Posted by Elliot Kravitz, ATP

Money Moves for Starting a New Job

Money Moves for Starting a New Job

Having a new job is one of the best things that can happen to man, especially when you consider the impact on your financial life. Many potentials come with this new life. Many people, however, get so carried away that setting their budget and structuring their retirement plan can be forgotten.  

With this in mind, we have a couple of money moves from experts that can help you plan accordingly on getting to work. 

Look for Hidden Employee Benefits

Some employee benefits make sense in terms of savings it can have on your finances. Look for benefits like child care, transportation benefits, Medicare options, tuition assistance, cell phone subscription discount, group life insurance, and many more.

Your employer will likely give you enough time to enroll in these benefits. Try and know the implications of each before committing. 

Explore Your health care Options 

Healthcare option is one of the vital decisions you will have to make. The Affordable care Act mandates regular checkups to be covered in full under any plan. For other plans, you will have to pay the insurance company a monthly fee. After spending the set amount, the coverage will kick in.

In considering your options, explore what suits you best. This should be beyond a yearly physical. It is a good idea to try and determine what you will have to pay with each plan according to your state of health. A chat with the HR can walk you through the packages your firm is offering.

Prepare for Retirement 

This is a simple way to earn free money. Companies are offering 401(k), and your employer will likely match you to one. You have the option of going for any of the two types of retirement plans: traditional or Roth.

When you withdraw the money, you pay tax with the traditional plan. The Roth plan, on the other hand, has its contribution taxed upfront. 

Figure out Your Tax Withholdings 

There is a big chance you are already familiar with the W-4 form. It is essential to complete this form during the first day or week at work. The w-4 form tells your employer the amount of federal and state income tax to withdraw from your payment. With this, you get to know the amount you will pay or get a refund each tax year.

The IRS tax withholding calculator is a useful tool that can help estimate the amount of taxes you'd like withheld. The implication of taking excess from your paycheck is less money throughout the year. This also qualifies you for a refund. On the other hand, withholding too small might subject you to tax debt during the tax season.

Structure a Budget

Even if you have a jumbo pay at work, it is essential to plan your lifestyle. While you want to live comfortably, it is essential to be frugal as well.

In addition to having a practical living plan, have your financial goals. Of course, you need to make provisions for savings and emergency funds. Make provisions for investments and business as well. After setting your priorities and commitments, determine how much you will need to actualize your goals. 

Check Your Credit

Even without a new job, make it a priority to keep tabs on your credit to improve your credit score. A good credit, as we all know, is primal to getting approval for future loans. This is in addition to qualifying you to lower interest rates.

You can get a copy of your interest from www. or WalletHub. You will get access to your whole credit history alongside any debt with the potential of harming your credit score. There could be errors that can affect your score as well, be on the lookout for this. There are major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) that can help you dispute any mistake.

Try and use your credit in a responsible way. Aim for a 30% credit utilization ratio. Also, try and pay off your debt on time every month. You will set yourself as a responsible borrower with this. 


Making various smart money moves like the ones discussed in this article will set you up for financial success as you proceed in your job. 

Elliot Kravitz, ATP
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