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Title: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 05, 2017, 02:37:49 PM
Can you imagine seeing 50K on your own statement? I can't quite yet, but I just figured out a plan on how to get there - in 30 months (less than a 3 yr car loan:)

This is a challenge to reach 50K - devise your own plan, state your deadline and go for it!
To be clear, this is not a Net Worth challenge - this is a savings/investment challenge. Doesn't matter if you presently have zero NW or 100K+ already.


Here is my plan:
$50K by December 31, 2019
$1666.66 mo x 30 mo = $50,000  - I can do this!:) says she, fiercely wishing it to be true.

So here we go:
June 2017
$  $1533 - still need $133 by the end of the month - wish me luck.
Title: Re: Save or invest - 50K
Post by: TartanTallulah on June 06, 2017, 04:43:29 AM
I wish you lots of luck, strength, wisdom and determination, and as few obstacles as possible. Have you decided how you're going to apportion the money as you save it?

(I have a similar challenge, with a slightly different time frame and target, and a sketched-out plan of how I'm going to make it happen and how the savings are going to be divided in order to meet my requirements at different points in time as efficiently as possible. It feels a bit like spending money and still having it.)
Title: Re: Save or invest - 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 06, 2017, 01:51:20 PM
I wish you lots of luck, strength, wisdom and determination, and as few obstacles as possible. Have you decided how you're going to apportion the money as you save it?

(I have a similar challenge, with a slightly different time frame and target, and a sketched-out plan of how I'm going to make it happen and how the savings are going to be divided in order to meet my requirements at different points in time as efficiently as possible. It feels a bit like spending money and still having it.)

No concrete plan on how I will ultimately apportion it - other than that I'm leaning toward 50% investment and 50% savings
right now, I'm thinking 6 months ahead - Jun-Dec = 10K if all goes to plan:)
I am pondering if I should place it in Vanguard Admiral shares once it hits 10K.

Or - after three months I'd have enough to open a regular Vanguard account and then simply add the monthly savings until I reached 25K
Or - possibly stop at 10K investments and put the next 10K into a CD or similar vehicle

I wish I were smart enough to figure out a way to make the 25K cash savings work for me too, other than interest. A super secret stock tip? a hot new company? 

@TartanTallulah - I'm curious - So what were you thinking of doing that would be a bit like spending money and still having it?
Title: Re: Save or invest - 50K
Post by: TartanTallulah on June 07, 2017, 09:54:25 AM

@TartanTallulah - I'm curious - So what were you thinking of doing that would be a bit like spending money and still having it?

It's just a psychological thing, I haven't found the Holy Grail! Being focused on saving and investing with a definite endpoint means that every time I plan and make a deposit in my interest-bearing cash account, after-tax investment account, or freestanding pension fund it feels like I'm spending money and getting something I value for it, even though that something is as intangible as making measurable progress towards my goal, rather than letting it dissipate into household expenditure.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 08, 2017, 02:17:23 PM
Yes, makes perfect sense to me. ^^^ If every dollar has a purpose it is much easier to stay on track. Automatic savings is the best invention ever - I don't ever really "have" the money, it goes to a different account and it is fun to see your stash grow.

I just looked up to read the inscription on the coin of the Mustachian logo (banner) - Financial Freedom through Badassity - so true.
Be back to post at the end of June - to record whether I made my first monthly goal of $1666.66
In the meantime, maybe I can find a new bank that pays both a bonus and offers at least 1% or better APY.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on June 09, 2017, 06:27:43 AM
Hi Rosy!  I think I will join you!  I really need to have a 50k balance in my TSP in the next 30 months.

My balance is depressing low at 29k.  I am currently adding only $440 a month (minimum I can do to still get the max match) as I stash cash for a rental property down payment.  I really need to give the retirement account some attention.  My average returns on this account are 8%, and at this rate (440 a month deposit with 8% returns) the online calculator I used says I will reach 50k in exactly 30 months.  So while this doesn't seem like much of a challenge for me, it means if my returns are not actually 8%, I will have to increase my deposits to hit that 50k.  Not as exciting a plan as yours for sure!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: TartanTallulah on June 09, 2017, 03:59:01 PM
Automatic savings is the best invention ever - I don't ever really "have" the money, it goes to a different account and it is fun to see your stash grow.


Very true. The main reason I'm close to being able to claim a meagre sort of FI is that over the years I've had a payroll deduction with employer contributions which has meant that I've saved money without ever seeing it, and that has protected me through years of financial carelessness. That, and a phobia of debt which has meant that I've never had actual money troubles.

I've been selling off the remaining stock from an online shop that was my husband's "job" while he was a SAHP, but which was really just a hobby and was never profitable. He closed the business a few years ago and the stock has just stayed in the cupboard, neatly organised and in as-new condition. I've priced it to sell and cut our losses rather than to break even. So far, deducting the cost of postage and eBay and PayPal fees, I've made enough for my husband to double his monthly pension contribution for 12 months and almost covered the cost of a piece of workshop equipment that needed replacing - our "jam today" portion. Anything above that will be mine to invest, and I've earmarked it for my after-tax investments which I intend to leave for as long as possible but will be able to access any time if I need it.  The actual numbers are small, but when you've got a target it all counts.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 10, 2017, 02:30:17 PM
Hi Rosy!  I think I will join you!  I really need to have a 50k balance in my TSP in the next 30 months.

My balance is depressing low at 29k.  I am currently adding only $440 a month (minimum I can do to still get the max match) as I stash cash for a rental property down payment.  I really need to give the retirement account some attention.  My average returns on this account are 8%, and at this rate (440 a month deposit with 8% returns) the online calculator I used says I will reach 50k in exactly 30 months.  So while this doesn't seem like much of a challenge for me, it means if my returns are not actually 8%, I will have to increase my deposits to hit that 50k.  Not as exciting a plan as yours for sure!

@mommycake - Welcome to the challenge and thanks for joining me - I am thrilled to have some company on this long journey. 
I'm holding you to it:) $440 x30 months for you to reach your goal of 50K.
Oh, I don't know about yours not being as exciting as my goal - $50K is plenty exciting no matter how you look at it.

So tell me, how will you make up the difference - if it plummets below 8%? Quarterly? Spare change - side gig?

@TartanTallulah That sounds like a lot of work to me - yay you for pulling it off. You know, I think it is always the small stuff that adds up or sinks us. Those are some impressive results either way.
I've decided to work a bit more on my own side gigs, an area that I totally neglected this year. Mostly, because for three months I couldn't see - eye surgery related. Then we had company for weeks and indulged in a nice long vacation - so it is time to examine our financial lives and work on long term goals.
My plan is among other things to update my long neglected photography website. Just signed up for some classes to improve my skills, partly because I hope to improve my sales, but even more so, because I really enjoy it and now that we replaced the old computer and monitor, I'm ready to roll with edits and uploads. It was a real pain before.
Who knows, you and I may well exceed our goals and timelines - good luck!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on June 14, 2017, 04:38:24 AM
Hi Rosy,

If I have to increase my retirement deposits, I will have to spend less on groceries and baby stuff.  I have a tendency to spend more than necessary on these areas.  Right now I know my daughter needs a new swimsuit/sun hat/ sunglasses.  There is a perfectly nice second hand store I can go to for these items to save money.  Also I can temporarily cut my food budget by buying less meat and shopping at Aldi's more instead of the closer grocery store.  Actually I should probably do these things anyway! and not just if my market returns decrease :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on June 14, 2017, 05:32:49 AM
Hi, I'd love to join! I put myself in the race to 100k challenge but that's so far off that I find myself ignoring the thread.

Here's where I am:
$7100 in Emergency Fund
$9,400 in Roth & 457 investment accounts
$9,500 in pension (post-tax)... not sure if I should count this but chances are high I'll withdraw it prior to vesting.
Total w/o pension: $16,500
Total w/ pension: $26,000

I also have a few thousand in a short terms savings account for travel and stuff-- I won't count that.

My plan: I'm a teacher so my numbers look funny in summer.
June: $500 --> EF
July: $1200 of summer school salary --> EF
Sept-June: $1300 --> 457; $200 --> EF (per month)

I'm in a high cost area and I'm aggressively paying student loan down so these numbers are as high as I can!

Goals: (w/o pension)
June 2018: 33,000
June 2019: 50,000




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Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 16, 2017, 08:25:41 PM
Hi Rosy,

If I have to increase my retirement deposits, I will have to spend less on groceries and baby stuff.  I have a tendency to spend more than necessary on these areas.  Right now I know my daughter needs a new swimsuit/sun hat/ sunglasses.  There is a perfectly nice second hand store I can go to for these items to save money.  Also I can temporarily cut my food budget by buying less meat and shopping at Aldi's more instead of the closer grocery store.  Actually I should probably do these things anyway! and not just if my market returns decrease :)

Exactly! Once it becomes a habit, you'll automatically do it - almost as good as having automatic savings withdrawals. You can do it!:)

 I'm so tight this month, even the $134 extra savings is going to be tougher than I thought it would be. Not the best start, but hey, what's life without a little challenge? I just need to come up with some ideas to generate some extra cash - $134 would be a nice start:)


Hi, I'd love to join! I put myself in the race to 100k challenge but that's so far off that I find myself ignoring the thread.

Goals: (w/o pension)
June 2018: 33,000
June 2019: 50,000


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Welcome to the challenge westtoeast! Glad to have you join our journey to 50K.
 I know, I was thinking the same thing, that 100K is way too far off and honestly may or may not ever happen for me. For now, I am very happy to have figured out how to get to 50K in 30 months - so I am sticking to my plan - although, this first month is proving tricky already.

Good luck with your summer teaching job!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 22, 2017, 08:25:24 AM

Here is my plan:
$50K by December 31, 2019
$1666.66 mo x 30 mo = $50,000
- I can do this!:) says she, fiercely wishing it to be true.

So here we go:
June 2017
$  $1533 - still need $133 by the end of the month - wish me luck.

Whoa:) - Update:

June 2017
New balance: $ 4,588.92 - "only" $45,411.08 more to go:)

Mindgames:)  I only counted the $1.5K that I was due on the 21st of June, this month.
I was so focused on the process in my head about how to reach 50K within 30 mo that I forgot to count what I already had saved as of May, because I originally thought I needed that money to cover June expenses, but then figured out ways to hang onto it all - by my fingernails.
So June is indeed an uber frugal month for me, but with these results I don't mind.

I am obsessed with reaching that 50K goal, the sooner the better:)
I plan to stay uber focused and hope that throwing a little extra at it each month will speed up the process along the way.

Outlook for July 2017:
As long as I make the $1,666 happen in July then I'm golden, because that is the last month with (larger than comfortable for me, if I also want to save) cc pmts.
I definitely need a side gig to make it through July unscathed.
(Reminder math games for myself: $45,411.08 new bal divided by 29 months to go = $1,565.90 mo - reduced mo sav would still get me to my goal of 50K by Dec 2018 as planned.) Right now I am almost two months ahead of schedule - I like that.

Thanks guys for hanging out with me as I try to make it all happen as planned - or sooner:)
Good luck with your goals!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: TartanTallulah on June 22, 2017, 12:19:53 PM
It's always a good feeling to be ahead. Well done Rosy!

I have scope to get ahead too. My husband worked lots of overtime last month, and it looks as if he'll have similar working hours for at least the next month though I don't think he could sustain it forever (bless him, he's worked around 50% of the number of hour each week that I usually work - but he does work hard during those hours). And the next three months look like being brutal months at work for me too because we're short-handed. I'd rather work three days a week and have more time to go out to play, but if I work four or five days a week I'll earn more, and our expenses are dropping, so each extra session brings me closer to my target.

8% of my before-tax income gets skimmed off into my pension fund before I see it, I've swept 35% of our total income into our joint linked savings account and another 12% into my ISA, and over the month another 6% gets debited to my husband's pension and my ISA, so if we manage to live on what's left in the checking account (and we should) we'll be saving two-thirds of our joint income this month.

I got round to writing down what I want all our little pots to do at various stages of retirement too. It was a reality check - we're not there yet unless we're prepared to live on grass and roadkill and will have to be focused about saving if I want to retire rather than just having a career break at 55.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on June 28, 2017, 05:00:32 AM
Great job Rosy!  That's a nice jump ahead :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 30, 2017, 03:27:14 PM
June 2017 - $4,588.92
July 2017 begins with $6,221.92
- only $43,779.08 more dollars to go

Outlook for July is not as bad as I feared, so I set up trsf of $100, plus my already dedicated $1533. Not a bad start:)

For now, I am getting 0.75% APY with my regular Capital One 360 savings account. But, I noticed that their Money Market account pays 1.10% APY for balances over $10K - that means an extra, free $110 annually, if I transfer once it hits $10K.

Current plan
Right now I am leaning toward a split of $20K Vanguard and $30K liquid savings for my $50K total.
 
1. The current plan is to stash $10K, hope to be there by Sep? - immediately open Money Market @1.10% APY.
2. Then save up 3K by Nov 2017? - open Vanguard account and fill up to $10K - by Apr 2018?
3. Next, I'll switch to 50% save and 50% invest each month, until Vanguard hits $20K, by Apr 2019?
4. Finish line - add another $10K to Money Market by Oct 2019?

I guess a lot depends on whether I can ramp up the process by saving a bit more along the way, so far I am two months ahead of the original target date of Dec 2019.

How about you?



Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: TartanTallulah on June 30, 2017, 04:38:30 PM
Nicely done, Rosy!

Late June/early July might be a leaner savings month in my household. We have two car services to pay for, my husband needed to buy a new smartphone, and we've had a vacation which, though not intrinsically expensive, involved buying an extra three or four tanks of fuel. Some of the money I swept into the linked savings account may be getting swept back into the checking account. I'm hoping that signing up to reducing my grocery spending in July will help retrieve the situation.

My husband had a message from work asking him to continue to work additional hours (24 hours instead of 9 hours a week) for longer than expected. This will provide additional income for saving for the next two months. With both of us working so much overtime, though, we are going to treat ourselves to a fortnight in the sun during the winter.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 30, 2017, 09:12:32 PM
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With both of us working so much overtime, though, we are going to treat ourselves to a fortnight in the sun during the winter.

Tartan - I wish to get away from the heat in Florida:), but the 4th of July weekend is upon us, so we may indulge as well:)
Looking good for your income - $$$ are a good thing.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on July 07, 2017, 08:05:42 AM
update - 29 months to go...

up 500 from last month to 29,500 in retirement account.  Returns dropped this month so I went ahead and increased my monthly deposits from 440 to 535, set to start next pay period. 

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July!  We had a very low-key holiday but saved money by staying home and hanging in the backyard. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on July 10, 2017, 02:33:51 PM
Looking good Mommy Cake - we're really doing it!

I am obsessed with this 50K goal. Decided to add an extra $2K by redirecting money originally allocated for my Travel stash.
Added small side gig monies to the travel fund instead.

UPDATE:
July 2017
$8,221.92 - only $41,779.08 to go to reach my goal of 50K

YAY - the new ticker worked - I love visuals:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on July 19, 2017, 04:14:12 AM
Rosy you are crushing this !!!!!

I hit 30k, yay!  28.5 months left to go, and with my increased deposits I should hit 50k just in time.

Westtoeast, how are you doing? 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: TartanTallulah on July 19, 2017, 05:09:29 AM
Yay, everyone's making great progress :-)

I'm doing OK too. My main target is to have a year's projected and researched expenditure in cash by the end of March 2019. My secondary, good-to-have, target is to have a year's expenditure plus the cost of a frivolous midlife crisis set of (two) wheels in cash by the end of March 2019 and not let my husband talk me into the frivolous midlife crisis purchase before I've got time to play on it. If I can keep working until then, everything will fall into place.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on July 19, 2017, 05:39:29 AM
Rosy you are crushing this !!!!!

I hit 30k, yay!  28.5 months left to go, and with my increased deposits I should hit 50k just in time.

Westtoeast, how are you doing?


I was just coming to update-- thanks for asking!

My investments just crossed $10,000. My Emergency Fund just crossed $9,000. So my number is now $19,000... feeling pretty excited! It will be $20,000 after my next summer school paycheck. I'm on track to exceed my goal, actually. I should be at $36,000 by this time next year (assuming I don't have to touch my emergency fund).

Nice work everyone, some solid gains!


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Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on July 30, 2017, 08:20:38 AM
Rosy you are crushing this !!!!!

I hit 30k, yay!  28.5 months left to go, and with my increased deposits I should hit 50k just in time.

Westtoeast, how are you doing?


I was just coming to update-- thanks for asking!

My investments just crossed $10,000. My Emergency Fund just crossed $9,000. So my number is now $19,000... feeling pretty excited! It will be $20,000 after my next summer school paycheck. I'm on track to exceed my goal, actually. I should be at $36,000 by this time next year (assuming I don't have to touch my emergency fund).

Nice work everyone, some solid gains!


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We are all crushing this:) - yay! You go guys! We got this!

Update:
July ended with $8,221.92

August starts with:
$1,533 auto trsf
$  100  auto trsf
$  200  one time trsf Reg
TOTAL $1833
Looking into finding another $200 this month to reach a cool two thou. My goal is to come up with an even $2K each month from now on, except for Dec.

