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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1050 on: October 22, 2018, 08:13:22 AM »
Nice Job Manchester!

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« Reply #1051 on: October 22, 2018, 09:07:52 AM »
Well done Manchester! You've been making a lot of progress over the summer / autumn.

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« Reply #1052 on: October 22, 2018, 10:11:14 AM »
Thanks guys.  I think my progress over the summer/autumn has been down to 2 things - My girlfriend returned to work, which means I'm no longer covering extra bills etc.  The second is my matched betting side hustle really helping.  I think the more my matched  betting bank grows the more I'll make.  Everything I make from my side hustle is with FIRE in mind!

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1053 on: October 24, 2018, 12:12:17 PM »
I'd like to join.  I have two things I'm watching right now - my car loan and my emergency fund.  I'd like to pay off the car loan and get the emergency fund up to $10,000.

$4246.67 car loan, $1246.67 saved, $3000 left to pay off

$800 emergency fund, $9200 left to fully fund my emergency fund

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1054 on: October 25, 2018, 02:18:02 AM »
I'd like to join.  I have two things I'm watching right now - my car loan and my emergency fund.  I'd like to pay off the car loan and get the emergency fund up to $10,000.

$4246.67 car loan, $1246.67 saved, $3000 left to pay off

$800 emergency fund, $9200 left to fully fund my emergency fund

Welcome to the thread!  Can I ask why you want a $10k E/F?  Do you have a higher NET worth already or is this your FIRE starting point?

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« Reply #1055 on: October 25, 2018, 03:12:12 AM »
I'd like to join.  I have two things I'm watching right now - my car loan and my emergency fund.  I'd like to pay off the car loan and get the emergency fund up to $10,000.

$4246.67 car loan, $1246.67 saved, $3000 left to pay off

$800 emergency fund, $9200 left to fully fund my emergency fund

Welcome to the thread!  Can I ask why you want a $10k E/F?  Do you have a higher NET worth already or is this your FIRE starting point?

Thanks for the welcome.  Yes, I have a couple reasons for the high emergency fund.  To answer your question, it's more my FIRE starting point.

1. Right now most of my net worth is in a IRA.  I'm in the income acquiring stage of FIRE.  I don't even have a Roth IRA to pull from in case of job loss.

2. $10,000 makes me feel secure functioning as a job loss fund.  My rent feels high to me ($1400).  Right now if I lost my job I would have only a month or two -- I'd be forced to find another job very quickly instead of taking my time and finding the best job for me.  I am locked into a lease until April so I couldn't easily move somewhere cheaper (also, I like where I live for now).

3. $10,000 feels like f-u money if my job ever becomes miserable.

4. I have an older Prius and want to have money ready to go for a battery replacement, if I need that at some point.

5. I would put $5,500 of it into a Roth IRA so it could earn interest.  Then, if I never touch it, I'll still come out ahead.

6. $10,000 opens options if I decide to later build a tiny home.  I could put aside some of it as a starter savings for the tiny home and live with a smaller emergency fund.

I have a case study where I posted numbers.  It's called Case Study -- where to put my surplus? if you're interested.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/case-studies/case-study-where-to-put-my-surplus/

Edit: Added another reason.
« Last Edit: October 25, 2018, 03:26:58 AM by carozy »

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1056 on: October 25, 2018, 03:51:31 AM »
Welcome! :) Looking at your case study, I think 10k is a very reasonable goal. My EF goal is only 5k, but I'm not single and we don't live in a HCOL area. Plus I have investments in a post-tax account that I can always sell if I have to.

If you make 6 figures, a very high EF doesn't make sense, but I firmly believe a solid EF is a life saver for people on a (relatively) lower income, because you can't cashflow unexpected bills like people with a high income can.

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« Reply #1057 on: October 25, 2018, 04:46:36 AM »
Welcome! :) Looking at your case study, I think 10k is a very reasonable goal. My EF goal is only 5k, but I'm not single and we don't live in a HCOL area. Plus I have investments in a post-tax account that I can always sell if I have to.

If you make 6 figures, a very high EF doesn't make sense, but I firmly believe a solid EF is a life saver for people on a (relatively) lower income, because you can't cashflow unexpected bills like people with a high income can.

