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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #500 on: February 28, 2017, 11:59:33 AM »
Coming back to update...

2015 DEC:252k
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2016 JAN:260k(+8k)
2016 FEB:281k(+21k)
2016 MAR:285k(+4k)
2016 APR:298k(+13k)
2016 MAY:305k(+7k)
2016 JUN:307k(+2k)
2016 JUL:320k(+13k)
2016 AUG:326k(+6k)
2016 SEP:336k(+10k)
2016 OCT:337k(+1k)
2016 NOV:361k(+24k)
2016 DEC:368k(+7k)
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2017 JAN:382k(+14k)
2017 FEB:403k(+21k)

+$35k this year! Aiming, for just under 100k in any given year of savings. Though, I am really only tracking worth gains, not savings directly. (So it includes gains/losses in the market) Given 10 month(s) left, and (67k) more to go, I should hit this goal!

401k MAXED (Mine only, Wife's is going per check all year)
IRA MAXED (Mine only, Wife's is getting maxed in 2 weeks)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #501 on: February 28, 2017, 06:39:00 PM »
Jan. 1, 2017 = 461
Feb. 1, 2017 = 471
Mar. 1, 2017 = 482

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #502 on: February 28, 2017, 09:53:02 PM »
Hello everybody. Starting here after graduating from the $100k-$250k thread.

Jan 2017  $275k

Feb 2017  $287k

I guess this is where all the numbers start to go up faster? All NW is investment/cash.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #503 on: March 01, 2017, 12:06:12 AM »
Back for update. Been a good month with 10.5k increase in investments (including contributions). However some larger out of pocket expenses have lowered the overall increase to 8.5k.

  • Jan 2017 - 346,854
  • Feb 2017 - 388,581
  • Mar 2017 - 396,119

Nearly at 400k which is great. Target for 500k is now Feb 2019.

Good luck everyone!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #504 on: March 01, 2017, 02:56:16 AM »
Jan 1: 236,254
Feb 1: 250,055
Mar 1: 262,196
Last couple months have seen great gains. I think about 5k of this is increase in my home value estimate. I include home equity because I still have a large mortgage (more than the value of cash + investments). Also market gains and increased savings rate. Starting to hold more cash now for upcoming expenses so next month might not be as big.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #505 on: March 01, 2017, 06:49:00 AM »
Hello everybody. Starting here after graduating from the $100k-$250k thread.

Jan 2017  $275k

Feb 2017  $287k

I guess this is where all the numbers start to go up faster? All NW is investment/cash.

it snowballed pretty fast for us.  we were 250k invested around november 2015 ... will hit 500k around the end of this month beginning of next.
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #506 on: March 01, 2017, 06:55:44 AM »
2015
    Jan 1st: 98,437.97
    Feb 1st: $96,898.03
    Mar 1st: $103,345.54
    Apr 1st: $103,819.64
    May 1st $105,766.12
    Jun 1st $106,565.54
    Jul 1st: $105,252.33
    Aug 1st: $106,267.37
    Sept 1st: $99,122.12
    Oct 1st: $99,291.91
    Nov 1st: $105,204.00
    Dec 1st : $107,535.51

    2016
    Jan 1st:$104,592.84
    Feb 1st: $99,467.66
    March 1st:$101, 189.11
    April 1st: $107,119.81
    May 1st: $107,369.22
    June 1st: $110,836.03  my contributions went up this month to 10%
    July 1st: $112,327.7
    Aug 1st: $116,833.52  upped contributions to 10.5%
    Sept 1st: $118,564.37
    Oct 1st   $229,717.00 Paid off the condo this month :) and included as an asset going forth.
    Nov 1st  $232,973 upped contributions again this month 21.5%- next month will be 30% :)
    Dec 1st $237,953.93   

2017
Jan 1st: 252k
Feb 1st: 257k
Mar 1st: 269k    (4k back in taxes :)
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #507 on: March 01, 2017, 07:22:24 AM »
8-2016: $369,217
9-2016: $373,735 (+$4.5k)
10-2016: $369,721 (-$4.0k)
11-2016: $385,057 (+$15.3k)
12-2016: $399,209 (+$14.1k)
1-2017: $408,813 (+$9.6k)
2-2017: $427,041 (+$18.2k)

Updated with February's numbers.  Our money is starting to work harder than we can - gotta love that.  Investment gains were well above our job earnings even after subtracting our contributions from total gains. 

