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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #200 on: June 27, 2016, 12:58:22 PM »
just hit 500k NW ...

Invested we have 362k... should hit 500k here by around this time next year depending on how some money making schemes work out.

first bump thats above 500 on the chart was artificial due to CC churning.  right now we're actually a little bit higher than 500k due to the same thing CC churning.

We churn credit cards too and more or less, "fly around the world for free twice a year" but I don't count any of that as net-worth, even though if I were to pay cash for those it would cost god-knows (10k+ in some cases per trip). <- I wouldn't pay for the trips, if I had to but it's a pretty low-hanging fruit at the moment.

What are you counting and how?


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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #201 on: June 27, 2016, 01:22:08 PM »
just hit 500k NW ...

Invested we have 362k... should hit 500k here by around this time next year depending on how some money making schemes work out.

first bump thats above 500 on the chart was artificial due to CC churning.  right now we're actually a little bit higher than 500k due to the same thing CC churning.

We churn credit cards too and more or less, "fly around the world for free twice a year" but I don't count any of that as net-worth, even though if I were to pay cash for those it would cost god-knows (10k+ in some cases per trip). <- I wouldn't pay for the trips, if I had to but it's a pretty low-hanging fruit at the moment.

What are you counting and how?

on a day to day basis on Personal Captial where that chart comes from i may be at any point in Manufactured spending so my total NW could be off by 10k either way.  ie

1. i have just bought a ton of gift cards but they havent worked there way back to my bank account but show on my credit card already - 10k less than what i really have
2. if i'd just bought a bunch on a CC not linked to my PC account and they are in my bank account already. - 10k more than i really have.

i'm not using them in the calculation for actual networth.  they just have an affect on that number in that way. 
« Last Edit: June 27, 2016, 01:23:55 PM by boarder42 »
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« Reply #202 on: June 27, 2016, 01:26:25 PM »
just hit 500k NW ...

Invested we have 362k... should hit 500k here by around this time next year depending on how some money making schemes work out.

first bump thats above 500 on the chart was artificial due to CC churning.  right now we're actually a little bit higher than 500k due to the same thing CC churning.

We churn credit cards too and more or less, "fly around the world for free twice a year" but I don't count any of that as net-worth, even though if I were to pay cash for those it would cost god-knows (10k+ in some cases per trip). <- I wouldn't pay for the trips, if I had to but it's a pretty low-hanging fruit at the moment.

What are you counting and how?

on a day to day basis on Personal Captial where that chart comes from i may be at any point in Manufactured spending so my total NW could be off by 10k either way.  ie

1. i have just bought a ton of gift cards but they havent worked there way back to my bank account but show on my credit card already - 10k less than what i really have
2. if i'd just bought a bunch on a CC not linked to my PC account and they are in my bank account already. - 10k more than i really have.

i'm not using them in the calculation for actual networth.  they just have an affect on that number in that way.

Ah, I see, we do not do any manufactured spending. Which is where I probably got confused. We spend the money the old fashioned way.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #203 on: June 27, 2016, 01:32:04 PM »
just hit 500k NW ...

Invested we have 362k... should hit 500k here by around this time next year depending on how some money making schemes work out.

first bump thats above 500 on the chart was artificial due to CC churning.  right now we're actually a little bit higher than 500k due to the same thing CC churning.

We churn credit cards too and more or less, "fly around the world for free twice a year" but I don't count any of that as net-worth, even though if I were to pay cash for those it would cost god-knows (10k+ in some cases per trip). <- I wouldn't pay for the trips, if I had to but it's a pretty low-hanging fruit at the moment.

What are you counting and how?

on a day to day basis on Personal Captial where that chart comes from i may be at any point in Manufactured spending so my total NW could be off by 10k either way.  ie

1. i have just bought a ton of gift cards but they havent worked there way back to my bank account but show on my credit card already - 10k less than what i really have
2. if i'd just bought a bunch on a CC not linked to my PC account and they are in my bank account already. - 10k more than i really have.

i'm not using them in the calculation for actual networth.  they just have an affect on that number in that way.

Ah, I see, we do not do any manufactured spending. Which is where I probably got confused. We spend the money the old fashioned way.

there are a couple cards that equate to 2k per person each in basically free cash in just regular MS without the signup bonus so we run about 50k a year on each of them.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #204 on: June 30, 2016, 04:55:51 AM »
Gross income was the highest it's ever been this month, which was nice. Despite that, we only just crossed $300k NW and $250k investments with this morning's paycheck. Next month will be another good income month but with about $10k in home repairs looming, I'm not expecting a big NW jump.

