So, lately I've been very interested in reading and writing about raising our net worth. Since we just finished our 9 week class that we facilitated for the first time in our home called "Financial Peace University". We have been following the Baby Steps that FPU teaches since 2011 and have since been able to pay off all of our debt other than our personal residence, replace our cars by paying cash, create a monthly budget that we follow, build up an emergency fund that is at this time 70% funded towards our goal of $15,000, and lastly, we've been able to take multiple vacations debt free because we save up monthly in our sinking fund so that we can pay cash for everything that we want to do. It has been very liberating and frustrating at times throughout our journey. But, I can say, without a doubt, that we are doing good things with our money, and are in a much better place financially, then we ever were at any other point in our lives.
So, what drives me to want to raise my net worth and grow our finances instead of just spending everything that we make? I am in love with the margin that it creates. Being able to make decisions from a point of opportunity instead of desperation is huge for us. By being able to take more time to make our decisions, we are able to hunt down even better deals then when we feel that we have to have something "now".
I have been inspired by another blogger that has been blogging for quite some time and actually openly publishes his net worth from month to month and explains how his money is growing or where he has made mistakes each month. He has been tracking this for 87 months straight at the time of this post and it is truly amazing what he has done! Seeing the authenticity and the accountability that running that blog has created for him has gotten me excited about trying to get on the same track.
So, where am I at right now? I have been actually tracking my net worth for some time now using a program called Mint.com. As of today, my net worth stands at $67,844.13. My goal for 2015 is to get it up to over $80,000. This is a lofty goal as I started out at $61,998.49 at the beginning of this year. But, I believe that it should be attainable and even if I don't hit it this year, I will be making great strides towards it and will be further in my quest!
As you can see, it's not going to happen overnight. We have consistently been working to make this number improve over time. However, as you can see, we have moved in a more upward trend since we have started. Everyone will have their ups and downs and will have to work to make each month better then the last.
By looking at where I am now, I should try to set a goal of where I want to be. I would love to be able to cross the millionaire mark in the next 15 years as we continue to pay down the house, grow our retirement and continue to live on less then we make.
Check out our other Net Worth Updates to follow along our progress!
In March, we saw our first all positive month! Get the details inside as we look through how we did with our money and any lessons we can part with.
February was a quiet month with steady growth. Although we had some overspending, we did grow. Check out the update here.
January showed steady growth with the markets rallying. We reflect on overspending on groceries, sinking funds and a new phone purchase.
December allowed us to finish up the year on a new milestone with our net worth and we had strong growth in areas like investments, cash, and even cars!
We rebounded well from last month’s decline. Stocks were up and we received some nice refunds to save and grow.
Our net worth declined $2633 this month as we battled Murphy with our vehicles as well as made a couple big purchases.
Our net worth moved up by almost $900 this month as we spent our first month truly on one income. Check out how we did it.
This was a great month for our family’s net worth. Despite big changes to our work situation, we were able to increase our net worth by over $8,000!
3 months of updates here. We have grown quite a bit over the last 3 months with stocks rallying and our cash reserves building. See how it went down in this update!
So, what has been happening since August 2015? A LOT! In this time, we have purchased a vehicle, sold our other vehicle, received an inheritance, started funding our retirement much more, started putting money that we’ve saved into our sinking fund towards our vacation, among other things.
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