Chris Kissell

I am the founder of Words At Work, LLC, a writing, editing and consulting company based in Colorado. In the past, I worked as senior editor at Bankrate and senior managing editor at I've also written for and worked closely with U.S. News & World Report, GOBankingRates,, QuinStreet and many other websites and publications.
I've lived in Minneapolis (too cold), South Florida (too hot) and Denver (just right).

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The 5 Most Reliable Automakers, According to Consumer Reports

on December 7, 2023

Companies from one part of the world dominate the rankings. How does the U.S. fare?

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8 Milestones That Prove You Have Achieved the American Dream

on December 7, 2023

Discover the eight signposts of living the American Dream. Is success closer than you think?

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6 Secret Millionaires Who Left It All to Charity

on December 6, 2023

Discover the humble lives of six secret millionaires who silently amassed fortunes and left it all to something bigger than themselves.

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The 3 Best Mattress Brands, No Matter How You Shop

on December 6, 2023

Customers say these mattresses are your best bet for comfortable, blissful sleep.

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13 Car Brands That Give Owners the Most Headaches

on December 6, 2023

Can your dream car transform into a nightmare? Discover the car brands that keep owners awake with an unprecedented number of problems.

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This Expense Scares More Americans Than Their Tax Bill

on December 5, 2023

Folks are increasingly concerned about this soaring cost.

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The 15 Most Peaceful Countries in the World

and on December 5, 2023

These countries reap the economic benefits of avoiding conflict, one report says.

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20 Dog Breeds That Won’t Shed All Over the Place

on December 5, 2023

If you are looking for a dog that’s easy of your allergies and your vacuum, consider these breeds first.

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The Average Net Worth of Americans at Every Age

on December 4, 2023

How do you compare to peers when it comes to building a nest egg?

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3 Ways Most Americans Define Financial Happiness

on December 2, 2023

Discover the surprisingly simple secrets to American financial happiness. It’s not what you’ve been told.

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The Important — but Unknown — Government Program That’s Going Broke

on December 1, 2023

Discover the government program hiding in plain sight that could go broke and impact your future.

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This Generation Needs the Most Money To Be Happy

on November 28, 2023

Ever wonder how much cash you need to secure your happiness? The answer from one generation of savers might shock you.

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Should You Stop Buying Bonds Forever?

on November 28, 2023

Recent research suggests that switching to an all-equity portfolio pays off over time. But is that wise?

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Does Your Doctor Still Accept Medicare Advantage? Make Sure ASAP

on November 28, 2023

Health systems and hospitals are dropping Medicare Advantage coverage, which could put patients at risk of not being reimbursed for some care.

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2 Paint Colors That Could Hurt Your Home Value — and 5 That Help

on November 28, 2023

First impressions may be more important to potential homebuyers than you realize.

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The 11 Most Livable Small Towns in America

and on November 27, 2023

Dreaming of quaint festivals and village squares that look as if they fell out of a Norman Rockwell painting? Look no further.

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5 Retailers We Lost for Good in 2023

on November 24, 2023

These iconic retailers all vanished in 2023.

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How Staying Active Could Make You Richer

on November 24, 2023

Learn more about the connection between your daily jog and a fatter bank account.

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2 States That Got Their First Costco This Year — and 2 Still Waiting

on November 23, 2023

Discover which states embraced the Costco revolution in 2023, and which pockets of America remain untouched by bulk-buy bliss.

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10 of the Worst Toys You Could Buy This Holiday Season

on November 23, 2023

Poorly designed and tested toys have resulted in deaths, disfigurements and disabilities, advocates say. Choose wisely.

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