Welcome to the May 2023 edition of our net worth tracker, where we’ll track our net worth month over month. I first started tracking our net worth at the time this blog was started, which was at the beginning of September 2019. I started by creating the Net Worth Baseline report.
You can view Previous Net Worth reports HERE.
Let’s dive straight into this month’s report.
Previously, I would go through my month, and go over the highlights. These days I’m doing it a little differently. Unless you convince me that you want to hear about my month, I’m not going to talk about it.
May 2023 Net Worth
Here’s how May compares to last month:
May Account Breakdown
Let’s take a quick look at what happened in May.
Monthly Blurb: This is where our paychecks get deposited. All our income goes into this account, then gets transferred to the proper accounts as set by my budget. As usual, I do the net worth report before transferring money to the appropriate accounts.
It was an average month for us both in terms of spending and income. I haven’t figured out why we have so much more cash in our account compared to last month. I was expecting it to be about the same.
Our spending was above average this month.
Investment Cash (-$795.16)
Monthly Blurb: All of our cash left over at the end of the month is transferred here and is considered part of our savings rate.
This is where our leftover income went from April. There was a small chunk that came out to pay for updating some of the windows in our house.
I’m still waiting for some opportunities to come up in the housing market, although I’m not that optimistic. I have noticed that the market is still below what it was compared to last year.
I put a bunch of money in a CD back in February, so hopefully, nothing too exciting pops up while that money is locked away.
Remaining Cash Accounts (Emergency and Sinking Funds) ($814.31)
Nothing exciting here. Just the usual. We are just saving up for our property tax bill for when it’s due early next year.
This month we had a very small increase. It may have been negative without our contributions, but overall the market was very flat.
All market performance here. This is about on par with what I expected.
Overall, that’s a gain of about 1% between the 401k and IRAs. Not great, but I can’t complain.
College Fund ($739.90)
The college fund is invested just like the IRAs; in mutual funds. However, this mutual fund was up by about 1 percent. It’s gain, so no complaints.
Net Worth ($6,352.35)
May was an okay month. Have to be happy when you make gains, even if they’re small. It appears that half of the net worth increase came from our jobs this month and the other half was from investments.
We did have some big expenses this month, but we still turned out positive, so I’m happy.
In total, our net worth increased by approximately 0.68%, down from 1.3% in March.
So far our net worth has increased every month in 2023.
Accessible Net Worth ($3,688.20)
Monthly Blurb: This is the money we are able to put away, not including the tax-advantaged retirement accounts.
Our income was average, and our expenses were above average this month. Our accessible net worth increased as a result of making a good amount of money this month and not having any crazy expenses.
Status: (Other than the hospital bills.) None, as usual. They’re a burden, so I avoid them. The cars, the house, they’re all paid for. Student loans…never used them. Credit Card debt? I only use one, and it gets paid off every month, and often I’ll pay it off multiple times per month. Just depends on how many times I think about it.
January and February are very boring months for dividends. March was a record-breaking month.
May, just like April, was pretty mediocre, as it was just interest in my investment accounts.
June usually turns out a few dividends, so hopefully, it’s more exciting.
The interest rate in my savings account was raised again and now sits at 3.90%. I hope to see it rise a little more, but I’m not sure it will since the Feds are starting to back off.
I track my savings rate in order to help keep my feet to the fire so that later I can be Gone on FIRE. As a bonus, you get a glimpse into my cash flow by looking at the income and expense rows.
A couple of years ago, I had to adjust the savings goal to 50%, which we didn’t achieve. In 2022, we barely missed that goal! I’ve set the same goal for this year.
This month we were well short of the 50% goal again by about 13%. However, we are still above 50% for the year. I’m hoping we are able to bump it back up in June. Hopefully, we don’t have too many unplanned expenses.
Of that 50% we are spending, Housing and Daycare alone eat up about 30%. We give 10%, so that means we are living on 10-15% for everything else.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for daycare, but these Texas property taxes kill me.
Daycare will decrease every year until it’s mostly gone in about a year or so. Hopefully, we can get our savings rate up above 50% by then.
I wonder what other expenses will pop up once daycare is done.
Here’s how we did this month.
Right now, our only source of active income is through our full-time jobs.
This is what an average income month looks like for us. Income for June should be higher as we both get “extra” paychecks.
Our expenses were above average this month. We didn’t have any car repairs or unexpected expenses, but we did spend a bit of money on the house.
Here is a quick breakdown:
1) Home Escrow ($965.00)
The normal amount we put aside every month, plus paying for pest control.
2) Giving ($1,132.93)
The usual 10% we give every month. Plus 1% that we started to give on top of that.
3) Cost of living ($4,368.80)
This includes all our bills (Gas, Electric, Water, Internet, Phone), transportation, food, shopping, car insurance, and daycare. Home insurance is paid for out of our Home Escrow savings account. Like last year, we are going to drain our dependent care account at the end of the year in one lump sum. Doing it that way is less paperwork for us.
In May, we had above average expenses.
April 2023 Vs May 2023 Expenses
April and May were pretty average months, in terms of finances, although we did spend more in May. We’re in our routine for the year, and things are going great.
Hopefully, June stays fairly smooth. We don’t have any big planned expenses this month, aside from a license renewal for work.
The Roth IRA contribution is done, and the money has been transferred to the proper accounts.
Aside from the 401k, which is on automatic contributions from my paycheck, I’m not completely sure how the other goals are going to turn out. It’s still too early to tell.
I think we’ll hit the passive income goal, but I’m not sure about the savings goal. We have fallen slightly behind, and there’s a lot of the year left. Who knows what will come up?
The savings rate goal is starting to become a thorn in my side. We’ll see if that’s enough motivation to actually reach the goal.
My goal of 24 articles this year is in the works. I’ve actually been working on some content for this site other than my net worth reports!
I posted a bunch of articles in March. Take a look and let me know what you think.
I’ll try to get another batch posted in the next couple of months.
I’m doing a reading goal again this year with the same number of books. Last year I only read 2, but I know I can do 3. I’m done with the first book. Now to read the next 2…
And then there is my physical health. I didn’t get to where I wanted in 2021, …or 2022, so we’ll continue to try again this year. I want to lose fat, and part of that is going to be by eating healthier. So far, that hasn’t happened. I’m gonna try cutting soda in April.
May 2023 Roundup
The month of May was a good one, and nothing too unexpected happened. Kids didn’t have any unplanned days off school, we all stayed healthy, and pretty much life ran smoothly.
Three months in a row. Yay!
The weather has been warming up even more. I think most people would consider this to be hot, but we haven’t got to Texas hot yet.
I continue to be excited as we progress into June and for the rest of the year.
There’s really a lot to be thankful for.
Stay tuned for next month’s New Worth update!
- 2 big items not included in my net worth:
- House & Cars – Their value will be added to my net worth if and when I sell them.
- 2 accounts not included in the net worth total (even though they’re listed):
- 529 – This is my money for my babies. Consider it their net worth summary.
- Home Escrow – This is Uncle Sam’s money. We don’t mess around with Uncle Sam and his money.
- Total income only includes our active income, which is currently our full-time jobs.