Updates and plans

My last post was made January 22, in Thoughts on how to move forward I talked about a long of things. Personal, health, work, about shifting the focus of my financial planning from just getting my shit together to planning for a different future. I thought I had written here after but… figments of the imagination can be pretty realistic I suppose. 🙂 So here’s an update!

Early retirement is on my mind a lot. I suppose this has always been the goal, it has always been what got me started on this path, what got me to fix my mess, get out of debt and save, it is what makes me live like no one else now so that my tomorrow can be different.

I’ve made quite a lot of progress recently. Healthwise I feel amazing, after enlisting the assistance of a naturopathic doctor and finding more like minded people. Through getting back into my workouts and finally, seriously addressing my diet I simply feel amazing. I have not felt this full of life in a very very long time. I’m no longer afraid, I’ve also developed a healthy dose of scepticism toward the medical doctor I have dealt with this past year, but that is perhaps a post for another day. 🙂

Financially I am doing well, I am doing better than I ever expected. I achieved a $100k networth on October 1, 2017. And now, only 6 months later can celebrate;

Which is pretty darn incredible. I guess the snowballing thing just continues once you pay off debt! My goal for 2018 is to achieve a $175,000 networth. My RRSP contribution room for 2018 is $16,528.  So i’ll be using that to reduce my taxable income. There’s been some updates too in the job department, but I’ll leave that for another post.

To get from $135k to $175 is kind of a leap, I mean 40k in one year? I was even considering trying for $185k but lets not set unattainable goals ;). I don’t have a gargantuan income but living simply does allow me to save a lot. This year I will also earn more than last year, which is fantastic, I intend to save it all.

$250k is the magic number for me, its my freedom number, it’s the number at which I will be barista-FI. Financially independent enough to be able to survive on any basic part-time job and live according to my needs and wants.  (assuming, as a single person, not as a couple). I suppose it’s still quite a bit away, it’s a big enough number. So here she goes, a $40k addition to my NW by the end of 2018. Can I beat it?

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?

 

Achievement unlocked – $100k networth!1!!

This has been a long time coming, 100k! It’s kind of a big thing when you’re a youtuber and hit 100k subscribers, you get a plaque and everything. Do they do anything like that for Instagram? That should be a thing.  This is a different 100k though, I was off on a tangent already… I hit a networth of $100,000 last week after I deposited my paycheque from my term job!

My networth is the sum of everything I own and owe, I don’t literally have $100,000 sitting in a bank account somewhere, although that would be nice and that is a goal. Spread over all my accounts however $100k is what I’m worth today.

I’m still using YNAB to track my networth, expenses and budget and I’m still using an older discontinued version; YNAB 4, because I very much dislike subscription software. I guess NetworthIQ will never be brought back to life? Remember that site? I remember painstakingly updating that little chart every time I was able to go up a few dollars, back in 2006. I had a negative networth and  I had my computer sitting on one of those big plastic tubs and would sit on the carpeted floor in the second bedroom of my condo out in Edmonton. That feels like  a lifetime ago.

This little milestone though, 100k$! I would tell you that achieving this from being to my eyeballs in debt back in 2009  feels really amazing and blahblahblah but that would be a lie… it felt like.. mostly nothing, it felt like… I’m on auto-pilot.  It feels nothing like the elation I felt when I paid off my student loan. I thought it should feel like this amazing thing that was happening but really it felt like a slight bump in my journey to financial independence, a slight upward tick, and on we chug.  It’s been a goal for a long time! It feels like I need a big NEXT! a big THING! What IS next?! I’m excited to find out.

I have finally achieved some sort of equilibrium, I’ve achieved some balance between saving and some spending, living a satisfied life without excess.

I am incredibly blessed to be here right now.

(The 1 in the title isn’t a typo, I miss you Chris!)