What I Did During Open Enrollment This Year

Well, it’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean the holidays. I’m talking about annual open enrollment, the limited period when you get to make your benefits selection at work for the upcoming year. Read more

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Are You Leaving Money On The Table?

One of the things that I have heard people say in conversations regarding money is “every dollar counts” and…I agree with that. To that end, there is some money that a lot of employees leave on the table on a fairly regular basis. With just a few slight tweaks, they could recover some out-of-pocket expenses that far too often are being put on a credit card and creating a gradual increase in debt level. The best part is that these are all 100% above board and employer-sanctioned. We all work hard, and in the course of doing that work, you should be able to recover some of the expenses of working. Read more

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The Best Place To Find Financial Products And Services

My cousin is the ultimate bargain hunter. If you are looking for that amazing combination of value and quality, she is your woman. She can find the $5,000 vacation for $1,000 or the $500 coat for $69.99. She came to me excited because she found an amazing deal on life insurance. She has been searching for months with no luck and finally went to a financial advisor who gave her the cheapest quote she had gotten so far. Read more

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5 Things To Know About Group Insurance Discount Programs

You may not view it as an employee benefit, but discount insurance programs could be a valuable part of your overall benefits package. Employers and other large groups are often able to negotiate much lower rates simply because the risk is spread out over a larger pool than if you just purchased the policy as an individual. Examples of discounted insurance policies you may be able to realize through work include homeowners or renters, auto, umbrella and even pet insurance. Here a few things to consider about these perks: Read more

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Making the Most of Your Employee Discount Programs

A popular component of many employers’ wellness programs is a discount on membership to local fitness centers and/or weight loss programs, which can be a great way to save some money toward your financial goals. If you’re currently paying a gym membership or using a program such as Weight Watchers, definitely check to see if you can get a discount through work. It’s a no-brainer. Our health insurance benefit at Financial Finesse actually offers a $20 per month rebate on participating gyms but in order to receive it, participants need to attend the gym at least twelve times per month. For many people, that’s the motivation they need to show up! Read more

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Are You Ready For Open Enrollment?

It’s open enrollment time…that time of the year when you get this huge booklet or email of benefits and have to wade through all of the papers and links to figure out what to do while planning for the holidays at the same time. Remember to take time to really think about how you used your benefits last year so you can make the best decision. Here are a few things to consider: Read more

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5 Questions to Ask About Your Employer Tuition Benefit

Despite the inflation of college tuition far outpacing the growth of wages, having a bachelor’s degree is still one of the best ways to boost earning power and job opportunities. A 2014 report found that a person with a bachelor’s degree earns over $20,000 more per year on average than someone with just a high school diploma. One way to help defray the cost of college is to take advantage of your employer’s tuition reimbursement program, but before you do, here are some questions to answer: Read more

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Don’t Leave Any Money On The Way Out

I was recently talking to a dear friend of mine who just lost her job due to a layoff. She was shell-shocked, scared and not sure what to do. As I listened to her talk about her plan, I asked her about her workplace benefits and she said that she got the package, saw no value in anything she had and was getting ready to throw the package away.  Read more

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Take Advantage Of Your EAP

As I talk to people about their finances, I find that many need guidance for the everyday issues like daycare, eldercare, and legal or financial issues to get them on the right track. My guidance is always to research your company benefits to take full advantage of everything your company has to offer to help you financially. I find that one of the most underutilized benefits is the employee assistance program.  Read more

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