Oct 15: $247k
Nov 15: $255k
Dec 15: $256k
Jan 16: $241k
Feb 16: $255k
Mar 16: $277k
Apr 16: $290k
May 16: $294k
Jun 16: $305k

Edit: Forgot to mention two things. 1) First time hitting 70% savings rate for a month!, and 2) fuck mint.com.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #205 on: June 30, 2016, 05:00:22 AM »
Hi guys! First post here :)

With yesterdays dead cat bounce and todays paycheck, my SO and I hit a combined $252,000 in investments!

We might be back in the $100k -> $250k Race thread depending on the markets, or we might be going back and forth quite a bit until more contributions bring us here permanently.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #206 on: June 30, 2016, 06:10:07 AM »
Hi guys! First post here :)

With yesterdays dead cat bounce and todays paycheck, my SO and I hit a combined $252,000 in investments!

We might be back in the $100k -> $250k Race thread depending on the markets, or we might be going back and forth quite a bit until more contributions bring us here permanently.

you passed it just stay here.  it was about this time last year we hit 250k invested. we expect to hit 400k+ by the end of this year and depending on how my new money making scheme works hopefully 500k by this time next year.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #207 on: June 30, 2016, 07:30:21 AM »
Updated old amounts because I screwed up my spreadsheet earlier.

06/30/2015: $235,381.93
09/30/2015: $261,677.00
12/31/2015: $320,374.69
03/31/2016: $364,966.71
06/30/2016: $412,580.03

I was projecting reaching $500k in March 2017, but now I think maybe I'll get there by the end of this year. 

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #208 on: June 30, 2016, 08:18:27 AM »
December 2013: 142K
March 2014: 178K
June 2014: 191K
September 2014: 205K
December 2014: 231K
March 2015: 232K (I self financed half a wedding this quarter, and began subsidizing now husband)
June 2015: 249K
September 2015: 272K (a new~30K in debt showed in this quarter from the first half of a 60K roof assessment I didn't have cash on hand for)
December 2015: 326K
March 2016: 342K (including some trades that will go through at close of business, I think)
April 2016: 345K (so. slow.  investing/paying off between 8 and 10K a month and I'm not sure where it's going!  I think my home's zillow value was skewing my total)
May 2016: 352K Finally, a bit of progress! (includes 5/31 trades that just went in today, and a small increase in home value.)

June 2016: 389K Woohoo! I am up 140K on last June. A chunk of this is my zestimate for my house going back to where it's generally been.  I also maxed my 401(k) and have now moved in to exclusively taxable investing.  Waiting on an ~8K tax refund, as well, which will go in to the baby/maternity suits fund, maybe I'll throw a couple K towards my HELOC (still 36K outstanding on 50K loan from last year).

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #209 on: June 30, 2016, 08:26:10 AM »

June 2016: 389K Woohoo! I am up 140K on last June. A chunk of this is my zestimate for my house going back to where it's generally been.  I also maxed my 401(k) and have now moved in to exclusively taxable investing.  Waiting on an ~8K tax refund, as well, which will go in to the baby/maternity suits fund, maybe I'll throw a couple K towards my HELOC (still 36K outstanding on 50K loan from last year).
Why not just put all your free cash toward the HELOC? I'm assuming you can pull it back out any time you want.
Assuming that is the case, you're just paying extra interest for... not sure what reason.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #210 on: June 30, 2016, 09:02:30 AM »

June 2016: 389K Woohoo! I am up 140K on last June. A chunk of this is my zestimate for my house going back to where it's generally been.  I also maxed my 401(k) and have now moved in to exclusively taxable investing.  Waiting on an ~8K tax refund, as well, which will go in to the baby/maternity suits fund, maybe I'll throw a couple K towards my HELOC (still 36K outstanding on 50K loan from last year).
Why not just put all your free cash toward the HELOC? I'm assuming you can pull it back out any time you want.
Assuming that is the case, you're just paying extra interest for... not sure what reason.

Yeah, fair question.  I guess I'm afraid that if I start accessing my HELOC in non-emergency situations (I think you remember my roof assessment nightmare), I'll start viewing it as a credit card or something.  It's also not easy to use to buy, say, clothing offline.  But the point is taken, I could pay it down and pull a chunk out for suit or baby shopping in a few months.

I've been paying it off at 1K a month at 3.something%, so I haven't worried too much.  But 3% (2% given my tax bracket and deductions) is a chunk of change on 36K, and the rate floats, so I should maybe reprioritize.

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« Reply #211 on: June 30, 2016, 09:13:20 AM »
you remember my roof assessment nightmare), I'll start viewing it as a credit card or something.  It's also not easy to use to buy, say, clothing offline.  But the point is taken, I could pay it down and pull a chunk out for suit or baby shopping in a few months.