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #508 on: March 01, 2017, 09:05:20 AM »
Cash & invested / including home equity:
Nov 15: $165k / $236k
Dec 15: $162k / $257k
Jan 16: $152k / $259k
Feb 16: $166k / $275k
Mar 16: $185k / $295k
Apr 16: $192k / $305k
May 16: $201k/ $315k
Jun 16: $204k / $320k
Jul 16: $221k / $339k
Aug 16: $227k / $347k
Sep 16: $230k / $352k
Oct 16: $234k / $357k
Nov 16: $242k / $367k
Dec 16: $276k / $403k
Jan 16: $289k / $419k
Feb 16: $317k / $448k

My big annual 401k/profit sharing contribution hit my account, hence the bigger than normal jump.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #509 on: March 01, 2017, 09:21:46 AM »

1/1/16 = 288,240
1/1/17 = 374,668
1/2/17 = 388,289
1/3/17 = 386,895

Paid off the last debts (excl mortgage) from house move 12 months ago.  Considering this was 11k ish I have done well to limit the loss to a couple of k off the NW.
Target now is to reach and pass 400k by the end of the year.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #510 on: March 01, 2017, 09:43:50 AM »
it snowballed pretty fast for us.  we were 250k invested around november 2015 ... will hit 500k around the end of this month beginning of next.

That's encouraging to hear and congrats!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #511 on: March 01, 2017, 09:53:58 PM »
Excited to finally join this thread! I just closed on my first (non-rental property) house today, so am expecting relatively slow progress next month as I furnish and fix it up, but am pretty pumped nonetheless.

9/1/16: $217,000
10/1/16: $220,000
11/1/16: $232,000
12/1/16: $234,500
1/1/17: $238,500
2/1/17: $245,000
3/1/17: $254,000


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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #512 on: March 01, 2017, 10:01:45 PM »
Excited to finally join this thread! I just closed on my first (non-rental property) house today, so am expecting relatively slow progress next month as I furnish and fix it up, but am pretty pumped nonetheless.

9/1/16: $217,000
10/1/16: $220,000
11/1/16: $232,000
12/1/16: $234,500
1/1/17: $238,500
2/1/17: $245,000
3/1/17: $254,000
Congratulations and welcome!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #513 on: March 02, 2017, 06:56:01 AM »
First post in this thread!
March 1st: $271,698.51

Have had a great savings rate for the last year. At the beginning of 2016 we were aiming for 50K in savings for the year, thought an extreme goal was 100K and exceeded that target. Do not think we will be able to repeat this ; lots of work hours last year and family and I need a break. Planning for over $300K net worth by the end of the year (again, what we thought was a stretch target last year).

Happy to be here, and wondering (hoping?) if this is the last thread we are in prior to FIRE.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #514 on: March 02, 2017, 08:13:09 AM »
First post in this thread!
March 1st: $271,698.51

Have had a great savings rate for the last year. At the beginning of 2016 we were aiming for 50K in savings for the year, thought an extreme goal was 100K and exceeded that target. Do not think we will be able to repeat this ; lots of work hours last year and family and I need a break. Planning for over $300K net worth by the end of the year (again, what we thought was a stretch target last year).

Happy to be here, and wondering (hoping?) if this is the last thread we are in prior to FIRE.
Wow! Great job!

Are you planning on FIRE with less than 500k?

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #515 on: March 02, 2017, 08:36:37 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
7/31/2016:       $280,650
8/31/2016:       $292,791
9/30/2016:       $301,263
10/31/2016:     $300,583
11/30/2016:     $307,726
12/31/2016:     $319,285 (+11,559)
1/31/2017:       $326,030 (+6,745)
2/28/2017:    $333,939 (+7,909)

(No investment changes tracked this month.)

Quick calculation shows me I'm almost exactly 33% of the way from 250k to 500k :)
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #516 on: March 02, 2017, 07:26:57 PM »
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)
Apr 2016: $356,946 (+$16,207)
May 2016: $370,408 (+$13,462)
June 2016: $377,258 (+$6,850)
July 2016: $397,978 (+$20,720)
August 2016: $403,403 (+$5,425)
January 2017: $444,411 (+$41,008)
February 2017: $466,365 (+$21,954)

It was a crazy month in the market! The February total includes just over $49k in home equity.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2017, 07:31:30 PM by YellowCat »
Aiming for $1.25M by 2020...