To keep it real and to keep me motivated, I broke up my 50K goal into five steps - each step is $10K!

PLAN - SUCCESS - reached step one of my five step plan to reach 50K!!!
1. Aug 2017 - $ 10,054 - opening a Money Market account at Capital One - APY 1.10%
- comes with a $200 bank bonus if I qualify, which would sweeten the pot even more.

Next step - open VC by Oct 2017:)
2. Sep 2017 to Feb/Mar 2018 - $10K total. The plan is to open VG acct in Oct 2017 w $3K+ and contribute ea mo until it hits $10K+ (Admiral shares)
3. Apr 2018? - skip savings send to vacation account instead - May 2018 to Oct 2018  - save up to the next $10K online at 1.5% APY
4. Nov 2018 to May 2019 - $1K ea mo to MM and $1K ea mo to VG - total $5K ea = $10K
5. Jun 2019 to Nov 2019 ??? - total $10K - sav/inv?

I can't believe this is really happening. Anticipation - it will be so cool to hit each step, can't wait for the halfway mark.

How are things looking for August for everyone?





Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on August 02, 2017, 04:35:16 AM
Great job Everyone!!!!!!  Glad we're all on track :)

My last July deposit has me at 30,500 to start out the new month.  July brought great returns, and Mint thinks I will hit 50k by November 2018. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on August 10, 2017, 01:29:54 PM
Just reporting in because of a slight detour.

Aug is now a straight up total of $10K in a CD at 3% APY

Step one completed. $40K more to go:)

GO MOMMYCAKE GO! I'm so jealous:) - love your August numbers.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on September 05, 2017, 04:31:42 AM
Well it's a new month everyone! Great job on the 10k Rosy!

My retirement account didn't do very well in August; I'm only at 31,000 to start out September.  I'm still on track to hit 50k sometime in November 2019 though.

I've been saving for another rental property but after months of no luck am considering putting this on hold.  If I stop the down payment savings, I can really up the contributions to the retirement account.  I'm gonna take some time to mull this over....

How did everyone else's August go?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on September 05, 2017, 04:37:22 AM
I'll have to come back at the end of Sept for a real update, since I didn't get paid in August (it was sad seeing all my accounts stay basically the same, especially since my investments didn't do that well). My first 457 deduction did get taken out of my first Sept check though, and I moved some of my first paycheck to my EF, so I'm now at $21,035. Every thousand counts!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on September 29, 2017, 08:16:48 AM
Checking in for September....

Retirement account is at 32,000 this morning.  Investments did well this month, and Mint bumped up my date to meet 50K goal from Nov to Oct 2018. 

I had been considering forgetting about saving for another rental property, but I think I may have found one.  May put in an offer this weekend. 

Rosy are you out there?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on October 09, 2017, 12:57:16 PM
Good job everyone!:)

Checking in - and it's not all good - I'm struggling a bit at present. Instead of adding another 10K total for Sep Oct Nov, which I was gearing up to do, I spent that 10K plus I'm now in debt for another 11K. My budget is shot right now and most of my cash emergency savings is gone.
Let's just say, these were necessary and satisfying expenses, but I had hoped to put them off for another year. There is a possibility of getting back $7K and I will strive to come up with a few extra bucks and savings in November - we'll see how it all goes.

So - sigh - total saved as of Oct 9, 2017 $10, 042.
Bottomline - October looks very iffy at the moment - with luck I might manage to put away $500 in savings, but I'm not holding my breath. Will update at the end of the month.

I'm still here @mommycakes - and I'm not going anywhere until I reached my goal - just reeling from a major setback right now. Struggling to get back on track, but I'll get there:) - can't let a little thing like 25K expenditures in one month get in the way of my goals, especially since these were (partially) planned expenses.
Right now I can only dream of your $32K:) - good luck with your real estate hunt!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on October 09, 2017, 02:57:26 PM
I'm joining in. Currently I'm in the race to $10K where I am tracking my Net worth but I'm going to join this race to $50K to track my retirement accounts.

Goal - Hit $50K by June 2019

                           10/9/2017
401K                  $23,828.55
Capital One IRA      2,232.00
Fidelity IRA          322.27
Total Retirement $26,382.82     

Remaining to reach goal = $23,617.18 in 21 months is roughly $1,124 a month. This will not be my number in the beginning. I'm working on paying down some debt so my monthly contributions will be close to $500 at least for the next 6-8 months. After that I can start throwing more money towards retirement.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on October 09, 2017, 03:06:46 PM
October Update!

Investments = $14,585
Emergency Fund = $8,000 (I moved some of this over to my Roth IRA)
Total = $22,585

So about $1,000 increase since my last post. It should have been a little higher, but I did dip into savings a bit to cover a few unexpected expenses (necessary). On the bright side I'm now on track to hit 50k in January 2019 IF I stick to some pretty darn rigorous goals. I've also been side hustling and while some of that is funding travel, I should be able to divert a little bit to savings. It would be so amazing to hit the goal before 2018 ends, but that would be tough.

Glad to see folks still active here-- it can be really hard to stay motivated on these long term goals!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on October 09, 2017, 03:10:38 PM
Good job everyone!:)

I'm still here @mommycakes - and I'm not going anywhere until I reached my goal - just reeling from a major setback right now. Struggling to get back on track, but I'll get there:) - can't let a little thing like 25K expenditures in one month get in the way of my goals, especially since these were (partially) planned expenses.
Right now I can only dream of your $32K:) - good luck with your real estate hunt!

Setbacks can be so frustrating! Although it sounds like this spending was going to happen either now or later-- hopefully the fact that the spending happened now doesn't change your overall date too much. You'll get there one way or another :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on October 16, 2017, 12:58:31 PM
Remaining to reach goal = $23,617.18 in 21 months is roughly $1,124 a month. This will not be my number in the beginning. I'm working on paying down some debt so my monthly contributions will be close to $500 at least for the next 6-8 months. After that I can start throwing more money towards retirement.

Well I increased my 401K contribution so it should be around $775 for just 401K. I then plan to save whatever else I can into a separate savings account until I reach $3K after which I'll put that into an IRA and set up some auto-deductions. I looked at my FIRE goal and I'm gonna need to hit $50K by end of 2018 to stay on track so I'm shortening my time-frame to 14 1/2 months! Yikes. Here's hoping the market helps me out with this. :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on October 16, 2017, 01:35:25 PM
Hi there!  I just saw this thread for the first time.
I have been updating on the Race to 10k thread all year.
Looking forward to using this thread

Will update soon
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on October 17, 2017, 12:23:11 PM
@haypug - welcome to the challenge!:) I see you are as driven as I am on this particular challenge. Motivation is key, but it helps to see others adjust and re-adjust their plans on how to get there - good going so far!

FOCUS - like those steel bars they put into concrete buildings, they can move if need be, but they are rock solid.

@westtoeast - I hear ya, it is hard to stay motivated for a long time - because life and setbacks happen - but, so do windfalls and unexpected blessings and opportunities. Nice to see you on track.
I'm looking forward to all of us reaching our goals - blips an' all:)

@DieHard - Yay - welcome to the club - looking forward to seeing your goals and your plans on how to make it all happen:)!

Update for October - looks like there will be just a little bit of incoming funds for saving - wayyy better than zero:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on October 17, 2017, 12:55:11 PM

@DieHard - Yay - welcome to the club - looking forward to seeing your goals and your plans on how to make it all happen:)!

Update for October - looks like there will be just a little bit of incoming funds for saving - wayyy better than zero:)

Thanks Rosy.  The Race to 10K thread was really helpful and encouraging, and I'm sure this will be too.
As for me, here are our current numbers (I am including money that will be spent in the next few months for simplicity... and maybe to pad the numbers a bit, but hey!  Also, to be fair,
this only includes money in my bank account, not my wife's, and there are other things that are technically assets like some silver coins and of course things we own.  Maybe in the future
I will add some of those to help with the numbers a bit on our race to $20K networth, we'll see) 

OUR ASSETS:  $15654
Money for spending:  $1952
Savings:  $2125
Our Investments (my IRAs, my wife's Sep-IRA, and our HSA):  $11,576

OUR LIABILITIES: -7305
Credit card:  -$2925
Student loan: -$4380

TOTAL NETWORTH:
$8349

Considering that, by my calculation, our networth was nearly -$15k two years, I would say we are making great progress!
Onward to the next milestone:  $20k!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on October 17, 2017, 02:03:46 PM
Thanks Rosy.

Nice to see you in this challenge DieHard

I'm thinking that once I see my paycheck after the updated 401K deductions that if I have extra money to save I will just increase my contribution to 401K again. With the tax savings and the company match (I think it's 33% but I'm not sure how high they match) it probably makes more sense to work on getting my 401K up to the max first before saving in an IRA. So that is the new plan. Like you said Rosy, plans can change and I think being flexible to switching things up in order to make the best financial decisions will be the best thing I can do.

Everyday I am on this thread and also reading the blog posts I am grateful. I have been able to start turning my financial situation around much faster than I thought possible and I am still learning.

Once I see the October numbers I'll be able to set up some monthly goals. Main focus right now is still paying down some debt but Retirement savings is obviously a close second. My FIRE goal is 2030 so I have a long way to go but staying on track for the long haul will be key and having these races along the way is super helpful.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on October 29, 2017, 01:29:42 PM

Everyday I am on this thread and also reading the blog posts I am grateful. I have been able to start turning my financial situation around much faster than I thought possible and I am still learning.

I completely agree.  The excitement of making progress is awesome.
Occasionally I need to rein in my head from being impatient, and realize that my effort will pay off... I expect that over time I will be able to save even more, it's a matter keeping my mind in the positive:  The Glass is Half Full!

At the end of the day, our networth grew by well over $20k from two years ago, and I promise you, that is the most networth growth I personally have experienced... so far
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on October 29, 2017, 01:33:29 PM
Our networth, according to the numbers I have been tracking (which doesn't include my wife's bank accounts or the estimated value of other possessions)
has temporarily peaked at over $11,000 (for the first time ever)... with monthly expenses, this will decrease again, yet the mountain top keeps rising.

The next benchmark is to get our networth over $20k.  I am giving myself until next September, and I would like it to happen a lot faster :)

 In reality, it could be well over this already, yet like I said, it's according to the numbers I am tracking
(which mostly are investments).
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on October 30, 2017, 06:26:25 AM
I'm so happy to see two more people joined us this month!  Welcome Haypug and Diehard! 

Sorry to hear about your setbacks Rosy, that is never fun or easy to handle.  We're all here cheering you on - you will get past it!  There are always ups and downs in life.

My TSP retirement account, which is the only thing I'm tracking here, is doing fine and at 33,100 at the end of October. 
My real estate deal is just about fallen through.  Home inspection was this weekend and I found out the house needs extensive work, and do not think the price will be negotiable to make up for it.  So it looks like a no go.  I'm still considering re-prioritizing retirement account above real estate if this does not work out. 

Happy Halloween tomorrow, and hope we all have a good November....
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on October 31, 2017, 08:28:18 AM
                           10/9/2017      10/31/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09 change of +636.27

$22,980.91 left to save by December 2018

My short term goal is to reach $28,000 by the end of November. Currently I am putting $590 into my 401K with an employee match of ~$250 I think. So that gets me to around $27,860 I'll just need to put in another $140 for the month to hit it. I'll probably increase my 401K from 10 to 12% and that should take care of it. Of course assuming the market stays the same or goes up. :)
                                               
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on November 01, 2017, 08:50:06 AM
                           10/9/2017      10/31/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09 change of +636.27

$22,980.91 left to save by December 2018

My short term goal is to reach $28,000 by the end of November. Currently I am putting $590 into my 401K with an employee match of ~$250 I think. So that gets me to around $27,860 I'll just need to put in another $140 for the month to hit it. I'll probably increase my 401K from 10 to 12% and that should take care of it. Of course assuming the market stays the same or goes up. :)
                                             

Nice job!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on November 01, 2017, 08:51:40 AM
I'm so happy to see two more people joined us this month!  Welcome Haypug and Diehard! 

Sorry to hear about your setbacks Rosy, that is never fun or easy to handle.  We're all here cheering you on - you will get past it!  There are always ups and downs in life.

My TSP retirement account, which is the only thing I'm tracking here, is doing fine and at 33,100 at the end of October. 
My real estate deal is just about fallen through.  Home inspection was this weekend and I found out the house needs extensive work, and do not think the price will be negotiable to make up for it.  So it looks like a no go.  I'm still considering re-prioritizing retirement account above real estate if this does not work out. 

Happy Halloween tomorrow, and hope we all have a good November....

Thanks MommyCake.
Haypug and I have frequented the Race to 10K thread, which has been really cool because it's so supportive. 
This one is the next logical step, I'm glad this thread exists.

It's a bit more appealing at this point to me than the Race to 100k thread.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 05, 2017, 12:47:42 PM
I'm happy to see everyone is on track:) It does take commitment and time to reach our next lofty goals:)!

@haypug - I agree with you 100% about coming here often to stay motivated and focused. None of this comes naturally to me, although I am a planner and that is my one ace in the hole - besides I do like a challenge:)
I'm competitive, so all those gauntlets help me stay on track and do more than I might otherwise consider doing on my own.

1. Update for October: No progress, partially due to more expenses than usual. Instead, I decided to shore up my various accounts which all took a beating, and the travel and emergency account plus the X-mas account, before I add any more to my $50K goal.
2. November outlook: $500 max - zero at worst. We'll see.
3. December may be zero, because I am padding the travel account to up it to $3K. I also plan to pay off everything - no more cc debt, so I will start out 2018 with no debt, except a car loan.

4. By January 2018 - I plan to be totally back on track -lord willin' and the river don't rise:). I actually feel "relatively" confident in this plan and starting the New Year off with zero cc debt is certainly a great incentive, not to say relief.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 06, 2017, 07:54:58 AM
Nice planning Rosy, I too am working on being debt free and there are times when I want to just not save anything and put all my money into debt pay off but I know especially with the 401K match that it's probably not a great idea. So I will stick with mostly paying off debt while putting a lower percentage away for FIRE.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 07, 2017, 10:17:13 AM
Only 4,802 days until retirement ;)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on November 08, 2017, 11:50:44 AM
Only 4,802 days until retirement ;)

Wow... I can almost taste it ;)

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 08, 2017, 12:41:20 PM
Whoops I meant to post this in the FIRE 2030 thread. ;)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 15, 2017, 07:17:47 AM
Mid month update. I love paydays :)

                          10/9/2017       10/31/17         11/15/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73      25,051.95
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61        2,248.65
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75           300.27
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09     $27,600.87 (increase of $581.78)

$22,399.13 left to save by December 2018

My short term goal is to reach $28,000 by the end of November I'm ~$400 away from that goal and with about $475 going into my 401K per check I will definitely hit this goal this month. That will leave me $22K to save over 13 months which is about $1,700 a month. I'll be increasing my 401K contribution from 12% to 14% in January followed by quarterly increases of 2-3% all year. With an end goal of 25% (maxed out) by year end. If I can I'll increase a little faster but I still need to keep my Debt Payoff as top priority.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on November 28, 2017, 04:56:48 AM
Woo, I reached the halfway point! EF & investments now equal $25,000. Could have been higher but November was a spendypants month for me. I did also move some more of my EF over to my Roth. I think this was the right call, but I should leave my EF alone now. On track for $40,000 by end of summer 2018. $50,000 in early 2019. Gotta stay focused!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 30, 2017, 07:49:15 AM
November Update

                          10/9/2017       10/31/17         11/30/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73     $25,798.78
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61         2,298.01
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75           304.79
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09     $28,401.58 (Increase from Oct of $1,382.49)

Left to save by December 2018 is $21,598.42. That's $1,661.42 per month over 13 months. I did end up increasing my 401k to 12% this month and will increase to 14% around January. Reaching $50K by the end of next year is feeling more and more possible.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on November 30, 2017, 02:11:09 PM
November Update

                          10/9/2017       10/31/17         11/30/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73     $25,798.78
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61         2,298.01
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75           304.79
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09     $28,401.58 (Increase from Oct of $1,382.49)

Left to save by December 2018 is $21,598.42. That's $1,661.42 per month over 13 months. I did end up increasing my 401k to 12% this month and will increase to 14% around January. Reaching $50K by the end of next year is feeling more and more possible.

@Haypug, may I ask, why the Capital One IRA?  I don't know much about their retirement products, although I do have a bank account with them. How much are the fees?

I've heard good things about Fidelity, those fees are low, yes?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 30, 2017, 03:00:31 PM
November Update

                          10/9/2017       10/31/17         11/30/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73     $25,798.78
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61         2,298.01
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75           304.79
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09     $28,401.58 (Increase from Oct of $1,382.49)

Left to save by December 2018 is $21,598.42. That's $1,661.42 per month over 13 months. I did end up increasing my 401k to 12% this month and will increase to 14% around January. Reaching $50K by the end of next year is feeling more and more possible.

@Haypug, may I ask, why the Capital One IRA?  I don't know much about their retirement products, although I do have a bank account with them. How much are the fees?

I've heard good things about Fidelity, those fees are low, yes?

