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The 401K is Excellent

April 13th, 2017 at 06:15 pm

I think I mentioned in a previous entry that the 401K with this new job is amazing compared to what DH had previously, which was no matching at the last company and 50% up to 2% at the one before that. Company B provides 100% matching of the first 3% and 50% matching of the second 3%. So if we can contribute 6% we can get all of the matching they do. If we can contribute 7% it will substantially lower our taxes.

Unfortunately if we want to rebuild our Emergency Fund, pay back Mom, and save for the farm down payment, we cannot contribute that much money. We can swing 3%, though, and if DH gets raises in the future our goal will be to get that to 7% as soon as we can, even if we have to do it 1% at a time.

I had thought it had said that it would be 6 months before employer matching would start, but I reread it all today when I was actually more than half awake and I can't find that anywhere.

It's run through Fidelity. While I have heard the name before, I have no clue if they are a decent financial company or not. I'd prefer Vanguard, which we've had in the past, and has always struck me as the best. Charles Schwab was okay and who we had with Company A, but I still wasn't as happy with them as Vanguard. It's not like we get a choice in the matter, though. Does anyone know about Fidelity?

Meanwhile I am working on making up the new budget. DH ran all the numbers for me so we know what we will be getting as take home pay both before and after they start taking out medical and with 3% coming out for the 401K. Actually he ran them so I knew what it would be at 1% through 10%.

After the Emergency Fund is restored than maybe we can up the 401K as well. We are so far behind with retirement savings. Plus in the next 2 years I have to save some more in the College Fund for DS to go to the technical college for the 2 year welding program. He will be working to save for it as well soon enough.

And DH wants to start on his BS. He'll only be able to do one class at a time so we can cash flow it, but that is okay. Each class is accelerated and takes 7 weeks if I remember correctly. It may take a while, but we have a little over 4 years before Company B's contract is up with parent company. Hopefully he can get it done in that amount of time.

4 Responses to “The 401K is Excellent”

  1. AnotherReader Says:

    Fidelity Investments is in many ways superior to Vanguard. They have equally low cost funds and a lot of no commission ETF's. They have bricks and mortar offices in many of the larger cities and suburbs. The customer service is far superior to Vanguard.

    The only question is the fees. If Company B is large, the fees should be minimal. If Company B is small, the 401(k) costs could be passed on to the employees and be higher.

  2. Carol Says:

    I agree.I was a big Vanguard fan, but Fidelity's customer service wins hands down. Just be careful to choose their low expense funds.

  3. Dido Says:

    Agreed, you'll be fine with Fidelity.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    The parent company of Company B (which is not the same parent company I generally refer to which is the oil company) is very big and all the benefits are under their umbrella.

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