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #517 on: March 03, 2017, 10:19:31 PM »
First post in this thread!
March 1st: $271,698.51

Have had a great savings rate for the last year. At the beginning of 2016 we were aiming for 50K in savings for the year, thought an extreme goal was 100K and exceeded that target. Do not think we will be able to repeat this ; lots of work hours last year and family and I need a break. Planning for over $300K net worth by the end of the year (again, what we thought was a stretch target last year).

Happy to be here, and wondering (hoping?) if this is the last thread we are in prior to FIRE.
Wow! Great job!

Are you planning on FIRE with less than 500k?

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No, 500k is the target we set last year. We may not be able to live off the investments alone at that point but it seems to us we would be comfortable with just a minimal amount of work for pay at that point plus the investment income.

Since 2009 we have worked part time (with the exception of this last year) while we home schooled our kids and built our home. We are used to working part time and once our kids are through university plan to have fairly minimal expenses.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #518 on: March 04, 2017, 07:13:45 AM »
First post in this thread!
March 1st: $271,698.51

Have had a great savings rate for the last year. At the beginning of 2016 we were aiming for 50K in savings for the year, thought an extreme goal was 100K and exceeded that target. Do not think we will be able to repeat this ; lots of work hours last year and family and I need a break. Planning for over $300K net worth by the end of the year (again, what we thought was a stretch target last year).

Happy to be here, and wondering (hoping?) if this is the last thread we are in prior to FIRE.
Wow! Great job!

Are you planning on FIRE with less than 500k?

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No, 500k is the target we set last year. We may not be able to live off the investments alone at that point but it seems to us we would be comfortable with just a minimal amount of work for pay at that point plus the investment income.

Since 2009 we have worked part time (with the exception of this last year) while we home schooled our kids and built our home. We are used to working part time and once our kids are through university plan to have fairly minimal expenses.
Working part time would be my ideal situation.  Certain types of work bring me happiness but only to a certain extent.  I.E. 20 hours of meaningful work a week brings more happiness than a 40 hour full time gig making more money.

I see myself eventually FIREing into part time work that is fulfilling and maybe even bringing in enough income to live off of so I can then just watch my investments grow.  Who knows.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #519 on: March 04, 2017, 05:29:22 PM »
I'm joining in. Thought we were in the race to 250k group till my husband double checked his retirement fund and realized it was over $90,000 more than we remembered. Feels like we made a hundred grand overnight! I am including home equity. We will be going up for the next 14 months then will drop back when we pay our horrid end of car lease balloon. Then hopefully we will just go up and up.

March 2017: $331,934.34
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #520 on: March 04, 2017, 06:10:00 PM »
I'm joining in. Thought we were in the race to 250k group till my husband double checked his retirement dfund arnd realized it was over $90,000 more than we remembered. Feels like we made a hundred grand overnight! I am including home equity. We will be going up for the next 14 months then will drop back when we pay our horrid end of car lease balloon. Then hopefully we will just go up and up.

March 2017: $331,934.34
high five! :)

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #521 on: March 07, 2017, 10:51:54 AM »
12/1/2015 - 248k
6/1/2016 - 301k
10/1/2016 - 352k
11/1/2016 - 353k
12/1/2016 - 368k
1/1/2017 - 380k
2/1/2017 - 391k
3/1/2017 - 412k

At the rate we're going it's looking like we'll hit $500k at the end of the year or early next year.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #522 on: March 08, 2017, 08:32:39 AM »
1/1/2017 - $256,000
2/1/2017 - $265,000
3/1/2017 - $278,000

Looks like this month will be flat -_-
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #523 on: March 08, 2017, 10:35:43 AM »
Yup, my March may be flat-ish but mostly because we are having some work done on the house.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #524 on: March 08, 2017, 07:16:49 PM »
I'm furnishing an entire (small) house from scratch (and adding a fence and a deck outside, painting, etc.), so it'll probably be a slightly negative month for me. :/  But yay first house with adult-y furniture! I finally understand the appeal of Pinterest.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #525 on: March 11, 2017, 06:31:20 AM »
March update:

Invested (& Investable)
April 9, 2016:  $319,737
May 6, 2016: $325,093
June 8, 2016: $332,224
July 11, 2016:$337,287
August 8, 2016: $341,304
February 9, 2017: $361,822
March 11, 2017: $368,914


Net Worth (Including Home Equity per Zillow)
April 9, 2016:  $619,505
May 6, 2016: $629,924
June 8, 2016: $645,682
July 11, 2016: $687,219
August 8, 2016: $695,238
February 9, 2017: $735,811
March 11, 2017: $745,350

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #526 on: March 16, 2017, 11:20:19 PM »
Hmmm ... got a little confused on the post I made earlier. Those numbers were for January, not February ... I have been slow getting the numbers done at the end of the month and was over a month behind. Regardless, the graph was right, just not the date in the post.

