This past year, I elected to contribute $500 to our FSA (Flexible Spending Account). It's a pretax account most employers now have for (at least) salaried employees to contribute pretax dollars to health-related expenses. It's a use it or lose it … [Read more...] about Using the last of our flexible spending dollars
Since the new year, I've been riding the DC metrorail daily. Here in the DC region, they have an RFID commuter debit card called SmartTrip (also just like an EZ Pass for cars). In order to park at the metro (well, really to LEAVE the parking lot), … [Read more...] about I lost my SmartTrip card! But I was SmartMike…
Around the Sun writes about their company's new bus pass program and how it's created a new fat-busting game. So what does that have to do with me? Because people envy my commute. I work in Washington, D.C., which is about 25 miles from my … [Read more...] about People envy my 50 mile roundtrip commute
This tax season, I was quite surprised when I found out we weren't getting the $5,000 tax refund we got last year. Actually, we owe about $1500 (federal). What happened? 1. We (combined) earned about $X0,000 more from 2005 to 2006 because of … [Read more...] about No Employer 401k Match – Should you still contribute?