Thanks for the welcome.  Yes, that's true.  Perhaps once I start investing I might be comfortable with a lower emergency fund but for now I just want the security.

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« Reply #1058 on: October 25, 2018, 08:26:55 AM »
I'd like to join.  I have two things I'm watching right now - my car loan and my emergency fund.  I'd like to pay off the car loan and get the emergency fund up to $10,000.

$4246.67 car loan, $1246.67 saved, $3000 left to pay off

$800 emergency fund, $9200 left to fully fund my emergency fund

Great, gonna take a look now! :)

Welcome to the thread!  Can I ask why you want a $10k E/F?  Do you have a higher NET worth already or is this your FIRE starting point?

Thanks for the welcome.  Yes, I have a couple reasons for the high emergency fund.  To answer your question, it's more my FIRE starting point.

1. Right now most of my net worth is in a IRA.  I'm in the income acquiring stage of FIRE.  I don't even have a Roth IRA to pull from in case of job loss.

2. $10,000 makes me feel secure functioning as a job loss fund.  My rent feels high to me ($1400).  Right now if I lost my job I would have only a month or two -- I'd be forced to find another job very quickly instead of taking my time and finding the best job for me.  I am locked into a lease until April so I couldn't easily move somewhere cheaper (also, I like where I live for now).

3. $10,000 feels like f-u money if my job ever becomes miserable.

4. I have an older Prius and want to have money ready to go for a battery replacement, if I need that at some point.

5. I would put $5,500 of it into a Roth IRA so it could earn interest.  Then, if I never touch it, I'll still come out ahead.

6. $10,000 opens options if I decide to later build a tiny home.  I could put aside some of it as a starter savings for the tiny home and live with a smaller emergency fund.

I have a case study where I posted numbers.  It's called Case Study -- where to put my surplus? if you're interested.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/case-studies/case-study-where-to-put-my-surplus/

Edit: Added another reason.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1059 on: October 25, 2018, 09:43:42 AM »
I firmly believe a solid EF is a life saver for people on a (relatively) lower income, because you can't cashflow unexpected bills like people with a high income can.

This is where I'm at, and why I want to save at least $10K in my EF. 

And welcome carozy! 

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1060 on: October 28, 2018, 11:38:07 AM »
Date           Corvette   Roth - 1   DRIP Stock      Total
 9/18/18   1760.03     1000           3423.11           6183.14   
 9/30/18   2000.03     1000           3473.11           6473.14
10/13/18  2051.48     1200           3473.11           6724.59
10/28/18  2101.48   1300              3473.11       6874.59

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1061 on: October 28, 2018, 04:39:08 PM »
I'm glad that my investment account only gets updated once a week, so I'll only see the damage this Monday.

I'm getting very close to this year's 5k savings target, but I nerd to buy some expensive items over the next few weeks: new glasses, winter shoes and a winter coat. I've been looking for used for months, but didn't find what I was looking for, then also started looking for new and I still can't find what I want. I need to make a decision soon, wearing my old coat / shoes for one more year is not an option (both are over 10 years old and their replacement is long overdue). I hate having to spend money when I'm so close to my target.



I just bought some replacement glasses from Zenni Optical $16 and $6 was shipping.

Do you like them? Sorry far, I've always regretted going for the cheaper option when it comes to glasses.

I do.  I've been getting a lot of compliments too. These are my second pair from them. I realized I lose and break glasses so easily hence I stopped investing. When I was in high school I lost a pair of $250 frames which my mom replaced and then I ended up losing them on the train because I would take my glasses off to read. $500 flushed down the drain. After that, I decided to find the cheapest pair I could. Weirdly enough, I find my cheaper glasses are strangely more resilient. I don't know why when I care less about a product they last forever, but yet when I baby a product, guaranteed damage.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1062 on: October 29, 2018, 09:40:12 AM »
progress so far:

10/18 $2,545 - edited from number in original post to reflect total actually in that account on the day I posted.
10/29 $2,901 - the odd dollar amount ($356) comes from transferring everything left over in our joint checking account after paying bills this weekend.  I try to keep $500 in each of the checking accounts at all times which makes deciding what to put into savings a simple matter of subtraction.  When I can maintain it, that even $500.00 in checking provides both comfort cushion and a mental block against frivolous spending.  I hate to go below $500 so much that I'll go out of my way to avoid expenses that come out of those accounts.  The DH gets paid weekly so I am confident there will be additional funds available next week to cover next week's bills.  I get paid bi-monthly and those weeks I will sometimes leave more than the $500 in anticipation of bills I expect to land during lean weeks.

