So, you always hear that you need a budget to be effective, right? You need to track your money to get control of it so you can plan to spend it the best way so that it doesn't end up just leaving you going to many unknown places.
This is the section where I want to focus on doing a budget update once a month to show you how I'm doing and how I'm growing. I think that showing people that it can be done on a normal income is a huge motivator and will hopefully encourage others to start their own financial journey.
We follow a simple program for money management that includes 7 Baby Steps. Here they are:
Updated 8/30/16: Currently, we are working on Baby Step 3: Saving 3-6 Months of Expenses In Savings again. We actually have 96.5% of this funded at this time. It takes some time to get the money together, but we are working hard and should be able to complete this in a couple months!
We have been following these Baby Steps since May 24, 2011 and have seen great success. Our net worth has gone from actually being negative to growing more and more positive each month.
I am basically looking to list out our income and our main expenses. I am also going to update with our Net Worth report and will show how we grow it every month. I think that by doing this it will hold me accountable and will show how it's grown in real time.
Past Monthly Net Worth Updates
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.
We finally finished up our 6 month emergency fund this month. Stocks put a damper on our growth, but we ended up positive over the month.
An awesome month for sure as we grew our emergency fund savings a lot this month. See how we did it in this update.
Are you ready to finally take control of your finances? Let my budgeting spreadsheets help!
Just fill out the form below and I'll send you the link to get the same exact budgeting spreadsheets that I use each month!
Included in the workbook:
- Monthly budget form
- Breakdown of savings form (for your sinking funds)
- Overview of your financial plan
I've been using these same forms since August 2011 and have grown my family's net worth 500% tracking our money using these forms!