Net Worth Update #5 – Aug ’17

Where did the summer go? August proved to be another great month. I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. August saw another good increase in our net worth, which was driven by a good month for investments. I will go into the numbers in more detail below.  I am still hoping we can sell our house over the next 4 weeks and be back to 1 mortgage and set of monthly housing bills. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Incomes: 2 incomes to 1 income

New state, new school, new house, brings another new. There have always been 2 incomes in our household, but with this move we will be going down to 1 income for the time being. The decision was made that my wife will wait to get a job. This will ensure our daughter is fully adjusted to the move, especially school. Since my wife is a teacher, we figured that most school positions were filled already since school started almost a month ago in Georgia. In fact, she applied and already received an interview, but again the best decision at this time is to wait.

A major benefit is that my wife set her current pay to continue to get checks over the summer. By doing this we received 2 incomes throughout the summer.

Net Worth Update #4 – July ’17

Here we are again, another month, another Net worth update. July was a really good month for us. We saw some nice increases pretty much across the board, but did have some additional expense with the new house. Our old house is on the market and hopefully it won’t take long for a buyer.

I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. As I mentioned, July saw a good jump net worth based on a strong month with investments, a bonus at work, and selling a couple of big ticket items for the move. I will go into the numbers in more detail below. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Net Worth Update #3 – June ’17

 

Wow, time is flying. Sorry for the late net worth monthly post. We have been so focused on moving and getting the new house up and going I have had no time to post. The next week will be hectic, but hopefully after that things will be back to normal and I can get back to a regular posting schedule.

I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. June saw a major drop in net worth due to purchasing the new house, but not nearly as much as I thought. I will go into the numbers in more detail below.  The drop isn’t a concern as it will jump back up as soon as our old house sells. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Dollars and cents behind the move

I have previously mentioned that we are moving. The driving force behind this was to be closer to my in-laws and along the way reduce our monthly expense. It would also be nice if we could walk away with some extra money to invest. Below is a quick break down of where I see us being in a couple of months.

Old House Numbers:

Market Value $305,000 – $310,000.

1,400 sqft, 3bed/3bath, .8 acres

Current Mortgage: $193,548

A move is coming

I have to say I am not the best writer nor the most organized with getting my thoughts on virtual paper. I am sure this post will jump around a bit and with that here we go.

I mentioned in the May Net Worth post that we had bought another house and are planning a move. We are moving from New England to the great state of Georgia. Where do I start with this one? I was born and raised in the same area of New England for my entire life and my wife has lived here for about 15 years. This is a huge change for both of us. Trading in the cold weather gear, 4 seasons, and the snow (No more snow blowing!!) for warmer weather, longer swimming season and slower pace of life.

Over the last 10 years

Net Worth Update #2 – May ’17

Here we go with the second net worth monthly post. I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. I started back in April 2017 with the first Net Worth Update #1  and will continue to track and post monthly. May was an exciting month for us as we are buying a new house and it is only 1,100 miles away. This is why I haven’t posted in the last few weeks, I have been tied up with this new house thing. I will be posting about this new adventure and be asking a lot of questions along the way. Now, let’s get to this month’s numbers.

Net Worth Report #1- Baseline

This is my first net worth monthly post. I had mention in the post about putting it all together that I had never tracked or officially calculated our net worth. Well here it is Net Worth Update #1.

Net worth progress:

Total – Retirement $368,906 Total – Installment $0
Total – Liquid $24,928 Total – Transacting $3,973
Total – Investments $232,957 Total – Revolving $0
Total – Physical $92,002 Total – Physical $226,215
Total Assets $718,793 Total Debts $230,188
Net Worth Apr ’17 $488,604
      Monthly Change Start Date
      Change Since Apr $0

There we have it, a net worth of $488,604, almost half way to our goal of $1,000,000. I am excited to continue

Taking Lunch to Work

Anyone looking for an easy way to start saving for financial independence or early retirement? My current employer has a cafeteria on site, it makes it so convenient for everyone to buy lunch, but I think this is one of the biggest wastes of money. Ever since my first “real” summer job, I have been taking my lunch to work. I could never imagine buying lunch daily, but I see people do it every day.

I have never added up how much can be saved by bring lunch to work. Let’s give it a whirl. In my 15-year career, which would equate to roughly 3,375 working days, I can say I have bought a lunch around 30 times or .9% of the time.  

Putting it all together

I have been tracking our monthly bills and expenses since 2008, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I really took a hard look at our finances. We had debit like the majority of people do.  There was a mortgage ($1800), car payment ($315), truck payment ($450), undergraduate loan ($220), and a graduate loan ($270). This was over $3,000 a month is debt alone. If you add on top the monthly bills of cable, electric, cell phones, daycare, trash pickup, water, and insurances and so on you get another $1,400-$1,700 a month in bills. We still have to account for food, gas, beer, eating out and misc spending, yet another $1,400 a month. A total of $5,800+ a month!!! Wow! And I thought we were doing well. I was paying the credit cards monthly, was saving (401K), I was living the dream, just like everyone else. I was doing exactly what the world was telling us to do.