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stolls_397

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Am I Doing OK or Missing Something?
« on: October 15, 2019, 01:57:41 PM »
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I'd like advice on my finances. Here's my info:

1. Life Situation: 32 year-old project manager in Miami. Married, debt-free. Graduated with master's degree in 2015. (Bachelor's in 2010.)
2. Income: $107K + wife $30K
3. Assets: $40K money market savings (CapitalOne 360), ’08 Honda Accord, ’12 Honda Fit
4. 401K: $80,000 (currently set at contributing 10% of my salary per month with 3% employer match) + wife $30K
5. Rent: $1,550
6. Spending: Approx $1,600 to $1,800 per month on food, groceries, entertainment, utilities, gas, cars, etc.

After tax, I get about $6000 per month. $600 of that goes to money market savings. (So 10% of pretax goes to 401k, 10% of after tax goes to savings.)

I keep getting this feeling that I should be buying a home (“renting is throwing money away”), but we are very happy renting right now. We’re in a convenient part of town with a superb rental. Considering having kids in the next year.

Anything else that I should be doing? Do you think we're doing OK or missing something?

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Re: Am I Doing OK or Missing Something?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 02:29:18 PM »
First - to get a mathematical answer to whether you should buy a home, look into this tool:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html

Second - your money market savings is earning 1.9% right now. When you plan on spending this money? If it's longer than a few years, consider opening a brokerage account so that you can invest it and have a much better shot and having that money grow beyond inflation.
https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/investment-order/

Third - if you want more granular advice, look into the case study spreadsheet, and break down your spending into categories.

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Re: Am I Doing OK or Missing Something?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2019, 02:35:52 PM »
I'm trying to figure out how you're only bringing home $6k/month on a $137k household income.

Assuming that the 10% invested only comes out of your income, and not your spouse's as well, the combined monthly paycheck for the household should look something like this:

Gross: 11,417 (8,917+2,500)
Income Tax: 1,178 (assumes no tax refund and no adjustments/credits aside from $10,700 invested annually)
Payroll Taxes: 873
Health Insurance: ?
Net: 9,365 - ?

I'm hoping that your health insurance, LTD, and any other payroll deductions aren't coming anywhere close to $3k/month. Otherwise, it looks like a huge tax refund is expected.

Your rent is reasonable for the Miami area, so I have no problem with that.

10% invested is very low. It'll take a 50+ year working career to fully fund retirement at that rate. Math: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/01/13/the-shockingly-simple-math-behind-early-retirement/

Your expenses seem pretty reasonable too, so I'm not sure where all of the money is going. Based on the net pay I calculated and the expenses you gave, you should be able to invest $5k-6k per month. I'm probably missing something obvious.

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Re: Am I Doing OK or Missing Something?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2019, 02:36:53 PM »
OP, you might want to use the case study template to give us a more robust view of your situation, AND also tell us...what are your goals? Whether or not someone is "doing okay" depends entirely on their goals.

I mean, I can't even tell where your money is going. You say you bring home $6000 monthly after tax, and all we know is that you spend $1550 on rent, up to $1800 on other, and $600 to money market, which implies you should have $2050 left over, PLUS all of your wife's take-home pay (which I'm guessing is about $2000 a month?)

Where is all of this money going?

Do you have debts?

Again, if you provide the information from the template and share your goals, we can better help you.

stolls_397

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Re: Am I Doing OK or Missing Something?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 02:53:19 PM »
I'm sorry guys, you're right. I didn't realize something was so off here. I'll figure it out and double back.

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Re: Am I Doing OK or Missing Something?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 03:05:17 PM »
I'm sorry guys, you're right. I didn't realize something was so off here. I'll figure it out and double back.

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