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neo von retorch

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #150 on: July 03, 2017, 11:57:48 AM »
Last year, I maximized my 401k, bought a house and then paid the mortgage down to eliminate PMI, and moved the rest of my investments from Betterment to Vanguard.

In 2017:
* Increase net worth by $85k (add to investments, dividends/market value gains, debt reduction; do not track "real estate values.")
* 6 month check-in - net worth increased by $45k by June 30

I'll have to think about other goals as we go!

3 month check-in: Net worth increased by just over $30k! We're ahead of schedule... but I'm somewhat at the mercy of the markets. We'll see what the stocks do over the next 3 months.

My goal now is to sell my baby-face truck and get a fuel-efficient car... since I have 2% loan on that, the debt shows on my balance sheet (but not the car.) So if I make the switch, we'll see a ~$14k bump in net worth just from that!

6 months in.

Truck sold but updated wife's car and went a little higher on my own. Still up $46k in net worth, slightly higher than goal! Expect a good chance of hitting or exceeding my year-end goal!
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 07:53:51 AM by neo von retorch »

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #151 on: July 03, 2017, 12:21:25 PM »
Doing great on spending, terrible on income goals. Oops.

Really looking forward to this year, after the chaos that was 2016 personally & politically.

Financial Goals 2017
  • First and foremost and hardest: grow the business so it's enough to live and save off of. Earn $60,000 total between W2 job ($27,000) and business ($33,000). Almost guaranteed not to happen at this rate unless my kickstarter does spectacularly
  • Live on less than $20,000 for the year, including medical premiums (2016 with two weeks left: $17,559) - on track
  • Max out Roth IRA. - maintain mild hope I will accomplish this, currently have contributed $1000, at current income rate will not happen
  • Contribute $10,000 to a Solo 401K. - not happening, only making ~$25,000 or so for the year
  • Reduce overall alcohol-related spending from 2016 (Total spending for 2016 was $854.43, which is $71/month). - So on track, spent an average of $7 per month mainly on sparkling water, have not drunk alcohol all year
  • Reduce overall fitness-related spending from 2016 (Total spending for 2016 was $829, which is $69/month). - on track, but barely (gym initiation plus new shoes)
  • Continue to track expenses & publish monthly reports. - on track
  • Travel on trans-siberian railway and in Russia/China for 3 weeks without spending >$1000. - on track
  • Stop spending business expenses out of personal accounts/cards. done
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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #152 on: July 05, 2017, 11:20:09 AM »
First half of the year results. Some pretty big life changes like becoming the sole provider while my partner goes back for more schooling will make my original goals unrealistic for the second half of the year.

Goal 1: Maintain a 60% savings rate using the definition of (pre-tax savings + matches + post-tax savings + debt repayment)/ (gross income +matches - taxes). This year I had an average of around 45%, but I've received a raise and will get 401k matching next year, so hopefully can bump this up
Half Year Results: 58.5% for first half of year. Decreasing this goal to 40% for second half of year.

Goal 2: Reach 75K in net worth by EOY. I'm starting Jan with about a 16K net worth.
Half Year Results: Currently at 51.8K, so I'm about 5K ahead of plan

Goal 3: Pay back at least 24K to my mother, who helped pay for grad school.
Half Year Results: Paid back 10K this May. Revising goal to 20K for the year instead of 24K

Goal 4: Donate 1% of net income. As someone who has only haphazardly donated in the past, I want to determine what causes I care about and start getting in the habit of donating more regularly.
Half Year Results: Not doing so great at this. Currently at 0.5%. I think I'm okay with that for the year

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #153 on: July 13, 2017, 12:59:26 AM »
1. Reach 100k net worth by September 2017 (stretch goal), or else by November 2017 - Almost at 91k! This looks quite doable now :)
2. Continue to fill up retirement accounts to the max. Less than 20% left!
3. Reduce monthly grocery+household supply bills to CHF800 or less. Mostly on track.
4. Create an optimized four week meal plan, ideally reducing spending to CHF600-700
5. Bike to work 3 times (i.e. all times) a week instead of 2 times. Never take the car to work! Except for January this was achieved. Also it is way easier now with the new job.
6. Change car insurance on time, check for cheaper health insurance
7. At the end of 2017 check if better index funds have become available somewhere - Found a new, cheap way to invest.

Half-year update:
As expected, the new job helps a lot with savings. So quite on track for the 100k goal!
Regarding the meal plan, I've scrapped that goal. Trying to create a meal plan was zero fun for me, and nobody in the family likes eating according to a meal plan (including me). So for the moment this is off the table.

