Welcome to the October 2021 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 the beginning of September 2019. I started by creating the Net Worth Baseline report.
We have officially been tracking our net worth for a year!
You can view Previous Net Worth reports HERE.
We had a very mild September and the weather was great! October continued along those lines. Financially, October was a lot better than September. Our net worth went up instead of down.
I’m not going to talk much about what I did this month because we continued to not do much. It was an overall calm and relaxing month and we got to watch our babies grow and learn more each day. It’s crazy how fast they learn.
If you recently had a child, don’t forget to fund your college education. I use the Vanguard 529 plan. I mostly keep saying this as a reminder to myself. Haha. I need to transfer money into the plan before the end of the year, but after the hospital bills are paid. We’re working on getting those paid.
October 2021 Net Worth
Here’s how October compares to last month:
October Account Breakdown
Let’s take a quick look at what happened in October.
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.
As I mentioned last month, my wife changed jobs, and now has irregular income. My pay was pretty normal this month plus it was an extra paycheck month for me. My wife brought in a lot of money this month, which resulted in a really good month as far as take-home pay goes.
Investment Cash ($7,084.43)
Monthly Blurb: All of our cash leftover at the end of the month is transferred here and is considered part of our savings rate.
All of our extra money is going towards investments this month. This is where our leftover income went from September.
Remaining Cash Accounts (Emergency and Sinking Funds) ($1,062.51)
Nothing exciting here. Just the usual. We are just saving up for our property tax bill and HOA fees for when they are due early next year.
Our 401(k) jumped back up this month after having a down month in September. The average increase was slightly over 1%.
The markets were back up this month and hitting new record highs, which bumped up overall net worth.
This increase is all due to market performance. We’re back in positive territory! The increase was about 3%.
College Fund ($3,192.67)
Just like the other investments, the college savings jumped as well. About the same as the retirement accounts at around 3%.
Net Worth ($26,828.96)
I’m more surprised by the increase this month than the drop last month. The market performance over the last few years has been incredible, hitting new highs on a regular basis.
In total, our net worth increased by slightly under .2%.
Accessible Net Worth ($7,398.05)
Monthly Blurb: This is the money we are able to put away, not including the tax-advantaged retirement accounts.
Our income was above average and our expenses were about average this month. Our accessible net worth increased because my wife brought home more than expected for October.
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.
September was a record month for dividend income. However, the excitement is over and we begin a lull until December. Fortunately, it’s a short wait.
We’re about $5,500 away from passing what we made last year in dividends ($14,817.18). I don’t know if we’ll make a new record this year, but you never know! Last December’s dividends were a record for me.
My money is barely making any money sitting in that “high-yield” account earning 0.4%.
Monthly Blurb: I track my savings rate in order to help keep my feet to the fire, so 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.
We made our 50% goal this month, even though we spent above average. That’s what happens when we get an extra paycheck.
Our Year-to-date savings rate is still below 50%, but at least it’s closer. Our lowest months for our savings rate are now behind us, but November is not going to be much better.
Hitting that 50% savings rate target in November is most likely not going to happen, but I expect December will surpass 50%. Meeting our 50% goal will be very close.
Here’s how we did this month.
As promised, this is what a one-income month looks like for us. It’s not
In September, my wife brought home a little extra. I made the normal amount.
This is what a WAY above average month looks like for us. I don’t really know what an average month looks like for us yet since my wife changed jobs. It’s going to take a few months into next year to get that figured out. Thank goodness!
Our expenses were well above average this month.
Here is a quick breakdown:
1) Home Escrow ($1,503.72)
The “new” normal amount we put aside every month.
I should really change this to just “Home” because it’s not just home escrow anymore. It includes the gardners, and cleaners when we have them come.
2) Giving ($1,619.66)
The usual 10% we give every month.
3) Cost of living ($3,268.10)
Previous Months: Sep: ($3,968.22), Aug: ($3,532.91), July ($2,394.24), June: ($4,283.01), May: ($3,726.16), Apr: ($3,857.24), Mar: ($2,962.72), Feb: ($2,632.65), Jan: ($4,757.43), Dec: (-$1,132.39), Nov: ($1,372.91), Oct: ($6,397.83), Sep: ($2,602.07)
Running Average: $3,239.25
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.
We have been driving more, so our gasoline bill is starting to climb. We hit a new peak in October as gasoline prices continue to rise, but started to see a drop at the end of the month. Our utility bills rose as well since the weather is heating up and we have to cool the house. Not to mention watering the yard.
I mentioned that after February, I should have a pretty good idea of what a normal month looks like. And I’ll know if a savings rate of 50% is likely.
We managed to keep our savings rate above 50% up until May. I expect that to drop throughout the remainder of the year until we hit December.
I was previously hopeful that changes in daycare will help us keep that number above 50%, but the decrease in the cost of daycare was not that significant. Now I’m looking forward to in a couple of years when they start school and are out of daycare.
September 2021 Vs October 2021 Expenses
October and September were pretty similar in terms of our expenses.
Hopefully, November stays fairly smooth and we don’t have any unforeseen expenses.
Aside from the Roth IRA contribution, most of the financial goals this year are year-long goals.
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 still not completely sure how the other goals are going to turn out, mostly the passive income goal.
In October, we met our goal to save over $50,000 for real estate investing!
Let’s see how much more we can put on top of that.
If dividends keep breaking records then I will meet the passive income goal. Right now, we’re at 60%. Currently, we’re on pace to meet the $15,000 goal for passive income. We’ll see if that pace keeps up. I know it looks ugly now, but the remainder of the money comes in at the end of the year, in December.
The savings rate goal of 50% is turning into a more realistic goal. For most of the year, I thought it was a stretch goal. We’re below 50% right now, but December may be enough to pull us up to that goal. We’ll have to work a lot!
For 2021, I want to create more content. My goal is at least one article a month. I failed to do that so far this year. I keep saying hopefully next month I’ll get an article posted, but life is just keeping me busy. Honestly, I struggle to find time just to make these net worth reports, but it’s something I’m committed to doing.
I’m doing a reading goal again this year, but half the number of books. I know 6 books aren’t much, but it felt like a lot. I think I can do 3.
So far I haven’t started.
And then there is my physical health. I didn’t get to where I wanted in 2020, so we’ll try again this year.
I’ve been losing some weight this year, and I’ve been going to the gym again and running. That’s been helping. Just need to eat a little healthier.
October 2021 Roundup
The month of October was another good one. The weather was very enjoyable, and I got to spend a bunch of time with my family. Our net worth increase a little, despite my wife changing jobs! We still have jobs, so that’s good news.
I’m excited for the rest of the year. October was good, so the rest of the year should be good too, right? Our cash flow was positive, and our net worth went up a bunch thanks to investments.
Stay tuned for next month’s New Worth update. In the meantime, comment and let me know what stats you would like to see.
- 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 net worth total (even though they’re listed):
- 529 – This is my baby’s money. Consider it her net worth summary.
- Home Escrow – This is Uncle Sam’s money. We don’t mess around with him.
- Total income only includes our active income, which is currently our full-time jobs.