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Shandon Fowler

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Name:
The Benefits of FI
Category:
General Finance
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Start Year:
2018

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Net worth:
$2,300,000.00
Location:
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
Age:
40s
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
Profession:
Benefits Technology
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Latest Blog Posts

Over the past month, we’ve been looking back on posts from 2018 and 2019 that have given you advice on how to think of your benefits, what criteria matters most when comparing your options, and much, much more. The main focus has been those among us that work for—and get our benefits from—others. THE MAN, … ...
Posted: Oct 22 2019 @ 1:33 PM
In parts 1 and 2 of our FI Benefits 2020 Special, we helped you get in the FI mindset when it comes to benefits, especially health insurance options, and then we gave you some strategies to help you figure out how to think about selecting your benefits. In this installment, we give you practical advice … ...
Posted: Oct 16 2019 @ 1:21 PM
Last week, Walmart opened its first standalone health clinic in Georgia, but it probably won’t be its last. It’s an ambitious project for the company that is already one of the leading health care retailers in the world, and it builds upon their “care clinic” idea, which they’ve launched around Georgia, South Carolina (my state), … ...
Posted: Sep 18 2019 @ 10:21 AM
In today’s installment of our 2020 OE special for the FI/FIRE community, we give you some tactical reminders that will help you understand what to think about as open enrollment (OE) approaches. The good news? Benefits are a great thing to have. Health benefits in particular are both great and essential to have. The bad … ...
Posted: Sep 16 2019 @ 1:45 PM
Every year, the vast majority of Americans must “elect” their benefits for the year. In the benefits biz, this occasion is called “open enrollment season” and if refers, as the name implies, the time of year when employees get to select their benefits — primarily health/medical, dental, vision and life insurance options — through their … ...
Posted: Sep 12 2019 @ 1:16 PM
There was a news item circulating around the benefits business this week about PTO Exchange, a company out of Seattle that raised $3 million in venture capital. The idea investors are buying into is that you can and should use your excess PTO (AKA “paid time off,” or vacation pay) for other things you might … ...
Posted: Aug 22 2019 @ 5:50 PM
If you fall into the broad category of people who don’t qualify for employer-provided health insurance or a government-provided option like Medicare, Tricare or Medicaid, now is the time of year that you should start thinking about your options. We at The Benefits of FI have preached the importance of having high-quality coverage (read: coverage … ...
Posted: Aug 13 2019 @ 1:06 PM
I’ve occasionally posted “death of a thousand cuts” updates about the quiet desperation of navigating our health care system. Well, as one of my more troll-y friends pointed out, one experience isn’t exactly science but a recent experience with big, bad socialized medicine was almost pleasant. On our blowout summer vacation for the whole family, … ...
Posted: Jul 31 2019 @ 12:02 PM
We’ve written extensively about how much you might end up spending on your own health care in retirement and, as a result, why it’s important to build up your HSA funds so that you can have that reserve of tax-free dollars for such expenses. But, as a former co-worker of mine used to say, here’s … ...
Posted: Jul 11 2019 @ 10:52 AM
Over on his personal blog, Platform for Good, our cofounder Shawn has written an excellent post on the advice he gave his daughter as she readied to select benefits through her employer for the first time. It’s chock-full of insights from an adult life spent contemplating how to make the best choices for your present … ...
Posted: Jul 08 2019 @ 2:57 PM

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