I honestly would have to look. I have the Capital One because I used to have Sharebuilder (a million years ago) and they were acquired by Capital One. Fidelity is where I want to start putting more of my money eventually I just have been focusing on debt payment and not retirement savings lately so the balance is very low on that one.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on December 01, 2017, 05:12:50 AM
Hi Everybody!

Checking in to update... 
TSP balance is up to 34,300.  Mint thinks I will hit 50k in Sept 2019.  Yay progress!
I canceled my contract on the house I was going to buy, so I think in 2018 I can bump up my retirement contributions significantly.  Baby # 2 is due to arrive in January, and this may affect both income and expenses, so don't want to shake things up too much just yet. 

About the IRA's..... Should I bother with these yet?  I haven't been able to max out TSP yet, so I haven't been contributing to my IRA that I opened years ago.  Theres only a few thousand in there.  I don't know that much about IRA's honestly, but I know MMM recommends maxing 401k first.  Any thoughts?

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on December 01, 2017, 07:16:44 AM
Hi Everybody!

Checking in to update... 
TSP balance is up to 34,300.  Mint thinks I will hit 50k in Sept 2019.  Yay progress!
I canceled my contract on the house I was going to buy, so I think in 2018 I can bump up my retirement contributions significantly.  Baby # 2 is due to arrive in January, and this may affect both income and expenses, so don't want to shake things up too much just yet. 

About the IRA's..... Should I bother with these yet?  I haven't been able to max out TSP yet, so I haven't been contributing to my IRA that I opened years ago.  Theres only a few thousand in there.  I don't know that much about IRA's honestly, but I know MMM recommends maxing 401k first.  Any thoughts?

Congrats on the Balances up and on the upcoming arrival of Baby #2!

I have heard the same regarding maxing out 401k before contributing to an IRA. That is my goal. I'm new to all this but the tax benefits of contributing to a 401k are great also the money comes right out of the paycheck so there's no temptation to spend it. That's at least the reasoning I have for putting the 401K first. My IRA balances are all pre MMM so I was just kind of throwing my money around with no real idea of what I was doing. Now I at least have "some" idea of what's going on. My goal is to max out 401K by the end of 2018 and then start adding to the Fidelity IRA.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on December 13, 2017, 01:56:42 PM
Woo, I reached the halfway point! EF & investments now equal $25,000. Could have been higher but November was a spendypants month for me. I did also move some more of my EF over to my Roth. I think this was the right call, but I should leave my EF alone now. On track for $40,000 by end of summer 2018. $50,000 in early 2019. Gotta stay focused!

Woohoo - halfway there is sweet victory:) CONGRATS to you westtoeast! I'm practically green with envy:)...

Update: Ending the year 2017 with $10,117.

OUTLOOK: 2018 - no debt except car loan (grrr) and I'm back in the game - which means I can contribute a solid $1K in January. Things are looking up again.
All other goals and financial surprises are sorted out and I think January may turn out to be a good month.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on December 22, 2017, 07:39:17 AM
Woo, I reached the halfway point! EF & investments now equal $25,000. Could have been higher but November was a spendypants month for me. I did also move some more of my EF over to my Roth. I think this was the right call, but I should leave my EF alone now. On track for $40,000 by end of summer 2018. $50,000 in early 2019. Gotta stay focused!

Woohoo - halfway there is sweet victory:) CONGRATS to you westtoeast! I'm practically green with envy:)...

Update: Ending the year 2017 with $10,117.

OUTLOOK: 2018 - no debt except car loan (grrr) and I'm back in the game - which means I can contribute a solid $1K in January. Things are looking up again.
All other goals and financial surprises are sorted out and I think January may turn out to be a good month.


REVISED UPDATE FOR DECEMBER and it is oh so much better:) instead of $10,117 I'm ending the year 2017 with $11,642. I'm ecstatic and quite proud of myself that I pulled this off after so much financial upheaval - both planned and unplanned.

Hope y'all are doing well going into 2018 - slow and steady wins the race!

Current status and plans for 2018:
1. To re-state my original goal of saving $1,666 mo x 30 mo = $50K by Dec 2019. Did not happen that way - lots of wild swings throughout the year.
Current status: $11,642 as of Dec 2017

2. Seven months in, I am at $11,642 with 23 months and $38,358 to go to my ultimate goal of $50K.
If I continue to manage to save $1667.74 a month - on average - I will be right on track.

3. 2018 will be harder since I now have a $256.05 car payment that I didn't have when I started this challenge in June (car loan happened in late Aug). Plus, I added a second goal of saving $200 to bolster my travel fund - Jan to July.
So I need to become a badass MMMer at least until July and I definitely need to find a bit of side income to make it all happen.

Trouble is both plans are equally important to me - the travel fund is a sort of bucket list, let's do this while I still can and I plan to have a lot of fun doing it, so I do not want to skimp on my trip with my longtime girlfriends, if I can help it.

Perhaps I could find a zero percent credit card to help with the travel fund? - not too fond of that route, I prefer to have enough money for all of my travel expenses before I leave. I've just never been able to justify going on a trip when you don't have the money to do so - but this is also my mom's 90th birthday and will be my last trip just to see her (alongside spending time and money on a trip throughout Europe with my old friends while I am there).

Maybe I could figure out how to travel hack - all I need is the ticket for one person, the rest is cake, I've already saved $3,258.

However, I realize that I really do not want to give up my retirement fund goal either - so wish me luck and tenacity:) - I will find a way - god willing and the river don't rise:)

Happy Holidays everyone and the best of luck with your own goals!:) 2018 here we come - we can do this!
I really want to see $50K in my statement by Dec 2019!


 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on December 29, 2017, 12:06:23 PM
December Update

                          10/9/2017       10/31/17         11/30/17      12/31/17
401K                  $23,828.55     $24,456.73     $25,798.78   $26,792.07
Capital One IRA      2,232.00         2,250.61         2,298.01      2,351.73
Fidelity IRA               322.27            311.75           304.79         304.79
Total Retirement $26,382.82      $27,019.09     $28,401.58   $29,448.59

$20,551.41 left to save by the end of next year. It'll be close but hopefully the market will hold, though I have a good 10+ years before I FIRE so I could handle a crash. I'm just going to stick to my plan of increasing my 401K to 14% in January and again every 2-3 months until I max it out.

End of January goal is to hit $31K
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on December 30, 2017, 07:27:12 PM
A couple of days ago our networth hit $15,000 for the first time since I've tracked it. 
It's not EVERYTHING, and it will fluctuate again with expenses, yet still, feels good
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on December 31, 2017, 05:22:44 PM
2017 revised - Final December Balance $10,5K
The goal posts keep moving on this goal it seems - so frustrating - ultimate goal: $50K by Dec 2019 

2018 here we come!
New Plan:

$1533 mo -  from Jan to Jun = $ 9,198 plus  $200 bonus, plus $650 transfer/close acct.
Projected results - $20,548 total by June 2018
Re-evaluate in September 2018



Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on January 02, 2018, 09:52:04 AM
Happy New Year!

End of Dec 2017 update - $35,700 in the TSP account

Well I bit the bullet and upped my contributions to $1200 a month to the retirement account, mostly because I got a step increase and COL increase.  If I run out of paid time off and and have to take leave without pay to stay home with baby, I can always re-evaluate the budget.  But at least this way I'm starting off 2018 on the right foot.  My leave started this week at the doctors advise since he says baby can come any time now. 

I'm really glad everyone is doing well, and Rosy it seems like you're able to save a lot each month so I'm sure you will reach the goal, maybe even before Dec 2019.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 05, 2018, 02:48:45 PM
Get some rest and sleep while you can MommyCake - babies have a way of draining your energy the first six months for sure.

Looks like everyone is doing rather well.

January 2018 - Planned $1539 and $ 250 - I'll report back with final numbers later this month after it shows up in my account.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on January 08, 2018, 10:51:22 AM
I have made the decision to decrease my 401K contributions from 12 to 3% (the company match is 3%) This is so I can put the ~$500 into paying down debt. I have about $6K left in Credit Card debt and then $60K in Student loans that range from 3.4-5.5% so once the Credit Cards and the higher interest rate Student loans are paid down I'll go back to putting 12% or more into 401K. This means I will most likely not hit my goal of $50K by the end of this year but it should mean that I will be in a better position and able to save more later. Everything I've read says this is the right move to make but it's hard to not save for retirement (or at least not as much as I'd like)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 12, 2018, 09:35:36 AM
Correction - Jan 1, 2018 final numbers were $10,117.

UPDATE - January 12, 2018 - lots of good changes to report.

1. CD matured Jan 9 - rolled it over into:
CD 1 - at $3,000 @ 3% for 12 months
CD 2 - at $7,174.84 @ 2.25% for 15 months - I can add additional funds anytime up to $50K

2. Changed DD to go to the same bank so I can manually do an instant transfer of funds from checking into CD 2. (Jan-June = $1541x6mo= $9,246)
3. The plan is that I will stop adding funds in July-Aug-Sep while I am on vacation. Start up savings again in Oct-Nov $1541x2=$3082. December may be zero savings again.
Trying to be as realistic as I can. The ultimate goal for 2018 is to reach a min of $23K - stretch goal $25K.

3. New totals for January:
$ 3,000 CD1
$ 7,174.84 CD2
$ 1,541.- Jan Savings - scheduled to transfer into CD2 on Jan 17, 2018
---------------------------
$ 11,715.84 plus interest at the EOM

I'm relieved to have the CD's in place and I am looking forward to seeing around $ 19,4 or so by Jun 2018. What makes this a real challenge for me at present is that I need to be bada$$ enough to also save an additional 200 mo for my travel fund and since I added $256.05 car pmt to my budget - it is indeed tight.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 12, 2018, 09:45:32 AM
I have made the decision to decrease my 401K contributions from 12 to 3% (the company match is 3%) This is so I can put the ~$500 into paying down debt. I have about $6K left in Credit Card debt and then $60K in Student loans that range from 3.4-5.5% so once the Credit Cards and the higher interest rate Student loans are paid down I'll go back to putting 12% or more into 401K. This means I will most likely not hit my goal of $50K by the end of this year but it should mean that I will be in a better position and able to save more later. Everything I've read says this is the right move to make but it's hard to not save for retirement (or at least not as much as I'd like)

Tough decision @haypug16  I can see why you'd want to hit the cc's hard enough to eliminate that debt so you have more cash on hand and avoid interest. I'm not certain about the Student Loans - if the math supports it then I agree that the higher interest student loans should go next. The student loans at 3.4% can be dealt with once you have reached your 50K goals.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on January 12, 2018, 02:23:05 PM
The student loans at 3.4% can be dealt with once you have reached your 50K goals.

Yup that's the plan. I'm tackling the CCs and the SL with interest of 5.5 and 5.375% which is the bulk of the loans ($41K) once that is taken care of I will resume my climb to maxing out my 401K and just paying the min on the SL that's left (~$20K)

I haven't done all the calculations yet but I think this pushes my $50K goal back a lot but we'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on January 15, 2018, 08:46:48 AM
Correction - Jan 1, 2018 final numbers were $10,117.

UPDATE - January 12, 2018 - lots of good changes to report.

1. CD matured Jan 9 - rolled it over into:
CD 1 - at $3,000 @ 3% for 12 months
CD 2 - at $7,174.84 @ 2.25% for 15 months - I can add additional funds anytime up to $50K

2. Changed DD to go to the same bank so I can manually do an instant transfer of funds from checking into CD 2. (Jan-June = $1541x6mo= $9,246)
3. The plan is that I will stop adding funds in July-Aug-Sep while I am on vacation. Start up savings again in Oct-Nov $1541x2=$3082. December may be zero savings again.
Trying to be as realistic as I can. The ultimate goal for 2018 is to reach a min of $23K - stretch goal $25K.

3. New totals for January:
$ 3,000 CD1
$ 7,174.84 CD2
$ 1,541.- Jan Savings - scheduled to transfer into CD2 on Jan 17, 2018
---------------------------
$ 11,715.84 plus interest at the EOM

I'm relieved to have the CD's in place and I am looking forward to seeing around $ 19,4 or so by Jun 2018. What makes this a real challenge for me at present is that I need to be bada$$ enough to also save an additional 200 mo for my travel fund and since I added $256.05 car pmt to my budget - it is indeed tight.

Wow, where did you go to get 3% cd for only 12 months?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on January 16, 2018, 09:10:26 AM
This seems like a great goal for me to jump in on.

Years back, I have been utterly frugal (paid off $31,000 in student loans quickly by working double and spending half) but then have spent the past few years putting any extra cash I have made towards big trips and art workshops.

In December I recommitted to saving and will update at the end of January with numbers from the last two months (it's helping that my partner and I committed to a 'no-shopping' year for 2018~
Good work everyone!

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on January 16, 2018, 01:03:13 PM
Hi all. I’m still at a little over $25,000 because I ended up transferring $3000 to my student loans. I had an urge to just get that number down. I’m still on track for goals though! Keep it up everyone!!


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Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 18, 2018, 11:54:49 AM
Correction - Jan 1, 2018 final numbers were $10,117.

UPDATE - January 12, 2018 - lots of good changes to report.

1. CD matured Jan 9 - rolled it over into:
CD 1 - at $3,000 @ 3% for 12 months
CD 2 - at $7,174.84 @ 2.25% for 15 months - I can add additional funds anytime up to $50K

2. Changed DD to go to the same bank so I can manually do an instant transfer of funds from checking into CD 2. (Jan-June = $1541x6mo= $9,246)
3. The plan is that I will stop adding funds in July-Aug-Sep while I am on vacation. Start up savings again in Oct-Nov $1541x2=$3082. December may be zero savings again.
Trying to be as realistic as I can. The ultimate goal for 2018 is to reach a min of $23K - stretch goal $25K.

3. New totals for January:
$ 3,000 CD1
$ 7,174.84 CD2
$ 1,541.- Jan Savings - scheduled to transfer into CD2 on Jan 17, 2018
---------------------------
$ 11,715.84 plus interest at the EOM

I'm relieved to have the CD's in place and I am looking forward to seeing around $ 19,4 or so by Jun 2018. What makes this a real challenge for me at present is that I need to be bada$$ enough to also save an additional 200 mo for my travel fund and since I added $256.05 car pmt to my budget - it is indeed tight.

Wow, where did you go to get 3% cd for only 12 months?

@DieHard_772 - Navy Federal Credit Union - offers a one time deal for all new members - it is 3% APR with a max of $3K for 12 months. They've had this offer for a long time, but I didn't have an extra 3K when I joined in Aug 2017 - so I took advantage this January.
Membership requirement is a military connection or active military - I'm a widow and my husband was military and I have a military ID for base - comes in handy with a 10% discount at Lowes and Home Depot too:)
... and your household members and your family members can open their own account (based on your membership.)
I like them all around - especially for overseas travel

I was actually surprised to find that their other CD offer - current promo - may go dead anytime:) for 2.25% APR is pretty much better than anything out there incl Ally and cohorts - because it starts at $50 and you can continue to add up to $50K.

UPDATE - just saw this post from the Money Blog in my inbox
3% CD - $5K min and he did an interesting comparison of the early withdrawal penalty between Ally's CD at only 2.35%
Here is the link http://www.mymoneyblog.com/connexus-credit-union-5-year-cd-penalty.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mymoneyblog+%28My+Money+Blog%29


Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 18, 2018, 11:57:55 AM
Hi all. Iím still at a little over $25,000 because I ended up transferring $3000 to my student loans. I had an urge to just get that number down. Iím still on track for goals though! Keep it up everyone!!


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@westtoeast - Yeah - I'm happy to see you are still on track for goals - completely understand that urge - sometimes one has to veer off the path - briefly - to keep the faith and keep on plugging:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 18, 2018, 12:05:04 PM
This seems like a great goal for me to jump in on.

Years back, I have been utterly frugal (paid off $31,000 in student loans quickly by working double and spending half) but then have spent the past few years putting any extra cash I have made towards big trips and art workshops.

In December I recommitted to saving and will update at the end of January with numbers from the last two months (it's helping that my partner and I committed to a 'no-shopping' year for 2018~
Good work everyone!

Welcome to the challenge @Serendip ! Have you set a target date for your goal yet?
A no shopping year sounds bada$$:)

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on January 19, 2018, 10:16:00 AM
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In December I recommitted to saving and will update at the end of January with numbers from the last two months (it's helping that my partner and I committed to a 'no-shopping' year for 2018~
Good work everyone!

Welcome to the challenge @Serendip ! Have you set a target date for your goal yet?
A no shopping year sounds bada$$:)
[/quote]

Thanks Rosy,
I haven't set a target date since my income varies between year to year. I am self-employed and while there is generally always more work available I have given myself repetitive stress injuries before so need to just reduce spending, increase saving.
I will plug away as quickly as I can. The no-shopping year is surprisingly relieving..buying just isn't an option (we still could cut down on groceries, but for my SO it isn't about money as much as challenging our consumerism attitude!) We still can pay for 'experiences'..so have to be careful not to pursue that line too much.

