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?

 

Goals and budget for 2017

Goals, shmoals. Didn’t set any this year because life was just chaos. I moved three times this year! I sold my house! I didn’t write about it because it felt so surreal for a while. It was about 6 weeks to close the deal, I moved. Yadda yadda, I’m alive, hey! Lets start with income;

My main job’s contract was renewed until December 2017, there will not be a pay increase which kinda sucks but I expect my net income to reliable be $24,352.44 for the year, which breaks down to $2,029.37/month (26 pays divided by 12).

Life has become a lot easier now that I am renting a one-bedroom apartment and no longer have to worry about paying the mortgage, electric expenses, renovation expenses and all the other “hassle” that comes with owning a house are all over with for now. No snowremoval to worry about… I just pay rent and that’s it! My rent includes internet and heat/electric so it’s just one nice round-ish number. It’s a nice change after 8 years of going at it alone trying to fix up an old house. I would NOT buy a house again by myself so for now I’m just saving for the future. 🙂 *o*

I’m setting goals right now for 2017. I started with doing a new monthly budget, things always vary but it helps to plan ahead and I’ll set up my monthly savings contributions accordingly.

My monthly anticipated expenses:

Rent: 450.00
Groceries: $175.00
Life insurance: $11.61
Clothing/misc: $40.00
gifts: $20.00
Blow money: $100.00
Health/Medical: $40.00
Car ins: $37.84
Copper (food/toys): $50.00

Total: $924.45 pre-savings (under 1,000, ha!)
Most of my other car expenses are deductible so I don’t count them in my personal budget. I have NO extra health insurance besides the basic provincial healthcare. I have NO disability insurance etc.

Left for savings transfers $1,104.92 = 54% of my net income! 🙂
I have completely ignored any travel expenses as all my travel is financed by a cottage cleaning job I have been taking on every summer for the past few years. It pays for every penny I spend on travel and that’s essentially why I do it! Out of my normal pay I’ll be budgeting my goals. I do have another third stream of income through renting out tourism properties for owners, which earns me another couple of thousand per year. I usually allocate this money to wherever it’s needed. This year I’ll plan to throw it completely at my vehicle savings, though I won’t count it here.

Total amount of regular income to be distributed: $13,259.04

RSP/TFSA: $448.14/month. $5,377.68 for the year.

House: $156.78/month
I set the goal for the year at $1881.28. I have some savings set aside for a future house and would like to round off the number by the end of the year!

Vehicle: $500/month will set me at $7,209.16 at December 2017 excluding any interest bits. This is only 60% of the $12,000 minimum I want/need to purchase a new vehicle. Assuming I’ll earn $2,000 with my seasonal job I’ll be at $9,209. I hope to make up the shortfall here by finding part-time employment, $2,800 in extra work shouldn’t be that hard to find… right? Categories where I may be able to scrimp are groceries, blow money and clothing. This will vary month to month.

As you can see, continuing to save for a future home and replacing my vehicle is still quite difficult on my income. I’m not really sure how I should handle this. Ideally I’ll be able to find supplemental income, which, since I won’t need it to live off, can be used entirely to siphon into my RSP’s/investments.

I set up the new goals in the widget bar on the side, let’s see how it goes!

A fall financial check up!

I haven’t done any financial updates since May, it’s been a very busy summer. I’ve been working part-time and the income has been a God-send but the summer flew by, I didn’t enjoy much of it…There were several times I just wanted to quit.

I am whining, and of course timely ran into this post here; go read this, from the post:

““How can anyone at the prime of their human capital, who lives in a G20 country in 2015 complain that they are screwed? In all of human history so far we are living in the best of times.”

I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place and all I can do is keep budgeting, keep being cheap and some day there will be an end to it. I have so much.  Look at the life I live, my house, my bed, my dog, I can still afford to go on airplanes, I have a lot of richness in my life. I need big fat reminder daily to be grateful for all the cool stuff I have in my life. I should shut up, stop feeling sorry for myself and get on with it.

I want to go over the goals I set for this year:

1. Stop using overdraft, live on last periods pay. Reach by end of February. Success!
2. Save and splurge on a nice new purse in the spring.  Cancelled this goal, pointless and I can’t afford it
3. Sell my house. Fail. 13 months and counting… Not sold yet.
4. Max emergency fund to $10,000. Fail. I emptied my emergency fund to pay off house related debt. Only have my mortgage left, very little savings, but it’s progress!
5. Retirement TFSA/RSP combined* goal +$1,266.38; $4,500. Success!
6. Vehicle fund goal 2015 $208. Cancelled this goal
7. Future House 2015 $500. Cancelled this goal
8. Travel expense 2015 $1,500 jan – oct, after that is work depending. Success! (on target)
9. Last but not least a networth of $72,000. Cancelled this goal, I’ve stopped tracking this metric to focus on becoming 100% debtfree.
10. Visit Cape Breton  Cancelled this goal, for this year
12. Go to East to West music festival in Moncton, NB Festival got cancelled! 🙁
13. Go camping in the Magdalen Island for a week Cancelled in lieu of other travel plans!
14. Get up at 08:00/08:30 five days per week. Success!
15. Lose 30 for 30. Success!
16. Track food and  journal exercise daily. Success!
17. Go swimming once a week (incl. in gym membership) Fail.
18. Complete c25k a second time by April 30, 2015 Success!
19. Start weighing in weekly by June 30, 2015. Success!
20. Average steps per day 8,500 Success!
21. Read more: read 30 books this year. Fail
22. Wear out shoes, don’t buy more, reduce total amount of shoes owed. Success!
23. Complete the #100happydays challenge. Success!
24. Finish two bible studies. Success!
25. Keep track of these goals weekly here. Fail.

All in all I am well on track with my goals and there is definite improvement year over year versus where I started back in 2008! I cancelled several ideas I had at the start of the year as my priorities and finances have changed. Adjusting is good!

The most notable improvements this year have been in my health and routine, I wake up at a normal time, work at a normal time, and am asleep around midnight. I no longer struggle with not getting enough daylight! It has been 2,5 years since I stopped night and overnight work (which I did for a few years) and this took the longest time to adjust. I weigh less than I have in several years, at 155lbs I am back to a healthy bmi! Am more active and eat much healthier than I ever have before. I also feel better than I ever have before in my life… 🙂

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Just got that email today, I’ve been using these apps since June 24th.  I purchased a Garmin chest strap to go along with my vivofit2 for tracking my heart rate on my bike rides, so those aren’t included in that and I’ve long since stopped tracking my number of rides. My activity level is about double of what it was about a year ago.

I go out on the trails about twice a week on average, some weeks three times, and have been doing that since the end of June. I completed c25k a second time somewhere in July, I don’t recall the exact date I did it but I just started running one day and did it without any planning for it, felt amazing afterwards and wasn’t sore at all. I’ve continued working on biking and walking stamina and endurance since then. Last night I did a two hour trail hike with Bob and carrying a 3/4 loaded 40litre back pack, for fun. Am I turning into an outdoorsy person?

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Some of my goals in hindsight didn’t work out, but such is life. I hope to pick up on the blog a bit more over the next months, and as I quit one of my jobs this weekend, I should have more time now too, yay!