April Net Worth

Cash:
6,362

Roth IRA Basis:
8,631

401k:
Contribution Basis: 4,881
Company Match: 4,881
Total: 9,762

Pension:
$686

Motorcycle:
3,000

Truck:
4,500

Mustang:
1,000

Personal Assets:
12,000

Total Assets:
45,941 (+974)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
25,755

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
0

Chase Unlimited:
588

American Express:
0

Bank CC:
21

Student Loan:
Balance: 11,829 (-501)

Total Liabilities:
12,438 (-136)

Net Worth:
+33,503 (+1,110)

Credit Score:
Credit Karma scores:  788 TU / 757 Equifax
FICO score:  765
Chase Transunion: 788

Monthly notes:
– Capped off one more student loan!  Now down to the final high-interest loan (6.55 @ 7.3k) and a moderate interest loan (3.1 @ 4.5k).
– Credit scores took a dip due to a hard inquiry about a potential opening of a HELOC.  Grrr!  Don’t have enough equity yet in the home – need approx. 10% and we are at around 7%.
– CC balance will be paid in full.  This was a piece of furniture the fiance and I were saving up for for 5 weeks and now have enough to pay it off!

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The Plan: Phase Three

It’s been a heck of a time these past few months!  I have been busy working and hibernating (winter time), but some exciting new developments and changes have boosted my net worth.  I plan to get back on track and get more consistent updates going again.

First off: THE PLAN!  Remember a post a long time ago when I was laid off and looking for work?  When I wanted to get myself to a level where I know my skillset will be utilized?  To not just have a job, but start a career?  How I wanted to get myself a higher level of income to achieve my goals, ultimately: Financial Freedom?  It has proceeded to another step, and I was able to be promoted again at work!

About three years ago I was laid off and on unemployment… I found a temp job and income was around $26k.  They decided to hire me full-time, and then I was sitting at around $33k a year income in a manual labor position.  A year into that I got a small promotion to a more office-environment job, and the income went up to around $40k a year.  A few months ago I was awarded with another promotion, and my new income is sitting at around $59k a year!  Woot!

Through nothing but hard work and dedication over the past three years, I was able to more than double my income.  NICE!

On to the next exciting development, I was the recipient of a small windfall recently.  A dear friend of mine (he’s about 80) taught me about the stock market long ago.  He is substantially wealthy, and one day we put together stock portfolio as part of a lesson / showing me the ropes.  Over the course of 4-5 years, we let the portfolio sit and we observed, made trades, and rode the roller coaster.  Recently we decided to call it quits.  In the end, the portfolio had gained around 25%.  He is a kind enough man that he decided to gift me the capital gains (after all fees and taxes) so I could use it to pay off debt.  How cool is that?  For now, the windfall was around $13k.  There is potential for more coming in 2017, as the capital gains were around $25k.

I did exactly what he wished: used that stuff to build myself up and pay off those debts!  The $4,500 truck loan is GONE!  My student loan has taken a near $9,000 reduction!  I was also able to beef up my emergency fund to around $5,000 – a number I feel good with that – my Roth can be a second $8k emergency if it’s life or death.  Thanks to this friend’s generosity and our trust in each other, I have been able to make a huge dent in my debt and increase my net worth by thousands.  Now, on to the newest numbers!

Cash:
6,600 (+2,300)

Roth IRA Basis:
8,030 (+1100)

401k:
Contribution Basis: 4,400
Company Match: 4,400
Total: 8,800 (+2038)

Pension:
$650

Motorcycle:
3,000 (-500)

Truck:
4,500 (+4,200)

Mustang:
1,000

Personal Assets:
12,000 (reworked, +4,600)

Total Assets:
44,580 (+15,079)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
24,080 (+6,192)

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
0

Chase Unlimited:
0

American Express:
0

Bank CC:
35

Student Loan:
Balance: 13,200 (-9,422)

Truck Loan:
0 (-4,700)

Total Liabilities:
13,200 (-14,250)

Net Worth:
+31,380 (+28,679)

Credit Score:
Credit Karma scores:  767 TU / 759 Equifax
FICO score:  773
Chase Transunion: 767

*mic drop*

July Net Worth

Cash:
4,312+50 = 4,362 (+170)

Roth IRA Basis:
6,333 (+200)

401k:
Contribution Basis: 2,875
Company Match: 2,875
Total: 5,750 (+382)

Motorcycle:
3,500

Car:
1,500

Mustang:
1,000

Personal Assets:
7,400

Total Assets:
29,845 (+752)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
16,445 (+752)

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
0 (-0)

American Express:
87 (+49)

Bank CC:
35

Student Loan:
Paid on loan: 278.16 (171 Principal / 107 Interest)
Balance: 23,123 (-161)

Total Liabilities:
23,245 (-112)

Net Worth:
+6,600 (+864)