I've been paying it off at 1K a month at 3.something%, so I haven't worried too much.  But 3% (2% given my tax bracket and deductions) is a chunk of change on 36K, and the rate floats, so I should maybe reprioritize.
The discipline thing is relevant. This is like the snowball approach - it's not the best, mathematically, but it can still yield better results because it's psychologically superior for some, as its quicker results can reinforce their dedication to the plan via positive feedback.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #212 on: June 30, 2016, 12:18:42 PM »

June 2016: 389K Woohoo! I am up 140K on last June. A chunk of this is my zestimate for my house going back to where it's generally been.  I also maxed my 401(k) and have now moved in to exclusively taxable investing.  Waiting on an ~8K tax refund, as well, which will go in to the baby/maternity suits fund, maybe I'll throw a couple K towards my HELOC (still 36K outstanding on 50K loan from last year).
Why not just put all your free cash toward the HELOC? I'm assuming you can pull it back out any time you want.
Assuming that is the case, you're just paying extra interest for... not sure what reason.

Yeah, fair question.  I guess I'm afraid that if I start accessing my HELOC in non-emergency situations (I think you remember my roof assessment nightmare), I'll start viewing it as a credit card or something.  It's also not easy to use to buy, say, clothing offline.  But the point is taken, I could pay it down and pull a chunk out for suit or baby shopping in a few months.

I've been paying it off at 1K a month at 3.something%, so I haven't worried too much.  But 3% (2% given my tax bracket and deductions) is a chunk of change on 36K, and the rate floats, so I should maybe reprioritize.

i'd keep it no reason not to.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #213 on: June 30, 2016, 01:55:16 PM »
12/1/2015 - 248k
1/1/2016 - 253k
2/1/2016 - 252k
3/1/2016 - 265k
4/1/2016 - 290k
5/1/2016 - 296k
6/1/2016 - 301k

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #214 on: July 01, 2016, 07:11:15 AM »
12/31/2015:     $245,147
1/31/2016:       $253,633
2/29/2016:       $265,274
3/31/2016:       $261,821
4/30/2016:       $273,255
5/31/2016:       $279,364
6/30/2016:    $287,929

Quarterly investment numbers logged. Just under $1000 in dividends. Just over $2000 in increased market value.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #215 on: July 01, 2016, 08:12:15 AM »
Nov 31, 2015: $254,178
Dec 31, 2015: $258,054
Jan 31, 2016: $264,247
Feb 29, 2016: $271,241
Mar 31, 2016: $300,034
Apr 30, 2016: $317,839
May 31, 2016: $330,411
Jun 30, 2016:  $333,663

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #216 on: July 01, 2016, 08:18:57 AM »
you remember my roof assessment nightmare), I'll start viewing it as a credit card or something.  It's also not easy to use to buy, say, clothing offline.  But the point is taken, I could pay it down and pull a chunk out for suit or baby shopping in a few months.

I've been paying it off at 1K a month at 3.something%, so I haven't worried too much.  But 3% (2% given my tax bracket and deductions) is a chunk of change on 36K, and the rate floats, so I should maybe reprioritize.
The discipline thing is relevant. This is like the snowball approach - it's not the best, mathematically, but it can still yield better results because it's psychologically superior for some, as its quicker results can reinforce their dedication to the plan via positive feedback.

MMM principles are largely based on math, logic and science. But even science can recognize that human beings are not perfectly logical and our behavior is affected by many different variables. It's all about finding what works best for you.

We are definitely irrational animals much more often than we'd like to think.  Even if I were behaving perfectly rationally, I'd need infinite time and knowledge to make perfect decisions.

I do need to check out terms of my HELOC. Now that i think rates won't go up much in the near future, I may err on the side of investing for a few more months.  2% guaranteed return isn't much.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #217 on: July 01, 2016, 10:54:36 AM »
Quarterly Update (post Brexit fun times): 7/1/16

April-15     $133,400.00 (+23,993)
July-15   $179,961.40 (+46,561)
Oct-15      $207,727.22 (+27,765)
Jan-16      $257,514.77 (+49,787)
April-16    $277,918.06 (+20,403)
July-16     $306,073.47 (+28,155)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #218 on: July 01, 2016, 11:34:45 AM »
3/1/16
NW $414K
Liquid $322K

6/1/16
NW $457K
Liquid $350K

7/1/16
NW $466K
Liquid $356K

I'm likely to be flat for a couple months due to house renovations. Very little will be going into savings.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #219 on: July 01, 2016, 01:34:02 PM »
Quarterly Update (post Brexit fun times): 7/1/16

April-15     $133,400.00 (+23,993)
July-15   $179,961.40 (+46,561)
Oct-15      $207,727.22 (+27,765)
Jan-16      $257,514.77 (+49,787)
April-16    $277,918.06 (+20,403)
July-16     $306,073.47 (+28,155)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #220 on: July 01, 2016, 05:39:53 PM »
jan - $415k stash // $590k NW
feb - $428k stash // $598k NW
mar - $445k stash // $620k NW
apr - $490k stash // $675k NW
may - $503k stash // $687k NW
jun - $521k stash // $703k NW

