Net Worth Update for October 2016
As I sit here handing out the last of my Halloween candy I have only one thought: “”Holy crap does time fly by some months!”
I don’t know about you but this is the time of year where everything starts to get busy. Kids activities are in full force and extra time is at a premium.
Still, I always look forward to calculating my net worth. As a background, I have been running my net worth numbers every month for 10 years. It’s been a huge factor in my financial development and success. Keeping an eye on it every month gives me a better idea of where we are headed financially.
If you are new to personal finance, and wanting to take control of your money, I would suggest you get familiar with all things net worth with this post.
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Changes in Total Net Worth
(As I mentioned in the inaugural net worth update. When it comes to monthly reports I’m going a different route than a lot of others. Instead of going through the nitty-gritty of every detail on my net worth statement. I’m taking a macro view so we don’t get bogged down by the details.)
61% of Earned Income
Our increase in net worth was a 61% of our take home income for the month. Looking at the numbers our investments were flat… again. Thank God we have dividends coming in. The growth in our net worth this month really came from some extra income through freelancing and paying down our debt. Which leads me to some big, big news…
Big News – We Are Debt Free!!!!!!!!!
We finally managed to pay off the rest of our debt this month. It has been a long road, and we are still fresh with this new situation. But I’m totally digging the way it feels.
Last month I mentioned that my big goal for the month was to hit this mark, and we did. Honestly the day after it happens it’s a little anti-climatic. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone feels this way. Maybe I’m just in shock.
You spend your time obsessing and focusing on getting to this point and now that you are there, it’s just a new day. I think the best analogy I’ve heard about getting out of debt comes from Jordann at My Alternate Life. She alludes to getting out of debt is like climbing out of a hole. Now that you are out of the hole, the first thing you should do is to get as far away from the hole (a.k.a. debt) as possible.
You aren’t rich, you are just out of debt. Still it’ a moment worth celebrating and we have had a nice dinner out to celebrate.
If you are wanting to become debt free, I encourage you to get started. The best action you can take is to put some money extra down on your debt. That dollar you put down today can save you a lot of extra money down the road.
You can do it. Take control and take action
Expenses for October
As a Canadian, October is the month when we get to pay for hockey. This can add up to big numbers. Between my son and I, we spend nearly $1000 in hockey related fees for the year. I’m told that if my son improves as player it will get more and more expensive.
Luckily for me I only play recreational hockey (or beer league, or old timers), so it just ice time. Hockey is one of the few things that I love to do. Luckily the money was available thanks to our money system. Which you should totally sign up for, because it’s free, and it changed my life, and others too.
Compare October Spending to October of Last Year
One of the great things about tracking your finances for years with Personal Capital or Mint, is that you can go back and see how you did from one year to another.
Even factoring the “Love of Hockey” expenses, our spending year over year is close. Within $100 close of last year. Once we factor out the mortgage payments. It’s good to know that we are being consistent, but that number still needs to come down.
Total aside, I could be spending only $10.00 a month and I will still look at it and think…. “Hmmm. Maybe if we cut out water…”
It’s how I’m wired. I’ve made peace with it. Moving on…
Travel Hacking Update
I mentioned last month we are taking our first shot at travel hacking. We got an American Express Gold Card. This card came with 25,000 point and a waived annual fee in the first year. This is enough points for a flight in North America (or more if you take a red eye). All we had to do is spend $1,500 in the next 3 months to qualify. We managed to hit our spending limit this month, reaching the 3 month threshold and were immediately credited 25,000 miles. Chalk one up for travel hacking!
My plan with this is to cancel before it renews next year so I don’t have to pay a fee. Really it’s like getting a free flight for spending I was going to do anyways. Check out the American Express Gold Card it’s here and get started on your own travel hacking adventure.
One Last Thing
If you would rather track your net worth with software Personal Capital or Mint.com are good choices. Both are completely free.
If you are wanting to track your net worth either one is a good place to start. Personally, I absolutely love being able to see my net worth every day as it’s a huge motivator to keep making smart financial decisions.
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Have you calculated your net worth for September? I’d love to hear how your month went, post a comment below.