IN THE CURRENT economic climate, many employers are cautious about increasing expenditures. That means your best bet for the near term is to make your current salary stretch further. Some tips to consider include:
* DEPOSIT YOUR PAYCHECK DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. That way, you’ll be less tempted to cash part Of your paycheck and spend it.
* CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR 401(K) PLAN. Not only will this help with your retirement goals, it can help with your current financial situation. Any contributions you make are deducted before income taxes (unless contributing to a Roth 401(k) plan), so you don’t pay any current federal income taxes on your contributions. In addition, many employers match some portion of your contribution, which can substantially increase your 401(k) balance at no cost to you.
* CHECK OUT YOUR 401(K) INVESTMENTS. Your job isn’t finished once you make contributions to your 401(k) plan, since you are also responsible for investing those contributions. Make sure you are familiar with all options in Your plan and review those options at least annually. Even if you only increase your rate of return by a percent or so, that can make a significant difference in your ultimate 401(k) balance over several decades.
* REVIEW YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE. If your employer offers more than one option, review those choices carefully to select the most appropriate insurance for the least cost. When your spouse also has coverage, review options from both employers and determine which is the best alternative for you.
* TAKE A LOOK AT OTHER FRINGE BENEFITS OFFERED BY YOUR COMPANY. Many employers provide a variety of fringe benefits. Usually, you do not have to pay any income taxes on these benefits. Thus, carefully assess your company’s fringe benefit package to ensure you are utilizing all appropriate ones.
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