Alrighty, I think that'll do it for me in this race.  I'm glad I hung around one extra month (especially with the Brexit nonsense) but it looks like I'm good to go on to the next one!  $1MM here I come!! :)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #221 on: July 02, 2016, 06:18:09 AM »
Jan. 1, 2016 = 374
Feb. 1, 2016 = 373
Mar. 1, 2016 = 379
Apr. 1, 2016 = 391
May 1, 2016 = 398
June 1, 2016 = 406
July 1, 2016 = 415

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #222 on: July 07, 2016, 07:04:14 AM »

Officially joining this thread! We reached $251,521 this month in our personal investments. This does not include cash, property equity, college savings, or our pensions. At our current savings rate, it would probably take us 3-4 years to reach 500k depending on market fluctuations, but we may change some things on the job front before then. If not, then April 2019 would be good stretch goal.

April 2016  $251,521

April 2016 $251,521
May 2016 $263,275
June 2016 $266,151

Hmm. It seems I was off on the May numbers so I have adjusted that, but by some strange coincidence, the June numbers are the same as the original (incorrect) May numbers. I've double checked everything in Mint. So weird.

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« Reply #223 on: July 07, 2016, 09:48:56 AM »
483K today (813k if you include home equity).  My rise in liquid NW this year has been driven by MO, PM, and our retirement accounts, but especially MO appreciating more than 40% in the last year.

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« Reply #224 on: July 07, 2016, 12:10:52 PM »

Officially joining this thread! We reached $251,521 this month in our personal investments. This does not include cash, property equity, college savings, or our pensions. At our current savings rate, it would probably take us 3-4 years to reach 500k depending on market fluctuations, but we may change some things on the job front before then. If not, then April 2019 would be good stretch goal.

April 2016  $251,521

April 2016 $251,521
May 2016 $263,275
June 2016 $266,151

Hmm. It seems I was off on the May numbers so I have adjusted that, but by some strange coincidence, the June numbers are the same as the original (incorrect) May numbers. I've double checked everything in Mint. So weird.

Mint and Personal Capital are great for current pictures of wealth but historically they suffer a bit.

I keep track of my bills in an excel sheet and record NW when I do that in my sheet. The numbers in my sheet from say... 6+mo ago vs mint are off by quite a bit.

Also, god-forbid if you ever delete an account from mint and re-add it....

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« Reply #225 on: July 10, 2016, 11:42:15 AM »
March Update: I'm adding 2015 quarterly (for comparison) and switching over to a monthly update format for 2016...I think this will make it easier for me to track incremental progress. Year-over-year increase from March 2015 to March 2016 is $102,086 (!)

Dec 2014: $190,811
Mar 2015: $238,653 (+$47,842)
Jun 2015: $262,010 (+$23,357)
Sep 2015: $276,420 (+$14,410)
Dec 2015: $310,350 (+$33,930)
Jan 2016: $307,436 (-$2,914)
Feb 2016: $315,430 (+$7,994)
Mar 2016: $340,739 (+$25,309)

My husband inadvertently just set our $500k NW goal by declaring that he wants to be a "half-millionaire" by his 30th birthday. So, we have until August 2017 to hit $500k in investible NW. Given our current trajectory, I think this is very likely! I'm personally aiming to hit $500k in March of 2017...no math here, just sending good vibes out into the universe.

And a quick NW update, still going strong! Some of the significant increases are due to bonuses - Brown Bear's 6% bonus in April, and then my $5k signing bonus in May.
 
Apr 2016: $356,946 (+$16,207)
May 2016: $370,408 (+$13,462)

I think we're on track to hit $400k by Brown Bear's 29th birthday in August! Have to wait and see how things go...

Movin' on up...
July 2016: 377,258 (+6,850)

I should probably mention that we've been diverting all of our extra cash into our house downpayment fund (besides 401(k) contributions, set to max for both). Sadly this means our monthly gains aren't so high right now since the house money is in a checking account yielding 0.75% per year. Still, this tactic means we're dropping $4,380/month into 401(k)s (including matching) and $3k per month into the house fund. Not too shabby. We probably won't hit $400k by the end of August, though, without some magic happening.

Aiming for $1.25M by 2020...

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« Reply #226 on: July 11, 2016, 02:59:26 AM »
March Update: I'm adding 2015 quarterly (for comparison) and switching over to a monthly update format for 2016...I think this will make it easier for me to track incremental progress. Year-over-year increase from March 2015 to March 2016 is $102,086 (!)