  • February 1st: $271,698.51
  • March 1st: $298,326.11

Work hours have finally slowed down, which has been nice.
A significant milestone this month, we are fully invested as far as RRSP's and TFSA's! This means looking at taxable investment accounts very soon, not something I've thought too much about.

Love the post about having more invested than you remembered, like a paid-for lottery win!
« Last Edit: March 17, 2017, 08:01:56 AM by CdnChris »

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #527 on: March 18, 2017, 05:25:26 AM »
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.

Needing to update a bit here...we are halfway through an addition, and our income situation changed.

Today:

Cash and liquid accounts: 80K. Of this, home addition and other capital projects are 37K+8K+10K = 55K, leaving 25K actually.

Investments: 293K

Cash + Investments = 318K "investible"

With new savings goal of 5K/month (conservative) and a real rate of return of 3% (also conservative), I estimate...

Future:

01/01/18...365K
01/01/19...436K
01/01/20...509K...so Christmas 2019 is when I plan to graduate from here to the race to a million topic, barring huge market drops (which I expect)
01/01/21...584K
01/01/22...662K
01/01/23...741K
01/01/24...824K
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #528 on: March 18, 2017, 04:25:25 PM »
Post annual bonus:

Jan 2017: $305,000
Mar 2017: $340,000

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #529 on: March 21, 2017, 08:16:37 AM »



Starting 10/2016 - $310,000 (rough estimate since we still have a few accounts left to be merged)
11/2016 - $328k
12/2016- $347k
1/2017 $358.7k



3/2017 - $367.2

Pretty disappointed with that increase over two months since our returns on investments have been good which means our savings rate has fallen off a bit. We've recently re-committed to increasing our savings rate and I'm ready to watch our net worth grow!


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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #530 on: March 21, 2017, 08:42:58 AM »



Starting 10/2016 - $310,000 (rough estimate since we still have a few accounts left to be merged)
11/2016 - $328k
12/2016- $347k
1/2017 $358.7k



3/2017 - $367.2

Pretty disappointed with that increase over two months since our returns on investments have been good which means our savings rate has fallen off a bit. We've recently re-committed to increasing our savings rate and I'm ready to watch our net worth grow!
Last November you had 328k

Your pushing 370k now. Id say 40k+ in that time zone sounds pretty badass to me!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #531 on: March 21, 2017, 09:40:32 AM »



Starting 10/2016 - $310,000 (rough estimate since we still have a few accounts left to be merged)
11/2016 - $328k
12/2016- $347k
1/2017 $358.7k



3/2017 - $367.2

Pretty disappointed with that increase over two months since our returns on investments have been good which means our savings rate has fallen off a bit. We've recently re-committed to increasing our savings rate and I'm ready to watch our net worth grow!
Last November you had 328k

Your pushing 370k now. Id say 40k+ in that time zone sounds pretty badass to me!

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Sorry should have been more specific. More upset about the January to March increase of $9k since I'm reporting later in the month so that's almost 2.5 months which is far lower than our goal savings rate. We've been on a very good track over the past few years but the last 2 months we've fallen off hard. Just trying to get back on the 40k increase train so I can continue to feel like a badass lol

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #532 on: March 21, 2017, 08:56:08 PM »
Today is my birthday, turned 45, AND we just hit $300k in liquid net worth!!  Woot!
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #533 on: March 22, 2017, 06:43:09 PM »

Roughly a year later with some better than expected progress, due mainly to stock performance and income.

Invested Assets
10/1/2015: $252K
4/1/2016: $284K
3/1/2017: 381K

Net Worth (w/ Home Equity)
8/1/2014: $250K
4/1/2016: $393K
3/1/2017: 538K
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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #534 on: March 23, 2017, 05:48:31 AM »
Congrats Tjat!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #535 on: March 29, 2017, 07:19:53 PM »
Hoping to be at $500,000 in 08/2018.

