How to Help Your Savings Keep Up with Inflation

Most people have a savings account. Sometimes folks have that savings split into different "buckets", perhaps money set aside for future specific purchases (a car, a new furnace), for contingencies (car repairs, an appliance breaks), or more generally as "emergency savings". By its nature, "savings" is different than "investments", because you generally want to take … Continue reading How to Help Your Savings Keep Up with Inflation

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)

Colorado’s First Step Program for College Savings

I've written about 529 plans before and how I believe, for most folks, they are the best way to save for a child's possible future college education. This is especially true if your state plan offers some kinds of tax incentives. For example, in Colorado your contributions are deductible from your state taxes each year, … Continue reading Colorado’s First Step Program for College Savings

I Bonds: A Safe Short-Term Investment with Some Yield

There's been increased interest in I Bonds lately, due to a combination of low interest rates on savings and CDs and a recent increase in inflation. Physician on Fire has an excellent article on the ins-and-outs of I Bonds, including great step-by-step instructions on how to purchase them. Since he's done such a nice job, … Continue reading I Bonds: A Safe Short-Term Investment with Some Yield

PERAPlus 401k/457/DC: New Recordkeeper, Same Fees (almost)

On December 3, 2021, the recordkeeper for PERA's 401k, 457 and DC plans will change from Voya to Empower. This is a result of a request for proposals and PERA staff and the Board looking at the submissions. Your investing choices will remain the same, you'll simply login to Empower's website which should hopefully provide … Continue reading PERAPlus 401k/457/DC: New Recordkeeper, Same Fees (almost)

Health Insurance and Using Your HSA as a Stealth Retirement Account

I’ve written a bit about health insurance before, going through the options for Littleton Public Schools (LPS) and Douglas County School District (DCSD). I was recently helping someone and thought I would update the numbers given LPS’s current insurance offerings, and also spend a bit more time talking about possibly using your HSA as an … Continue reading Health Insurance and Using Your HSA as a Stealth Retirement Account