February has come and gone in a flash! We have been very busy with swim lessons twice a week, working out five times a week, starting a new diet, doing a lot of get togethers and at the tail end even dealing with some sickness. We did even hit a milestone this month were my oldest daughter actually lost her first tooth!
It was a busy month for sure, especially when you tie in all of the 2017 goals that I've set out to accomplish this year on top of all that! Look for my accountability post on Friday for my overall progress on those for February!
If this is the first time you've stumbled upon my monthly net worth reports, I would like to explain why I choose to write them.
First, I love the accountability they force on me about handling my finances. I'm posting to be transparent and to really try to explain what happened over the last month that moved the needle for our family.
Second, I'm hoping to inspire and motivate others to reach to make their financial future better. I wanted to show that our journey is not all straight up success with no bumps in the road. Everyone has setbacks, but we can't let that get us down! We have to keep pressing forward!
What Happened to Our Net Worth This Month?
For February, it was a boring month financially, which is a good thing. We saw our investments grow more than we contributed for the month and we lost a little bit more value with the car as well as depleted our daily cash a little more than we did last month around this time. All in all, it was a good month with steady growth, which I will take anytime.
Net Worth - February 2017
- Home Value - $160,000 - Holding on to this number since our appraisal was done before our refinance (August 2014). Have finally gotten in all the quotes from six different roofers in the area. Next step is to sit down and create a feature chart and then start negotiating with them to get the price a little closer. They all came within $1,000 of each other, but we're still looking at an upcoming expense of around $7,000-$8,000 in the near future out of our emergency fund.
- Roth 403b - This account grew a little more than the contributions this month. But growth is growth.
- Traditional and Roth IRA's - So happy to have moved all my accounts in with Vanguard and have gone to a 3 fund portfolio. We saw some great growth here.
- Auto Value - Only went down $241~ in value this month after updating my mileage... I'll take it. Expenses were down this month as maintenance was very small and we came in under budget on gas this month.
- Cash Money - This month we saw a big dip versus last month for a few reasons:
- Sinking Funds took an $1100 hit due to paying for the roof patch while waiting for all the estimates to come back in from the quotes we've been asking for. If we decide to use the same company, we will get half of that money ($200) credited towards our new roof purchase.
- Groceries were a nightmare this month for us. We ended up $300 over budget, primarily due to starting a new meal replacement plan through Herbalife. I have already purchased almost all of my shakes for March though, as I've set it up to purchase a month in advance. I'm hoping this will help with my weight loss goal for the year and then I can move down on the plan and just maintain.
- We had a few medical expenses this month. These normally come out of the HSA account, but now we have to pay for them out of pocket. We spent roughly $108 in medical to pay for a chiropractor visit and another appointment.
- Our phone bill was high this month due to having our final bill from our old provider and our bill for our new provider. This should flatten out in March until we pay off my new phone, then the bill will go down even further.
- Emergency Fund Savings - No news is good news here. Just added almost another $15 in interest into our account this past month. We will be diving into this pretty soon as we are going to be getting our roof fixed soon.
Home Mortgage - We keep seeing small chunks eat into this mortgage. We continue to just make the minimum payments, but with only having a 20 year mortgage, this moves down pretty quickly. This past month, our principal just topped $423! When we started, this number was only about $380, so that's extra money going towards our mortgage each month! I love seeing the principle grow each month to take out bigger chunks or our mortgage. Looking forward to the day we get to start putting extra money away towards this paying it down even faster.
YTD Net Worth Growth
January 1st, 2017 : $102,049.03
March 1st, 2017 : $104,979.59
Total Growth YTD : $2,930.56 (2.87%)
Last Year's Growth: $18,336.16 (21.88%)
Take Away for the Month
February has been a mundane month financially other than our over spending. Looking to get that under control to see even bigger growth in March. I love doing these updates because they really force me to look into our spending and talk it over so that we actually understand more about it on a monthly basis. It seems so freeing!
How did your February go? Was it easy peasy for you, or were there some hiccups?
Here are some of our articles that were posted throughout February in case you missed them.
- 5 Sure Proof Ways Of Adding Additional Value To Your Home - Guest post from Ian Pearson about different steps to take to add value to your home before selling.
- How Financially Personable Are You? 3 Ways To Improve. - How personable to others about your finances you are makes a difference in your family's lives and future. Check out these 3 ways to become more personable.
- How are we Saving Half of our Income? - Guest post from XYZ of Our Financial Path where he shares their story about how they've upped their savings rate since 2014.
- Becoming More Resilient With Your Finances - Building financial resilience is crucial in your overall financial plan. Check out these simple steps you can take to become more resilient.
- How Paying Off the Mortgage In 7.5 Years Changed My Outlook - Guest post from Rob of Mustard Seed Money where he tells his story about how he paid off his mortgage and the freedom that brought him!
- 2017 Goals: January Accountability Check In - I check in for my first month on my 2017 goals.
- 5 Tips to Stop Eating Your Paycheck; How to Save Money On Food - Another guest post from Kyle Steinkuhler from DollarDiligence.com. He gives some practical advice on different strategies he's used to save money on his groceries.
- January 2017 – $103,162.35 – Net Worth Update (+$1,113.32) - Our monthly check in for our first month of 2017.
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