Mortgage Breakdown:
Appraisal:  160,000
Loan Balance:  149,075
Equity:  10,925
July Payment:  258 P / 482 I / 311 E = 1,051

Monthly Income: 2,688
Monthly Assets Change: 752
Monthly Liabilities Change: -112
Monthly Net Worth Change: +864
Monthly Savings Rate (IRA/401k+Match/Cash/StudenLoan/MortgPrincipal): 1,288 (48%) x .55 = 26(All expenses are shared jointly, me @ 55%, Fiance @ 45%)

Credit Score:
Credit Karma scores:  755 TU / 749 Equifax
FICO score:  739

Decent month for July.  I definitely came out low on cash savings, but 401k and Roth were consistent, not to mention another consistent student loan payment.  This month, we spent a lot of cash on landscape materials for the house, about $150 total.  I also had to buy a new power supply unit for my computer that cost $60 – it couldn’t run without replacing it.  Not to mention the dog’s haircut and a new pair of sunglasses (I lost a pair I just bought last month) for another $50.  We also had a nasty vet bill, costing us each $50.  I still managed to come out ahead, so that’s a plus!

This month was also a big deal because we got engaged!  We are one step further in our relationship, and are preparing to get married in about a year’s time.  She is the best, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life.  She is also a good  help with the finances – she pays her fair share of all shared costs, including retirement, utilities, food and the big ones like mortgage and student loans.  We are looking forward to a bright future!

It was cool to see how my 401k and Roth IRA are growing.  After looking at the monthly balances, they were both over 6,000 (market price) which was pretty cool to see!  Just a couple years ago I had no 401k and my Roth IRA had just started with the $1,000 minimum.  It’s easy to see if we continue down this path, along with putting nearly $500 a month towards student loans (hers and mine), we are setting ourselves up for success down the road.

June Net Worth

Cash:
4,092+100 = 4,192 (+1,159)

Roth IRA Basis:
6,133 (+250)

401k:
My Contribution Basis:2,684
Company Match: 2,684
Total: 5,368 (+444)

Motorcycle:
3,500

Car:
1,500

Mustang:
1,000

Personal Assets:
7,400

Total Assets:
29,093 (+1,853)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
15,693 (+1,853)

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
0 (-4)

American Express:
38 (+21)

Bank CC:
35

Student Loan:
Paid on loan: 278.16 (159.25 Principal / 118.91 Interest)
Balance: 23,284 (-174)

Total Liabilities:
23,357 (-157)

Net Worth:
+5,736 (+2,010)

Mortgage Breakdown:
Appraisal:  160,000
Zillow Estimate:  173,000
Acting Appraisal:  166,500
Loan Balance:  149,332
Equity:  17,168
June Payment:  256 P / 483 I / 311 E = 1,050

Monthly Income: 3,128
Monthly Assets Change: 1,853
Monthly Liabilities Change: -157
Monthly Net Worth Change: +2,010
Monthly Savings Rate (IRA/401k+Match/Cash/StudenLoan/MortgPrincipal): 2,387 (76%) x .55 = 42% (How is this number calculated?  All expenses are shared jointly, me @ 55%, GF @ 45%)

Credit Score:
Credit Karma scores:  757 TU / 750 Equifax
FICO score:  742

Solid month this June!  A couple of fun outings net met a few hundred extra in cash, plus a full return on deposit from our rental!  On top of that, we recieved a rent credit as well for moving out early the final month.  This month was definitely a good one for excess cash!  Nothing of partiuclar note otherwise, just going to continue chugging along.  Life is good – I’ve got a job that pays enough for me (and my GF) to pay all the bills, sock some extra away for retirement, and still save a bit/spend a bit on top of that.  Off to enjoy Independence Day!

November Net Worth

Lil’ Sizzlers Portfolio:
Total Market Value: 1,099 (+38)
Total Divs: 36.24 (+3.43)

Cash:
2,001+100+409 = 2,510 (+21)

Roth IRA Basis:
5,035 (+200)

Roth IRA Cap Gains/Divs:
+4 11/30 Gains (+38)
+46 2014 DRIP
Total: +50

401k:
My Contribution Basis: 1253
Company Match:  1253
Total: 2,506 (+340)

CC Cash Back:
+250 AmEx, +7 Chase

Motorcycle:
3,500

Car:
1,600 (-100)

Personal Assets:
5050 (+50)

Total Assets:
21,643 (+811)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
11,493 (+861) (250 was CB Reward AmEx)

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
114 (+59)

Amercan Express:
94 (-318) (0%)

Bank CC:
25

Student Loan:
Paid on loan: 200
Balance: 23,838 (-93)

Total Liablities:
24,071 (-352)

Net Worth:
-2,428 (+1163)

Monthly Income: 2,401
Monthly Assets Change: +811
Monthly Liabilities Change: -352
Monthly Net Worth Change: +1163
Monthly Savings Rate (IRA/401k+Match/Investments/Cash/StudenLoan(No Cap Gains/Divs/CB)): 31% or $761

Fair month this November!  I did a lot of spending for Christmas and birthdays/anniversary, but did recieve my $250 cash back reward from AmEx which is excellent.  I actually also was able to score $35 in credits toward eligible purchases with AmEx as well, so add that to the grand total.  I scored a +1,500 CL increase with Chase, making my total available credit $12,500.  I am going to apply for a 3x increase with AmEx next week and see how that goes!  It could potentially be $22,500 by the end of the month.

