Category Archives: Personal Situation

May 2013 Net Worth Update

Had a pretty good month money wise, but it was mostly because I got a larger than average tax refund.  On the one hand I am bothered that I am giving the government a tax free loan, but on the other, it feels freaking fantastic to get an unexpected lump sum deposited into my checking

Short Term Savings Investment and Debt Goals

My financial life for the past couple years has been really focused on accumulating as much cash as possible for the house purchase.  While I saved, invested and paid down debt my real focus was cash.  With the new house paid for that part of my life is over right now, and it feels ridiculous

April 2013 Net Worth Update

For the first time in 2013 I finally had a positive net worth growth month over month.  This has been particularly painful for me since I only had one or two months of down months in all of 2011 and 2012.  Hopefully this isn’t the last month of positive growth for 2013! Calculating my Net

Recalculating My Monthly Nut

It has been about a year since I calculated my monthly nut so it is about time I lay it on the line for both readers and myself.  I would hate to lie to myself about my family’s spending. What is a Monthly Nut? A monthly nut is your fixed costs, month to month, absent job

February 2013 Net Worth Update

After my terrible January I was excited for February for both personal and monetary reasons.  Overall February was a much better month in the mental health department.  The Wife and I are adapting to our new home pretty nicely.  Actually it has been a lot smoother than I expected with just a few hiccups (like