Retro: May 2006 Net Worth Update

Retro: May 2006 Net Worth Update
  Our big wedding day is almost here.  June is just around the corner! As I look back on this last month, it all feels like a blur because of all the last minute details (and expenses) to get ready for everything.  I plan to take it easy until our wedding day.  I want to enjoy ...

Retro: April 2006 Net Worth Update

Retro: April 2006 Net Worth Update
  Going into April, my focus was almost entirely on taxes!  And I can successfully report that all of State and Federal returns have been mailed before the deadline date.  Of course, not that the deadline mattered since we are receiving a refund on all returns.  But it’s nice to be done! The rest of ...

Retro: Tax Time

Retro: Tax Time
  I have put it off long enough.  But with the April 15th deadline looming in the near future, I really could not wait any longer.  That’s right, it’s tax time! Up until this point in my life (well, “our” lives since I should include my fiance) it has been fairly easy around this time of ...

Retro: March 2006 Net Worth Update

Retro: March 2006 Net Worth Update
  March was a wild month! We are in full-scale wedding planning mode and paid for several expenses ahead of our big day coming up in June.  The stock market continued it’s gains, helping to push our investments to record highs.  And on the income side, my fiance received an unexpected raise at work.  All ...

Retro: Fiance Gets Raise At Work

Retro: Fiance Gets Raise At Work
  Awesome news today……my fiance received a raise at work!!  Woo hoo!  Now the graphic may be a little misleading because we are not swimming in cash all of a sudden.  Although that would be nice.  Her total raise amounts to 2% starting immediately. In dollar terms, she is now earning an extra $600 per ...

Retro: February 2006 Net Worth Update

Retro: February 2006 Net Worth Update
  After last month’s record net worth gain, I was expecting a little pull-back from the market — or at least, some pressure downward!  I know, not really positive thinking.  But hey, I’m just being realistic.  Thankfully the pull-back did not happen.  So the party continues!  For the 9th straight month we have been able to record a ...

Retro: Our Budget Revealed

Retro: Our Budget Revealed
I’ve talked about “the budget” in previous posts, but up until now I have not shared anything online.  I’m a little surprised too, because I really believe it is a key tool for achieving our goals and dreams.  From the very beginning of our life together we have created a budget and tried our best to live within ...

Retro: January 2006 Net Worth Update

Retro: January 2006 Net Worth Update
I’m excited to post this January 2006 net worth update because it is the start of a brand New Year — and this will become our first FULL year of working!  Having just graduated in May, last year only included 1/2 year of full-time work.  As a self-proclaimed data nerd, it will be nice to ...

Retro: 2006 Financial Goals

Retro: 2006 Financial Goals
With the new year starting up, I wanted to write down some clear goals on paper regarding what we want to achieve financially.  We are very early into our working lives, having just graduated college back in May, but we have big dreams regarding our future and our finances.  To give us the best possible ...

What Financial Health Means to Me.

What Financial Health Means to Me.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like if everyone received a yearly grade on their financial aptitude.  And not just to prove you know the material, but a grade to signify how well you’re putting into practice all of the lessons, skills, and strategies that are appropriate.  Some people might receive an A.  Others ...