Dec 2014: $190,811
Mar 2015: $238,653 (+$47,842)
Jun 2015: $262,010 (+$23,357)
Sep 2015: $276,420 (+$14,410)
Dec 2015: $310,350 (+$33,930)
Jan 2016: $307,436 (-$2,914)
Feb 2016: $315,430 (+$7,994)
Mar 2016: $340,739 (+$25,309)

My husband inadvertently just set our $500k NW goal by declaring that he wants to be a "half-millionaire" by his 30th birthday. So, we have until August 2017 to hit $500k in investible NW. Given our current trajectory, I think this is very likely! I'm personally aiming to hit $500k in March of 2017...no math here, just sending good vibes out into the universe.

And a quick NW update, still going strong! Some of the significant increases are due to bonuses - Brown Bear's 6% bonus in April, and then my $5k signing bonus in May.
 
Apr 2016: $356,946 (+$16,207)
May 2016: $370,408 (+$13,462)

I think we're on track to hit $400k by Brown Bear's 29th birthday in August! Have to wait and see how things go...

Movin' on up...
July 2016: 377,258 (+6,850)

I should probably mention that we've been diverting all of our extra cash into our house downpayment fund (besides 401(k) contributions, set to max for both). Sadly this means our monthly gains aren't so high right now since the house money is in a checking account yielding 0.75% per year. Still, this tactic means we're dropping $4,380/month into 401(k)s (including matching) and $3k per month into the house fund. Not too shabby. We probably won't hit $400k by the end of August, though, without some magic happening.

You're not going to hit 400K at 26?!  For shame!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #227 on: July 11, 2016, 06:16:14 AM »
Just letting you all know I'm watching you! I'm in the 100k - 250k race and am at $236k right now. We hope to break into the mid 240k realm by end of month.

So, see you soon!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #228 on: July 11, 2016, 06:16:53 AM »

Officially joining this thread! We reached $251,521 this month in our personal investments. This does not include cash, property equity, college savings, or our pensions. At our current savings rate, it would probably take us 3-4 years to reach 500k depending on market fluctuations, but we may change some things on the job front before then. If not, then April 2019 would be good stretch goal.

April 2016  $251,521

April 2016 $251,521
May 2016 $263,275
June 2016 $266,151

Hmm. It seems I was off on the May numbers so I have adjusted that, but by some strange coincidence, the June numbers are the same as the original (incorrect) May numbers. I've double checked everything in Mint. So weird.

Mint and Personal Capital are great for current pictures of wealth but historically they suffer a bit.

I keep track of my bills in an excel sheet and record NW when I do that in my sheet. The numbers in my sheet from say... 6+mo ago vs mint are off by quite a bit.

Also, god-forbid if you ever delete an account from mint and re-add it....

I do have an Excel spreadsheet as well but I'm not consistent enough in when I update it. Usually a couple of times a month but not always on the same day. The Excel data match up with the Mint data on this one so I'm not sure what went wrong before.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #229 on: July 12, 2016, 01:26:43 PM »
March Update: I'm adding 2015 quarterly (for comparison) and switching over to a monthly update format for 2016...I think this will make it easier for me to track incremental progress. Year-over-year increase from March 2015 to March 2016 is $102,086 (!)

Dec 2014: $190,811
Mar 2015: $238,653 (+$47,842)
Jun 2015: $262,010 (+$23,357)
Sep 2015: $276,420 (+$14,410)
Dec 2015: $310,350 (+$33,930)
Jan 2016: $307,436 (-$2,914)
Feb 2016: $315,430 (+$7,994)
Mar 2016: $340,739 (+$25,309)

My husband inadvertently just set our $500k NW goal by declaring that he wants to be a "half-millionaire" by his 30th birthday. So, we have until August 2017 to hit $500k in investible NW. Given our current trajectory, I think this is very likely! I'm personally aiming to hit $500k in March of 2017...no math here, just sending good vibes out into the universe.

And a quick NW update, still going strong! Some of the significant increases are due to bonuses - Brown Bear's 6% bonus in April, and then my $5k signing bonus in May.
 
Apr 2016: $356,946 (+$16,207)
May 2016: $370,408 (+$13,462)

I think we're on track to hit $400k by Brown Bear's 29th birthday in August! Have to wait and see how things go...

Movin' on up...
July 2016: 377,258 (+6,850)

I should probably mention that we've been diverting all of our extra cash into our house downpayment fund (besides 401(k) contributions, set to max for both). Sadly this means our monthly gains aren't so high right now since the house money is in a checking account yielding 0.75% per year. Still, this tactic means we're dropping $4,380/month into 401(k)s (including matching) and $3k per month into the house fund. Not too shabby. We probably won't hit $400k by the end of August, though, without some magic happening.

You're not going to hit 400K at 26?!  For shame!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah...I guess that makes me sound like a tool, doesn't it? :) still, though, lofty goals...
Aiming for $1.25M by 2020...

