November 22, 2014

$30K on a New (Used) Car Today

My wife drives a lot for her job and uses our 2006 Honda Accord to get around.  The car is paid off and her company reimburses her $800/month and gives her a gas card.  Needless to say, we've been loving the deal.  Lately, however, my wife has been yearning for a newer vehicle with more room, integrated navigation, Bluetooth, etc.  Things that would make her day a little easier.

With how well my wife has been doing in her job ($200K+ this year in salary, bonuses, and reimbursements), we decided to begin looking to upgrade her vehicle.  Long story short, she found an ML350 that she LOVED tonight, negotiated the deal (including a $1K reduction in price and $5K for trading in the Accord), and worked out financing. 

So, do we have a new (used) SUV...nope.  She chickened out!  Lol!  She said she needed to sleep on the idea of a $417/month car payment when we've gone without car payments for so long.


November 21, 2014

Wife's quarterly bonus $12,490


My wife has been doing absolutely amazing at her job.  She just closed another successful quarter, earning a bonus of $12,490.00 gross ($7,664.17 net).  This brings her 2014 bonus total to $110,280.00!

I am so proud of her well-deserved success.  In addition to her bonuses, she also receives a $97,000/year salary, $800/month auto reimbursement (and gas card), and $100/month internet reimbursement.  I knew she was extremely talented, but this is beyond what I ever could have hoped for.

I am so bless to have a beautiful, smart, and successful wife!

November 1, 2014

October 2014 Income Statement

October was the first month living on just my wife’s income, and we blew the budget.

Our total income in October was $7,392.08. In addition to my wife’s paycheck, she received an $800 auto allowance and a $100 company reimbursement for internet service. We also received $45 credit card reward, $100 from a laptop sale, and $115 from Husband's mom.  We earned $4.95 in interest income from our online savings account.

In October, we spent a total of $9,707.57.  We had a $174 windshield repair, $220.62 for clothing, and $2,170.61 in “household items”.   We will have to work harder in November to get our expenses inline.

Next month, my wife should receive a $12,000 gross quarterly bonus.  Last month, we reduced our nanny’s work schedule to four days per week, saving $320/month.  We have decided to reduce her schedule to three work day per week, beginning November 1st, saving another $320/month.

 
 
 
 
 

October 30, 2014

October 2014 Net Worth Update (-6,226.76)

The first month of me not working was a tough one financially. In October, our net worth decreased $6,226.76, to a total of $286,529.53 (see table below).

What Worked
We saw small gains in our IRA’s, savings, and 529 Plans.

What Didn’t Work
We contribution at total of $242.50 to our retirement accounts, but saw them decrease $566.41. Our 0% credit card balance increased due to purchasing a new HVAC system.

Next Month
November should go a little better because my wife will earn a quarterly bonus of ~$12K gross. We plan to use the proceeds to pay down our 0% credit card debt from the HVAC system.


Assets Sep-14 Oct-14 Change % Change
401(k) Accts       77,552.57       76,840.58          (711.99) -0.93%
Roth IRAs       10,764.61       10,891.89            127.28 1.17%
Traditional IRAs       45,693.65       45,711.95              18.30 0.04%
Taxable Brokerage Accts         1,148.00         1,148.00                    -   0.00%
Cash & Savings Accts         7,720.37         7,814.70              94.33 1.21%
Son's 529 Plan / Upromise       10,445.00       10,576.31            131.31 1.24%
Daughter's 529 Plan / Upromise         3,297.21         3,313.44              16.23 0.49%
Home     489,000.00     489,000.00                    -   0.00%
Car 2         8,697.30         8,610.33            (86.97) -1.01%
Car 3       13,999.23       13,859.24          (139.99) -1.01%
Total Assets     668,317.94     667,766.44          (551.50) -0.08%
Liabilities Sep-14 Oct-14 Change % Change
Credit Card Balances         3,509.80         9,834.11         6,324.31 64.31%
Home Mortgage     372,051.85     371,402.80          (649.05) -0.17%
Car 2 Loan                    -                      -                      -   0.00%
Car 3 Loan                    -                      -                      -   0.00%
Total Liabilities     375,561.65     381,236.91         5,675.26 1.49%
Net Worth     292,756.29     286,529.53       (6,226.76) -2.17%

October 4, 2014

September 2014 Income Statement


September was another very good income month, but we had a few last minute large expenses that blew the budget.
Our total income in September was $13,739.35. In addition to our regular paychecks, I received $2,049.71 PTO payout and last weeks pay.  My wife’s company paid her an $800 auto allowance and a $100 company reimbursement for internet service. We also received $95 from Verizon and a $30 for our daughter’s 529 Plan.  We earned $5.38 in interest income from our online savings account.

In September, we spent a total of $16,789.56!  Not something we expected the month I quit working.  Some of the larger, non-typical expenses include $6,366 for a new HVAC, $500 for a new laptop, and $310 for new brakes and rotors.
 am very interested to see if we can dramatically reduce our expenses in October.  My wife’s  net income each month is $6,300.28 plus an additional $900.00 for auto allowance and internet service.  So, $7,200 or less is the goal.

September 30, 2014

September 2014 Net Worth Update (-4,161.88)

In September, our net worth decreased $4,161.88, to a total of $292,966.29.
 

What Worked
I separated from my company on September 19th, in an effort to find a position that provides a better work/life balance. With my departure, I paid off the $4,757.76 balance of my 401(k) loan.  


What Didn’t Work
We contribution at total of $5,000.26 ($4,757.76 of which was a loan repayment) to our retirement accounts, but saw them decrease $28.54. Our savings account balance decreased due to pulling funds from the 401(k) loan repayment.
 

Next Month
Next month will be the first full month without a dual income for our household. We’ve run the numbers and know that we can make ends meet until I find a job, but October will be telling, to say the least.

September 2, 2014

August 2014 Income Statement

August was an awesome income month and we kept our expenses pretty well in line. (see attached spreadsheet).


Our total income in August was $18,070.88. In addition to my regular paychecks, my wife received $2,610.71 in disability, and a partial $3,006.96 paycheck after returning to work on the 18th. She also received a $13,050 gross ($8,009.69 net) quarterly bonus! My wife’s company paid her an $800 auto allowance and a $100 company reimbursement for internet service. We earned $4.50 in interest income from our online savings account. 


In August, we spent a total of $9,673.69. Some of the other larger, non-typical expenses include $200 new mobile phone for meand a larger than normal electricity bill of $525.25. In addition, our nanny’s weekly pay went from $300/week to $400/week as she began watching both of our children when my wife completed maternity leave. Our son also started preschool ($397/month).


September will be our last month with two incomes until I find a new job. I trust God has a great now position for me.