Financial Wellness @ Work

The Hidden Costs Of Overlooked Benefits

August is an overlooked month. Every other month of the year has a holiday or is associated with an exciting beginning, but not August. Many of us try to sneak in one last summer weekend or some back to school shopping but other than that, August is usually a lull in the calendar. A great way to make August productive is to examine the employee benefits programs that you aren’t taking advantage of so that you know which options you do want to sign up for during open enrollment this fall. A few minutes now can help you be prepared to maximize your benefits and possibly save thousands of dollars instead of rushing through a decision or just doing what you did last year. Read more

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5 Retirement Plan Benefits You’re Probably Overlooking

One thing that I’ve noticed when speaking to HR executives and other employees about their benefits is that many valuable retirement plan benefits aren’t being taken advantage of. These benefits are part of your compensation so not utilizing them is like not taking your whole paycheck. Here are 5 in particular: Read more

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The Value of Your EAP Program

Years ago when I was pregnant, I was a nervous wreck. I did what every pregnant woman should not do. I found every article I could on every worse-case scenario imaginable about daycare.  Read more

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Don’t Leave Any Money On The Table

A few days ago, I was meeting with a friend that just changed jobs. She was excited about the pay, her new co-workers and the shorter commute to work. As she started talking, I mentioned that she should take advantage of all the benefits her company offers and not leave any extra money on the table.  Read more

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My $280 Mistake

I admit it. I goofed. Despite being a financial planner who often helps people with their benefits, I made a mistake with my own. As I was looking at my expenses and taxes for last year, I realized that I could have reduced my taxes by $230. That’s the amount I would have saved if I contributed the $817 I spent on eligible vision and dental expenses last year to my company’s limited-purpose FSA (flexible spending account). Read more

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Your Best Financial Services Provider Might Be Your Employer

It always amazes me how people overlook their employee benefits and will pay out-of-pocket for what they can in some cases, get for free. Years ago, I worked with a couple in which the wife was diagnosed with breast cancer about 5 years ago but thankfully, is in remission. They were trying to get their estate plan in order and had hired their friend’s attorney to help them. Several thousand dollars later, they wondered if they made the right choice. Since I am not an attorney, I would never give legal advice, but I had to admit to them that considering the simplicity of their estate and wishes, they had an amazingly complex plan.  Read more

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How to Thank and Help Our Future Veterans

With Veteran’s Day around the corner, we stop to thank those, past and present, who have served our nation and protected our freedoms. We all know that they volunteer to spend time away from home and family and risk their lives to keep us safe. The tragic stories of service members suffering from PTSD and life altering injuries tear at our hearts. What no one talks about is the financial hardships that many of our service members face.  Read more

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The Changing Landscape of Health Insurance

Now that we are in the midst of open-enrollment season, this is a great time to start looking at how the trends in health insurance may impact you and your family. In the last few weeks, Wal-Mart has announced that they will no longer offer health insurance to certain part-time employees. Other large employers are rolling out new plans that will either charge a steep premium to cover spouses that have coverage available at their employer, or they are not offering coverage to those spouses with their own option at all. In addition to all of this, there is an undeniable trend towards high-deductible health plans paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA)Read more

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Enjoy Labor Day and Put Your Benefits to Work for You

Labor Day weekend is always an enjoyable time in our family’s household as we usually try to get in a trip to the beach, have a cookout, and welcome in the college football season (which is a pretty big deal in our part of the world). Hopefully you and your friends and family have been able to work some fun into the schedule over the long weekend. (If you had to actually clock in at work today, be sure to find some time for rest and relaxation soon to make up for working on the federal holiday.) Read more

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