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #230 on: July 12, 2016, 01:58:38 PM »
March Update: I'm adding 2015 quarterly (for comparison) and switching over to a monthly update format for 2016...I think this will make it easier for me to track incremental progress. Year-over-year increase from March 2015 to March 2016 is $102,086 (!)

Dec 2014: $190,811
Mar 2015: $238,653 (+$47,842)
Jun 2015: $262,010 (+$23,357)
Sep 2015: $276,420 (+$14,410)
Dec 2015: $310,350 (+$33,930)
Jan 2016: $307,436 (-$2,914)
Feb 2016: $315,430 (+$7,994)
Mar 2016: $340,739 (+$25,309)

My husband inadvertently just set our $500k NW goal by declaring that he wants to be a "half-millionaire" by his 30th birthday. So, we have until August 2017 to hit $500k in investible NW. Given our current trajectory, I think this is very likely! I'm personally aiming to hit $500k in March of 2017...no math here, just sending good vibes out into the universe.

And a quick NW update, still going strong! Some of the significant increases are due to bonuses - Brown Bear's 6% bonus in April, and then my $5k signing bonus in May.
 
Apr 2016: $356,946 (+$16,207)
May 2016: $370,408 (+$13,462)

I think we're on track to hit $400k by Brown Bear's 29th birthday in August! Have to wait and see how things go...

Movin' on up...
July 2016: 377,258 (+6,850)

I should probably mention that we've been diverting all of our extra cash into our house downpayment fund (besides 401(k) contributions, set to max for both). Sadly this means our monthly gains aren't so high right now since the house money is in a checking account yielding 0.75% per year. Still, this tactic means we're dropping $4,380/month into 401(k)s (including matching) and $3k per month into the house fund. Not too shabby. We probably won't hit $400k by the end of August, though, without some magic happening.

its a great goal we just hit 500k NW in june my 30th is in november my wife will be 29 in 13 days.  i'm hoping we hit 500k invested only by this time or so next year. currently around 368k after today's market run up
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #231 on: July 13, 2016, 11:13:18 AM »
Coming back to update...

2015 DEC: 252k (Actual)
2016 JAN: 260k approx
2016 FEB: 281k approx
2016 MAR: 285k approx
2016 APR: 298k approx
2016 MAY: 305k (Actual)

2016 JUNE: 307k (Still down from Brexit at that time (end of june) but has come up a pile since then(over 7k!)... but end of July numbers will have to reflect that!)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #232 on: July 15, 2016, 04:38:12 PM »
December 2013: 142K
March 2014: 178K
June 2014: 191K
September 2014: 205K
December 2014: 231K
March 2015: 232K (I self financed half a wedding this quarter, and began subsidizing now husband)
June 2015: 249K
September 2015: 272K (a new~30K in debt showed in this quarter from the first half of a 60K roof assessment I didn't have cash on hand for)
December 2015: 326K
March 2016: 342K (including some trades that will go through at close of business, I think)
April 2016: 345K (so. slow.  investing/paying off between 8 and 10K a month and I'm not sure where it's going!  I think my home's zillow value was skewing my total)
May 2016: 352K
June 2016: 389K Woohoo!
July 2016: 415K  This is just so far in July, which is exciting.

Am I missing anything huge in this projection below:

I'm currently worth 415K.  Assuming zero market gains (or losses) or increase (or decrease) in home equity, each month I expect to invest/pay off debt like this:
  • 4K invested in taxable Vanguard
    600 principal paid on mortgage
    800 principal paid on HELOC (this will actually get bigger pretty quickly, but I'll ignore that here)
    1200 principal paid on 401(k) loan (I KNOW, I KNOW)
= 6600 monthly.  There are 5.5 months left, so I'll invest ~36,300 this year

and (this is pretty obscene) in December I expect a huge bonus.  not sure what my marginal rate will be when it hits, but I should probably expect 45K post-tax.  I'll invest/pay off debt with all of it, so that's 81,300 in NW jump by the end of 2016, which puts me at 496,300.

It looks like I might aim to be done with this thread by year's end! I feel like I must be missing something...

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #233 on: July 15, 2016, 06:02:29 PM »
Invested (& Investable)
April 9, 2016:  $319,737
May 6, 2016: $325,093
June 8, 2016: $332,224
July 11, 2016:$337,287


Net Worth (Including Home Equity)
April 9, 2016:  $619,505
May 6, 2016: $629,924
June 8, 2016: $645,682
July 11, 2016: $687,219 (huge Zillow estimate increase ?)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #234 on: July 15, 2016, 06:59:01 PM »
I'm not so sure I like Zillow Estimate very much. My approach is to give a fairly conservative estimate of the value of my house (if I had to sell it within a month, say) based on similar sales in my neighborhood, and then take away 6% for the realtor. That's my asset value. I feel like everything else is just wishful thinking.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #235 on: July 16, 2016, 09:40:07 AM »
Yeah zestimate is awful. I would set a fixed price you think it is worth based on your own evaluation of neighborhood comps then increase it at inflation each year.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #236 on: July 16, 2016, 06:57:35 PM »
I'm not so sure I like Zillow Estimate very much. My approach is to give a fairly conservative estimate of the value of my house (if I had to sell it within a month, say) based on similar sales in my neighborhood, and then take away 6% for the realtor. That's my asset value. I feel like everything else is just wishful thinking.

