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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Why You Should Sleep With the Door Closed Every Night

and on June 1, 2022

Closing the door before you go to sleep could save your life.

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9 Sites That Offer Free E-Books

on May 30, 2022

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

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How to Clean a Dirty Microwave in 30 Seconds

on May 27, 2022

The secret isn’t fancy or expensive. It’s not elbow grease, either.

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5 Ways to Save More at Dollar Tree

on May 26, 2022

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

14 Ways WD-40 Can Save You Time and Money

on May 25, 2022

WD-40 is handy in a lot more situations than you likely realize.

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6 Retailers That Let You Double Up on Coupons

on May 24, 2022

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 Social Security’s Buying Power Has Plunged

on May 12, 2022

This is why retirees can buy far less with their Social Security payments today than 20 years ago.

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An Easy Way to Fatten Your Next Tax Refund Today

and on May 2, 2022

Was your last federal tax refund too small or your tax bill too big? Here’s how to fix that.

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17 Ways Your Income Taxes Will Be Different in 2023

on April 22, 2022

Brace yourself: Your tax refund stands to be smaller, or your tax bill bigger, next year. Here’s why.

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21 Generic Brands Owned by Amazon

on April 18, 2022

Amazon’s growing collection of private brands offers everything from toilet paper and coffee to motor oil and clothing.

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5 States Where Drivers Pay the Most for Car Insurance

on April 18, 2022

Auto insurance will cost you much more in some states. Here’s how to lower your rates no matter where you live.

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93% of People With Health Savings Accounts May Be Making This Mistake

and on April 5, 2022

More than 32 million people stash cash in these accounts, but most of them are missing a large — and potentially life-changing — opportunity.

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Medicare Now Covers At-Home COVID-19 Tests

and on April 4, 2022

Beneficiaries can access up to eight free over-the-counter tests per month.

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7 Secret Departments of Amazon You Should Know About

on March 4, 2022

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

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8 Places Offering Guaranteed Income to Residents

and on February 24, 2022

In these places, eligible people get monthly payments — often with no strings attached.

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Want to Keep Your Money Safe? This Is the One List You Need

on February 14, 2022

Some companies track all kinds of data about you — and share it with others. Know what they know so you can protect your finances.

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2 Credit Card Late Fee Amounts Increasing for 2022

on December 31, 2021

These maximum penalty amounts could affect anyone with a credit card.

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You’re Almost Out of Time to Snag This Tax Deduction

and on December 29, 2021

Act fast to take advantage of a special tax break for 2021.

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12 Stores That Match — or Beat — Amazon Prices

on December 16, 2021

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

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How to Get TSA PreCheck Free: 36 Proven Ways

on December 14, 2021

You don’t need to shell out $85 to breeze through airport security checkpoints.

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