Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Monthly Progress: March 2017


The first day of the month is always a big day for me with my personal finance spreadsheets. While I update them nearly every day there are a few things that I do and track on a monthly basis, so the first day of a new month means that I get to hard code the actuals of the previous month and see how we did. I LOVE IT!

So, how'd we do in March?

1)       Net worth: $212,959.97, up $6,850.38

I am a bit obsessive but I actually track my net worth every morning that I work, just because I love seeing the graph it makes and knowing what's going on, and it only takes me about 10 minutes using Personal Capital if I go slowly and analyze anything (if you’re not already using Personal Capital I highly suggest checking them out. They are 100% free and I love them and use their android app nearly every day). But over the past month our net worth has increased from $206,109.59 to $212,959.97, growing by a total of $6,850.38 for March.


2)     Investment income: $356.51

Another detail that I measure on a monthly basis is how much we've made (or lost) due solely to our investments. This helps me to see what I would have to live off if I didn't work at all and choose to live exclusively off of investments, which is the goal. The current amount needed from investments each month is $2,600, which means that at a 4% withdrawal rate we would need roughly $780k in investments (easy calculation: $2,600*12*25=$780,000). On the first of every month I document what all of our investments are worth and back out the beginning value of the previous month and all of the investments that we made during the month.

In March we started with $128,127.87, invested $3,844.63 and ended the month with $132,328.26. Meaning that, in March, we gained $356.51 on our investments.

This year I added another metric to track on this. In March we spent a total of $4,897.08 (this includes an extra $1,824.23 towards our mortgage) which means that, this month, we could not have lived off of our investment income.

Current ER* date is being calculated out at 5/23/2033 (5,895 days left!).


3)     Financial plan savings: $1,011.56

I'm not going to go into the details behind the calculations on this one since it's more lengthy but you can read more about it in my post about 
Our Current Financial Plan. But after all of our income, expenses and planned savings for the month we ended up with an extra $1,011.56 in our checking account to use for investing in our future.

We have actually made one small change from our previously stated plan and instead on dividing this 50/50 between our mortgage and Vanguard we have begun dividing it into 4 buckets, adding 2 more buckets for remodels and vacation as follows: Vanguard = 30%, Mortgage = 30%, Remodels = 30%, Vacations = 10%. So this time we invested $303.47 in our Vanguard mutual fund VTSAX.

Then I called up my bank and scheduled a payment for an additional $303.47 to go to the principle on our mortgage. So after our regular mortgage payment that automatically pays on the 1st of each month and this extra payment our mortgage dropped down to $101,789.53 today. Which means that, as of today, we actually own 41.50% (roughly 780.21 sq. ft.) of our home. We bought 26 sq. ft. this month!

So, by and large our March turned out awesome. How did things go for you? 

And here's to having a great April ahead of us.


*ER stands for Early Retirement. My wife and I do not go on dates to the Emergency Room on a planned schedule.


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