The minus 6% for a realtor is genius.  I think I may figure out how to institute that on mint.  probably manually...

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #237 on: July 16, 2016, 08:09:30 PM »
I'm not so sure I like Zillow Estimate very much. My approach is to give a fairly conservative estimate of the value of my house (if I had to sell it within a month, say) based on similar sales in my neighborhood, and then take away 6% for the realtor. That's my asset value. I feel like everything else is just wishful thinking.

The minus 6% for a realtor is genius.  I think I may figure out how to institute that on mint.  probably manually...

I'd do 1k + 3%. You should be able to find low cost full service agents now. The racket is dying
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #238 on: July 19, 2016, 02:05:33 PM »
I'm not so sure I like Zillow Estimate very much. My approach is to give a fairly conservative estimate of the value of my house (if I had to sell it within a month, say) based on similar sales in my neighborhood, and then take away 6% for the realtor. That's my asset value. I feel like everything else is just wishful thinking.

I was using Zestimate too because I felt it was realistic for what I could expect in my neighborhood, looking at other houses. Then it got a little unrealistically high, then it dropped to well below what we paid for it a year ago even though if you look around that shouldn't be the case. Then it bounced around for a week and then about a month ago I said "eff it, I'm going to track based on purchase price plus inflation." So, that's what I do now.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #239 on: July 19, 2016, 02:13:39 PM »
On that note, now tracking the home at purchase price + inflation so numbers are different than before. I think the home price I'm using is a bit conservative, but I've decided I like this way better.

Nov 15: $236k
Dec 15: $257k
Jan 16: $259k
Feb 16: $275k
Mar 16: $295k
Apr 16: $305k
May 16: $315k
Jun 16: $320k
« Last Edit: July 19, 2016, 02:23:27 PM by jorjor »

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #240 on: July 20, 2016, 11:24:08 AM »
I'm not so sure I like Zillow Estimate very much. My approach is to give a fairly conservative estimate of the value of my house (if I had to sell it within a month, say) based on similar sales in my neighborhood, and then take away 6% for the realtor. That's my asset value. I feel like everything else is just wishful thinking.

I was using Zestimate too because I felt it was realistic for what I could expect in my neighborhood, looking at other houses. Then it got a little unrealistically high, then it dropped to well below what we paid for it a year ago even though if you look around that shouldn't be the case. Then it bounced around for a week and then about a month ago I said "eff it, I'm going to track based on purchase price plus inflation." So, that's what I do now.

I do this too, but the area I am in has jumped up a bit. My little townhome is on my balance sheets @ 130 but could sell for 150.

I am going to do some repairs and move the value by the cost of these repairs. It needs a new deck, so a 5k cost would move my value from 130 to 135.

I just don't want my house to mess with my tracking that much.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #241 on: July 21, 2016, 02:37:59 PM »
I feel like I've found my people!

I'm in the Investable Assets crowd, at 249K as we start 2016.

I will play the tortoise here (or perhaps Eeyore) with a goal of about 4 years from now, in 2020.

Over on the long-term net worth goals thread, I just posted about some of my variables, include pessimistic estimates about spending and income, inflation, and a possible home addition. That's why I'm giving a longer time horizon. If the market is reasonable, and our spending and income are more in my optimistic zone, and we don't do a home addition, the time frame shortens to about 2 years, in 2018.

And that, friends, is motivational. Thanks!

One final thing--some helpful info could be added in here, as we go on this journey together--context like I've shared here, as well as incomes, as those of us who are making 40K shouldn't compare with those making 120K!

I'm married and our combined income in 2015 was 80K. In 2016, it should be close to 120K gross.

Edit 2/18/16: 395K when you add in home equity.

UPDATE MID-2016

Alright, making progress!

Pulled 65K of home equity and still planning on the addition. Currently...

- Cash: 152K (This is high because of the possibility of an addition.)
- Investments: 217K
    - "Investible Assets" (Cash+Investments) 369K (This is up 120K, but 65K was from home equity, so actual increase here in 6 mos is 55K.)

- Home equity 52K
- Total net worth, including equity: 421K (This is up 26K in 5 months.)

