June 2017 Financial Statement

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February 2016 Financial Statement

It’s all about the Benjamins. And Jacksons. And Lincolns. And Washingtons.

We saw some financial setbacks in May and June which resulted in our net worth creeping up fairly slowly. We spent tons of money– some optional, some not. Find out where the baby-related hole in the boat was the past two months!

AccountLast MonthBalanceChange
Personal Checking$9,519.11$15,785.16$6,266.05
Business Checking$2,708.62$1,033.87-$1,674.75
Real Estate Operating Account$2,755.87$4,602.26$1,846.39
Real Estate Cash Flow Account$3,109.59$99.50-$3,010.09
Credit Cards-$5,835.38-$15,146.00-$9,310.62
Retirement - HSA$4,966.55$2,769.74-$2,196.81
Retirement - After Tax$47,562.99$35,547.50-$12,015.49
Retirement - 401(k)$151,369.11$162,249.19$10,880.08
Retirement - Roth IRA$10,167.20$10,366.37$199.17
Asset - Home$500,000.00$500,000.00$0.00
Asset - Rental 1$46,548.00$46,327.00-$221.00
Asset - Rental 2$75,000.00$75,000.00$0.00
Asset - Rental 3$95,998.00$95,436.00-$552.00
Asset - Cryptocurrency$0.00$17,823.77$17,823.77
Mortgage - Home-$379,090.06-$376,929.41$2,160.65
Mortgage - Rental 1-$43,771.78-$43,647.07$124.71
Mortgage - Rental 2-$47,380.22-$47,243.90$136.32
Mortgage - Rental 3-$57,117.76-$57,006.36$111.40
Student Loan 1-$20,676.98-$20,388.26$288.72
Student Loan 2-$12,853.31-$12,673.83$179.48
Student Loan 3-$3,524.76-$3,326.47$198.29
Net Worth$379,454.30$390,688.57$11,234.27

In our June 2017 financial statement, our net worth increased by 2.96% (Oof)!

OK, so an approximate 3% net worth increase over two months isn’t exactly great.  There were a couple items that accounted for this.  First, I bought some serious dad-in-training camera equipment. Though I budgeted for it and had planned the expense, it does affect the bottom line. Still, I chose it and I own this decision. I don’t regret it, and I’m psyched to capture some priceless memories of Baby Vagabond when he or she arrives in the fall.

Related, our pregnancy accelerated plans we had to replace the flooring throughout our home. The entire place is filled with 15-year-old, doggy-dander-infested carpet, and we opted for a more dog and child-friendly vinyl plank floor.  A big portion of the new credit card balance is the replacement of the flooring, and the rest is camera equipment and expense reports. As always, we pay off our credit cards in full every month, so this will diminish over the next two months.

I reallocated some of my investments this month into cryptocurrency (predominantly from my taxable investments). It has been crazy-profitable so far, but since it’s effectively a gamble, I chose to categorize it at an asset rather than retirement savings. I expect to hold this investment until I lose my nerve, or into early next year, whichever comes first. I’ll write more about this decision this month. It’s not for everyone, but it has paid off for us so far.

The next few months, our spending should be back at normal. The repairs we have left to do before baby arrives are much, much smaller and largely DIY. Hopefully we’ll be back to large net worth jumps up on August 1st!

I want to hint at something today, as well– we are going to be making some major lifestyle and life changes in the coming ten months. I can’t be specific, but I honestly think they will surprise you a bit. Some of the trends in our net worth go to those plans, but I can’t explain them until we are ready to make those changes, which will come after the baby arrives.  Expect our net worth to fluctuate, and maybe even go down. Expect the safe monthly retirement income to drop a bit as our assets move around. More soon. Stay tuned!

Blog Income

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In the month of May and June, I earned the following:

The blog made an average of $77.06 per month for the past two months. That continues to be a teensy profit each month! Nice!

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Retirement Update

Our net worth is up $11,234.27 this month. Our goal remains to hit a net worth of $450,000 this year, which still seems plausible.

With equity and bond accounts totaling $210,932.80 at the end of March, a 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate would allow us to take out $703.11 per month. Our rental properties, after all expenses, vacancies, and short and long term maintenance are considered, produce $986.00 of safe cash flow every month.

Safe Monthly Income:  $1,689.11 (-$10.44 since Last Report)

% to Goal: 33.78% (-0.21% since Last Report)

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3 thoughts on “June 2017 Financial Statement

    1. The Vagabond Post author

      Really good point! Besides, as NW increases, percentage increase will necessarily taper off anyway. We just usually do a little better, and will again next month! Thanks for the encouragement!

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