August 30, 2014

Already Passed our 2015 Net Worth Goal!

We passed our 2015 net worth goal of $296,000. Our net worth is currently $297,643.30 (I will be updating the chart to the left at the end of September).

This puts us over a year ahead of our planned goals:
2014 goal $241,900
2015 goal $296,000

It's time now to start making some headway on our 2016 net worth goal of $343,700! Feeling blessed!

August 28, 2014

August 2014 Net Worth Update (+12,455.81)

In August, our net worth increased a whopping $12,455.81, to a total of $297,128.17.

What Worked
My wife earned a $13,050.00 gross ($8,009.69 net) quarterly bonus. She is doing amazing in her career and it has been a huge blessing our family. With proceeds from the bonus, we significantly increased our savings account balance. We contribution at total of $1,210.38 to our retirement accounts and saw them increase $4,532.01.

What Didn’t Work
For the next few months, we will be making steady, but slow progress paying down our 0% credit card (current balance $3,474.85). Our taxable brokerage account continues to wallowing.

Next Month
I will be leaving my company on September 19th, hoping to find a new job that provides a better work/life balance. In the meantime, things will be a little tighter as we live on my wife’s income. Before departing my company, we will be paying off the remainder of the 401(k) loan (~$4,800) that we took out for our home down payment.

August 4, 2014

July 2014 Income Statement

July was a bit lower than normal income month (wife on disability), and our expenses were more than we brought.

Our total income in July was $8,745.67. In addition to my regular paychecks, my wife received $4,300.00 in SDI (disability). My wife’s company paid her an $800 auto allowance and a $100 company reimbursement for internet service. We earned $3.25 in interest income from our online savings account.

In July, we spent a total of $9,301.83. Some of the other larger, non-typical expenses include $600 vasectomy, $170 auto registration, and a larger than normal electricity bill of $496.55.

August will likely be a larger income month with my wife going back to work at the end of the month. She should also receive a quarterly bonus in August.

August 1, 2014

July 2014 Net Worth Update (-3,801.50)

In July, our net worth decreased $3,801.350, to a total of $284,672.36.

What Worked
Our daughter’s new 529 Plan had a $5.61 increase over last month

What Didn’t Work
We passed a net worth milestone of $290,000 in June, but dropped back well below $290K and have not yet recovered. We also added another hospital bill to the 0% credit card. We contribution at total of $818.88 (low because my wife is currently on disability) to our retirement accounts and saw them decrease $2,216.94. 

Next Month
September 19th will be my last month working at my current company. I have decided to take a break (hopefully short) to spend time with my family and then begin looking for a new job. So, we’ll try to get more money tucked away into savings in August to help get us through my period of unemployment.