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Help a Reader: Maxing Out after Reaching 401k Limit

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: Some background info: My baseline gross salary is $74k, but with recent overtime it's looking like I'm on pace to make closer to $85k this year. I've been contributing 30% pre-tax dollars to my company 401k plan. […]

Reader Profile: KP

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Reader Profile: KP

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

Help a Reader: Dealing with a Pension

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I was hoping to get some help from your readers in determining my best option.I received an offer from a former employer with whom I am entitled to receive a pension when I turn 65.  I am currently 51.I have 3 options:     1. Do nothing.  When I turn 65 I would receive $187 a month for life with a 100% survivor payment for my wife.    2. […]

The New Retirement Rule?

I'm not sure they were trying to do this, but I think Time magazine just came up with the new rule for having a great retirement nest egg. Their thoughts: Save 15% of pay for 30 years and you will be fine. Save for longer, and it gets much easier. A few thoughts: Ok, so the guideline isn't really theirs. […]

The New Retirement Rule?

I'm not sure they were trying to do this, but I think Time magazine just came up with the new rule for having a great retirement nest egg. Their thoughts: Save 15% of pay for 30 years and you will be fine. Save for longer, and it gets much easier. A few thoughts: Ok, so the guideline isn't really theirs. […]

10 Things Americans Waste Money On

Dave Ramsey lists 10 things Americans waste money on as follows: 1. Credit card interest2. Deal websites3. Appetizers4. ATM fees5. Overdraft fees6. Speedy shipping7. Designer baby clothes8. Unused gym memberships9. Premium cable packages10. Daily coffee trips Personally, I think some of these are wastes (like #1) and others are just personal preferences (like #3). […]

Costs of Commuting

Personal Capital lists the surprising costs of commuting. The author begins with this story: I usually leave the house each morning at 6:50. I hop in the car and drive to the train station, usually getting there around 7:05. I spend eight minutes waiting on the platform, using that time to catch up on news or download a podcast for my train ride. […]

Costs of Commuting

Personal Capital lists the surprising costs of commuting. The author begins with this story: I usually leave the house each morning at 6:50. I hop in the car and drive to the train station, usually getting there around 7:05. I spend eight minutes waiting on the platform, using that time to catch up on news or download a podcast for my train ride. […]

Happy Labor Day

Just wanted to say "Happy Labor Day" to my readers in the U.S. I hope you are enjoying a day off.I'm not blogging today -- plan to spend time with the family today. I'll be back on Wednesday with more money news, commentary, tips, and thoughts. […]