Karla Bowsher

Before becoming managing editor of Money Talks News, I covered both personal and public finance.

I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as a nonprofit investigative publication. I’ve won state and national awards for my investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists and multiple state press associations.

Before journalism, I worked in health care for the better part of a decade.

When I’m not editing, writing, reading or sleeping, I’m growing obscure tropical vegetables. During tax season, I serve as an IRS-certified volunteer tax return preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

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Free Online Tool Gauges Heart Attack Risk

on February 20, 2024

Researchers have devised a DIY method for people to estimate their risk of having a myocardial infarction soon.

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33 Hazardous Products That Were Recalled This Week

and on February 16, 2024

Foods, drugs, supplements, medical devices and other products get recalled more often than you might realize.

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7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

and on February 15, 2024

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s house-brand products, they are not always a bargain.

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10 New Cars With the Steepest Price Markups in 2024

and on February 14, 2024

MSRP doesn’t mean much when it comes to buying these vehicles. Dealers are listing them with much higher prices.

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How to Shop at Sam’s Club Without a Membership

on February 12, 2024

You don’t necessarily have to join Sam’s Club to shop there.

How to Clean a Dirty Microwave in 30 Seconds
How to Clean a Dirty Microwave in 30 Seconds

on February 12, 2024

The secret to de-gunking this appliance isn’t fancy or expensive. It doesn’t involve elbow grease, either.

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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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Are You Even Required to File a Tax Return? Here’s How to Tell

on February 6, 2024

Millions of households pay zero in federal income taxes — and it’s perfectly legal.

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15 Places To Find E-Books for Free

and on February 1, 2024

Don’t buy an e-book when you can find more than 1 million free titles on these websites.

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7 Financial Dates and Deadlines in February 2024

on January 31, 2024

Mark your calendar now so you don’t risk a fine or miss an opportunity to save.

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Almost Every Medicare Premium and Deductible Just Jumped

on January 27, 2024

If you have Medicare health insurance, brace yourself for another round of inflation.

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You Have 3 Days Left To Buy Stamps Before Prices Jump Again

on January 18, 2024

Yet another round of first-class mail price increases take effect on Sunday.

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IRS Announces 4 Key Tax Season Dates

on January 9, 2024

Don’t get caught off guard this tax season. The IRS’ interest rate for late payments is higher than it’s been in years, while the penalties run as high as 25%.

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14 Ways WD-40 Can Save You Time and Money

on January 8, 2024

This iconic multi-use product is handy in a lot more situations than you likely realize.

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7 Secret Departments of Amazon You Should Know About

on January 2, 2024

These little-known departments of the online retail giant are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

Older worker
7 Ways U.S. Retirement Laws Just Changed

on January 2, 2024

The Secure 2.0 Act has just begun to take effect. Here’s a look at what’s changing for retirees and retirement savers in 2024.

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Social Security Checks To See a Modest Increase in 2024

on December 30, 2023

It’s the third-largest inflation adjustment in a decade, yet it’s sure to disappoint retirees struggling with still-rising prices.

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14 Financial Dates and Deadlines in January 2024

on December 29, 2023

Mark your calendar now so you don’t risk a fine or miss an opportunity to save.

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8 Grocery Store Prices That Keep on Climbing

on December 28, 2023

In a single month, these foods saw price hikes that were more than 10 times higher than the inflation rate for groceries as a whole.

Worried retirees reviewing finances
Retirees Who Miss This IRS Deadline Risk a Hefty Penalty

on December 18, 2023

The fine is actually smaller than it used it be, but it could still amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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