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #154 on: July 30, 2017, 10:11:25 AM »
Credit card debit = 0 (being paid off each week)

$15,783 into 401K so far $2217 to go then I can switch it to after tax. ETA to have 401k fully funded looks to be 2nd pay check of August then I switch to after tax.

Had a few setbacks but I think we will still meet our goals.


1 - Pay off 6 months same as cash for the appliances we purchased for the new house due by April 04 17
$3800

2 Pay off 9 months same as cash from furniture purchase due by July 17
$3100

3 Figure out what to do with my old 401k and how to invest my new 401K
Post a case study

4 Understand and implement either a Tira or a backdoor Roth that will best suit our situation
5 Increase the amount we are saving / investing this year to $70,000 or more
401k maxed + matches + retirement accounts and the amount we pay down the house
6 Learn to build points for travel by using credit cards to offset our vacation habit
« Last Edit: August 02, 2017, 06:11:18 AM by the_fixer »

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #155 on: July 31, 2017, 07:05:05 PM »
Only been a few days since I've discovered Mr. Money Mustache and I'm feeling fired up!

My peach fuzz goals for 2017:

1. Pay off my entire credit card debt ($6,600 @ 0% APR for 21 mo.)
2. Reach $1k in my savings account for an emergency fund
3. Pay at least $15k on my student loans (currently $90k @ various interest rates)
4. Exercise at least 3x a week via walking, hiking, kettlebells, etc.
5. Cut down eating out to 1-2x/month

Yeah, I was a little too optimistic in December ;)

Here's where I'm at now:
1. CC Debt down to $3,677.25 (-$2,922.75)
2. Emergency Fund - $550
3. Student Loans down to $86,138.74 (-$3,861.26)
4. Exercise 3x/week - Check!
5. Cut down restaurants, but increased fast food/Wawa - No good!

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #156 on: August 01, 2017, 01:13:00 PM »
2017 financial goals:

By August 3rd when my 1 year leave of absence starts:

Max RRSP - estimated $7,500
Max TFSA - $5,500 (already sitting in the bank waiting until Jan 1)
Add $14,000 to emergency fund/leave of absence fund
Add $2,500 to canoe/hiking/adventure fund
Add $1,300 to Cook Island fund

I also wanted to save:
$10,000 for camper fund
$5,000 for Syrian refugee family sponsorship fund

But the rental vacancy in my city is 40% at the moment, and one of my tenants gave notice yesterday, and another one is threatening to leave, so the last two goals might be a casual fun work income goal for the later part of the year, or maybe for 2018.

Other non-number financial goals:
Rent basement suite!
Find a trusted friend who wants to rent my spare room.

Aug 1 update

Max RRSP -Done
Max TFSA - $5,500 -Done
Add $14,000 to emergency fund/leave of absence fund -Done
Add $2,500 to canoe/hiking/adventure fund -Done
Add $1,300 to Cook Island fund -Added 200 so far. Should be able to top this up tomorrow after I get paid

I also wanted to save: -neither of these are going to happen this year
$10,000 for camper fund
$5,000 for Syrian refugee family sponsorship fund

Other non-number financial goals:
Rent basement suite! -Done
Find a trusted friend who wants to rent my spare room. -Two potential options, hoping to finalize by Friday

Barely made it. Spent a lot fixing up houses including spending $2200 on new windows tonight.
Feelz so good!

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #157 on: August 11, 2017, 01:00:56 AM »
Just had to share here - we currently don't have that much in index funds, I would estimate about 50k. But this month was the first time I noticed an effect - we saved 3.5k, but net worth increased by 5k!!

Of course I've always observed our invested money loosing and gaining value, but it never amounted to much. This time though was really unexpected, in that I added the totals and there was an extra 1.5k around - since we are spread over several accounts, and I sometimes save extra bits and pieces over a given month, I really had to do the math to figure out it was indeed coming from investments. That is so cool! *Knowing* how index funds work, and *experiencing* it yourself really are two different things.


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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #158 on: August 26, 2017, 07:43:30 PM »

Credit card debit = 0 (being paid off each week)

BAM! 401k maxed now onto after tax :)


1 - Pay off 6 months same as cash for the appliances we purchased for the new house due by April 04 17
$3800

2 Pay off 9 months same as cash from furniture purchase due by July 17
$3100

3 Figure out what to do with my old 401k and how to invest my new 401K
Post a case study

4 Understand and implement either a Tira or a backdoor Roth that will best suit our situation
5 Increase the amount we are saving / investing this year to $70,000 or more
401k maxed + matches + retirement accounts and the amount we pay down the house
6 Learn to build points for travel by using credit cards to offset our vacation habit
« Last Edit: August 26, 2017, 07:46:17 PM by the_fixer »

