Change Your Benefits Plan and Save

Open Enrollment FormsIt’s open enrollment season again—the annual window where you can sign up for (or adjust) your employee benefits. The ultimate benefit to you, of course, is the money you can save.

To make sure you understand and maximize your package, check out these sites, and read my full post for more resources:

    • Metlife’s Employee Benefits Simplifier Tool—Overwhelmed by the range of benefits offered by your employer? This site asks you to answer a few questions about your family and income, and then provides you with an overview of which benefits you will likely want to sign up for. Using the tool only takes about five minutes and it will help you consider everything from disability insurance to 401(k) contributions and more.


    • Save Smart Spend Healthy—Want to know more about healthcare FSAs? A wealth of information on these accounts is available on this educational website sponsored by WageWorks. Tools include an easy-to-browse list of eligible expenses and a savings calculator.


  • Plan for Your Health—Want more help with health insurance? Aetna and the Financial Planning Association teamed up to offer excellent tools to reference while you make your open enrollment choices, including health-plan matchmakers, quizzes and calculators.

Reap the benefits. What changes will you make to your benefits package this fall? <a href=””>What’s your work status? Please pick the one that best applies to you.</a> Manisha Thakor is a former portfolio manager turned financial literacy advocate for women. She is a the co-author of two critically acclaimed personal finance books: ON MY OWN TWO FEET and GET FINANCIALLY NAKED. Manisha earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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