overall goal - $10k in savings
quarterly goal - $4k by January 1, 2018

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1063 on: October 29, 2018, 10:17:01 AM »
Savings:
July 31:                 €2400
August 30:            €2000
September 27:       €1300
October 30:           €1400
November 30:        €1600
December 29:        €1100
February 1:            €1100
February 28:          €1300
March 29:              €1300
April 30:                  €800
May 29:                 €2300
June 28:                €3500
July 31:                 €3250
August 31:             €3700
September 30:       €2550
October 29:            €3500

Pre-tax investments:
October 29:               €96.24

Post-tax Investments:
July 31:                 €1985.37
August 30:             €2095.00
September 27:       €2253
October 30:           €2461
November 30:        €2622.06
December 29:        €2661.50 (didn't do the monthly transfer yet)
February 1:            €3021,56
February 29:          €3101,58
March 29:              €3160,54
April 30:                €3439.66
May 29:                 €3729.27
June 29:                €3890.53
July 31:                 €4106.20
August 31:             €4278.05
September 29:       €4285.11 (didn't do the monthly transfer yet)
October 29:           €4453.30 (did a double transfer this month, but sadly a lot of my gains have been wiped out)

Total:
July 31:                  €4385.37
August 30:              €4095.00
September 27:        €3553
October 30:             €3861
November 30:          €4222.06
December 29:          €3761,50 (+ 740 unpaid salary = 4501.50 )
February 1:             €4121,60
February 29:           €4401,58
March 29:               €4460,54 
April 30:                 €4239.66
May 29:                  €6029.27
June:                      €7390.53
July 31:                  €7356.20 ( + €70 on my credit card, so really €7426.20)
August 31:              €7978.05
September 29:        €6835.11
October 29:             €8049.54

Goals for 31 December 2018:

Savings:            €3000 €5000
Investments:     €4500
Total:                €7500    €9500

This has been an expensive month! The issue with my former boss was solved, I received what they owed me and the new job is 1000x better. This month I bought a new winter coat, winter boots and spent about €600 on study costs not covered by student loans (a prereq course and reference books) and we also spent a bit more on travel and easy-to-prepare food because we had a wedding, two birthday parties and a relative in the hospital (who's doing quite well now, luckily). I felt quite bad by all this 'wasting' of money because I might not reach my savings goals this year, but the truth is these costs were (almost) unavoidable and I'm still making progress. My coat and my boots were both 10 years old and very worn-out and needed replacing, study costs will pay themselves back 10-fold once I get my degree and it's important to keep up with family and friends.

I opened a retirement account a few months ago and transferred money into it for the first time. In my country, tax-deferred investing for retirement is much more limited than it is in the US, all in all I expect to be allowed to invest €3000 for 2016-2017-2018 (you can defer the contribution up to 7 years) My new job has a very good pension scheme, which means I won't be able to contribute anything from now on. Once I hit my savings goal, I'll throw all my money at the tax-deferred account to max it out asap. This will also give me a nice big tax return in spring 2019 that I can put towards post-tax investments.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1064 on: October 29, 2018, 01:08:01 PM »

10/2/18 - $(2742.60)
10/29/18 - $(1899.81)

Change of  +$842.79 this month! Still waiting on my savings account interest payment, but it'll only be around $10 so not worth waiting on imo.

I also managed to sell some pet equipment on ebay for a cool $86 after fees this month, and it immediately got sucked away to buy things for my riding lessons.  November will be all about bracing myself for a few months of potential unemployment, woo! :/

 

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1065 on: October 31, 2018, 08:38:39 AM »
October 2018 Update
3/31/2017 (52,848.85)
4/30/2017 (48,076.67)
5/31/2017 (47,110.22)
6/30/2017 (46,540.28)
7/31/2017 (44,354.10)
8/31/2017 (47,236.39)
9/30/2017 (42,436.10)
10/31/2017 (33,346.78)
11/30/2017 $(28,911.53)
12/31/2017 $(24,424.13)
1/31/2018 $(20,454.43)
2/28/2018 $(18,221.63)
3/31/2018 $(14,916.69)
4/30/2018 $(9,800.88)
5/31/2018 $(7,375.85)
6/30/2018 $(5,735.59)
7/31/2018 $(7,109.58)
8/31/2018 $(6,439.93)
9/30/2018 $(2,990.84)
10/31/2018 $(4,180.43) -$1,189.59 Decrease :(