Here's my progress, will be a bit slower in the future--some of this was due to repayments made to me
I would have to contribute around $2500/m to make $50,000 this year..and some months that is my income, other months it is half of it-- I am interested to see how close I can get!!

Dec 18/17     18,146.77
Jan 03/18     20,624.84
Jan 19/18     23,607.84
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on January 24, 2018, 06:27:04 PM


@DieHard_772 - Navy Federal Credit Union - offers a one time deal for all new members - it is 3% APR with a max of $3K for 12 months. They've had this offer for a long time, but I didn't have an extra 3K when I joined in Aug 2017 - so I took advantage this January.
Membership requirement is a military connection or active military - I'm a widow and my husband was military and I have a military ID for base - comes in handy with a 10% discount at Lowes and Home Depot too:)
... and your household members and your family members can open their own account (based on your membership.)
I like them all around - especially for overseas travel

I was actually surprised to find that their other CD offer - current promo - may go dead anytime:) for 2.25% APR is pretty much better than anything out there incl Ally and cohorts - because it starts at $50 and you can continue to add up to $50K.

UPDATE - just saw this post from the Money Blog in my inbox
3% CD - $5K min and he did an interesting comparison of the early withdrawal penalty between Ally's CD at only 2.35%
Here is the link http://www.mymoneyblog.com/connexus-credit-union-5-year-cd-penalty.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mymoneyblog+%28My+Money+Blog%29

@Rosy
Interesting,
Thanks for the info
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on January 26, 2018, 08:32:08 AM
Spreadsheet shows our networth at nearly $17k for first time ever.  Money is about to come out for expenses, yet still that is awesome progress.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on January 26, 2018, 04:47:04 PM
Hi all. Iím still at a little over $25,000 because I ended up transferring $3000 to my student loans. I had an urge to just get that number down. Iím still on track for goals though! Keep it up everyone!!


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@westtoeast - Yeah - I'm happy to see you are still on track for goals - completely understand that urge - sometimes one has to veer off the path - briefly - to keep the faith and keep on plugging:)

Thanks Rosy! Yeah, I feel OK about it. It is really nice to see a lower debt number on my Mint account!

Just reached 27,000 (24,800 investments, $2200 emergency fund).

I've been debating my EF amount lately. I also have read along with the thread discussing the amount folks keep. I've decided it is more important for me right now to divert more into investments and loan repayment. $2200 would only cover 1.4 months of basic expenses, but I'm in a secure job (knock on wood, but I've got tenure) and could tap my Roth or use my large open credit in a really dire situation. Hopefully this is an OK choice. Obviously, I'll get the EF higher if I can but investments will stay the priority.

New Goals:
August 2018--> $34,000 investments + $2000 EF = NW $36,000
August 2019--> $55,000 investments + $4000 EF = NW $59,000  (hopefully I'll cross the $50k line in spring 2019)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on January 30, 2018, 05:25:47 PM

3. New totals for January:
$ 3,000 CD1
$ 7,174.84 CD2
$ 1,541.- Jan Savings - scheduled to transfer into CD2 on Jan 17, 2018
---------------------------
$ 11,715.84 plus interest at the EOM


Starting out February with
$11,715.84


FEBRUARY
$11,715.84
$  1,541.-    Feb 21 - auto transfer
$     600. -       xtra savings trsf Feb 1
$      10.90 Int
$        5.36 Int
_________________________________
$13,873.10 TOTAL - updated Feb 1, 2018

Whew - I'm back on track:)

@westtoeast
You know it is hard to resist investing while the market is up. As long as you have enough to pull from if something bad happens, I think I'd opt for investing too. But, like you said, I'd try to shore up the EF whenever possible.

Ultimately I'd like to have one year worth of expenses $36K in an EF - one-third cash - two-thirds CD. I'm not there yet, by a long shot. We are benefitting from the market via Mr. R's 401K and other investments, but that can change tomorrow. It is scary to know he's only about six years away from retirement, who knows how the market will fare in that time?

I think it is smart to build in a margin for safety and consider worst-case scenarios - like a 10-15 year downturn of the market or a forced early retirement before we are ready.

Note: Updated figures Feb 1, 2018 instead of a new post.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on January 31, 2018, 09:13:39 AM
January Update

10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25

Increase of $1,902.66 this is pretty much all due to the market. I only contributed about $350 between myself and my employer match.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on February 01, 2018, 08:06:46 AM
January Update

10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25

Increase of $1,902.66 this is pretty much all due to the market. I only contributed about $350 between myself and my employer match.

Awesome
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on February 01, 2018, 09:34:44 AM
January Update

10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25

Increase of $1,902.66 this is pretty much all due to the market. I only contributed about $350 between myself and my employer match.


Awesome

Oh, Haypug I wish I could say that - color me green with envy for the next five minutes:)
Those are truly awesome results!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on February 01, 2018, 09:36:50 AM
Update as of 2/1....

What a month!  My retirement account jumped from 35,700 to 38,500!  Only about $1200 of that was from contributions, the rest was the market
In other news.... Rosy, I should have taken your advice about getting extra sleep while I could... Baby boy was born on Jan 10th, and I unexpectedly needed a c-section, and we came home from the hospital to my 22-month old daughter, who had gotten the flu!  It was a rough couple of weeks keeping the two separated and caring for both plus myself... but now I have two beautiful, healthy babies!   

Also, haypug, just my two cents, I agree with your decision to decrease 401k contributions while paying off debt, especially the 6k of credit cards.  Relatively soon your debt will be gone! and you can bump up retirement contributions then.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on February 01, 2018, 09:54:23 AM
Update as of 2/1....

What a month!  My retirement account jumped from 35,700 to 38,500!  Only about $1200 of that was from contributions, the rest was the market
In other news.... Rosy, I should have taken your advice about getting extra sleep while I could... Baby boy was born on Jan 10th, and I unexpectedly needed a c-section, and we came home from the hospital to my 22-month old daughter, who had gotten the flu!  It was a rough couple of weeks keeping the two separated and caring for both plus myself... but now I have two beautiful, healthy babies!   

Also, haypug, just my two cents, I agree with your decision to decrease 401k contributions while paying off debt, especially the 6k of credit cards.  Relatively soon your debt will be gone! and you can bump up retirement contributions then.

You guys are killing it!
Wow - Mommy Cake - that was no walk in the park. Glad you and the babies are fine! I hope baby boy is an easy baby:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on February 01, 2018, 11:38:27 AM
Update as of 2/1....

What a month!  My retirement account jumped from 35,700 to 38,500!  Only about $1200 of that was from contributions, the rest was the market
In other news.... Rosy, I should have taken your advice about getting extra sleep while I could... Baby boy was born on Jan 10th, and I unexpectedly needed a c-section, and we came home from the hospital to my 22-month old daughter, who had gotten the flu!  It was a rough couple of weeks keeping the two separated and caring for both plus myself... but now I have two beautiful, healthy babies!   

Also, haypug, just my two cents, I agree with your decision to decrease 401k contributions while paying off debt, especially the 6k of credit cards.  Relatively soon your debt will be gone! and you can bump up retirement contributions then.

Congrats on your baby boy! and for the increase in your retirement account.

Thanks to decreasing my 401K contribution my CC debt is now down to $4,800 and should be completely gone by April. :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on February 06, 2018, 04:54:17 PM
Congrats to Mommycakes!!

Made it to the halfway point..so glad I rediscovered my wits,  I had been waffling away my money for the past 2 years :)
What a difference a few months makes!

Dec 18/17     18,146
Jan 03/18     20,624
Jan 19/18     23,607
Feb 06/18     25,073
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on February 07, 2018, 07:32:00 AM
Yay, halfway point for Serendip!

Agreed, focus is everything. My mantra is, I am re-directing my money.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on February 10, 2018, 09:20:13 AM
Whelp, I'm back below the 1/2 mark.
- The market correction knocked me down about $2000
- Needed $500 from my EF because I had a medical expense that used up my deductible
- Owed taxes!

I'm side hustling a lot this month so I'll be able to restore the EF pretty quickly.

This is my first market correction since I've only been investing for a few years. I'm probably not the only one here in that boat. I'm trying to relax about it and stay the course by contributing every paycheck no matter what. It was just so satisfying to see that "25,000" investment number on my Mint account! Of course, it could go right back up again. Who knows. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on February 13, 2018, 08:14:40 AM
@westtoeastcoast - ouch!
This is probably a good time to not look at your statement until the market stabilizes a bit more. Easier said than done.
I don't have to deal with Market Volatility at present since my goal is strictly a CD stash but I gasp when I look at Mr. R's investments. In the long run, the market always beats savings - so you may well be way up again, by the time I reach my halfway point.

Of course, if unexpected big bills hit, I'll have to stop saving and deal with those instead. There is not enough money to do both, although I have a small EF, my slush fund is depleted and my EF is lower than it has been in two years.

I hear you on the side hustles. I'm not doing so well in that arena either, but plan to rev it up a bit, my goal is a min of $1K extra this year - I'd like to see more, we'll see.
I am waiting on $200 and hope to make another $50 online by March 1st.
Thinking of selling a couple of gemstones and adding the money to the stash. Originally, I wanted to hold onto them for ten years, but now I think I will at least find out for sure what I could sell them for now.

I really struggled last year to get back on track with the stash so I am a bit spooked about how well this year will go. I even contemplated giving up altogether, so staying the course was a win in a way.
Besides, if you are the one who crowed and started this thread you can't just go hide under a rock - you find a way to make it happen anyway.
There are times when I think this goal is way too ambitious considering my income and I'm only fooling myself thinking that I will ever get there - like today:).

It helps to see that I'm not the only one having issues and I appreciate all the support and input from all of you. We're mustachians we can do this!:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on February 24, 2018, 09:47:54 AM
How is everyone doing?

$13,873.10 Feb 24, 2018
$  1,541.-   Mar savings (SS)
$     300.-   bank bonus (Feb)
$     150.-   extra savings from discretionary funds (Mar)
$       60.-  B-day cash

Projected Total $ 15,924 ~ EOM March 2018

So happy to be back on track.
Hoping to hit a min of $25K by Dec 2018, stretch goal of $28K plus:). Even that $25K seems a long way away right now!
$34,076 ~ to go!


Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on February 24, 2018, 09:32:41 PM
So far, so good @Rosy ..just plugging away bit by bit!
I have been picking up extra shifts but also am going home for a week so it will just cover my losses *but worth it of course

Dec 18/17     18,146
Jan 03/18     20,624
Jan 19/18     23,607
Feb 06/18     25,073
Feb 24/18     27,000
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on February 25, 2018, 08:12:38 AM
@Serendip - good for you on the extra shifts, that helps! Just look at your numbers from Dec to Feb almost $10K - you are golden:)

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on February 25, 2018, 08:36:05 AM
@Serendip - good for you on the extra shifts, that helps! Just look at your numbers from Dec to Feb almost $10K - you are golden:)


Thank you @Rosy ...it's amazing to me as well! Hoping I don't have to pull from this stash for taxes but if I do, I'll just keep at it.
We still have 10 months to go!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on February 26, 2018, 01:52:25 PM
I'll post a formal update on Wednesday but really happy to see my 401K recovering from the market correction.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on February 28, 2018, 09:11:55 AM
February Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69 decrease of $669.56

Market has not fully recovered but it's getting there, I was down over $2K earlier in the month. My contributions were $177.34 so I guess I'm really down about $850 for the month. I should be able to up my contribution by April or May to 6% once my Credit Card Debt is gone! Only $2,200 left to pay off. :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on March 01, 2018, 04:52:22 AM
@westtoeastcoast - ouch!
This is probably a good time to not look at your statement until the market stabilizes a bit more. Easier said than done.

...

I really struggled last year to get back on track with the stash so I am a bit spooked about how well this year will go. I even contemplated giving up altogether, so staying the course was a win in a way.
Besides, if you are the one who crowed and started this thread you can't just go hide under a rock - you find a way to make it happen anyway.
There are times when I think this goal is way too ambitious considering my income and I'm only fooling myself thinking that I will ever get there - like today:).

It helps to see that I'm not the only one having issues and I appreciate all the support and input from all of you. We're mustachians we can do this!:)

Thanks Rosy-- I want to be strong enough not to look when dips happen! Luckily things have recovered a bit in the market and I made a few more paycheck contributions so I'm now up to $26,500. This is only a little shy of my plan. Obviously the lesson here is not to get emotionally invested in market ups and downs because they are part of the process.

And this goal is not too ambitious for you. You WILL get there! Sounds like everyone on this thread has had setbacks at some point but we are also all making progress-- imagine how much worse setbacks would be if we didn't have this savings goal driving us, or if we didn't use MMM strategies in our lives. 

Finally, I'm so glad you started this thread! It is so nice to see a goal on this forum that feels actually attainable, and to hear from other folks that I can relate to. So thank you, and keep going! We need ya!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on March 01, 2018, 07:31:39 PM
THANK YOU @westtoeastcoast
Thanks for the reminder that I am in good company - we all have had setbacks, but we keep on trucking:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on March 03, 2018, 07:59:24 AM
Good work everyone!


Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Jan 19/18     $ 23,607
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 03/18     $ 28,477

Here is my update..savings for the next month & half will most likely be used up to pay taxes (I made over what was estimated & am self-employed)..but hoping my increased RRSP contributions will balance it all out. Would love to hit $30,000 and stay there (not dip below post taxes) by the end of April.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on March 06, 2018, 07:39:51 AM
Hi Everyone!  Thanks for all the well wishes on the baby :) 

My last check in was on 2/1, and my TSP was at 38,500.  My loss from market correction was minimal, somehow.  Today my account is at about 39,600.   I've put in (my contributions + match) about $1720 this month but see only an $1100 increase in balance.  It could definitely be worse. 

Next month the balance should increase, but minimally.  I think I am making only one deposit instead of two due to running out of paid time off.  I'm taking about 5 weeks unpaid, so I may be at a standstill for the next couple of months.

Serendip, you're doing great!  Your increases are tremendous!  No doubt you will hit $30k soon.  Hopefully taxes won't be too much and you can cash flow it instead of taking from savings.  Or even better, maybe you won't owe at all! 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on March 06, 2018, 04:29:28 PM
Hi Everyone!  Thanks for all the well wishes on the baby :) 

My last check in was on 2/1, and my TSP was at 38,500.  My loss from market correction was minimal, somehow.  Today my account is at about 39,600.   I've put in (my contributions + match) about $1720 this month but see only an $1100 increase in balance.  It could definitely be worse. 

Next month the balance should increase, but minimally.  I think I am making only one deposit instead of two due to running out of paid time off.  I'm taking about 5 weeks unpaid, so I may be at a standstill for the next couple of months.

Serendip, you're doing great!  Your increases are tremendous!  No doubt you will hit $30k soon.  Hopefully taxes won't be too much and you can cash flow it instead of taking from savings.  Or even better, maybe you won't owe at all!

Thanks @MommyCake--good work for you as well!
 :) I have been able to save a high percentage of my paycheques..it is very satisfying but I am sure will fluctuate throughout the year. These challenges are keeping me inspired
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on March 22, 2018, 06:06:43 PM
Update as of Mar 21, 2018
$15, 437.56

I had hopes of hitting $16K this month ... we shall see. Good going everyone!:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on March 27, 2018, 09:40:49 AM
How are y'all ending the month of March - going out like a lamb or roaring like a lion?:)

I swear every dollar counts:) - I reached my secretly lusted after goal of $16K for this month after all, whew:)
But only thanks to my tax refund of $246.
Lots of little $ changes throughout the month, but somehow I made it happen:)

So, new balance as of Mar 27, 2018 = $16,007.
$33,993 to go until $50K
Target date: Dec 2019.

April 2018
$16,007 Bal
+ 1,541 sav - Apr
+      25 int - Apr
__________
$ 17,573 expected total end of April.

I do wish I could save more, but for now, this is the best I can do. Too many other irons in the fire:)
Continuing this course should bring me to about $20,715 by June 2018.
July - Aug - Sep will be zero savings - I'll be out of the country on a bucket list vacay.
The plan is to pick up savings again Oct to Dec - 3 mo sav $4623. plus $1K in x-tra sav/int. = $ 26,338 by EOY 2018 estimated total.

May the odds be in your favor!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on March 27, 2018, 09:58:26 AM
Great JOB @Rosy!! That's fantastic that you reached your goal :)

I am still 'stuck' at 28,000 due to my need to pay taxes (made more than expected last year). Still don't know exactly what I owe, but am not squirreling away any more cash until I have that sorted--then back to it.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on March 27, 2018, 11:49:39 AM
Thanks @Serendip - you're still way ahead of me:). I hope the taxes will not impact your goal too much or for too long.
Finally hitting $16K this month will pretty much ensure that I hit $20K by June 2018 and that is a huge milestone for me.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on March 27, 2018, 12:22:10 PM
Great job Rosy!

March is looking OK for me. My number is going to pretty flat due to the market correction and slow recover/savings on my end. I did finally pay of the last of my credit card debt this past week! So that means I can increase my contribution in April from 3% to 6%. After that I hope to increase by 1% a month (at least) until I get to the max.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on March 29, 2018, 06:43:55 AM
^^^ Congrats on paying off the last of your credit card debt @haypug16.
Flat or not it is still progress for your stash.
Fingers crossed for April - 3% is a fine increase, let's hope the markets cooperate.