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #159 on: September 02, 2017, 04:58:05 PM »
Goals for 2017:

1. Max 401K (ETA January if my bonus comes through) Complete.
2. Max spouse's tIRA: Set up as monthly payments in 2016; will continue this Ended up just Maxing it out in 1 shot. Complete
3. Max my tIRA through regular contributions rather than doing it at the end of the year with extra cash. I'm border line unable to contribute to even a Roth -- so I'm canceling this. Removed.
4. Max HSA No longer qualify
5. Lose 20 lbs
6. Pay off Solar Panels ($23K) Paid off
7. Increase payments on DW's Student Loans (Currently $31K; want to get this below $25K) Paid Off

4. No longer qualify for an HSA as my insurance plan was changed.

Refinanced my house and pulled the equity out and paid off the Solar Panels and Student loans. Didn't expressly eliminate the debt, just rebalanced in a better tax deductible strategy -- also was able to keep my same low 3.5% interest rate vs the 6% I was paying on the other two debts.

Now to concentrate on weight loss for this year.

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #160 on: September 08, 2017, 10:41:57 AM »
1. Save EF of $8000 - $4300
2.  Live on $3500 or less per month (mortgage, utilities, spending, etc).  Remaining $1500 of take home pay goes towards savings and non-mortgage debt reduction.  $3523 - feels like an accomplishment.  Even donated some money this month to a cousin who was in a bad car accident.  Without that I'd be under.
3. Auto paid down from $16,000 to $10,000 (auto pay off in 2018 - non-mortgage debt free 2019) $14,383 but not sure if we will get to $10k by the end of the year
4. $3000 saved for new business venture. Have $500 so far. $1200
5. Complete -we are regularly carpooling
6. Camp 1 weekend per month in April thru October. none in July or August :( 
7. Complete- now walking several times a day
9. Increase networth from $90k to $120k $107,786

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #161 on: September 14, 2017, 02:32:30 PM »
1. Stay out of credit card debt (and all non-mortgage debt). Emerged in 2016. Still holding out! A record for us!
2. Paid out of business (while keeping day jobs). One quarter time salary being paid. Business is increasing so we hope to increase this soon.
   Minimum: one person half-time
   Full Goal: one person full-time
3. Special travel savings (to keep being able to visit family easily). Amount: ? $0
4. Car replacement fund: goal $6000 (for when our ancient cars finally die). We are keeping our ancient cars as long as possible. This may have a limited reasonable time since they both have 300-350k miles on them.The old cars caught up with us. We did save this amount but ended up spending that plus a bit more to repair one and replace the other.
5. Increase personal savings (stretch goal: start a Vanguard FI account). We have gone from a negative savings rate to saving around 10% but it is in retirement accounts (to get match).

Stretch goalsNot yet.
1. Paid out of business: two people full-time.
2. Business emergency fund: $30-50k.

Ok progress but slower than we were hoping for. We're still on a good path though so I'm pretty happy with it.

