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HDHP vs. PPO Costs, Savings, & Thoughts: 1 Year After the Switch
Thu, 11/8/12 | 22 Comments
HDHP vs. PPO Costs, Savings, & Thoughts: 1 Year After the Switch

Last year, I noted that I had made the switch from a comfortable PPO health insurance plan to an HDHP plan (paired with an HSA), during my employer’s open enrollment.
Open enrollment is going on right …

6 Open Enrollment Season Must-Do’s
Tue, 10/30/12 | 10 Comments
6 Open Enrollment Season Must-Do’s

What is Open Enrollment?
November is open enrollment season (a.k.a. “annual enrollment” or simply “open season”) – an important time of the year for employees to review their benefit elections.
Open enrollment usually rolls around just once …

The 2 Things Everyone should do to Lower Heating Costs this Winter
Mon, 10/22/12 | 18 Comments
The 2 Things Everyone should do to Lower Heating Costs this Winter

Fall is my favorite time of year.
Michigan’s fall climate brings vivid changing colors, crisp cool mornings, and a reprieve from the muggy-swamp-ass-humid summer months. That’s “Pure Michigan”.
But one thing I don’t love is the ensuing …

Why Eyeglasses are so Expensive & how you can Pay Less
Tue, 10/16/12 | 49 Comments
Why Eyeglasses are so Expensive & how you can Pay Less

Ever wonder why eyeglasses are so expensive?
60 Minutes had a really interesting piece on the Italian eyeglass manufacturer, Luxottica that helps explain why.
Luxottica manufactures just about every designer eyeglass brand in the market – Gucci, …

Help! My Health Insurer won’t Pay the Bill!
Wed, 09/26/12 | 17 Comments
Help! My Health Insurer won’t Pay the Bill!

My Health Insurer is Not Paying the Bill
I am willing to bet that many of you have encountered a situation where you noticed an error in your medical bill, but your health insurer delays in …

Charitable Tax Deductions & the Ambiguous Donation Receipt
Mon, 09/17/12 | 28 Comments
Charitable Tax Deductions & the Ambiguous Donation Receipt

Prior to my current day job, I worked in fundraising for a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
In that role, the most common questions I received were around tax deductions and donation receipts.
“Do I have to have a …


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