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My 2013 “Boring Financial Topics” Action Plan


When was the last time you go jazzed about tax withholding, or talked about your liability coverage at a party.  Sometimes I tend to avoid boring topics, and since these are fairly major costs to my budget, I decided it’s time to change.  So Here’s my plan.

I decided to make a list of the topics I still need to look into in 2013.  It’s not that I’m totally clueless, it’s just that I’ve found other opportunities more fun (like getting an instant $100 signing bonus for a credit card).  Here’s what I need to learn more about so I can optimize the associated costs going forward.

1. Tax Withholding

2. Car Insurance

3. Health Insurance

So far, I’ve been a little afraid to touch these parts of my budget since making a mistake could end up costing me dearly.  But 2013 is the year to hit up the library for books on these subjects and really understand what I need.

So let me tell you what I know about these topics so far, and we can revisit this once I get my learning on!

Tax Withholding

Because I am withholding too much in taxes, I’m essentially giving the government a loan of about $4,000.  I get it back when I do my taxes, but it’s unnecessary.  That’s $4,000 I can use to invest and grow my net worth.  I think all I need to do is call up my HR department, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

Car Insurance

Because I didn’t know what I was doing when I signed up for this straight out of collge, I think I bought the “Cadillac”.  I have been hesitant to switch just because I don’t want to gamble with such a catastrophic issue.  I need to just read up on car insurance and determine what I need.  Since I only drive about 9,000 miles/year, I can probably handle a high-deductable, lower cost insurance… but we’ll see.

Health Insurance

This is one issue I’m truly scared to touch.  I’ve had a number of major medical issues in the past, and I’ve got ongoing medical “stuff”.  I am certainly paying for the “cadillac” of health insurance, but it’s worked out really well so far.  I need to be 100% sure I know what I’m doing before I switch to a high deductible, lower cost option.

Get to it!

I know I’ll feel better about my decisions once I learn about these topics, but man, the just seem soooo boring right now.  But I firmly believe that doing the stuff that other people are unwilling to do will make you rich, so it’s time to get to it!

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  1. December 12, 2012 at 4:57 AM

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