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Re: 2017 Financial Goals - Peach Fuzz Edition
« Reply #162 on: September 14, 2017, 02:55:30 PM »
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Some of these will be stretch goals (side hustle income and spending) which will be hard for us to reach but hopefully with some hard work and creativity we will be able to check all of these off by EOY.  Good luck everybody!
2017 Goals:
-Max both 401Ks ($36K).
-Rollover Hubs' tIRA into his 401K (if his company allows).
-Max my rIRA and open rIRA for Hubs and max it ($11K).
-Max my HSA and Hubs' HSA.
-Spend <$40K for the year.
-Open a taxable investment account with Vangaurd and contribute $15K.
-Make $400/month in side hustle income.
-Pay for Hubs' Lasik/PRK surgery out of HSA (~$3.5K).
-Finally get our asses over to Madrid (pay for flights w/ travel hacking points).
Feb. Update
-Max both 401Ks ($36K). Contributions set, will max by year end.  DONE
-Rollover Hubs' tIRA into his 401K (if his company allows). Check is on its way! DONE
-Max my rIRA and open rIRA for Hubs and max it ($11K). Hubs' contributions on autopilot, will max by year end. Will max mine with my bonus mid-March .
-Max my HSA and Hubs' HSA. Contributions set, will max by year end.  DONE
-Spend <$40K for the year. Way overspent in January.  We are going to need a Frugal February to get back on track...
-Open a taxable investment account with Vanguard and contribute $15K. Will start on this once the IRA's are maxed.
-Make $400/month in side hustle income. Total: $330, Avg: $330.  Should make more in on-season months to make up for off-season months.
-Pay for Hubs' Lasik/PRK surgery out of HSA (~$3.5K). HSA is set to max and filling slowly.
-Finally get our asses over to Madrid (pay for flights w/ travel hacking points).Working towards the CSR minimum spend to get bonus.
Mar. Update
-Max both 401Ks ($36K). DONE
-Rollover Hubs' tIRA into his 401K (if his company allows). DONE
-Max my rIRA and open rIRA for Hubs and max it ($11K). Max my IRA by end of month. Hubs' IRA is on autopilot but we may max early.
-Max my HSA and Hubs' HSA. DONE
-Spend <$40K for the year. Spent 3.6K in Feb (5K in Jan :/). Will need to cut spending a bit more to make this goal.
-Open a taxable investment account with Vanguard and contribute $15K. No change.
-Make $400/month in side hustle income. Total: $780, Avg: $390.  I could pick up more games but I'm not willing to commit my entire weekend to reffing...
-Pay for Hubs' Lasik/PRK surgery out of HSA (~$3.5K). No Change.
-Finally get our asses over to Madrid (pay for flights w/ travel hacking points). CSR sign-up bonus should go through this next statement.
April Update
-Max both 401Ks ($36K). DONE
-Rollover Hubs' tIRA into his 401K (if his company allows). DONE
-Max my rIRA and open rIRA for Hubs and max it ($11K). Maxed both accounts in March thanks to a nice big bonus.DONE
-Max my HSA and Hubs' HSA. DONE
-Spend <$40K for the year. 1Q average puts us on track for 47.5K.  It doesn't look like we will make this goal but we will continue to try and lower spending.
-Open a taxable investment account with Vanguard and contribute $15K. Opened the account and contributed 3K.
-Make $400/month in side hustle income. Total: $585, Avg: $457.  Sold my first Tradeline last month for $175.  I'm only reffing a handful of games every weekend so I can still enjoy my free time as well.  This is really the perfect side hustle for me.
-Pay for Hubs' Lasik/PRK surgery out of HSA (~$3.5K). My HSA is at $3,250 and Hubs is at $760.  We found out that Hub's HSA charges a $4 maintenance fee every month for balances below 1K so we are re-evaluating how we will pay for the surgery.
-Finally get our asses over to Madrid Spain (pay for flights w/ travel hacking points). CSR statement close 4/17.  We should have the flights purchased by the end of the month.  Also, we received some advice from a friend and might go to Grenada instead...decisions decisions.
Whoops look like I forgot to post my May Update...


June Update
-Max both 401Ks ($36K). DONE
-Rollover Hubs' tIRA into his 401K (if his company allows). DONE
-Max my rIRA and open rIRA for Hubs and max it ($11K). DONE
-Max my HSA and Hubs' HSA. DONE
-Spend <$40K for the year. Working on this for the rest of year.  We are bringing down the average but maybe not enough to meet our goal.
-Open a taxable investment account with Vanguard and contribute $15K. 13K/15K
-Make $400/month in side hustle income. We are going to blow past this goal since we will have a friend moving in with us this month.  He will pay us rent which I am counting as a side hustle :)
-Pay for Hubs' Lasik/PRK surgery out of HSA (~$3.5K)[/s]. We now both have 20/15 vision! . DONE
-Finally get our asses over to Madrid Spain Taiwan (pay for flights w/ travel hacking points). Points have been awarded but a family member is going on a business trip to Taiwan so we switched gears and are going to go with them!  Tickets still not purchased though.

September Update
-Max both 401Ks ($36K). DONE
-Rollover Hubs' tIRA into his 401K (if his company allows). DONE
-Max my rIRA and open rIRA for Hubs and max it ($11K). DONE
-Max my HSA and Hubs' HSA. DONE
-Spend <$40K for the year. Hahaha, yea we are getting no where near this goal.  Our home flooded and our deductible alone is 10K. Total spend for the year is probably going to be closer to $60K.  Womp womp. FAIL
-Open a taxable investment account with Vanguard and contribute $15K. 23K/15K. DONE
-Make $400/month in side hustle income. Home flooding=no more renter.  Picking up some more soccer games so I might be able to still meet this.
-Pay for Hubs' Lasik/PRK surgery out of HSA (~$3.5K)[/s]. We now both have 20/15 vision! . DONE
-Finally get our asses over to Madrid Spain Taiwan (pay for flights w/ travel hacking points). Flights and Hotels booked.  We will be in Taiwan for 2 weeks come November. DONE
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it" - Henry David Thoreau

6/2017: INV-3.4x, NW-5.0x
Projected FIRE date: 2025
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