The market just killed me this month. I guess that's what happens when so much of my assets are invested. So the good thing is that my debts have still gone down and my Emergency fund (and other savings accounts) are up. Spending is still low so I feel like I've done all I can and when the market goes back up I'll see the rewards.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1066 on: October 31, 2018, 08:44:43 AM »
October 2018 Update
10/31/2018 $(4,180.43) -$1,189.59 Decrease :(

The market just killed me this month. I guess that's what happens when so much of my assets are invested. So the good thing is that my debts have still gone down and my Emergency fund (and other savings accounts) are up. Spending is still low so I feel like I've done all I can and when the market goes back up I'll see the rewards.

One thing that is helpful mentally is to do some Future Value calculations. You can even do some simple compound interest calcs to see where you could be in 10, 20 years if you even did nothing else right now. I like to do this to reframe the situation mentally for decision-making etc. :)

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« Reply #1067 on: October 31, 2018, 08:45:49 AM »
^^It helps to watch the number of shares you have, not the dollars. The number goes up faster as the market declines, which helps you bounce back faster and higher when the tide comes in again.^^

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1068 on: October 31, 2018, 08:56:41 AM »
September emergency fund: $5410

October emergency fund: $4988 (-$422)

I got hit with my emergency root canal bill this month.  My e-fund keeps bouncing around $5K.  I mean, it's good that I have it when I need it, but frustrating because I want it to go up!  Well, onward to next month. 
« Last Edit: October 31, 2018, 09:04:54 AM by LittleWanderer »

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1069 on: October 31, 2018, 12:55:06 PM »
September emergency fund: $5410

October emergency fund: $4988 (-$422)

I got hit with my emergency root canal bill this month.  My e-fund keeps bouncing around $5K.  I mean, it's good that I have it when I need it, but frustrating because I want it to go up!  Well, onward to next month.

That sucks.  Hope your tooth is OK.  At least you had an emergency fund functioning for you as it should be!

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« Reply #1070 on: November 01, 2018, 04:43:24 AM »
September emergency fund: $5410

October emergency fund: $4988 (-$422)

I got hit with my emergency root canal bill this month.  My e-fund keeps bouncing around $5K.  I mean, it's good that I have it when I need it, but frustrating because I want it to go up!  Well, onward to next month.

Hope you are feeling better!  Keep on keeping on.  I had a bad three year stretch once where I ended up in the ER three times.   At least I didn't have to worry about money, and that's huge.  The emergency fund helps you sail over the bumps and then it will grow again, no worries.     

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1071 on: November 01, 2018, 07:22:11 AM »

2018
1/31 : (5949.05)
2/28 : (5288.30)
3/31 : (4273.93)
4/30 : (2592.07)
5/31 : (629.70)
6/30 : 1,206.77
7/31 : 2,703.97
8/31: 5,651.70
9/31: 8,039.01


10/31: 7,803.49

Markets didn't help out at all this month as you all know. I invested right around $1,350 but lost ~2,200. My debt principles went down another ~950 and I have to pull 245 out of my EF. All in all I think the month still ended up ok as I only lost what I pulled out of my EF from my net worth. All that can be done now is to keep going. Hoping to still graduate from this thread this year.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1072 on: November 01, 2018, 07:43:19 AM »
^^It helps to watch the number of shares you have, not the dollars. The number goes up faster as the market declines, which helps you bounce back faster and higher when the tide comes in again.^^

Yes I should track number of shares as well. It'll be good to see that number still going up even when the dollars go down.