July 2016 - $257,306
August 2016 - $264,625
September 2016 - $270,695
October 2016 - $283528
November 2016 - $291396
December 2016 - $295603
January 2017 - $303,195
March 2017 - $333,323

Hoping for $400,000 by December 2017. 401k match, tax return and bonus all helped this 2 month jump.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #536 on: March 30, 2017, 10:01:07 AM »
I may go backwards this month, just dropped 10 grand on home renovations.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #537 on: March 31, 2017, 06:59:46 AM »
1/1/2015 - $319,018
3/31/2015 - $358,647
6/30/2015 - $350,887
9/30/2015 - $329,044
12/31/2015 - $340,246
3/31/2016 - $390,030
6/30/2016 - $408.983
9/1/2016 - $447,834
12/31/2016 - $459,043
3/31/2017 - $509,618

Crossed over to the other side about 3/10 and so far have not looked back!  Really amazing how quickly we've moved since 2015.  We've been blessed beyond measure with things that have helped us keep moving forward even through an unexpected job change etc. 

I do keep things in perspective however in that with regards to FIRE a lot of our savings have been for college for the kids and we also have added a lot to savings for upcoming summer vacation in July so we will have a drop then, but hoping to still stay above $500K going forward.  Feels good to be here and now for the next milestone!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #538 on: March 31, 2017, 08:29:27 AM »

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #539 on: March 31, 2017, 06:36:23 PM »

Jan 2017  $275k
Feb 2017  $287k $???

I guess this is where all the numbers start to go up faster? All NW is investment/cash.

Mar 2017 $276k

I discovered that the random bump was mint double counting a shared account I had marked as closed after a recharacterization.

We have a tax bill for the state coming in at $1k this year, $26 only for fed though. Check's in the mail...

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #540 on: March 31, 2017, 09:00:14 PM »
9/1/16: $217,000
10/1/16: $220,000
11/1/16: $232,000
12/1/16: $234,500
1/1/17: $238,500
2/1/17: $245,000
3/1/17: $254,000
4/1/17: $252,000

First negative month since I've started tracking but I paid property taxes for all of my rental properties, furnished my first house, and attended a couple of weddings abroad, so I'm not too upset about it.

However, attending bachelorette parties and weddings all over the world is destroying my budget - has anyone figured out a way to minimize these expenses (expensive bridesmaid dresses, bride's expensive preferred hotels, bottle service etc. at bachelorette parties) without hurting friends' feelings? Most of my friends have high salaries and know I do also, so I can't really say I can't afford to attend - and, of course, I love my friends and want to be there for them. I guess this is just part of being in your late 20s?

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #541 on: April 01, 2017, 07:22:08 AM »
Jan 1: 236,254
Feb 1: 250,055
Mar 1: 262,196

April 1: 269,959

Hit 270 yesterday but then something must have cleared. Market growth has slowed but I am maintaining a great savings rate. Got a bunch of dividends at the end of March which helped.

Side gig ends this month but I should keep getting checks through the end of May. Plan is to max my Roth and start on hubby's Roth before this, then savings rate will be much slower for the summer.

I have a bit less than 2k coming in a tax return that will go straight to savings in April.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2017, 07:35:24 AM by MrsWolfeRN »

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #542 on: April 01, 2017, 07:24:02 AM »
9/1/16: $217,000
10/1/16: $220,000
11/1/16: $232,000
12/1/16: $234,500
1/1/17: $238,500
2/1/17: $245,000
3/1/17: $254,000
4/1/17: $252,000

First negative month since I've started tracking but I paid property taxes for all of my rental properties, furnished my first house, and attended a couple of weddings abroad, so I'm not too upset about it.

However, attending bachelorette parties and weddings all over the world is destroying my budget - has anyone figured out a way to minimize these expenses (expensive bridesmaid dresses, bride's expensive preferred hotels, bottle service etc. at bachelorette parties) without hurting friends' feelings? Most of my friends have high salaries and know I do also, so I can't really say I can't afford to attend - and, of course, I love my friends and want to be there for them. I guess this is just part of being in your late 20s?

My wife and I went to about a dozen destination weddings in our late 20's. Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican, Brazil, Manhattan, San Francisco...you name it, we made it there. Despite my current mustachian ways, I don't regret even one of those trips.  You only have so many great friends in your life, enjoy them!

What we did do, however, at the time, is stay at the less pricey hotel, a couple blocks from the beach, or not do every excursion we wanted, or avoid one or two of the super late nights.  These trips usually have a floor cost, but the ceiling is what you want to avoid. Bottle service? You mean take a bottle of tequila to the beach to watch the sunrise? Yup -did that!

