2017 Wrap-up

There are a million things that happened this year and I was so busy I had no time to write about it. The number #1 most coolest thing?

I made more money than I have ever before. For the past 8 orso years I have sat down at the end of the year and made a plan for my budget, set up major goals and estimated my income. For 2017 I expected my net income to be $24,352.44 for the year, which breaks down to $2,029.37/month (26 pays divided by 12). I always aim for the conservative side. :). While I haven’t yet tallied the totals of all my various jobs and income streams, I’m expecting to land somewhere around $60,000 gross for 2017!

I also intended to;

Save $5,377.68 in my RSPs

Save $1881.28 to my house savings

Save $7,209.16 for a vehicle. 

I had anticipated earning an extra $2,000 with my summer employment in 2017. In total I had planned to save $14,468.12…. I pretty much blew all that out of the water!

Since I scored a sweet full-time term job I was able to add quite a bit to my savings.

I usually keep track of my main savings goals in the side bar over there —->>>> and this year my savings finally made some big jumps, I used to update those bars at every dollar of progress but not so much anymore, 😀 too much work! At year end things looked like this;

2017 RSP contributions
Goal: $12,377.68
Total contributed for 2017: $16,808.33!
Total in %: 168%

2017 Extra income
Goal: $4,000
Actual: $23,000+ (net)
Total in %: 575%

2017 vehicle savings
Goal: $12,000
Total for 2017: $1,454.00
Total in %: 9.1%

2017 House saving
Goal: $1,881.28
Total for 2017: $5,000 (approximately)
Total in %: 265%

After adding in the investments I started in Lending Loop, in total I saved and invested approximately $26,262 during 2017. That’s a nice chunk more than the $14,468.12 I had budgeted for. 🙂

You’ll notice I totally abandoned saving for a vehicle, there really isn’t a specific reason for that, the money that should have been directed to that probably landed in the savings categories where I overshot my goals as I anticipate getting another year out of my car. I’ll be revisiting that in my plan for 2018 though.

The number #2 coolest thing? As a result of all dem savings;

I hit a $100,000 net worth! I’ve been working towards this for SO SO SO SO long. Since I sold my house in the fall of 2016, with no more debt holding me down and much lower housing costs I was really able to focus all my efforts on contributing to my RSP’s, TFSA, Savings and investments, and crossed the first 100k! I’m so blessed to be so rich, because man, that is rich compared to much of the world.

My YNAB file recently got corrupted and I lost a few years of data, I do make regular backups but honestly… even with monthly backups restoring a budget file with hundreds of transactions missing and accounts that constantly change (heyyyy travel-hacking) I was too lazy to go through that process. I don’t import my account data from banks, I manually input every transaction I make and keep my budget file completely offline. (I have not adopted the new subscription version of YNAB, I had subscription anything and will use YNAB 4 until I die… or until it really stops functioning) I like it this way, anyway, it does mean that since I hadn’t really kept an eye on or blogged about my networth goals that I don’t really have an accurate picture of how my networth increased over 2017. I do know that my GOAL for the start of 2016 was to have a networth of 72,000 but that I abandoned that goal.

As of today my net worth is at $111,018.64. I found a post back in April, 2014 where I logged my networth at $55,000 so in 3 years and 9 months I’ve doubled that, and sold my house converting its value.

I’m still ruminating on exactly what I’ll plan for in 2018, stay tuned. 🙂

What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?

 

A year on Lending Loop!

I am rewriting this post because I already wrote it and it disappeared into the bowels of the internets. So. 🙂

I opened an account with Lending Loop in December 2016 and made my first deposit on December 28th. 

I LOVE the idea of Lending Loop and so far I LOVE the execution of Lending Loop. As a past and current small business owner I know how hard it can be to obtain reasonably priced financing through conventional methods and fully understand that there is a market for P2P lending. Do I believe that debt is a necessity? No, is it useful? Yes.

Consequently I’ve made investments  in a variety of businesses, from $25 up to $325 depending on the risk band and company information provided and scoured off the internet. Most of the loans are in between those two numbers.

I earned $91.64 with Lending Loop this year and made deposits to a total of $2,936.33 and investments throughout the year. If you translate this in hours I spent on reading and learning and thinking about the whole thing… that’s definitely less than minimum wage but as I invest more that will go up. 🙂

The majority; 41% of my investments are A’s, 35% B/B+ and the remainder divided between C (more heavily) and D, the least. I do not intend to make any further investments in D-rated loans or riskier. It’s not my style, I’m uncomfortable with it and so here we are. I aim to keep my gross yield hovering around 10%, which after somewhere around 25% tax should net, haha obviously… 7.5%, not accounting for any delinquencies of which there were none this year! I do expect to get stuck with some next year.

I intend to deposit a further $2,000 to lending loop next week and will invest it gradually through the year as I have this year.

I’m very excited about it!

Credit card roulette: TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card

It’s been a little while since my last credit card application, a month or two i’d say, so high time to give it a try on another one! Here’s a screenshot of what I was eyeing up earlier today;

 

Please forgive the amount of notifications on my phones screenshot, I’m bad for ignoring them! You can read about this card further on the forum thread on RedFlagDeals right here. With the fee waived for the first year and 50,000 td points this is a decent deal for me. The 50,000 points will be worth about $250 in travel credit on the Expedia for TD, I’m not super interested in any of the other “perks”, like insurance as I already carry other cards that have the needed medical and travel insurances for when I trawl the globe. 🙂 This card has an income requirement of $60,000 or household $100,000, with my extra job this year I was able to jump through that hoop so I applied!

 

It’s always a little bit of a surprise doing these applications, and a happy party when it’s succesful! Can’t wait to snag these points and use them! 😀  I’ve only been declined one card in the past four years (the Chase Marriott Visa that no longer exists, sadly, it was great value and very churnable) Do I worry about these cards affecting my credit? Nope, because they don’t really

Why do I do this? To afford travel, travel will never be totally free as there are always costs involved but travel hacking has allowed me to see and do things I wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.

Does it hurt my credit? MMMnope!

I keep tabs on my creditscore using creditkarma.ca; my score updates every Monday, I request my free Equifax report once a year and am generally watchful of whats happening on my credit.

I also have a fraud warning on my profile to verify identification prior to extending credit as I previously had a compromised creditcard.

Does it hurt my ability for future big things like buying a house? Not really!

As I am not currently in the market for any car or home related loans I have no problem continuing this game. With any new application my score may drop a few points, usually nothing big and sometimes there is no change at all. This application had zero effect on my score. Were this to change and were I to need to start shopping for a mortgage I would take the appropriate actions, shut a few things down and slow down my applications but for now… happy travel hacking!

Have you ever tried travel hacking?