FSAs: Use It Or Lose It (Except Not All Of It)

I've written before about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and how they are great to pay for medical expenses pre-tax but even better if you use them as a stealth retirement account. I've also written about Section 125 Plans, which includes your insurance premiums and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). But in recent discussions in a class … Continue reading FSAs: Use It Or Lose It (Except Not All Of It)

Three Things Colorado School Districts Should Do ASAP

Here are three simple, easy, and no-cost (or at least very, very low cost) things I think every Colorado school district should do as soon as possible that will instantly improve the lives of their employees as well as make them even better teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, or whatever job function they perform. Go … Continue reading Three Things Colorado School Districts Should Do ASAP

Time to Buy! Buy! Buy! (Service Credit)

Many pension plans allow members to purchase service credit. This may be counterintuitive for some folks, but many plans allow you to "buy" years where you didn't work under the pension system and then treat those years as if you had. This typically both increases your ultimate pension benefit and often can allow you to … Continue reading Time to Buy! Buy! Buy! (Service Credit)

Health Insurance: PERACare vs. the ACA Marketplace

First, a caveat. Health care - and health insurance - are complicated and nuanced topics that are heavily influenced by individual circumstances and options. The following post should be generally applicable for folks who are in a similar situation as we are, but you should always investigate the particulars for your situation carefully. This post … Continue reading Health Insurance: PERACare vs. the ACA Marketplace