The good news is we are all still hanging in there and plugging along ... toward sweet victory!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on March 30, 2018, 07:59:46 AM
Congrats Haypug!!!! No more credit card debt is Fantastic news!!!!!

I haven't made any contributions to my retirement account since my last update, since I haven't been working.  But I go back tomorrow, so soon enough I'll be increasing again.  I only made $100 in market returns since 3/6.  My balance is right around 39,700.  Honestly I'm just happy that I didn't lose anything. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on March 30, 2018, 06:46:33 PM
Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 03/18     $ 28,477
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008 

*I've stashed away $3000 so far for extra tax costs and will keep doing so until I see my book-keeper, hopefully soon so I know what the damage is :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on March 31, 2018, 12:59:11 AM
Our net worth shot up to 22,000 briefly for the first time. :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on April 04, 2018, 10:26:00 AM
March Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51- $(289.18) decrease

Increased my contribution to 6% from 3% for April. Should hopefully start to see this number go up. I need to save close to $20K by the end of the year to hit my goal.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on April 06, 2018, 04:40:11 AM
I'm starting April with 27,400 invested & 2,000 in EF! Will be over 31,000 assuming no market gains or losses.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 09, 2018, 10:35:24 AM
We are all getting there - one month at a time!

Update to March EOM - $16, 026.77 (every dollar counts, right?:)
$33,974 to go until $50K
Target date: Dec 2019.

Projected:
April 2018
$16,026 Bal - April 1, 2018
+ 1,541 savings - April 18, 2018, plus interest.

Fingers crossed that I will hit $20K+ by the end of June 2018.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 10, 2018, 11:30:01 AM

@DieHard - Yay - welcome to the club - looking forward to seeing your goals and your plans on how to make it all happen:)!

Update for October - looks like there will be just a little bit of incoming funds for saving - wayyy better than zero:)

Thanks Rosy.  The Race to 10K thread was really helpful and encouraging, and I'm sure this will be too.
As for me, here are our current numbers (I am including money that will be spent in the next few months for simplicity... and maybe to pad the numbers a bit, but hey!  Also, to be fair,
this only includes money in my bank account, not my wife's, and there are other things that are technically assets like some silver coins and of course things we own.  Maybe in the future
I will add some of those to help with the numbers a bit on our race to $20K networth, we'll see) 

OUR ASSETS:  $15654
Money for spending:  $1952
Savings:  $2125
Our Investments (my IRAs, my wife's Sep-IRA, and our HSA):  $11,576

OUR LIABILITIES: -7305
Credit card:  -$2925
Student loan: -$4380

TOTAL NETWORTH:
$8349

Considering that, by my calculation, our networth was nearly -$15k two years, I would say we are making great progress!
Onward to the next milestone:  $20k!

It's been awhile since I updated, so I will compare where we were six months ago to now:



COMPARISON (OCTOBER 2017 TO APRIL 2018)
OUR ASSETS:  THEN:  $15654   NOW:   $26,000  (+$10,000)
Money for spending:  THEN: $1952  NOW: $4500   (+$2500)
Savings:    THEN:  $2125  NOW:  $6500   (+$4375)
Our Investments (my IRAs, my wife's Sep-IRA, and our HSA):  THEN: $11,576  NOW:  $15,100   (+$3500)

OUR LIABILITIES:  THEN:  -7305  NOW:  -5733  (+$1575)
Credit card:  THEN:  -$2925  NOW:  -$1750  (+$1175)
Student loan: THEN: -$4380  NOW: -$3980  (+$400)

TOTAL NETWORTH:
THEN:  $8349  NOW:  $20,000 (+$11,500)

I definitely simplified and averaged out things a little bit here, so numbers are not exact.  Also, there's about $2700 about to come out for taxes, so that will impact the networth.  But this is a decent snapshot, and much progress is being made! 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 11, 2018, 09:45:10 AM
Wow - @DieHard_772 that is indeed some serious progress. I like that you not only saved a good chunk and also paid down your debt further, but you now have more money available to spend as well. Triple win!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on April 11, 2018, 01:06:17 PM
Very nice DieHard!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 11, 2018, 04:14:45 PM
Wow - @DieHard_772 that is indeed some serious progress. I like that you not only saved a good chunk and also paid down your debt further, but you now have more money available to spend as well. Triple win!

Thanks Rosy.  the "Spending money" really is the account that tracks monthly expenses, so it fluctuates all the time.  The fact that it was lower back in October might have been coincidental.  but the overall progress in all areas (savings, investments, and debt) is really cool!

Looking back on it, it really wasn't that hard because we are so focused on increasing our stash:  we increased our HSA contributions, my wife and I both continue to contribute to IRAs, I'm widdling down the credit card balance (to be completely paid off by September).  I also got more aggressive about putting aside money "for a rainy day" (what I like to call a "Contingency Fund,"  some people call it an "Emergency Fund").  This has been really comforting to have. 

I'm looking forward to continuing the progress..
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 11, 2018, 04:15:51 PM
Very nice DieHard!

Thank you!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 13, 2018, 11:32:35 AM
Projected:
April 2018
$16,026 Bal - April 1, 2018
+ 1,541 savings - April 18, 2018, plus interest.

Fingers crossed that I will hit $20K+ by the end of June 2018.

Well hell, I decided on a different tactic for reaching that coveted $20K, because it is driving me crazy. So instead of waiting for June, I'm swapping this goal out with my travel fund goal and sent $2400 to my CD this morning.
That means that I will reach my interim goal of $20K by Apr 18.

$16,026 Bal - Apr 1
   2,400 savings - Apr 16
   1,541 savings - Apr 18 + interest $30? = Total $20K~

The plan is to focus on other goals from May to Sep, mostly travel. I think it will be simpler and easier to focus on one goal at a time.
Ultimately, I want to end 2018 at the halfway mark or better - so I am shooting for $25K min, but will work on finding another $3K in savings to make it $28K total.
For now I am just relieved I hit $20K - I'm ready to turn my happy thoughts toward my one and only bucket list trip. "Only" $30K more to go:)

Do you all get as impatient about reaching your goals as I do? I just want it all and I want it now:)

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 13, 2018, 12:46:53 PM
Do you all get as impatient about reaching your goals as I do? I just want it all and I want it now:)

Nope, I've never been impatient... haha... as if, it used to be the bane of my existence!  haha... 

What helped me was to start really appreciating the progress we are making.  When I realized that our networth has grown by $25k in the past two years (never happened before), this started to change my default attitude from impatience to appreciation :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 13, 2018, 01:04:03 PM
Do you all get as impatient about reaching your goals as I do? I just want it all and I want it now:)

Nope, I've never been impatient... haha... as if, it used to be the bane of my existence!  haha... 

What helped me was to start really appreciating the progress we are making.  When I realized that our networth has grown by $25k in the past two years (never happened before), this started to change my default attitude from impatience to appreciation :)

Now that is downright profound DieHard! ... and goes a long way toward reducing self-created stress over arbitrary financial goals.
Love that - ... from patience to appreciation!
I may stick that on my bathroom mirror:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 13, 2018, 07:26:30 PM
Do you all get as impatient about reaching your goals as I do? I just want it all and I want it now:)

Nope, I've never been impatient... haha... as if, it used to be the bane of my existence!  haha... 

What helped me was to start really appreciating the progress we are making.  When I realized that our networth has grown by $25k in the past two years (never happened before), this started to change my default attitude from impatience to appreciation :)



Now that is downright profound DieHard! ... and goes a long way toward reducing self-created stress over arbitrary financial goals.
Love that - ... from patience to appreciation!
I may stick that on my bathroom mirror:)

Glad it helped @Rosy.
So what has your progress been over say the past 1, 2, or 5 years?  :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on April 16, 2018, 05:55:46 PM
Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 03/18     $ 28,477
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18     $ 30,000

Was right that I owed more for taxes...thankfully, I had stashed almost exactly the right amount (an extra $3400). The perils of self-employment!
Still heading in the right direction and low-spending means I even saved a bit extra.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 17, 2018, 08:38:14 PM
Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 03/18     $ 28,477
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18     $ 30,000

Was right that I owed more for taxes...thankfully, I had stashed almost exactly the right amount (an extra $3400). The perils of self-employment!
Still heading in the right direction and low-spending means I even saved a bit extra.

Congrats, that is awesome... that you had the extra money for taxes, and that your stash grew by $12k since December.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on April 19, 2018, 11:43:11 AM
I think I'll join you all..

The threads I saw earlier were all like racing from 100k to 200k or something like 1M to 2M and I felt so disheartened. I'm glad I found this thread.

I'm just starting on my mustachian journey even though I'm 35 yrs old. Better late than never!!

So here are my investment numbers -
Vanguard - 14000
Betterment - 4400
Savings - 10000

I'm putting about 1500$ monthly towards investment. Not bumping up the savings as I feel $10000 is sufficient.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on April 20, 2018, 09:48:24 AM
Welcome QuillScroll!

@Rosy I get impatient as well but the monthly and sometimes semi-monthly updates help with that.

It's looking like April will be a much better month than March for me. So I'm impatient to post an update but I'll hold off until the end of the month :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 20, 2018, 12:17:50 PM
I think I'll join you all..

The threads I saw earlier were all like racing from 100k to 200k or something like 1M to 2M and I felt so disheartened. I'm glad I found this thread.

I'm just starting on my mustachian journey even though I'm 35 yrs old. Better late than never!!

So here are my investment numbers -
Vanguard - 14000
Betterment - 4400
Savings - 10000

I'm putting about 1500$ monthly towards investment. Not bumping up the savings as I feel $10000 is sufficient.


Welcome to the club @QuillScroll ! We are happy that you found us - good luck with your goals going forward!
I know, it can be slightly discouraging to look into the other threads. 
The good news is that you are obviously on your way. That $10K savings is looking good, better yet, you moved past EF territory into investment territory.

So now there is nothing to stop you from reaching FI ...:) eventually.

What timeframe have you set for yourself?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 20, 2018, 12:26:38 PM
Welcome QuillScroll!

@Rosy I get impatient as well but the monthly and sometimes semi-monthly updates help with that.

It's looking like April will be a much better month than March for me. So I'm impatient to post an update but I'll hold off until the end of the month :)

Yay, @ haypug - we all need a little boost once in a while! It is gratifying to see we are all getting somewhere.
Agreed, the updates are good motivation and as long as I have a deadline it will keep calling my name and I'll incessantly play around with numbers and possibilities - not that I have that much at my disposal, but I'm getting there, slow and steady - $50K here I come.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on April 24, 2018, 08:32:02 AM
Thanks Rosy and haypug16

@Rosy, I have not set any timeline. Frankly, I'm very very new to investing. I just feel so dumb that I had not invested for so long. So I'm trying to take all this in and just reading through others progress and journey.

My goal is to make atleast 1500$ towards investment monthly.

As much as I rue the opportunities missed all these years, I cannot crib much because I'm in a better position than many others thanks to my Job. I don;t have any debt other than primary home mortgage and two car loans. There are times I beat myself up for all the extravagant spending I had done in the past when I could have stashed them away as savings or investment but I also feel gratitude that I don't have ant bad debts (read CC ).

I'm glad I woke up now. As they say, better late than never!!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on April 25, 2018, 11:35:34 AM
@QuillScroll we're here now and we'll make it count:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 25, 2018, 11:58:22 AM
Thanks Rosy and haypug16

@Rosy, I have not set any timeline. Frankly, I'm very very new to investing. I just feel so dumb that I had not invested for so long. So I'm trying to take all this in and just reading through others progress and journey.

My goal is to make atleast 1500$ towards investment monthly.

As much as I rue the opportunities missed all these years, I cannot crib much because I'm in a better position than many others thanks to my Job. I don;t have any debt other than primary home mortgage and two car loans. There are times I beat myself up for all the extravagant spending I had done in the past when I could have stashed them away as savings or investment but I also feel gratitude that I don't have ant bad debts (read CC ).

I'm glad I woke up now. As they say, better late than never!!

@QuillScroll
Don't I know the feeling!  The key is to make the best of it.
Our wife and I have steadily increased our networth by an average of over $1000 per month over the last 3 years... this is more progress than we have ever made.   Do I hope to improve upon this?  Absolutely.  Yet I'm learning to appreciate the progress,  rather than feeling bad that it wasn't sooner blah blah blah. 

Here's a really cool statement that I have been using personally:
"I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will have MORE money because of my saving efforts than I would have otherwise!"

As I tell my piano students, it's about progress, not perfection!

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on April 30, 2018, 08:20:47 AM
Numbers at the end of this month -

04/18 - $37900

I bumped up my vanguard investments from whatever I had left over in my checkings account, that's why you see a considerable jump in the numbers.

I also made a $500 additional payment towards mortgage principal. But I did not include that in this calculation. It may not be a  regular monthly thing. I'll only do it if anything is left over at the end of month.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on April 30, 2018, 08:23:26 AM
So looks like I should hit the target of $50000 in 8-9 months (around new year 2019!! YAY!!) if I continue to contribute $1500 per month. But that's the challenge, I should keep my focus and not return to being spendypants.

Counting on you all to hold me accountable.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on April 30, 2018, 08:32:09 AM
So looks like I should hit the target of $50000 in 8-9 months (around new year 2019!! YAY!!) if I continue to contribute $1500 per month. But that's the challenge, I should keep my focus and not return to being spendypants.

Counting on you all to hold me accountable.

There's also the unpredictability of the market to consider... You don't know where it will be in 9 months... Yet your efforts will pay off either way
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on April 30, 2018, 11:20:51 AM
Good job everyone!

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 03/18     $ 28,477
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18     $ 30,000
Apr 30/18     $31,290

***slowly but surely, heading in the right direction :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 01, 2018, 08:07:54 AM
^^^ now those are some sweet numbers, Serendip!:)

Update - final numbers for April:
$ 17,026.93 - CD 1 @ 2.25%
$   3,027.13 - CD 2 @ 3%




___________________________
TOTAL: $ 20,054.06

I'll be taking a break from this goal this month, while I work on my travel fund and related expenses - probably until Sep or Oct.
Meanwhile, I'll be posting only the interest earned ~ $31 ~ ea mo.
I don't know if I can stand seeing this goal put on ice:) wish I had a fairy godmother or a lottery win or something to come to the rescue in the interim.

THE current PLAN - subject to change:
Oct-Nov-Dec will be normal savings months.
My plan says those three months will add a min of $4,620, plus interest.

Realistically that will put me at ~ $25,000 min - the halfway mark by EOY 2018. I'd love to see $27K since my ultimate goal is $50K by Dec 2019. So the more I save this year, the easier it will be to meet my goal at the end of next year.

$29,945.94 to go!



Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on May 02, 2018, 06:20:53 AM
Welcome QuillScroll!  Looks like you and I will be hitting our goals around the same time :)

This month I was feeling a bit down about my progress over the past year, so I looked through all my posts to see my progression.  I likedhow Serendip's posts look showing the monthly increases.  Turns out, I am making progress every month even though sometimes it feels dreadfully slow. I feel much better seeing it in black and white. Heres my TSP account progress so far, with the update of finally hitting 40k in April!

6/9/17     29,000
7/7/17     29,500
7/19/17   30,000
8/2/17     30,500
9/5/17     31,000
9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800

Now that I'm back to work collecting paychecks and know the new daycare expenses, I was able to bump up my TSP contributions again. So the next update should show some decent progress hopefully!

Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on May 02, 2018, 02:26:58 PM
April Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20 +935.69 Increase

$18,671.80 left to reach my year end goal of $50K. This will be tough but I have increased my 401K contribution again for this month. Up to 8% from 6%. Will increase again next month if all goes well. My monthly increase needs to be more like $2k and over but nearly $1k this month is not bad. I'll take it.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on May 11, 2018, 09:49:55 AM
Woo, I crossed the $30,000 mark due to the markets the past few days! I won't hold my breath for it to stay that way, but it is a rather fulfilling number to see showing up on my Mint account.

Hoping for $35,000 by the end of August.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on May 13, 2018, 02:33:21 PM
April Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20 +935.69 Increase

$18,671.80 left to reach my year end goal of $50K. This will be tough but I have increased my 401K contribution again for this month. Up to 8% from 6%. Will increase again next month if all goes well. My monthly increase needs to be more like $2k and over but nearly $1k this month is not bad. I'll take it.

Awesome @haypug16 , keep it up
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on May 13, 2018, 02:34:13 PM
Woo, I crossed the $30,000 mark due to the markets the past few days! I won't hold my breath for it to stay that way, but it is a rather fulfilling number to see showing up on my Mint account.

Hoping for $35,000 by the end of August.

That is awesome, congrats @westtoeast
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on May 14, 2018, 08:40:32 AM

This month I was feeling a bit down about my progress over the past year, so I looked through all my posts to see my progression.  I likedhow Serendip's posts look showing the monthly increases.  Turns out, I am making progress every month even though sometimes it feels dreadfully slow. I feel much better seeing it in black and white.

