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Cost-effective ways to improve your financial situation

Does your job come with benefits? Many of us automatically think about health insurance and vacation time. But what about other benefits your employer offers? Taking advantage of them may be cost-effective and help you improve your financial situation. Here are a few ways:

  • Enroll in your 401(k): Enrolling in this type of retirement account offers tax advantages and tax-deferred growth potential.
    • Get the match: If your employer offers a 401(k) match, contribute enough to get the full match. If you don’t, you’re potentially leaving money on the table.
    • Review how your dollars are allocated: Review your portfolio each year, and if necessary, rebalance. Be sure to keep in mind your risk tolerance, as well as timeframe and other investments.
  • Take advantage of flexible spending accounts: These accounts allow you to contribute pre-tax dollars to use during the year to pay eligible medical and child care expenses. Be sure to use wisely.
  • Consider additional insurance: Many employers allow employees to buy additional life and disability income insurance coverage at a reasonable cost.

 


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  1. Also, don’t forget that you can contribute to your workplace HSA plan as a means to reduce your taxable income.

    If you don’t use the funds you have contributed to your HSA, once you reach age 65 you can withdraw the funds for non-medical expense purposes without paying a penalty (you would still pay ordinary income tax on funds not used for medical expenses). Along the way, many HSA plans allow you to invest your contributions in mutual funds, so your money can grow even more.

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