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 ...

Retro: 2005 Expense Review Part 2

Retro: 2005 Expense Review Part 2
To kick off the new year, I undertook the task of reviewing ALL our income and expenses from the past year.  The Income Review was posted first and fit nicely into a single post.  The Expense Review however, was getting too large and needed to be split into two posts.  Part 1 of the Expense Review ...

Retro: 2005 Expense Review Part 1

Retro: 2005 Expense Review Part 1
In the last post I reviewed all of our income for the previous year and discovered some fun surprises.  For instance, I expected our new full-time jobs to be the bulk of all our income for the year.  And while it was the largest chunk of income, it amounted to a smaller percentage than I anticipated.  I ...

Retro: 2005 Income Review

Retro: 2005 Income Review
I openly admit (and embrace) the fact that I am the “financial nerd” between my fiance and me.  At the end of every month, I really and truly enjoy updating all of our account balances to get the full picture on our financial situation.  I go through every account, every credit card, open my wallet ...