I often feel like progress has stalled and the list helps show me the reality @MommyCake ! It's true, we are moving in the right direction, some months more quickly than others but that's okay too.
 I am about to have two weeks off of work, so may not save as much this upcoming month but that's incentive to see if I can pick up a few shifts when I return feeling refreshed.

 Great work everyone :)

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18     $ 30,000
May 14/18    $ 33,005

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on May 14, 2018, 10:33:49 AM
Welcome QuillScroll!  Looks like you and I will be hitting our goals around the same time :)

This month I was feeling a bit down about my progress over the past year, so I looked through all my posts to see my progression.  I likedhow Serendip's posts look showing the monthly increases.  Turns out, I am making progress every month even though sometimes it feels dreadfully slow. I feel much better seeing it in black and white. Heres my TSP account progress so far, with the update of finally hitting 40k in April!

6/9/17     29,000
7/7/17     29,500
7/19/17   30,000
8/2/17     30,500
9/5/17     31,000
9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800

Now that I'm back to work collecting paychecks and know the new daycare expenses, I was able to bump up my TSP contributions again. So the next update should show some decent progress hopefully!

Good luck everyone!

You are doing incredible @MommyCake don't think otherwise.  I wish my retirement account had grown by almost $12k in the past 11 months!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 21, 2018, 10:15:57 AM
@DieHard_772 - I think you are right, I need to go back and pull my monthly numbers and list them so that I can see and appreciate my progress better. I'll do that for the June progress report.
You also asked about progress over a one, three and five year period, that will be an interesting exercise:).
Here you go:

FIVE years ago: $8,5K debt - no savings, slush fund $500.
THREE years ago: $6,7K debt - no savings, EF $500, slush fund $500 = the year I found MMM.
*************************************************************************************************
ONE year ago - 2017:
ZERO debt - $22K savings - $3K EF and $1K slush fund.
*********************************************
1. Purchased a new/used car $10K - paid cash
2. Purchased a new/used car $12K - paid $2K down, took out car loan
3. Vacation - $3K cash
4. Eye surgery - $14K - paid cash

Ended the year 2017 with $10K savings - zero debt except for car loan - $2K travel fund - $3K EF/slush fund.
**********************************************************************************************

2018 - current as of May
$3K - family obligations - cash
$1K - ticket - cash - (my upcoming bucket list trip)
$600. - computer/printer - cash
   
As of today: $20K savings - zero debt except that damn car loan - $3,8K travel fund - $3K EF/slush fund.
********************************************************************************************
Thanks to MMM and all you lovely people in this forum:) - could not have done it without your constant motivation.

1. As far as NW for the two of us:
***************************
Currently $500K plus a paid for house and no debt from Mr. R. either, except for a zero percent interest rate car loan down to below $5K.
Mr. R. plans to work until 62 to increase the stash and because he likes his job. He plans to draw SS when he turns 66.

2. I'm already retired with a $37K income (after medical insurance).
*******************************************************
This $50K is my last MMM inspired stash - cash cushion/EF goal.
The plan is to reach $25K plus by Dec 2018 and $50K by NLT Dec 2019.

We are FI, enjoying a paid for house in a vacation/beach paradise area - just doing what we can to improve the stash until Mr. R. is ready to pull the trigger.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 21, 2018, 11:17:16 AM
We are all making progress! Good going, everyone!

OK then - I pulled my data by month, finally! It is really weird to see I started out with 4K and how I got stuck at $10K when the finances went all to hell in August 2017. Took me until Dec 2017 to recover and then I doubled it all in four months.
May-Jun-July-Aug will not see any savings either, but Sep might - then it's full throttle again in Oct-Nov-Dec.
I'd really like to see $25K plus by Dec 2018 - the halfway point would be a great Christmas gift:)

PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

   *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

   *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr

$ 29,945.94 to go
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: eav on May 21, 2018, 11:32:21 AM
Joining  the race!

2,500 E-fund (down from 3,593 from medical expense this month)
3,908 Taxable brokerage
3,884 Roth IRA
12,336 401K
10,475 Savings (discover online)

Total : 33,103
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 21, 2018, 07:39:35 PM
Joining  the race!

2,500 E-fund (down from 3,593 from medical expense this month)
3,908 Taxable brokerage
3,884 Roth IRA
12,336 401K
10,475 Savings (discover online)

Total : 33,103

@ vae Welcome to the club - I mean challenge:)
Looks like you've already got a great start - sorry about the medical expenses, but at least you had the E Fund in place already.

What is your savings MO - do you save X $ in all areas or an overall percentage?, or are you working on one item on your list at a time?
Specific goals or time deadlines?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on May 22, 2018, 06:05:41 AM
Rosy, your numbers for 2018 are looking amazing!  Almost 10k already :)

I have a question about FI, and if I'm being nosy just say so!  Are you FI because your retirement income is more than expenses?  The reason I ask is because i go back and forth on whether I could be considered FI.  I have minimal savings and small net worth, but my "passive" income is more than my expenses minus daycare.  But that income could decrease, my expenses could increase, etc. etc.  At what point exactly is someone considered FI?  Sorry I know this is a bit off-topic.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: eav on May 22, 2018, 11:04:58 AM
Joining  the race!

2,500 E-fund (down from 3,593 from medical expense this month)
3,908 Taxable brokerage
3,884 Roth IRA
12,336 401K
10,475 Savings (discover online)

Total : 33,103

@ vae Welcome to the club - I mean challenge:)
Looks like you've already got a great start - sorry about the medical expenses, but at least you had the E Fund in place already.

What is your savings MO - do you save X $ in all areas or an overall percentage?, or are you working on one item on your list at a time?
Specific goals or time deadlines?

Those are great questions! My savings strategy currently is pretty disorganized and will need to be updated to a ďPay yourself firstĒ strategy once my expenses are higher to make sure savings comes out first thing. I budget based on pay period, so once my second paycheck of the month comes in, whatever is left over from the first is added to the small emergency fund to keep 3,500 then to Discover savings and sometimes to the Roth. The same thing is done once the first paycheck of the month hits my account.

Iím currently projected to hit 50,000 February 2019 based on dollars to be saved and invested in my 401k Ė but hopefully the market helps out as well! Again, expenses will be higher since I will be moving, but I hope to stick to this timeline!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 22, 2018, 03:32:00 PM
Rosy, your numbers for 2018 are looking amazing!  Almost 10k already :)

I have a question about FI, and if I'm being nosy just say so!  Are you FI because your retirement income is more than expenses?  The reason I ask is because i go back and forth on whether I could be considered FI.  I have minimal savings and small net worth, but my "passive" income is more than my expenses minus daycare.  But that income could decrease, my expenses could increase, etc. etc.  At what point exactly is someone considered FI?  Sorry I know this is a bit off-topic.
Ha, 2018 was sheer savings grit so far, so yes I'm proud I made it to almost ten. Dang, now that you put it that way:) I feel compelled to come up with another $117 just to move past that 10K number.

@MommyCake - about the FI
FI can be a rather squirly number since everyone's sense of security, skill set and resources are different. It's not that easy to trust the numbers IRL:)
I think you are right to be wary of barebones FI, knowing there is still a certain amount of risk in relying on your current income stream to say I am FI without reservation.

At its simplest FI is nothing but an income replacement for the amount of money you need to be comfortable each month. If you did fine with X and had only X in savings/EF - why do you think that would change significantly? and if it did, what options do you have? 
Fear of miscalculation is normal - so put it to the test say for six months to a year and then you know:)

I suppose you could apply the 25 times your annual income formula as the barebones starting point for permanent FI (without ongoing income streams), same as for fire/fu money. Maybe I'm confused too, but if your passive income stream(s) cover your expenses and you have (enough) savings and can continue to work on your NW to increase your stash along the way - then - other than shoring up your savings to one year of living expenses (I like to be cautious) I'd say congrats - you are FI:)

There were some big FI discussion threads last year on the Welcome thread, a fair number said they wanted at least 500K to 750K to consider themselves barebones FI - towards retirement.

I consider myself FI, because I now have four sources of income for life, plus health insurance for life. I found MMM around the same time that I applied for SS. By then I had already decided that since I lived without that SS income all along, I'd make it count and use it to fix my financial life.
For me SS turned out to be a gamechanger.

SS gave me the opportunity for a last-ditch effort to become FI again for the second time in my life - I already was FI way back in my early forties with a paid for house and rentals and a much better income than I have today.
I lost it all and came back to the states with nothing but two suitcases, starting over at 48 - so you know I don't really believe in financial security, it is an illusion - too easily destroyed.

For me, my $37K income means FI. It is the total after all deductions like taxes and medical insurance premiums. If one day they cut SS or it disappears altogether it still wouldn't kill my budget since I don't plan to fully integrate it into my living expenses ever.
Once this $50K savings goal is reached I'll be relieved - as far as I am concerned it can stay on ice forever or be used if Mr. R. is laid off before he is ready to retire.

His income with bonus is around $40-42K so the $50K represents well over one year of his income. Mr. R. is FI as well at $500K it is barebones, but with his $10K cash savings and a paid off annuity that he can start drawing from at any time - it will work just fine.
The other investments and 401K would not need to be touched until we want to.

So not riches, but it is FI for us - if he got laid off tomorrow we have $40K between the two of us right now in sludge funds, EF and savings. He can collect unemployment and draw from his annuity and take his time looking for something suitable.
Having a paid off house and being debt free (even our two car loans will be gone in a year) is a huge plus. 

For now, this is our plan and I'm sticking to it. Always STC:)
It also helps that we are 20 min from the best white sand beaches in the country - any evening we choose can become a walk into the sunset, holding hands - sipping whatever ... just look for the big orange hat and sparkly flip-flops.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 22, 2018, 04:00:48 PM
Joining  the race!

2,500 E-fund (down from 3,593 from medical expense this month)
3,908 Taxable brokerage
3,884 Roth IRA
12,336 401K
10,475 Savings (discover online)

Total : 33,103

@ vae Welcome to the club - I mean challenge:)
Looks like you've already got a great start - sorry about the medical expenses, but at least you had the E Fund in place already.

What is your savings MO - do you save X $ in all areas or an overall percentage?, or are you working on one item on your list at a time?
Specific goals or time deadlines?

Those are great questions! My savings strategy currently is pretty disorganized and will need to be updated to a ďPay yourself firstĒ strategy once my expenses are higher to make sure savings comes out first thing. I budget based on pay period, so once my second paycheck of the month comes in, whatever is left over from the first is added to the small emergency fund to keep 3,500 then to Discover savings and sometimes to the Roth. The same thing is done once the first paycheck of the month hits my account.

Iím currently projected to hit 50,000 February 2019 based on dollars to be saved and invested in my 401k Ė but hopefully the market helps out as well! Again, expenses will be higher since I will be moving, but I hope to stick to this timeline!

@vae Sounds like a plan:)
Have you seen the sticky about the order of investments yet? It may help you decide and also answer some questions about the reasoning behind it all and taxes involved etc.
You'll find it under the Investor Alley thread
- see the sticky threads up top - https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/investment-order/

That and the JL Collins blog, book, stock series is an excellent starting point for reading up on - as you navigate the investment waters. I love that he keeps it simple.

Just thought I'd mention those two since you appear to be still a newbie. Glad to have you join us:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on May 24, 2018, 05:28:34 AM
Thanks for the response Rosy.  I guess basically it is a very personalized thing.  I know I can stop working and make ends meet.  I think my problem is 50% fear, and 50% the fact that I don't have a ton of savings.  Maybe once I hit the 50k in the retirement account I'll do a case study. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 24, 2018, 10:42:04 AM
Thanks for the response Rosy.  I guess basically it is a very personalized thing.  I know I can stop working and make ends meet.  I think my problem is 50% fear, and 50% the fact that I don't have a ton of savings.  Maybe once I hit the 50k in the retirement account I'll do a case study.

@MommyCake - I know I am a bit of an outlier due to my age, but it doesn't really change the numbers we absolutely have to have to be FI - regardless if we were 35 or 65. You are right the numbers and the process will be different for each one of us, because it is ultimately based on the lifestyle we want.

Yes to the case study once you reach $50K - hearing different perspectives and input is immensely helpful.
Besides at your age you have time to make a correction.



 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on May 24, 2018, 02:00:58 PM


Update time -

30-Apr-18     $37941
24-May-18   $40069

40K milestone reached. YAY !!!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 24, 2018, 06:31:02 PM


Update time -

30-Apr-18     $37941
24-May-18   $40069

40K milestone reached. YAY !!!

You are killing it @QuillScroll - Milestone celebration time:).
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on May 25, 2018, 08:01:58 AM
Nice Job @QuillScroll ! You'll be at 50K in no time.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on May 26, 2018, 03:50:56 PM
Great work @QuillScroll, always nice to hit a milestone!
I also feel good after a big push to keep spending low, even though we went on a vacation (but camped, hiked, booked 2 nights at a cabin and had pre-paid ferry cards so costs were reasonably low)

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18     $ 30,000
May 14/18    $ 33,005
May 26/18    $ 35,013
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on May 31, 2018, 08:35:15 AM
May Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97 +872.77 increase

Had another nice month. Will be increasing my 401K contribution for June up to 10% (from 8%) these 2% increases have been good as I don't really notice much of a change per paycheck. At least not yet. :)

I have $17,799.03 left to save in my Retirement accounts to hit my goal by the end of the year. That's about $2,500 a month! We'll see. I am throwing most "extra" money at Student Loans since I have a big one with a rate of 5.25%. If it was under 5% I might consider shifting any "extra" cash to retirement but 5.25% is still a little too high for me.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on May 31, 2018, 09:29:41 AM
Congrats Quillscroll for hitting 40K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's my update, I increased my account by 2k this month!  Cheers Rosy to a full year of working on this goal!  Thanks for getting this started or I'd probably still be mostly ignoring my retirement account.  I have my contributions set to a percentage that I will about max for the year. 

6/9/17     29,000
7/7/17     29,500
7/19/17   30,000
8/2/17     30,500
9/5/17     31,000
9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800
5/31/18   42,800

Getting closer!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on May 31, 2018, 12:19:26 PM
You are all absolutely rocking it!!!:)


MommyCake - thank you for the kind words - we can all use a bit of motivation from time to time and it is fun to see yourself moving forward even if it is as slow as molasses in the wintertime - in my case anyway:)
All things considered, I am just happy to be here - I am inspired when I see that others stick to their goals too - persistence pays off in the end!:)

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 01, 2018, 10:43:57 AM
PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May

$ 29,906.05 to go to reach $50K - projected timeline Dec 2019

2018
Taking time out from goal#1 to finish goal #2 for this year - $10K save for travel fund.
Total $8,740 Jan-May

$1,260 to go by July 2018.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on June 15, 2018, 09:20:11 AM
Had a nice little jump in my account the first half of the month, $811.45 to be exactly. That's nearly the same amount it increased in all of May so I have hope yet that I can reach my $50K goal by the end of the year. Just keep plugging away and increasing my contributions. :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on June 18, 2018, 08:54:38 AM
Here's my update -

30-Apr-18     $37941
24-May-18    $40069
18-Jun-18       $41679

Lots of planned expenses this month as well as lots of eating out, so progress will be less.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on June 22, 2018, 07:16:53 PM
Good work everyone!

I have had a bit of a slower spring but c'est la vie--- I haven't spent a lot just haven't been working so much.
Would like to be at $40,000 savings by the end of summer if possible

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18      $ 30,000
May 14/18     $ 33,005
May 26/18     $ 35,013
June 22/18    $ 36,535
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on June 24, 2018, 09:30:21 AM
We are all hanging in there - yay!

PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May

$ 29,906.05 to go to reach $50K - projected timeline Dec 2019

UPDATE
2018
Taking time out from goal#1 to finish goal #2 for this year - $10K save for travel fund.
Total $8,740 Jan-May

$1,260 to go by July 2018. - GOAL #2 reached - I made it to $10K

Re-engaging GOAL #1 - $50K

Although, goal #1 will remain on ice - except for interest, until I return in Sep. Active savings will re-commence in October.
Min $5K projected but I'd prefer to see $7K or $8K total added by EOY instead.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on July 02, 2018, 07:00:42 AM
UPDATE:
Final numbers for June 2018: $20,132.64

A bit of good news: I may have gone a bit overboard in my projections for my upcoming trip expenses, so there is a fair possibility that I'll be able to contribute around $1500+ to my stash when I return in Sep. Too early to tell. 

How are you progressing with your stash goals? Any hiccups or triumphs to report?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on July 05, 2018, 09:55:08 AM
6/9/17     29,000
7/7/17     29,500
7/19/17   30,000
8/2/17     30,500
9/5/17     31,000
9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800
5/31/18   42,800
7/5/18    45,665

It's getting so close!  Glad to see everyone is staying on track :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on July 09, 2018, 10:59:53 AM
June Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02 +$803.05 increase

I ended up with a similar increase from last month. I set my 401k contribution to 12% (up from 10%) to take place this month. I will also get a small raise this month which will cause my contribution to be higher and my employers match to be higher :) I still have roughly $17K to save by the end of the year with only 6 months left to do it in. In August I'll have some money free'd up so I can throw more at this but not sure If I'll hit $50K but I'm gonna keep pluggin' away the best I can.

nice job MommyCake!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on July 19, 2018, 09:22:48 AM
July Update

I have been not tracking expenses as tightly this month due to a very tight work schedule resulting in high stress, less time and a lot of eating out. Nevertheless, am on track with the savings/investment part as it's automated. 