JGS

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #543 on: April 01, 2017, 07:25:12 AM »
Anyone know anyone getting married in Havana? I need an excuse to get down there!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #544 on: April 01, 2017, 07:27:51 AM »

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)
Oct -16     $357,689.04 (+53,415)
Jan -17     $405,710.23 (+48,021)
April -17   $446,004.04 (+39,424) ---> outside shot of breaking 500K by mid-year!!!

JGS

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #545 on: April 01, 2017, 07:39:23 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
7/31/2016:       $280,650
8/31/2016:       $292,791
9/30/2016:       $301,263
10/31/2016:     $300,583
11/30/2016:     $307,726
12/31/2016:     $319,285 (+11,559)
1/31/2017:       $326,030 (+6,745)
2/28/2017:       $334,870 (+8,840)
3/31/2017:    $350,826 (+15,956)

Quarterly investment changes tracked this month. Over $700 in dividends. Sadly just missed $10k in gains this quarter!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #546 on: April 01, 2017, 08:58:06 AM »
Brutal month for net worth due to our highest spending ever (why did we buy a house again?). Investments passed $350k for the first time. If we don't get a downturn, I'm still expecting to graduate into the next thread this year. If we make it by Nov 1st, that's nearly 2 years to the day to go from $250k to $500k.

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
Aug 16: $336k
Sept 16: $345k
Oct 16: $351k
Nov 16: $363k
Dec 16: $376k
Jan 17: $387k
Feb 17: $404k
Mar 17: $408k

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #547 on: April 01, 2017, 10:25:36 AM »
1/1/16 = 288,240
1/1/17 = 374,668
1/2/17 = 388,289
1/3/17 = 386,895
1/4/17 = 400,066

Good progress hope it continues!

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #548 on: April 01, 2017, 11:33:11 AM »
Cash & invested / including home equity:
Nov 15: $165k / $236k
Dec 15: $162k / $257k
Jan 16: $152k / $259k
Feb 16: $166k / $275k
Mar 16: $185k / $295k
Apr 16: $192k / $305k
May 16: $201k/ $315k
Jun 16: $204k / $320k
Jul 16: $221k / $339k
Aug 16: $227k / $347k
Sep 16: $230k / $352k
Oct 16: $234k / $357k
Nov 16: $242k / $367k
Dec 16: $276k / $403k
Jan 17: $289k / $419k
Feb 17: $317k / $448k
Mar 17: $328k / $460k

March increase really should have been higher. We got a bit spendy to do a few things we wanted to do since our baby is due at the end of April. Got a mid-year bonus that propped it up.

We're very excited for that! The next couple months may very well be negative though. Hospital bills, then wife is off for a few months on unpaid maternity, and we're replacing windows in the house after putting it off long enough (they are originals from a mid-50s build). We've built up some extra cash ahead of time to deal with those things so not really concerned, but being realistic about net worth growth for the next couple of months.

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Re: Race from 250 to 500k!
« Reply #549 on: April 01, 2017, 08:23:27 PM »
9/1/16: $217,000
10/1/16: $220,000
11/1/16: $232,000
12/1/16: $234,500
1/1/17: $238,500
2/1/17: $245,000
3/1/17: $254,000
4/1/17: $252,000

First negative month since I've started tracking but I paid property taxes for all of my rental properties, furnished my first house, and attended a couple of weddings abroad, so I'm not too upset about it.

However, attending bachelorette parties and weddings all over the world is destroying my budget - has anyone figured out a way to minimize these expenses (expensive bridesmaid dresses, bride's expensive preferred hotels, bottle service etc. at bachelorette parties) without hurting friends' feelings? Most of my friends have high salaries and know I do also, so I can't really say I can't afford to attend - and, of course, I love my friends and want to be there for them. I guess this is just part of being in your late 20s?

My wife and I went to about a dozen destination weddings in our late 20's. Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican, Brazil, Manhattan, San Francisco...you name it, we made it there. Despite my current mustachian ways, I don't regret even one of those trips.  You only have so many great friends in your life, enjoy them!

What we did do, however, at the time, is stay at the less pricey hotel, a couple blocks from the beach, or not do every excursion we wanted, or avoid one or two of the super late nights.  These trips usually have a floor cost, but the ceiling is what you want to avoid. Bottle service? You mean take a bottle of tequila to the beach to watch the sunrise? Yup -did that!

JGS

That's good to know! Thanks for the advice. :)