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  • How to Prevent Money Leaks

    Have you ever had a water leak in your house that caused a lot of damage? A few years ago, we took a trip to my in-law's house for Thanksgiving weekend. We had a relaxing weekend, and as we arrived back to our house on Sunday afternoon, we opened the garage door and found a watery disaster. HOLY...
    Posted to Weblog by jasoncabler on Fri, Sep 20 2013
  • Handling Healthcare Reimbursements and a Flexible Spending Account

    "You guys can take care of the insurance paperwork, right?" When J and I moved to Lafayette three years ago, it took us a little while to get used to the health insurance through his new employer. (And by "a little while" I mean that I think I finally got the hang of it sometime in...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Mon, Aug 26 2013
  • Getting Sick on Vacation

    One of the downsides to vacationing while pregnant is what to do if you start feeling under the weather, which is exactly what happened to me last week. On Thursday, I woke up with a pain in my ear. (No, it was not LO shouting at me to wake up and join him in welcoming a glad new day.) I asked J, who...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Jul 9 2013
  • Being a Life Insurance Beneficiary

    As I've mentioned before , my dear dad was a financial planner who got his career started by selling disability and life insurance. That means he was really well prepared for his regrettably short retirement and for his estate. One of the wonderful gifts he left for myself and my sister was a life...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, May 9 2013
  • What Is a State Exchange?

    We have several discussions going on the Affordable Care Act and what it means for us. We are hearing a lot about this state exchange and how it will help us. But what does it mean? What is a state exchange? State exchanges will be set up to organize the health insurance market place. You will be able...
    Posted to Forum by Brandy on Mon, Nov 26 2012
  • There's a Reason Why Harry Potter's Glasses Are Spello-Taped Together

    Photo courtesy of Ultra-lab J and I are both near-sighted. To the point where if one of our pairs of glasses falls off the bedside table in the night, we have to enlist the other find them. We're talking about Velma from Scooby Doo level of myopia here. We have been lucky to have vision insurance...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Tue, Sep 18 2012
  • Do You Need Flood Insurance?

    If you have a mortgage on your home, probably. If you don't, maybe so. Flooding is considered one of the most costly and common disasters in the U.S. It effects any area that has rivers, lakes, ponds or can back up with rain. Essentially, if there is water, you could be at risk. You can't rely...
    Posted to Forum by Brandy on Tue, Jul 24 2012
  • We Need Some Gingko or Something

    Photo courtesy of Rude , whose name must mean something else in Slovenian. Today, J and I will be meeting with our financial advisor to finally hammer out the details of my life insurance and J's disability insurance . True to procrastinating Mensch family form, J looked up the details of his life...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Thu, Apr 5 2012
  • What do you know about your own health insurance?

    The United States Supreme Court Justices are now evaluating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In view of this, I think now is an appropriate time for everyone to tune in and review their own current health care coverage. We all need to understand the cost and the benefits. If you have questions...
    Posted to Forum by Lori Blatzheim on Tue, Mar 27 2012
  • The Gospel of Disability Insurance

    For many years, I resented the need for insurance. Granted, I always knew that it was necessary and a very worthwhile expense. I just hated the feeling that I was sending my money to insurance companies in the form of premiums, knowing that the only way I could "win" the expense back was for...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on Fri, Mar 16 2012
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