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.

Woman filing taxes
9 Things You Should Know About Your 2021 Tax Refund

and on February 10, 2021

If you’re hoping for a fat or speedy federal tax refund this year — or a bigger refund next year — you should know these facts.

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5 Tax Breaks Extended for 2021 — If Not Longer

on February 4, 2021

Recent legislation means you might be able to claim these federal income tax breaks into next year.

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4 Financial Dates and Deadlines in February 2021

on January 30, 2021

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

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5 Ways to Get Walmart Gift Cards for Free

on January 22, 2021

Yes, you can score free Walmart gift cards. Here’s how.

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10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years

on January 19, 2021

The cars that owners hold onto the longest have one thing in common, a new study shows.

Woman cleaning her kitchen counters
5 Cleaning Products You Should Be Using in 2021

on January 9, 2021

You will want these household cleaners on hand as the coronavirus continues to spread in the new year.

Dollar Tree store
5 Ways to Save at Dollar Tree

on December 31, 2020

Yes, it’s possible to pay less than a buck for items from a dollar store.

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5 Financial Dates and Deadlines in January 2021

on December 31, 2020

Miss one of these dates or deadlines in January, and it could cost you.

Couple doing their taxes
10 Ways Your Income Taxes Will Be Different in 2021

on December 30, 2020

Filing your taxes will be different in 2021 due to coronavirus legislation and inflation adjustments.

7 Handy Household Uses for Coffee
7 Handy Household Uses for Coffee

on December 24, 2020

Coffee is good for much more than a morning caffeine jolt.

Couple in mask worrying about their finances
6 Groups That Won’t Get a Second Stimulus Payment

on December 23, 2020

Don’t expect to receive a $600 coronavirus check if you are on this list.

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6 Retailers That Let You Double up on Coupons

on December 23, 2020

Coupon stacking is one of the best ways to save money. These retailers let you do it.

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Here’s How Much Your Next Stimulus Check Will Be

on December 21, 2020

While much remains unknown about the new coronavirus relief package, this much is clear.

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The 8 Best Gift Cards to Give in 2020

on December 9, 2020

These retailers’ gift cards rank highest based on multiple features.

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7 Stores That Match — or Beat — Amazon Prices

on December 8, 2020

These retailers offer some of the most consumer-friendly price-match policies anywhere.

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Target’s Best Sale of the Year Is This Weekend Only

on December 5, 2020

The beloved retailer is ending Cyber Week with a bang.

December 31 tax deadline marked on a calendar
8 Financial Dates and Deadlines in December 2020

on December 2, 2020

Miss one of these upcoming dates or deadlines, and it could cost you.

Couple meeting with a tax accountant
4 Tax Credits That Will Be More Generous in 2021

on November 27, 2020

If you are eligible for these tax breaks, they will slash your federal income tax bill — dollar for dollar.

Shopper disappointed by a clothing price tag
7 Big Retailers With Small Black Friday Discounts

on November 26, 2020

Buyer beware: This list includes some beloved chains — even warehouse clubs.

Senior woman paying Medicare bills
These Medicare Expenses Will Jump in January

on November 7, 2020

Some Medicare premiums and deductibles will take a bigger bite out of Social Security payments next year.

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