When I started my new job in September, I had the option to sign up for either a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) or High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). I have always used a PPO in the past, so moving to an HDHP wasn’t something I was excited about. However, when I ran the numbers, I […]
Happy turkey month everyone! I hope you had a fun Halloween and are charging into the new month full steam. I have some personal financial news to share and want to give you guys a preview of a new project I’m cooking up. What’s Eric Up To Nearly a year ago, I packed up and […]
If you are married, live with a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner, or have anyone else in your life that you substantially share your money with, it is super important to make sure you are on the same page with your money priorities. My wife and I have an open and ongoing conversation about our money, and the best […]
There are so many people out there that see retirement as a distant future event and feel that they don’t even need to start thinking about it until 20 years down the road. In fact, it is common for a family to spend more time planning for their big vacation each year than on planning […]
Narrow Bridge Finance reader Yvonne sent in a question about IRA fees for her account at Meryl Lynch. She received a letter that said her annual account fee would be going up to $100 per year, and that didn’t pass her gut check. Here’s her question.
As someone who has been self-employed for a little over two years there is quite a bit I have learned. However, the thing I continue to come back to is that no one is going to do anything for me, meaning it’s all up to me. That ranges from finding the work and knowing what […]
Millions of people in the United States work at public companies with stock available for purchase. Some of these companies give employees stock for free, others offer company stock to employees at a discount, many commonly offer company stock as a portion of 401(k) plans. While many of us are loyal and believe in the […]
This post comes to us from Kim Riccardi at Colorado PERA, the Public Employee’s Retirement Association of Colorado. A Narrow Bridge reader recently asked this seemingly simple question: If you leave employment, what should you do with your Colorado PERA account (a retirement account for public employees in Colorado)? We know public pensions can be […]
A reader sent me a note asking for ideas on moving to a new job after working for the State of Colorado, where the retirement plans are run by an organization called PERA. PERA works sort of like a pension plan and sort of like a 401(k). Read the question, and my answers, below.
A few months ago I talked about what to do if you felt that you could not afford to save for retirement and it spurred some good discussion for many that are facing that challenge. Another factor that many face in regards to saving for retirement is finding simple ways to do it and this […]
I just returned from the first of my wedding related trips, this one to Santa Barbara, and I’m excited for the adventures ahead. I just shared a new post on travel hacking, and have to say I’m loving some of the recent benefits, like waiting for my flight in the United Club lounge instead of […]
Have you ever had the urge to get rich? To go out to eat whenever you wanted, buy that perfect cottage on the lake, and travel to every possible country you can think of? It sure sounds nice doesn’t it? Many people actually have this lifestyle, but there’s just one problem – they are NOT […]