Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment is Over. What if I Need Insurance NOW?
Wed, 04/16/14 | 5 Comments

One of the biggest selling points of the Affordable Care Act was that it would allow millions who previously had not had insurance to get affordable insurance through a public health insurance exchange. The biggest …

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Qualifying for the Saver’s Tax Credit in 2013 and 2014
November 13, 2013 | 5 Comments
Qualifying for the Saver’s Tax Credit in 2013 and 2014

This post has been updated for the 2013 and 2014 tax years.
What is the Saver’s Credit?
The Saver’s Credit (aka the ‘retirement savings contribution credit‘) is a lesser known, highly advantageous tax credit that the IRS …

Google Helpouts: an Interesting New Way to Save & Make Money
November 12, 2013 | 3 Comments
Google Helpouts: an Interesting New Way to Save & Make Money

Google just launched a new service last week called Google Helpouts. It’s been a bit under the radar compared to many previous launches for Google, but it has some interesting tie-ins to personal finance in …

You Might be Able to Carryover $500 in FSA Funds for the First Time
November 11, 2013 | 2 Comments
You Might be Able to Carryover $500 in FSA Funds for the First Time

A few months back, we went over the basics on flexible spending accounts (FSA’s).
For those who do not have access to an HSA (which requires being paired with a HDHP in order to be able …

PPO vs. HDHP Costs & Savings (Year 2 After the Switch to an HDHP)
November 7, 2013 | 10 Comments
PPO vs. HDHP Costs & Savings (Year 2 After the Switch to an HDHP)

This post may be a tad bit before end of year, but now that open enrollment is finally here after being delayed, I wanted to give anyone who is considering multiple health insurance plans something …

2014 Tax Brackets & Standard Deductions Increased for Inflation
November 5, 2013 | 6 Comments
2014 Tax Brackets & Standard Deductions Increased for Inflation

The IRS released it’s 2014 tax bracket rates, and there will be a number of inflation adjustments for the tax brackets and for standard deductions.
You may remember there were some noticeable changes to the 2013 …

Why I will be Maxing out my HSA in 2014
November 4, 2013 | 14 Comments
Why I will be Maxing out my HSA in 2014

Along with the other tax advantaged accounts, the IRS recently announced increases in limits to one of my favorite savings vehicles – HSA’s.
Good news – there was a slight increase in maximum contribution to HSA’s, …


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