Big gain this month due to unexpected bonus which went straight to my retirement fund.
 
30-Apr-18     $37941
24-May-18    $40069
18-Jun-18     $41679
19-Jul-18      $46413
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on July 20, 2018, 10:28:05 AM
QuillScroll you are doing great! Love that you put your bonus into your retirement instead of spending it!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on July 23, 2018, 05:58:28 AM
Thanks Mommycake. I have more bonus which will be disbursed in little amounts through out the rest of the year, I'm hoping to atleast save 80% of it.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on July 27, 2018, 04:46:49 AM
I haven't updated in a while-- I just crossed the 34,000 mark, which was my goal by the end of summer! I finally have enough invested that I am seeing the number grow even though I don't contribute anything to investment accounts during the summer. Yay!

Assuming I follow my savings plan perfectly next year, I should reach 50K in May. That's assuming no growth, so hopefully it happens even faster than that!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on July 27, 2018, 10:32:03 AM
Just crossed over $39,000--was hoping to make it to 40, 000 by the end of summer but that might be delayed as I need to quickly save up for a 2 week September trip. Still..happy with the progress :)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on July 30, 2018, 08:42:01 AM
July Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02
7/30/2018 - $34,339.73 +$1,335.71 increase

Not a bad increase this month. Just over $15,000 to save by the end of the year so I need to pretty much double this for the next 5 months! For August I'm going to increase my 401K to 15%. That will give me an extra couple hundred for now. In September I hope to be able to go up to 20%.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: QuillScroll on August 13, 2018, 12:54:59 PM
August Update:
Thanks to my bonuses, happy to say that I have reached the 50K mark :)

30-Apr-18    37941
24-May-18  40069
18-Jun-18    41679
16-Jul-18    46413
13-Aug-18  52974

Even though this is great, I just got news that my contract will be ending soon. Which means no bonus, and may be no salary till I find another. And what I'm really worried about is I may need to take a pay cut. This job was really paying well.
I have to start the job hunting process after a period of almost three years which is a bit scary. We'll see how it goes, I'll keep you all posted.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Manchester on August 14, 2018, 05:34:48 AM
Good luck @QuillScroll

You never know.  You might end up earning more than you are at your current job.  Let us all know how you're getting on with it!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on August 16, 2018, 09:51:39 AM
Sorry about your contract QuillScroll but congrats on hitting 50k!  Hopefully they gave you plenty of notice to find something else even better.

6/9/17     29,000
7/7/17     29,500
7/19/17   30,000
8/2/17     30,500
9/5/17     31,000
9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800
5/31/18   42,800
7/5/18     45,665
8/16/18   49,000!!!!

I hope to hit 50k in the next 2-4 weeks. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on August 16, 2018, 10:23:57 PM

8/16/18   49,000!!!!

I hope to hit 50k in the next 2-4 weeks.

Wow, amazing @MommyCake --great work!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Penn42 on August 18, 2018, 06:22:54 PM
Since I recently set a goal for myself to reach 50k by the end of this calendar year I figured it's time to post in this thread. 

Looking at my NW and doing some figuring I realized I should be able to do this without much issue (assuming a flat or better market, that is).  So here goes:

07/29/18 - $37,782.07

August will be a low savings month because we went on a trip beginning of the month, but I'll be adding another 9k by year's end once I max my 401k and I should be able to save an extra 4k on top of that.

Next year I'm really going to try to push it to save 50k and hit 6 figures by 12/31/19!  It'll probably be a little bit of a stretch, but I'm going to give it a go.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Happily Irrelevant on August 19, 2018, 06:34:00 PM
The 0-$50k threads are one of my favorite threads.  It's where people that most likely thought retiring early was impossible, start taking the first step.  Where having $50k seemed intimidating, but then you start taking little steps and soon your money is growing and you can feel the excitement in everyone's posts.  Once they hit $50k, and move up a thread they all seem confident that they will be getting to the $500k thread eventually.  From baby steps to confident in their future.  Keep up the good work. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on August 22, 2018, 12:39:06 PM
The 0-$50k threads are one of my favorite threads.  It's where people that most likely thought retiring early was impossible, start taking the first step.  Where having $50k seemed intimidating, but then you start taking little steps and soon your money is growing and you can feel the excitement in everyone's posts.  Once they hit $50k, and move up a thread they all seem confident that they will be getting to the $500k thread eventually.  From baby steps to confident in their future.  Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the encouragement @Happily Irrelevant !

It's true-- 10 months ago I had less than $17,000 saved and now I am almost at $40,000 ($250 short currently) --can't wait to cross $50,000 (by the end of the year would be amazing). I didn't believe I could do it on my own so quickly but it's taught me so much about what's possible.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on August 31, 2018, 06:50:39 AM
August Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02
7/30/2018 - $34,339.73
8/31/2018 - $35,843.32 +1,503.59 Increase

Happy to see my increase from this month is higher than my increase from July :) about $14k left to save for this challenge. I will most likely hit somewhere around $42K at the end of the year and then hit $50K by spring 2019.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Penn42 on August 31, 2018, 04:20:54 PM
07/29/18 - $37,782.07
08/31/18 - $40,708.61
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on August 31, 2018, 05:12:34 PM
Good work everyone---we ARE getting there!!

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18      $ 30,000
May 14/18     $ 33,005
May 26/18     $ 35,013
June 22/18    $ 36,535
July 27/18     $ 39,000
Aug 31/18     $ 40,150

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on September 02, 2018, 09:00:23 PM
August Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02
7/30/2018 - $34,339.73
8/31/2018 - $35,843.32 +1,503.59 Increase

Happy to see my increase from this month is higher than my increase from July :) about $14k left to save for this challenge. I will most likely hit somewhere around $42K at the end of the year and then hit $50K by spring 2019.

Bravo bravo @haypug16
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: MommyCake on September 04, 2018, 06:32:15 AM
6/9/17     29,000
7/7/17     29,500
7/19/17   30,000
8/2/17     30,500
9/5/17     31,000
I finally hit the goal!

9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800
5/31/18   42,800
7/5/18     45,665
8/16/18   49,000
9/4/18     50,800

It took over a year but very happy I have a bit saved in the TSP now.  I'm 37 and had always mostly ignored retirement saving.  I should max this year.  I'm gonna head to the 10k to 100k challenge!  Good luck All!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on September 04, 2018, 09:01:39 AM

9/29/17   32,000
10/30/17 33,100
12/1/17   34,300
1/2/18     35,700
2/1/18     38,500
3/6/18     39,600
3/30/18   39,700
5/2/18     40,800
5/31/18   42,800
7/5/18     45,665
8/16/18   49,000
9/4/18     50,800

It took over a year but very happy I have a bit saved in the TSP now.  I'm 37 and had always mostly ignored retirement saving.  I should max this year.  I'm gonna head to the 10k to 100k challenge!  Good luck All!

Congratulations @MommyCake ! Very encouraging.
See you in the next challenge (I am actually already over there..have been doubling up!)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on September 19, 2018, 10:20:20 AM
An earlier update since I won't be adding too much more before the end of month (just had over 2 weeks off of work so no upcoming payday!) Would be a dream to get to 50,000 by the end of the year but not quite sure if its possible. A big stretch goal!

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18      $ 30,000
May 14/18     $ 33,005
May 26/18     $ 35,013
June 22/18    $ 36,535
July 27/18     $ 39,000
Aug 31/18     $ 40,150
Sept 19/18    $ 41,780
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on September 19, 2018, 11:33:20 AM
Oh WOW - two graduates from this thread already - YEAH!!!

CONGRATS TO @MommyCake and @QuillScroll

I'm back from my trip and happy to report I added to the stash today:

UPDATE:
$20,355.36 CD1
$  3,057.47 CD2

TOTAL: $ 23, 412.83
According to my projections, there is a possibility that I may hit $30K this year, which would mean I may hit my target date of sometime in 2019 to reach $50K.

WELCOME to the thread @SeaKayEl and @Penn42 - we're happy to have company on our way to $50K. I still find it hard to believe that I am actually even pursuing such a number - it seems surreal.
I'll be ecstatic if I really hit $30K this year - we shall see.

GOOD LUCK everyone - we'll get there!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: westtoeast on September 24, 2018, 04:56:30 AM
Congrats graduates, and welcome new folks!

I am now at $42,200. The end is in sight. Should cross over at some point in Feb.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Penn42 on September 28, 2018, 04:50:03 PM
Cruising right along.

07/29/18 - $37,782.07
08/31/18 - $40,708.61
09/28/18 - $44,223.21
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on September 28, 2018, 10:28:35 PM
Few of us in the 40,000+, exciting times..Good work everybody!

I didn't think I'd add more by the end of the month but was able to

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18      $ 30,000
May 14/18     $ 33,005
May 26/18     $ 35,013
June 22/18    $ 36,535
July 27/18     $ 39,000
Aug 31/18     $ 40,150
Sept 19/18    $ 41,780
Sept 28/18    $ 42,500
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on September 29, 2018, 10:19:32 AM
UPDATE - it looks like I'll hit the halfway mark by Oct 31, 2018, really looking forward to that:) Milestones always make the goal so much more real. Sometimes I still doubt that I'll ever see that $50K balance in my account.

PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May
$ 20,132.64 June
July-Aug continued with no savings - interest only
$ 23,412.83 Sep

Projected: $25K by Oct 31, 2018 - we'll see:)


NOTE: I took time out from saving for $50K to finish saving $10K for my travel fund - goal reached in July. Returned from trip in Sep with $3,2K left to plow back into goal #1 - to reach $50K in 2019.

@Serendip @Penn42 @westtoeast - THE END IS IN SIGHT for all of you:)

I'm still in snail pace territory, cheering you on, along with the newbies - we'll get there, eventually.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on September 29, 2018, 10:45:24 AM
Day 0 (0%)
27 Jul 2018
0/50,000

Day 5 (3.8%)
01 Aug 2018
1,885.86


Day 39 (9.1%)
03 Sep 2018
4,550.63

Update: I decided not to count my travel fund moving forward (only retirement, investments, EF)

@SeaKayEl - You are doing so well! You are already nearing the $5K mark, 10% down - rinse and repeat four more times and you are there:) It takes time to sort out your various goals - we all shift things around a lot - optimizing:).

I also showed my travel fund as a second goal, because for me $10K has a huge impact on my time frame and I wanted to remind myself that I am still saving hard even though I took a break from one goal and worked on another to make it "all" happen.

Actually, I have a mini goal of $1K - saving $50 a month (takes forever) up to $800 and I'll get a $200 bonus from the bank, which I plan to roll over into the $50K goal - which will give me a little extra boost in January of 2019.

For 2018 my main goal is to get as close as possible to $30K, but that is still a very shaky proposition at this time.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Mongoose on September 29, 2018, 05:10:58 PM
Congratulations Rosy. Nice to "see" you again!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on October 01, 2018, 09:52:30 AM
September Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02
7/30/2018 - $34,339.73
8/31/2018 - $35,843.32
9/30/2018 - $36,400.34 +557.02 increase

Not as big of an increase this month due to my company changing 401K providers and us not having a 401K plan in place for the end of Sept payroll. Still an increase though. Once the new plan is set up I'll be increasing my contribution to 17%.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on October 01, 2018, 10:11:56 AM
@haypug16 - your numbers are looking good, glad to see you are still hanging in there. Congrats on increasing your 401K contribution to 17% - quite the accomplishment:)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on October 14, 2018, 07:19:52 PM

PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May
$ 20,132.64 June
July-Aug continued with no savings - interest only
$ 23,412.83 Sep

NOTE: I took time out from saving for $50K to finish saving $10K for my travel fund - goal reached in July. Returned from trip in Sep with $3,2K left to plow back into goal #1 - to reach $50K in 2019.

UPDATE:
$24,994.00 OCTOBER


I'm super excited - adding on interest on Oct 31 - will bring me to that coveted halfway mark:)  - $25K by the end of this month - Yeah!

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on October 14, 2018, 09:12:13 PM
Congrats @Rosy ! Half-way!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on October 15, 2018, 06:28:22 AM
Thanks Serendip:) - the next goal is to hit $30K by Dec 31, 2018.
My ultimate goal is to have a 50K cash cushion by the EOY 2019 - I'm beginning to believe it.


Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on October 29, 2018, 02:44:36 PM
UPDATE
November is getting a $1K boost from a "slow as molasses in the wintertime" savings project I started two years ago.
Plus the usual $1541. and $113.75, plus interest appr. $40 Oct and $40 Nov.
Projected by EOM Nov 27,735.

(I'll post the final October numbers after the interest posted on Oct 31.) Meanwhile, I'll see what I can scrounge up to make that $30K happen by EOY 2018. I can almost taste success:)
If all goes well and I manage to stay on track - $40K will happen by June 2019. Surreal.

How did everyone do this month? You are all getting so very close...
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Anchored Adrift on October 30, 2018, 02:43:29 AM
Just stumbled on this forum and this perfectly fits what I am in the process of trying to accomplish.  The timing is perfect as well, I've already incurred more expenses than expected for upcoming travel over the holidays, so I'm hoping this race will help curb any additional unnecessary holiday spending.

Started my journey to save $50k a while back and am just past the halfway point.  "Extra" money to stash away will be tight over the holidays and I am looking to increase my retirement contributions (not including retirement funds in this race) early 2019.  Looks like this is a great motivation space to keep on track so I am very excited to join!

(1st) Goal:  $50k saved by 12/31/2019

Current Balance:

10/30/18:  $25,098.54
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Penn42 on October 31, 2018, 06:40:46 PM
Well I saved over $2500 this month, which just barely kept me above last month's net worth despite the little market hiccup.

07/29/18 - $37,782.07
08/31/18 - $40,708.61
09/28/18 - $44,223.21
10/31/18 - $44,231.89

Stocks on sale!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 01, 2018, 08:05:32 AM
Stocks on sale!

+1 to that

October Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02
7/30/2018 - $34,339.73
8/31/2018 - $35,843.32
9/30/2018 - $36,400.34
10/31/2018 - $34,318.26 ($2,082.08) decrease, despite the fact that I invested ~$600 (my companies 401K plan is still being set up so i only got in one contribution this month.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 01, 2018, 09:36:02 AM
PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May
$ 20,132.64 June
July-Aug continued with no savings - interest only
$ 23,412.83 Sep
$ 25,041.58 Oct

NOTE: I took time out from saving for $50K to finish saving $10K for my travel fund - goal reached in July. Returned from trip in Sep with $3,2K left to plow back into goal #1 - to reach $50K in 2019.

November is looking good so far, projected savings $4,041.
(just got a surprise $1.5K loan payback, $1K from a matured sav acct, plus $1541. reg save = $4,041. tot sav, plus int, projected for Nov - $29,120).
Damn, I may actually be over $30K by EOY 2018.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 01, 2018, 09:41:50 AM
Just stumbled on this forum and this perfectly fits what I am in the process of trying to accomplish.  The timing is perfect as well, I've already incurred more expenses than expected for upcoming travel over the holidays, so I'm hoping this race will help curb any additional unnecessary holiday spending.

Started my journey to save $50k a while back and am just past the halfway point.  "Extra" money to stash away will be tight over the holidays and I am looking to increase my retirement contributions (not including retirement funds in this race) early 2019.  Looks like this is a great motivation space to keep on track so I am very excited to join!

(1st) Goal:  $50k saved by 12/31/2019

Current Balance:

10/30/18:  $25,098.54

Welcome @Anchored Adrift - you're already halfway there! Yeah well, the holidays are always a challenge, but having a firm goal and deadline keeps me from blowing it all - I might cave a bit, depending:)

It will be nice to race or drift alongside someone who has the same time deadline.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on November 12, 2018, 12:22:45 PM
It's been a little while since I updated this particular thread.  Good work everyone!

This is a slow time of year for me savings-wise, I tend to have a lot of professional fees/insurance to pay and it's the slow time of year so I tend to take more vacation time off..had over a month off of work between Sept & Oct.
Still..slowly ticking upwards.
Had a stretch goal of being as close to $50,000 by the end of 2018 as possible but more likely I'll reach it somewhere in the first 6 months of 2019.

Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18      $ 30,000
May 14/18     $ 33,005
May 26/18     $ 35,013
June 22/18    $ 36,535
July 27/18     $ 39,000
Aug 31/18     $ 40,150
Sept 28/18    $ 42,500
Nov 12/18     $ 43,808
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 17, 2018, 02:42:26 PM
No worries Serendip - it's consistency that pays off - you'll still beat me to the finish line by a mile:)

Quote
November is looking good so far, projected savings $4,041.
(just got a surprise $1.5K loan payback, $1K from a matured sav acct, plus $1541. reg save = $4,041. tot sav, plus int, projected for Nov - $29,120).
Damn, I may actually be over $30K by EOY 2018.

One more update for November - as of Nov 15, got $300 bonus earlier than expected, so total projected savings $4,341 this month.   
Best savings month all year. Hope everyone else is doing great this month too.

