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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You Have Extra Time to Stash Money in These 7 Accounts

on February 10, 2024

Discover how stashing cash in these accounts can lower your tax bill and propel your wealth journey.

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You Might Want to Stop Putting This in the Microwave

on February 10, 2024

Discover the potential link between your child’s health and one everyday microwave routine you thought was harmless.

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4 Retirement Worries That Have Surged in the Past 5 Years

on February 9, 2024

The world has changed since 2018, and that has left many retirees considerably more worried.

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Would This Social Security Proposal Kill the IRA and 401(k)?

on February 9, 2024

A radical plan to fix the Social Security funding gap is generating controversy.

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10 Housing Markets That Are Giving Buyers More Options

on February 9, 2024

Discover what these hotspots are doing to shift the power to homebuyers. Are you living in one of them?

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Is Your Morning Cup of Tea Full of Harmful Chemicals?

on February 8, 2024

A study suggests that tea and certain other foods are contaminated with “forever chemicals.”

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4 Money Worries That Keep Couples up at Night

on February 8, 2024

Uncover the money issues that are weighing on the minds of couples from coast to coast.

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10 Things You Should Know About Your 2024 Tax Refund

and on February 8, 2024

You want your next federal income tax refund to arrive as fast and fat as possible, right?

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The Top 4 Retirement Dreams Couples Share

on February 8, 2024

Couples agree that these shared visions add up to a picture of a happy retirement.

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3 Groups Who Can Get Medicare Before Age 65

on February 7, 2024

If you fall into one of these groups, you are eligible for Medicare health insurance regardless of age.

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8 Disappointing Realities of Medicare

on February 7, 2024

The health insurance program is essential to the well-being of millions of retirees — but it’s not perfect.

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Does Going to This Type of Doctor Increase Health Care Costs?

on February 6, 2024

Do you know who your doctors work for? It could be influencing their advice, according to a study out of Harvard.

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13 Foods You May Never Want to Buy Again

on February 6, 2024

These foods are known to be harmful, and some can easily be replaced by more healthful alternatives.

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People Say This Is No. 1 on Their Retirement Bucket List

on February 5, 2024

The most common activity on Americans’ wish list for their golden years might surprise you.

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9 Federal Income Tax Breaks for Homeowners

on February 3, 2024

Some of these deductions and credits are available to a wide swath of homeowners.

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10 Places With the Worst Traffic in North America

on February 1, 2024

Uncover North America’s worst traffic hotspots and find out if your city made the list.

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Which Type of Medicare Costs More in the Long Run?

on February 1, 2024

When it comes to choosing between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, know that one type of coverage is likely to leave you with higher out-of-pocket costs.

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5 Retirement Costs That Are Smaller Than People Think — and 1 That’s Much Bigger

on January 31, 2024

Pre-retirees might be worrying a bit too much about several expenses — and not enough about one cost — that will be part of their golden years.

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The 5 Worst — and 5 Best — Places to Buy a Home in 2024

on January 31, 2024

Coming into a new year, these are the hottest markets — and those sliding into the deep freeze.

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12 Major Companies Laying Off Hundreds of Workers in 2024

on January 30, 2024

These employers have announced hundreds or even thousands of job cuts this year.

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