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« Reply #1073 on: November 01, 2018, 09:20:12 AM »
1/1/2018: $(170,956.12)
2/1/2018: $(166,849.63)
3/1/2018: $(161,395.88)
4/1/2018: $(156,590.44)
5/1/2018: $(152,997.61)
6/1/2018: $(149,175.48)
7/1/2018: $(143,748.22)
8/1/2018: $(138,734.38)
9/1/2018: $(135,043.66)
10/1/2018: $(131,441.14)
11/1/2018: $(133,372.50)

lol yikes yikes yikes. Well, like everyone else, this month I lost all my gains for the year and then some. Hence moving backwards! BUT I also got my EF to $10K (yay!) and of course made my usual retirement contributions and debt payments. So while it's annoying to see the number move in the wrong direction, the things that are under my control are still moving the right way.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1074 on: November 01, 2018, 09:40:12 AM »

lol yikes yikes yikes. Well, like everyone else, this month I lost all my gains for the year and then some. Hence moving backwards! BUT I also got my EF to $10K (yay!) and of course made my usual retirement contributions and debt payments. So while it's annoying to see the number move in the wrong direction, the things that are under my control are still moving the right way.

At least we are all in the same boat. It helps me to know that it's nothing I did wrong and just the Market. After a steady increase a dip downward was inevitable.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1075 on: November 01, 2018, 07:10:32 PM »
October 7, 2018 = $600
October 18, 2018 = $2500
November 1, 2018 = $5,995

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1076 on: November 05, 2018, 09:22:29 AM »
10/18 $2,545
10/29 $2,901
11/4 $3,355 – I wish I could get excited about progressing this quickly these last few weeks, but this account is also where we save up in expectation of property taxes, home & vehicle insurance, and other annual expenses so the first $700 each month really is in anticipation of that.  All annual expenses are paid for this year which is a plus, but they’ll be back and I want to be prepared.

I worked so hard to end 2018 with $2,000 surplus in this account and really want to end 2019 with $4,000, but I’m bracing for the next unexpected expense so I’m reluctant to celebrate.  On the plus side, my company changed providers and reduced the cost of my share of health insurance for 2019 which should help. 

overall goal - $10k surplus in savings/emergency fund
current push- $4k by January 1, 2018

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1077 on: November 05, 2018, 04:26:37 PM »
10/18 $2,545
10/29 $2,901
11/4 $3,355 – I wish I could get excited about progressing this quickly these last few weeks, but this account is also where we save up in expectation of property taxes, home & vehicle insurance, and other annual expenses so the first $700 each month really is in anticipation of that.  All annual expenses are paid for this year which is a plus, but they’ll be back and I want to be prepared.

I worked so hard to end 2018 with $2,000 surplus in this account and really want to end 2019 with $4,000, but I’m bracing for the next unexpected expense so I’m reluctant to celebrate.  On the plus side, my company changed providers and reduced the cost of my share of health insurance for 2019 which should help. 

overall goal - $10k surplus in savings/emergency fund
current push- $4k by January 1, 2018

Perseverance my friend. :)

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1078 on: November 05, 2018, 05:05:09 PM »
Everyone is on a downer because of the market....  Guys, stocks are on sale!  When it recovers you'll be laughing your pants off!  This is the best time in our journey for markets to be crashing and falling - hopefully they fall further.


Everyone seems to be doing really well, just keep going!  It's a marathon not a sprint! :)

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« Reply #1079 on: November 05, 2018, 11:48:05 PM »
I'm not panicking about the market yet. I'm old enough to remember 2008 ;-) my index funds have recovered quite a bit already. I just wish I was able to buy more 2 weeks ago.


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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1080 on: November 06, 2018, 07:43:01 AM »
10/18 $2,545
10/29 $2,901
11/4 $3,355 – I wish I could get excited about progressing this quickly these last few weeks, but this account is also where we save up in expectation of property taxes, home & vehicle insurance, and other annual expenses so the first $700 each month really is in anticipation of that.  All annual expenses are paid for this year which is a plus, but they’ll be back and I want to be prepared.

I worked so hard to end 2018 with $2,000 surplus in this account and really want to end 2019 with $4,000, but I’m bracing for the next unexpected expense so I’m reluctant to celebrate.  On the plus side, my company changed providers and reduced the cost of my share of health insurance for 2019 which should help. 

overall goal - $10k surplus in savings/emergency fund
current push- $4k by January 1, 2018

Perseverance my friend. :)
+ 1 to perseverance.