 

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on November 18, 2018, 09:08:49 AM
@Rosy Congrats--that's amazing!  You are doing great.

It's looking like November will be another slower savings month for me but will pick up hopefully next month & January.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: eav on November 19, 2018, 01:13:22 PM
Updating after a hiatus! I moved and was not very focused on my finances over the summer due to an intense job search. But somehow I've made the progress I did. I've recently decided to actually use the "pay yourself first" method. I'm hoping to hit 50k by my birthday in February if I try hard enough and no crazy expenses come up. We shall see!

May 2018 Total : 33,103
November 2018 Total: 41,530

Can't wait to get to 50k!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Gail2000 on November 24, 2018, 10:12:04 AM
So this thread is probably where I should start.

Iím negative net worth at-$47500 roughly. A household that makes $90000 should be able to do that in year if adopting a moustachian approach. I joke that we should just sell the house and it would be taken care of. But I like our modest dewelling. Iím just not sure how smart we were to use the Ho e buyer option for half our down payment.

So here goes. Starting November 23rd 2018. Goal: November 2019 race to 50000 starts today.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 28, 2018, 08:25:26 AM
Updating after a hiatus! I moved and was not very focused on my finances over the summer due to an intense job search. But somehow I've made the progress I did. I've recently decided to actually use the "pay yourself first" method. I'm hoping to hit 50k by my birthday in February if I try hard enough and no crazy expenses come up. We shall see!

May 2018 Total : 33,103
November 2018 Total: 41,530

Can't wait to get to 50k!

Agreed, @eav - paying yourself first is an amazingly effective strategy. Welcome back!:)

So this thread is probably where I should start.

Iím negative net worth at-$47500 roughly. A household that makes $90000 should be able to do that in year if adopting a moustachian approach. I joke that we should just sell the house and it would be taken care of. But I like our modest dewelling. Iím just not sure how smart we were to use the Ho e buyer option for half our down payment.

So here goes. Starting November 23rd 2018. Goal: November 2019 race to 50000 starts today.

Welcome to the club, @Gail2000
Yeah, well - if you sell the house you still have to live somewhere, make rent payments and you no longer own your own place:) Persnickety...
Good Luck - just curious what is your new strategy?
Most of us started with the small stuff - questioning anything and everything from regular heretofore unquestioned cable and phone bills to scrutinizing the food and entertainment budget - you know, the low hanging fruit. Or are you already way past that? Just working on hammering away at debt?
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 28, 2018, 08:53:05 AM
November update:
It is that time again - and we are close to the annual reckoning too.
We'll know for sure in about 34 more days but I can report that I hit my target for 2018 already and then some. I started out the year hoping for $25K then $28K and then upped my expectations to $30K by Dec 2018.
It is still November and there is a good chance I'll end the year with $31K - unreal.

PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May
$ 20,132.64 June
July-Aug continued with no savings - interest only
$ 23,412.83 Sep
$ 25,041.58 Oct
$ 29,385.62 Nov

NOTE: I took time out from saving for this $50K to finish saving $10K for my travel fund - goal reached in July 2018. Returned from the trip in Sep with $3,2K left to plow back into goal #1 - to reach $50K in 2019.

Here's to hoping that our December savings are not wiped out by our holiday expenditures - good luck and happy saving everyone!


Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: jojoguy on November 29, 2018, 02:43:49 AM
October 7, 2018 = $600
October 18, 2018 = $2500
November 1, 2018 = $5,995
November 15, 2018 = $9,273
November 29, 2018 = $11,340

This thread deserves more posts for motivation.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on November 29, 2018, 01:13:15 PM
October 7, 2018 = $600
October 18, 2018 = $2500
November 1, 2018 = $5,995
November 15, 2018 = $9,273
November 29, 2018 = $11,340

This thread deserves more posts for motivation. - Indeed:)


@jojoguy - Congrats! you are killing it!
Now I'm dying to know - how in the world does one go from $600 in October to $11,340 by November?

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on November 29, 2018, 01:23:56 PM
October 7, 2018 = $600
October 18, 2018 = $2500
November 1, 2018 = $5,995
November 15, 2018 = $9,273
November 29, 2018 = $11,340

This thread deserves more posts for motivation. - Indeed:)



@jojoguy - Congrats! you are killing it!
Now I'm dying to know - how in the world does one go from $600 in October to $11,340 by November?

I second this intrigue!!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on November 29, 2018, 01:26:58 PM
Dec 18/17    $ 18,146
Jan 03/18     $ 20,624
Feb 06/18     $ 25,073
Mar 30/18     $ 29,008
Apr 16/18      $ 30,000
May 14/18     $ 33,005
May 26/18     $ 35,013
June 22/18    $ 36,535
July 27/18     $ 39,000
Aug 31/18     $ 40,150
Sept 28/18    $ 42,500
Nov 12/18     $ 43,808
Nov 29/18     $ 44,500

Looks like I will reach the target sometime in the next six months, depending on how much I can save while still paying my major tax installments.
 Exciting!--then I will reset this challenge and solely build one of the accounts to $50,000 (right now these are combined accounts)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Gail2000 on November 29, 2018, 06:31:16 PM
Updating after a hiatus! I moved and was not very focused on my finances over the summer due to an intense job search. But somehow I've made the progress I did. I've recently decided to actually use the "pay yourself first" method. I'm hoping to hit 50k by my birthday in February if I try hard enough and no crazy expenses come up. We shall see!

May 2018 Total : 33,103
November 2018 Total: 41,530

Can't wait to get to 50k!

Agreed, @eav - paying yourself first is an amazingly effective strategy. Welcome back!:)

So this thread is probably where I should start.

Iím negative net worth at-$47500 roughly. A household that makes $90000 should be able to do that in year if adopting a moustachian approach. I joke that we should just sell the house and it would be taken care of. But I like our modest dewelling. Iím just not sure how smart we were to use the Ho e buyer option for half our down payment.

So here goes. Starting November 23rd 2018. Goal: November 2019 race to 50000 starts today.

Welcome to the club, @Gail2000
Yeah, well - if you sell the house you still have to live somewhere, make rent payments and you no longer own your own place:) Persnickety...
Good Luck - just curious what is your new strategy?
Most of us started with the small stuff - questioning anything and everything from regular heretofore unquestioned cable and phone bills to scrutinizing the food and entertainment budget - you know, the low hanging fruit. Or are you already way past that? Just working on hammering away at debt?

My plan, Rose,  is in the works. It will be slow. So for the boyfriend and I are putting $700 away I. Savings ( $350 in rrsps, and 250 in Tfsa) Included in my race is the payment on the mortgage that at the moment is paying at 183$ on the capital in the $304/ biweekly payment. I. Not sure if this should be included in my savings rate but I have seen it in the comments. My hope is that with a tax refund, (last year was 6k) I will boost the over all savings.

You are right I do need to look at the budget. The struggle I have is a partner that is not fully on board. This above all needs to be discussed. I am hoping to have more  headway by January.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: jojoguy on November 30, 2018, 04:57:05 AM
October 7, 2018 = $600
October 18, 2018 = $2500
November 1, 2018 = $5,995
November 15, 2018 = $9,273
November 29, 2018 = $11,340

This thread deserves more posts for motivation. - Indeed:)



@jojoguy - Congrats! you are killing it!
Now I'm dying to know - how in the world does one go from $600 in October to $11,340 by November?

I second this intrigue!!


Sorry for a late reply, guys. Mainly much of it came from being unsure how much I could save bleeding in from September. Basically, I had to get the approval of my wife to drastically save more. So really the intial first 2500 came from the middle of September. The rest came from budgeting only 1800 a month for our expenses from each month since September. We accumulated a lot of overtime also. We have been able to save roughly 4,500-5,000 monthly of our take home pay since early October. January is interesting since we`ll be out of season for easily acquired overtime. Hopefully, I am able to keep getting at least some of it.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on November 30, 2018, 01:43:22 PM
November Update
10/9/2017  - $26,382.82
10/31/2017 - $27,019.09
11/30/2017 - $28,401.58
12/31/2017 - $29,448.59
1/31/2018 - $31,351.25
2/28/2018 - $30,681.69
3/31/2018 - $30,392.51
4/30/2018 - $31,328.20
5/31/2018 - $32,200.97
6/30/2018 - $33,004.02
7/30/2018 - $34,339.73
8/31/2018 - $35,843.32
9/30/2018 - $36,400.34
10/31/2018 - $34,318.26
11/30/2018 - $36,059.70 +$1,741.44 increase

Much better than last month! Hoping to do about the same next month. I was hoping to kick up my 401K savings even more but right now I really need to focus on paying down my Student Loans that are over 5% (~$30K) once I get that chunk paid off I'll feel better about putting more money into the 401K and maxing it out.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Penn42 on November 30, 2018, 05:15:58 PM
07/29/18 - $37,782.07
08/31/18 - $40,708.61
09/28/18 - $44,223.21
10/31/18 - $44,231.89
11/30/18 - 49,751.72

I had A LOT of OT this past month.  Was able to put $2,252 into taxable on top of $2,665 of 401(k) contributions.  I'll max my 401(k) for the first time around two Fridays from now.  Next year I'm going to try to save 50K. 
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on December 01, 2018, 11:10:09 AM
^^^^^
Congrats @Penn 42 - you are about to graduate!:)
Amazing to see what a difference OT can make - you and jojo both hit it out of the park in no time!

The next 50K will bring you to that sweet spot of $100K ... the first 100,000 is the hardest - it steamrolls from there to $1Mil or so everyone says.

The math supports it - https://fourpillarfreedom.com/the-math-behind-why-net-worth-goes-crazy-after-the-first-100k/

How the poor get there - https://www.montanamoneyadventures.com/why-saving-the-first-100000-is-so-hard/

What the bogleheads have to say about it - https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=159377

How the money blog views it - https://www.mymoneyblog.com/charlie-munger-the-first-100000-is-the-most-difficult.html

Reading "the math behind why networth goes crazy after the first 100K" - convinced me to stay in the game for this first fifty and do what I can to speed it all up.
It is also where I found the inspiration and conviction I needed to change my perspective. Instead of quitting after this first $50K, I think I'll keep adding to the stash.
We'll see:)

The plan for 2019 is to hit $40K by June and $50K by Dec 2019. A year is a very long time - anything can happen.

@haypug16 and @Serendip - you are in the homestretch - goal in sight!:) Keep on keeping on .....
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Anchored Adrift on December 02, 2018, 07:01:35 PM
Update:

Goal:  $50k by 12/31/2019

Current Balance:

10/30/18:  $25,098.54
12/03/18:  $26,633.07
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on December 02, 2018, 08:30:13 PM
Thanks for those links @Rosy, so interesting and inspiring!
 (I noticed that the 2nd & 3rd ones are the same one however, the bogleheads one seems to be missing :) )

Loved this statement in the last article about setting smaller goals than 1M--
"But if you are in the phase of your life where you love watching your account balances grow every day, even by a few dollars (been there, done that), $100k is the biggest goal you need."

I feel like I could continually work on the 50K goal..
Currently it's for my NW (I'm late to the game) but most of that is specialty retirement savings, so maybe the next step could be investing since that account is only at $3600 right now! eek!)
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on December 03, 2018, 12:52:21 PM
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Thanks for those links @Rosy, so interesting and inspiring!
 (I noticed that the 2nd & 3rd ones are the same one however, the bogleheads one seems to be missing :) )

Sorry, fixed that for ya:) changed the link to the bogleheads discussion @Serendip
I can appreciate the comment on watching your account balance, especially when I'm close to ratching it up another 1K or another 10K.
My favorite link was the first one - the math behind it all, it was a long article, but comforting to see and understand - if you do X it will result in Y.
Just one step to follow, with a guaranteed end result.

Serendip, we may be late to the game, but it doesn't impact the effect - if you do X you will have Y - the math doesn't lie.
Perseverance is key.

Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: haypug16 on December 03, 2018, 01:09:19 PM
Thanks for sharing the links Rosy. I just read through https://fourpillarfreedom.com/the-math-behind-why-net-worth-goes-crazy-after-the-first-100k/ It's nice to see that my assumptions about how long it will take me to FIRE are not crazy!
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: DieHard_772 on December 04, 2018, 02:22:06 PM

COMPARISON (OCTOBER 2017 TO APRIL 2018)
OUR ASSETS:  THEN:  $15654   NOW:   $26,000  (+$10,000)
Money for spending:  THEN: $1952  NOW: $4500   (+$2500)
Savings:    THEN:  $2125  NOW:  $6500   (+$4375)
Our Investments (my IRAs, my wife's Sep-IRA, and our HSA):  THEN: $11,576  NOW:  $15,100   (+$3500)

OUR LIABILITIES:  THEN:  -7305  NOW:  -5733  (+$1575)
Credit card:  THEN:  -$2925  NOW:  -$1750  (+$1175)
Student loan: THEN: -$4380  NOW: -$3980  (+$400)

TOTAL NETWORTH:
THEN:  $8349  NOW:  $20,000 (+$11,500)

I definitely simplified and averaged out things a little bit here, so numbers are not exact.  Also, there's about $2700 about to come out for taxes, so that will impact the networth.  But this is a decent snapshot, and much progress is being made!

Hey All,
It's been awhile, I wanted to check in.
We have been making steady progress with our networth.

Current networth hovering at around $26,000 NOT including our checking accounts (which I'm pretty sure were covered in my last summary above from April 2018).  Here's the breakdown:

Investment Accounts:  $19,697 (+$4,597)
Savings Accounts: $9,243 (+2,743)
Debt: -$3083 (+2,650)
TOTAL:  $25,857

So our progress in these three areas:  (+$9,990)
Not bad for 8 months!

My goal has been for us to pass $50k networth by the end of 2020.  But recently we have adopted a new plan to save 25% of our income (nearly double what we have saved in the past), so this will hopefully get us there much faster).

Feels good to make progress!


Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Serendip on December 04, 2018, 04:23:54 PM
Quote
Thanks for those links @Rosy, so interesting and inspiring!
 (I noticed that the 2nd & 3rd ones are the same one however, the bogleheads one seems to be missing :) )

Sorry, fixed that for ya:) changed the link to the bogleheads discussion @Serendip
I can appreciate the comment on watching your account balance, especially when I'm close to ratching it up another 1K or another 10K.
My favorite link was the first one - the math behind it all, it was a long article, but comforting to see and understand - if you do X it will result in Y.
Just one step to follow, with a guaranteed end result.

Serendip, we may be late to the game, but it doesn't impact the effect - if you do X you will have Y - the math doesn't lie.
Perseverance is key.

Three cheers for that @Rosy !
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: jojoguy on December 13, 2018, 02:25:10 AM
October 7, 2018 = $600
October 18, 2018 = $2500
November 1, 2018 = $5,995
November 15, 2018 = $9,273
November 29, 2018 = $11,340
December 13, 2018 = $13,155

Trying to hit 15K by the end of the month.
Title: Re: Race to 50K
Post by: Rosy on December 13, 2018, 10:11:20 AM
Congrats to everyone for hanging in there - I hope you fared well in 2018 and that 2019 will treat you even better!
Cheers to a wonderful 2019 for us all!

PROGRESS REPORT BY MONTH

  *** 2017 ***

$  4,588.92  June
$  8,221.92  July
$ 10,000.00  Aug
$ 10,042.00  Sep
$ 10,064.00  Oct
$ 10,092.00  Nov
$ 10,117.00  Dec

  *** 2018 ***

$ 10,715.84 Jan
$ 13,873.10 Feb
$ 16,026.77 Mar
$ 20,054.06 Apr
$ 20,093.95 May
$ 20,132.64 June
July-Aug continued with no savings - interest only
$ 23,412.83 Sep
$ 25,041.58 Oct
$ 29,385.62 Nov
$ 31,027. + projected for December - will adjust final numbers in Jan.

NOTE: I took time out (in 2018) from saving for this $50K to finish saving $10K for my travel fund - goal reached in July 2018. Returned from the trip in Sep with $3,2K left to plow back into goal #1 - to reach $50K in 2019.

1. There is a chance that I might magically come up with an extra $1K in January - depends entirely on my total holiday spending.
2. I adjusted my budget for 2019 as I do every year to take my new goals into account.
3. However, I am not ratcheting up my savings efforts for this $50K goal to the extremes I did in 2018.

The new savings plan for 2019:
Continue to save all of my SS in 2019 (which may or may not get a slight bump starting in January - depending on how much they raise the Medicare Part B health insurance premiums). Min 1541 - max 1584, likely around 1560 - we'll see.

With luck, a small increase in income along with some small bonus monies my budget will have some breathing room in 2019. A welcome relief.
Goal # 1 - strengthen, build-up my financial base, i.e. various slush funds (that may take three to six months).
Goal # 2 - I already set up auto pay to a new holiday $50 and travel acct $50 - monthly.

It would be nice, if I could manage to reach $50K by Oct or Nov instead of the Dec 2019 deadline I set for myself, but you know a year is a long time, anything can happen.

Wishing you all - Good Luck and Good Health - may you reach all your goals and then some:) in 2019!
Cheers to a wonderful 2019 for us all!