The potential for a house is near in the future.  That would hurt the funds, but set me on the right path for increased net worth in the future.  Work is going well, and I am making about a hundred or more per week in my new position.  I am expecting close to $1000 in tax return (via a TurboTax estimator), which will help boost the cash storage and maybe help with the home purchase in the future.  I will continue to cut spending (thanks to the holidays being over soon) and increase savings as much as possible.  Until next month!

October Net Worth

Lil’ Sizzlers Portfolio:
Total Market Value: 1,061 (+71)
Total Divs: 32.81

Cash:
1,643+150+696 = 2,489 (-22)

Roth IRA Basis:
4,835 (+250)

Roth IRA Cap Gains/Divs:
-34 10/31 Gains (+216)
+46.21 2014 DRIP
Total: 12

401k:
My Contribution Basis: 1083
Company Match:  1083
Total: 2,166 (+364)

CC Cash Back:
14+20 Chase, 35 AmEx (Credits)

Motorcycle:
3,500

Car:
1,700

Personal Assets:
5000

Total Assets:
20,832 (+731)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
10,632 (+731)

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
55 Payment Bal (-17)

Amercan Express:
412 (0% Interest)

Bank CC:
25

Student Loan:
Paid on loan: 200
Balance: 23,931 (-103)

Total Liablities:
24,423 (+292)

Net Worth:
-3,591 (+439)

Monthly Income: 2,531
Monthly Assets Change: +731
Monthly Liabilities Change: +292
Monthly Net Worth Change: +439
Monthly Savings Rate (IRA/401k+Match/Investments/Cash/StudenLoan): 36% or $931.

This month was decent!  Due to the 3 year anniversary with my girlfriend and a job change that required some shopping, I spent quite a bit more than usual this month (over $500).  I got my third credit card, an AmEx Blue.  They started me at a 5k line immediately, which almost doubled my available credit – nice!  I’ve not got $11,000 available credit.  Also, a recent check of the FICO credit score puts me at 763, while CreditKarma is reporting 750 and 743!  Looking good there.  I am excited to get my $250 cash back after a $1,000 spend on my AmEx as well.  The savings are real!

With the holidays coming up, the cash savings will probably continue to remain stagnant, but retirement and student loans keep the top priority and will not decline.  The current decline in student loan is due to putting half into an account for the girlfriend, who has an immediate college bill that wasn’t covered by financial aid.  All is well here!  Hopefully I’ll be another $1000 closer to that $0 net worth mark after the end of this month as well.

September Net Worth

Lil’ Sizzlers Portfolio:
Total Market Value: 990 (+15)
Total Divs: 32.81 (+8.88)

Cash:
1,594+150+767 = 2,511 (+429)

Roth IRA Basis:
4,585 (+200)

Roth IRA Cap Gains/Divs:
-250 9/30 Gains (-61)
+46.21 2014 DRIP
Total: -154

401k:
My Contribution Basis: 901
Company Match:  901
Total: 1,802 (+274)

CC Cash Back:
13

Motorcycle:
3,500

Car:
1,700

Personal Assets:
5000

Total Assets:
20,101 (+1,080)

“Liquid” Assets (cash, stock and retirement):
9,901 (+1,080)

Liabilities

Chase Freedom:
72 Payment Bal (-248 – this is at 0 at the moment)

Bank CC:
25 (+25)

Student Loan:
Paid on loan: 388
Balance: 24,034 (-283)

Total Liablities:
24,131 (-506)

Net Worth:
-4,030 (+1,586)

Monthly Income: 1,900
Monthly Assets Change: +1,080
Monthly Liabilities Change: -506
Monthly Net Worth Change: +1,586
Monthly Savings Rate (IRA/401k+Match/Investments/Cash/StudenLoan): 68% or $1304.

Great boost this month, but the cash numbers look better than they really are.  We happened to end the month on the day before rent came out and a grocery trip in the near future as well.  However, it was still a solid month and I was able to knock my credit card down to zero (as of yesterday), so I was able to utilize the full 15 month 0% interest period without paying a cent of interest.

Ending the month, we are using a different strategy for about 8 more weeks.  Paying less on the student loan and putting more towards and immediate college debt for my girlfriend.  It’ll total up to about $850, and then things will get back to normal.  Other than that, continuing to chug along.  Stagnant on cash growth at the moment, but I have a decent savings cushion and our joint bank account continues to have a decent cushion as well.