Also, maybe there's a better word to use than "surplus". Your green soldiers are not "surplus". They have an important job to do.  Maybe try thinking of them as "Reservists"  or "Disaster Prevention Specialists". It's not just semantics, it really does help prioritize saving. Mental tricks work.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1081 on: November 06, 2018, 01:30:31 PM »
Thank you Dicey.  You make a valid point.  I wrote surplus, but in reality I think of it as Safety Money.  Although  Disaster Prevention Specialists does paint a vivid picture of their value.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1082 on: November 10, 2018, 05:45:20 AM »
Date           Corvette   Roth - 1   DRIP Stock      Total
 9/18/18   1760.03     1000           3423.11           6183.14   
 9/30/18   2000.03     1000           3473.11           6473.14
10/13/18  2051.48     1200           3473.11           6724.59
10/28/18  2101.48     1300           3473.11           6874.59
11/10/18  2258.63   1400             3473.11         7131.74

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1083 on: November 12, 2018, 08:09:01 AM »
10/18 $2,545
10/29 $2,901
11/4 $3,355
11/11 $3,355 – the next unexpected expense hit.  I threw everything I had in the checking account at it, so there was nothing left to transfer to savings.

When we bought the house we are in now, it came complete with the original 1980’s appliances.  Knowing that everything would eventually have to be replaced, and refusing to pay full price for new appliances if we didn’t have to, we started searching scratch and dent/bone yards at our local big box stores every few weeks.  This weekend when I ran out of lye while making soap, we took a trip into town and stumbled across the dryer of our dreams tucked in a corner marked half off.  We pulled out the paid off credit card, packed our new dryer in the back of the Prius to get it home and installed it ourselves.  Unfortunately, in our excitement we forgot to pick up lye, so the soap is on hold until our next trip into town.

I’m very excited to have the new dryer as hang-it-out-to-dry weather is almost over for this year, but I’m also a little disappointed that I won’t reach my current push goal as quickly as I hoped.  It’s a calculated risk, I could have limped on for another winter with a dryer that only has one functioning setting left, but the new machine is dramatically less frustrating to operate and I’m pretty sure we’re going to see cost savings on our electric bill almost immediately.  The only thing we can find wrong with the new machine is a scratch on the front glass.

overall goal - $10k in savings/emergency fund
current push- $4k by January 1, 2018

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1084 on: November 12, 2018, 08:20:32 AM »
10/18 $2,545
10/29 $2,901
11/4 $3,355
11/11 $3,355 – the next unexpected expense hit.  I threw everything I had in the checking account at it, so there was nothing left to transfer to savings.

When we bought the house we are in now, it came complete with the original 1980’s appliances.  Knowing that everything would eventually have to be replaced, and refusing to pay full price for new appliances if we didn’t have to, we started searching scratch and dent/bone yards at our local big box stores every few weeks.  This weekend when I ran out of lye while making soap, we took a trip into town and stumbled across the dryer of our dreams tucked in a corner marked half off.  We pulled out the paid off credit card, packed our new dryer in the back of the Prius to get it home and installed it ourselves.  Unfortunately, in our excitement we forgot to pick up lye, so the soap is on hold until our next trip into town.

I’m very excited to have the new dryer as hang-it-out-to-dry weather is almost over for this year, but I’m also a little disappointed that I won’t reach my current push goal as quickly as I hoped.  It’s a calculated risk, I could have limped on for another winter with a dryer that only has one functioning setting left, but the new machine is dramatically less frustrating to operate and I’m pretty sure we’re going to see cost savings on our electric bill almost immediately.  The only thing we can find wrong with the new machine is a scratch on the front glass.

overall goal - $10k in savings/emergency fund
current push- $4k by January 1, 2018
Wow! Look what those soldiers did for you! That's kind of the point of savings, no? You anticipated a need, shopped until you found a great deal, and pulled the trigger. Hooray for you! It may help to note that I am not someone who considers a dryer optional, particularly in winter.

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Re: Saving to $10K
« Reply #1085 on: Today at 09:03:34 AM »
Just did some calculations and it's absolutely impossible to reach my 2018 updated savings target. As long as I keep paying  the mortgage, that is :-) so I'll be around until probably mid-spring 2019 if nothing unexpected happens.

All in all I'm not unhappy about my progress in 2018 though: I started grad school, a new, better paid job and my own business and those things come with a price tag. I expect a big tax return in spring 2019 and I'm in a good position to make lots of progress over the next couple of years.