenty of amenities, such as the many restaurants and 130-plus stores in the island shopping center of St.

Family finances: Best ways to pay overseas - Tulsa World: Business — It's also useful to have a credit card that has a smart chip (a built-in microprocessor that provides an extra level of security) and that uses a personal identification number instead of a signature to verify your purchase. Most major retailers and hotels abroad will accept a magnetic-stripe card or one that has a chip but only requires your signature.

Family finances: Budgeting for an uneven income - Tulsa World: Money Power — One-third of the U.S. workforce - some 53 million Americans - work for themselves at least part time, as independent contractors, moonlighters, small-business owners or temporary workers, according to a 2014 survey by Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk (now known as Upwork).

9 Books That Redefine 'Crazy' — Everyone is a little bit 'crazy.' At least that's my theory. And as a neurologist, I'm quasi-educated on the matter. Do I include myself in that statement? Of course I do! I wouldn't be a writer if I hadn't spent some time in therapy.

Retirement: How to help the grandkids pay for college - Tulsa World: Money Power — Anyone old enough to have grandchildren remembers when it was possible to earn enough money from summer and part-time jobs to cover college tuition. Now unless your grandchildren create the next Snapchat, that's probably not going to be an option for them. The most effective way to help your grandkids is to invest in a 529 college-savings plan.

Kiplinger: You can claim Social Security benefits if you're divorced - Tulsa World: Money Power

Retirement: claiming Social Security if you're single or widowed - Tulsa World: Money Power — If you're single, you have fewer options than your married friends. But you can still take steps to increase your lifetime benefits. Single retirees who never married don't need to concern themselves with survivor benefits. That gives single beneficiaries a less compelling reason to postpone claiming benefits after full retirement age.

Family finances: Can high earners contribute to a Roth IRA? - Tulsa World: Business — The law blocks Roth IRA contributions for singles whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $131,000 in 2015 and for married couples whose MAGI exceeds $193,000. But there are ways to trim MAGI (for most taxpayers, MAGI and AGI are the same).

Retirement: when you should apply for Social Security - Tulsa World: Money Power — Figuring out when to apply for Social Security isn't as complicated as unraveling the human genome. It just seems that way.
More Articles →
Jul 30, 2015

RT @AGyllenhaal: Imprisoned reporters Austin Tice (photo), Jason Rezaian and Khadijan Ismayilova honored by NPC.

Jul 30, 2015

Advice to freshman from recent grads: Go to class, don't sign up for credit cards, have clean socks, undies.

Jul 30, 2015

It's not your imagination: more millennials are living with their parents.

Jul 30, 2015

Fidelity: Higher 401(k) balances may be contributing to more 401k loans. Avg Q2 balance $9,720 versus $9,500 a year earlier.

Jul 29, 2015

Pew: 80% of Americans have some form of debt, and nearly 70% say it's a necessity.

Email Sandra by joining Muck Rack

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.