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2017 - Financial Year In Review
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:21:09 PM »
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http://minimalistgamer.blogspot.com/2018/01/2017-financial-year-in-review.html

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2017 has been a better year than 2016 in terms of finances. Our good health still remains our greatest blessing. I wish to thank the powers that be for this incredible gift. As we get ready for 2018, I want to look back at last year and review finances. The format is going to be very similar the 2016 post, which can be found here.

Total net worth

This is a sum total of all the liquid assets, investment assets minus all the debt, which is our mortgage loan. Property value is not included.

Beginning of year balance (Saturday, January 14, 2017): $90,120.35
End of year balance (Saturday, December 16, 2017): $159,699.51

Net Change: +$69,579.16
Percentage Change: +77.21%

Liquid net worth

This includes a total of all the liquid accounts.

Beginning of year balance (Saturday, January 14, 2017) - $161,230.18
End of year balance (Saturday, December 16, 2017) - $44,321.82

Net Change: -$116,908.36
Percentage Change: -72.51%

Paying off the mortgage is the reason why our liquid net worth is low.

Investments

This includes change in value of investments in 401k, Roth IRA and taxable accounts at the end of the year.

Total invested (Saturday, December 16, 2017): $100,354.41
Total value of investments (Saturday, December 16, 2017): $115,376.71

Change: +14.97%

Debt

2017 is a wonderful year where we paid off our house and eliminated all debt.

Saturday, January 14, 2017: -$124,913.24
Saturday, December 16, 2017: $0

Change: Debt eliminated!

Total Expenses

Total expenses in 2017 are insanely high because I am counting the mortgage pay off as an expense.

2017 Total expenses: $144,977.76
2017 Total expenses (without mortgage pay off): $19,797.58

2016 Total expenses: $32,385.66
2016 Total expenses (without mortgage payments): $19,530.03

Change: +347.66%

I think the interesting thing here is that we are able to live on less than $20,000 per year if we don't have a mortgage, and this includes home insurance and property taxes.

Food

2017 groceries and eating out: $3,226.18
2016 groceries and eating out: $2,688.83

Change: +19.98%

I am not sure how we spent almost $600 more in 2017 compared to 2016...I am going to keep a close eye on this in 2018.

Computer related expenses

2017 computer expenditure: $1,456.29
2016 computer expenditure: $2,149.85

I am kind of surprised that I spent over $1,400 on computer related expenses, and this number is kind of high considering I did not build a gaming machine in 2017. More than 50% of the expenses is for one item - the MSI 1080Ti. I really need to take it easy with computer related purchases in 2018.

Change: -32.26%

Video game purchases

2017 video game purchases - $222.60
2016 video game purchases - $179.50

I said I intended to keep the game purchases low in 2017, and I failed at it. Considering the Steam backlog I have, I really shouldn't be buying any more games until I finish a significant portion of it.

Change: +24.01%

Unplanned big expenses

2017 Unplanned big expenses: $348.00
2016 Unplanned big expenses: $3361.27

Fortunately, 2017 has been kind of us in terms of unexpected expenses. I am hoping it will be the same in 2018!

Change: -89.65%

Conclusion

My financial goals for this year include maximizing 401k, Roth IRA and HSA. and budget for fun, so that I can spend money guilt free. Overall, I am very happy with the progress we made in 2017.

The highlight of the year is paying off mortgage! I read a lot of financial blogs and in this community, there are a lot of people who believe that paying off mortgage is not a good idea. I get why they say this. From a purely mathematical sense, it makes sense. But I am not a robot. So I broke the CD and paid off our house, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. When I say I can live rent free, that's not technically true, the idea of not have a mortgage and owning your own home...I can't quite describe it. If I had to do it all over again, this is one of those decisions I would absolutely not change!

You can read about it here -
http://minimalistgamer.blogspot.com/2017/01/paid-off-our-mortgage.html

My goals for 2018 -

1. Budget for having fun
2. Max out all retirement accounts (401k, Roth IRA, HSA)

That's pretty much. I think I am in a fairly happy state right now. I am very thankful.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 03:45:15 AM by minimalistgamer »

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Re: 2017 - Financial Year In Review
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 03:01:59 PM »
I am with ya! and there are plenty that feel the way you do. Sometimes its about what helps you sleep at night and not having a mortgage is a good one!  So I will be the first to say congrats!

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Re: 2017 - Financial Year In Review
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 01:54:48 AM »
You really shouldn't be hawking your blog in a thread like this.

By all means tell us about your achievements, but do it in this thread, don't tell us all the details can be found only if we click a link to go somewhere else...


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Re: 2017 - Financial Year In Review
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 03:45:36 AM »
You really shouldn't be hawking your blog in a thread like this.

By all means tell us about your achievements, but do it in this thread, don't tell us all the details can be found only if we click a link to go somewhere else...

My mistake. Fixed it.

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Re: 2017 - Financial Year In Review
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 12:48:41 PM »
Awesome job!  I liked the commentary and break down of a year over year comparison.

I think that you can definitely make money in investments elsewhere with holding a mortgage, but the right thing for you is different than the right thing for someone else! 

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Re: 2017 - Financial Year In Review
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 05:05:46 AM »
I am with ya! and there are plenty that feel the way you do. Sometimes its about what helps you sleep at night and not having a mortgage is a good one!  So I will be the first to say congrats!

Thank you very much. Yes indeed, not having a mortgage is a wonderful feeling. I appreciate your support.

Awesome job!  I liked the commentary and break down of a year over year comparison.

I think that you can definitely make money in investments elsewhere with holding a mortgage, but the right thing for you is different than the right thing for someone else! 

Thank you very much! Appreciate your kind words.

I tried to give as much information as possible because it might help someone who is looking to get an idea on how to track and analyze net worth changes.