Max Out of Pocket

22 Cents on the Dollar

So how much cash is all this retirement contribution saving you, Max OOP? Well, retirement contributions technically don’t save any tax – it is deferring tax until a later date.  The goal is to use the deferred tax dollars to make money. You would then realize this as income at a point in the future when you’re in a lower tax bracket. Or, even better, take it during a year you are on sabbatical and...

How I Slashed My Retirement Expense Fees By Over 40%

I got a complicated-looking letter from my retirement account administrator about a month ago. It was too long to understand and the only take away I got was my employer was no longer going to offer the Vanguard Index Fund (VINIX) I had selected as the landing place for my hard-earned cash. I immediately got irritated. After all, I have been front-loading thousands of dollars of every paycheck into this fund over the last few months.

Front-Loading and a $12 Pay Check

Since Max OOP doesn’t need much cash from my paycheck these days, I figured I would continue my front-loading strategy for 2019. My 403(b) retirement bucket can hold $19,000 in 2019. Front-loading is basically paying myself before the federal government. I defer taxes now instead of slowly all year. It gives me more time in the market. The Mad Fientist can explain it much better than I can here. Trust me, if I can do it,...

Welcome!

Welcome to Max Out of Pocket! I’m Max. After spending over a decade working in the American healthcare system, I woke up burned out (morally injured) and wondering how I can help a stretched and broken system. I am not a clinician. I don’t even do the hard work. I work in the background. The amazing clinicians we have in this country that are taking care of our loved ones do the real work. But...