- Mortgage: 203K

-Total net worth minus mortgage: 218K

This feels like really great progress, considering VTSAX (as a proxy for the economy) is only up 3.65% YTD.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #242 on: July 30, 2016, 06:15:45 AM »
Jan. 1, 2016 = 374
Feb. 1, 2016 = 373
Mar. 1, 2016 = 379
Apr. 1, 2016 = 391
May 1, 2016 = 398
June 1, 2016 = 406
July 1, 2016 = 415
Aug. 1, 2016 = 426

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #243 on: July 30, 2016, 07:59:48 AM »
I'm not so sure I like Zillow Estimate very much. My approach is to give a fairly conservative estimate of the value of my house (if I had to sell it within a month, say) based on similar sales in my neighborhood, and then take away 6% for the realtor. That's my asset value. I feel like everything else is just wishful thinking.

I was using Zestimate too because I felt it was realistic for what I could expect in my neighborhood, looking at other houses. Then it got a little unrealistically high, then it dropped to well below what we paid for it a year ago even though if you look around that shouldn't be the case. Then it bounced around for a week and then about a month ago I said "eff it, I'm going to track based on purchase price plus inflation." So, that's what I do now.

Ours has been wonky too, so it's in as "Appraisal - 6%" -- which dropped us a fair bit around this threshold. But we're on board with this thread now!

Thinking we'll fluctuate around the entrypoint as the market goes up/down though. Might take a while before I am confident we are "past" this threshold :)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #244 on: July 30, 2016, 08:36:24 PM »
December 2013: 142K
March 2014: 178K
June 2014: 191K
September 2014: 205K
December 2014: 231K
March 2015: 232K (I self financed half a wedding this quarter, and began subsidizing now husband)
June 2015: 249K
September 2015: 272K (a new~30K in debt showed in this quarter from the first half of a 60K roof assessment I didn't have cash on hand for)
December 2015: 326K
March 2016: 342K (including some trades that will go through at close of business, I think)
April 2016: 345K (so. slow.  investing/paying off between 8 and 10K a month and I'm not sure where it's going!  I think my home's zillow value was skewing my total)
May 2016: 352K Finally, a bit of progress! (includes 5/31 trades that just went in today, and a small increase in home value.)
June 2016: 389K Woohoo! I am up 140K on last June. A chunk of this is my zestimate for my house going back to where it's generally been.  I also maxed my 401(k) and have now moved in to exclusively taxable investing.  Waiting on an ~8K tax refund, as well, which will go in to the baby/maternity suits fund, maybe I'll throw a couple K towards my HELOC (still 36K outstanding on 50K loan from last year).
July 2016: 442,402K Holy crap.  This is mostly a jump in my house value, but I also got my tax refund and started at a slightly higher rate. Paying off principal of 3K a month, investing 4.5K and then saving a bit more each month now, so things should really move along.  Unfortunately I'm sure my house value will bounce back down at some point.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #245 on: July 30, 2016, 11:36:45 PM »
Graduated from the 100-250 thread. I wanted to make sure the markets would let me say above, which it did, so joining if you don't mind. Hoping to be at $500,000 in 08/2018.

July 2016 - $257,306

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #246 on: July 31, 2016, 07:55:05 AM »
Good progress this month. Despite a nearly 2% drop in home value according to Zillow (wtf?), we're approaching a $100k gain over a 12 month period. I don't think $400k this year is possible, but that's the next goal.

Oct 15: $247k
Nov 15: $255k
Dec 15: $256k
Jan 16: $241k
Feb 16: $255k
Mar 16: $277k
Apr 16: $290k
May 16: $294k
Jun 16: $305k
Jul 16: $330k

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #247 on: July 31, 2016, 09:54:59 AM »
Nov 15: $236k
Dec 15: $257k
Jan 16: $259k
Feb 16: $275k
Mar 16: $295k
Apr 16: $305k
May 16: $315k
Jun 16: $320k
Jul 16: $335k

Invested assets went over $200k for the first time, up from $129k in December (HELOC payoff in Dec-Jan being the other main source of net worth increase).

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #248 on: August 01, 2016, 07:45:21 AM »
Nov 31, 2015: $254,178
Dec 31, 2015: $258,054
Jan 31, 2016: $264,247
Feb 29, 2016: $271,241
Mar 31, 2016: $300,034
Apr 30, 2016: $317,839
May 31, 2016: $330,411
Jun 30, 2016:  $333,663
Jul 31, 2016:   $348,945

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #249 on: August 01, 2016, 08:17:16 AM »
Hi guys! First post here :)
 my SO and I hit a combined $252,000 in investments!

We might be back in the $100k -> $250k Race thread depending on the markets, or we might be going back and forth quite a bit until more contributions bring us here permanently.

Well, things escalated quickly! We are now sitting as of 8/1/2016 - $265k onward and upward!
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