April 2017 Net Worth: $190,100.24

April meant Spring Break and traveling to Medellín, Colombia, a city that is re-building from a crime-filled past. Hopefully, May brings flowers in the form of real estate, since that is what I am finally pursuing next.

ASSETS

Cash Savings               396.42

CPS 403b                      74,878.88

IRA: Roth                     34,169.84

IRA: Traditional         11,027.51

More Vanguard Fun   44,686.89

Horace Mann 403b   3,334.83

Pension                        23,472.67

HSA                               636.35

192,603.39

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               2,503.15

Total Net Worth:         190,100.24

Updates…

Cash Savings: I had to put rent on my credit card this month because I didn’t have enough in my checking account. Priorities (allocating to investing first). 😉

403b: Halfway to maxing it out!

IRA Roth and Traditional: This hasn’t been updated since mid-April, but they went up a bit.

More Vanguard Fun: All systems a go!

Horace Mann: These have just become annoying. Need to consolidate them. 

HSA: This goes up a bit with every paycheck. I need to call the HSA bank and sure these funds are being invested well…

Credit Cards: This went up more than I thought it would…perhaps from my Colombia trip?

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

March 2017 Net Worth: $185,971.47

Off to the Tiny House Conference in Portland this weekend. So intrigued by these homes…not only the thought of embracing my inner Walden, but the appeal of saving a ridiculous amount of money and being able to travel wherever, whenever.

This month’s jump isn’t as impressive as February to March’s >10k increase, but I’ll take it. The district added an HSA option to medical insurance this school year, which I was pretty giddy to sign up for, so that’s an exciting new addition to the assets. 🙂 Also impressed with the side hustle income of $700 compared to March 2016’s side income of $390.

Let’s spring into it, shall we?

ASSETS

Cash Savings               1,462.01

CPS 403b                      69,639.62

IRA: Roth                     33,650.21

IRA: Traditional         10,816.66

More Vanguard Fun   44,234.93

Horace Mann 403b   3,328.49

Pension                        23,472.67

HSA                               381.81

186,986.40

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               1,014.93

Total Net Worth:         185,971.47

Updates…

Cash Savings: Rent. Because I like where I live.

403b: Went up a good chunk thanks to payday contributions.

IRA Roth and Traditional: Went down a bit. Will hopefully have this maxed out by the end of May.

More Vanguard Fun: All systems a go!

Horace Mann: Will see what I can do to get this out and hopefully transfer to Vanguard. 

HSA: New addition. 🙂

Credit Cards: Paid in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

 

February 2017 Net Worth: $179,904.22

A friend and I went to Havana in February for a weekend, and it was a definite throwback…no internet and old cars everywhere! So nice to see people actually looking at each other and not their screens. 🙂

ASSETS

Cash Savings               2,456.35

CPS 403b                      65,278.38

IRA: Roth                     33,959.50

IRA: Traditional         10,774.95

More Vanguard Fun   43,854.92

Horace Mann 403b   3,321.50

Pension                        21,728.93

181,374.53

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               1,470.31

Total Net Worth:         179,904.22

Updates…

Cash Savings: This is back to normal because I’m finally getting a paycheck again! 😉

403b: I am back to contributing 2k from each paycheck to this, maxing it out in 9 pay periods.

IRA Roth and Traditional: Letting compound interest do its thing.

More Vanguard Fun: All systems a go!

Horace Mann: Not much of a change, but still a rise from last month. 

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

January 2017 Net Worth: $168,548.33

I took the trip of a lifetime over New Year’s…Antarctica! I have finally been to all seven continents! I started a teaching job right after, hence the craziness of not even putting up a January net worth post. My first paycheck after 6 months comes on Friday…that will feel nice again. 😛 I may have not made my end-of-the-year net worth goal, but it was completely worth it!

ASSETS

Cash Savings               517.03

CPS 403b                      63,249.20

IRA: Roth                     32,492.89

IRA: Traditional         10,452.12

More Vanguard Fun   38,902.50

Horace Mann 403b   3,314.44

Pension                        21,728.93

170,657.11

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               2,108.78

Total Net Worth:         168,548.33

Updates…

Cash Savings: This has gone down because…ANTARCTICA!

403b: I can finally start contributing to this!

IRA Roth and Traditional: Letting compound interest do its thing.

More Vanguard Fun: This seems to be allocated well, considering I get e-mails telling me I can save an “additional $100” by moving this around. I’m good. Thanks. 😉

Horace Mann: I don’t know if there was any “retirement money.”

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

Back to “work” as a teacher tomorrow!

I am so happy to announce the principal called me and told me I can start to go back as a temporary teacher tomorrow! Woo! I was bummin’ pretty hard about going back as an aide (after being a teacher for so long), but I am SO excited to go back to teaching! I missed it! I love my job and don’t see it as “work.”

Because of my 90-day leave, I will miss my net worth goal by 20K this year, but, guys, get this. Since the stock market has been doing so well, even though I have been without a paycheck the past six months, my net worth has only gone down 5K. That’s it!

Life is so, so good. Did I mention I love this time of year? It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! 🙂

November 2016 Net Worth: $168,887.08

My mom and I went to Hong Kong over Thanksgiving Break. What a cool city! I start an aide position this week or next, depending on when my fingerprints go through.

On to the fun stuff…

ASSETS

Cash Savings               71.32

CPS 403b                      61,241.83

IRA: Roth                     31,534.06

IRA: Traditional         10,097.27

More Vanguard Fun   45,326.75

Horace Mann 403b   3,301.91

Pension                        21,500.00

173,073.14

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               4,186.06

Total Net Worth:         168,887.08

Updates…

Cash Savings: This has gone down because I have paid off some cards.

403b: This isn’t happening until I get another teaching job.

IRA Roth and Traditional: Letting compound interest do its thing.

More Vanguard Fun: I have more time to look into asset allocation.

Horace Mann: I still haven’t heard of the retirement contribution money they owe me. Perhaps the letter is waiting for me at home in the burbs. We’ll see later this week!

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

October 2016 Net Worth: $169,275.18

Well, there she is. Bye, bye Shima! We sold her this past month. I’m not going to say I didn’t cry. It’s silly, I know. A car. But, when it’s your first car, your dream car, and you think of everything that’s happened to you in the past 12 years, well, you know, memories and stuff. 😉

ASSETS

Cash Savings               5,811.90

CPS 403b                       60,037.09

IRA: Roth                     30,647.13

IRA: Traditional         9,898.64

More Vanguard Fun   41,283.95

Horace Mann 403b   3,296.47

Pension                        21,500.00

172,475.18

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               3,199.31

Total Net Worth:         169,275.87

Updates…

Cash Savings: This has gone up because of the sale of my car.

403b: This isn’t happening until I get another teaching job.

IRA Roth and Traditional: Letting compound interest do its thing.

More Vanguard Fun: I have more time to look into asset allocation.

Horace Mann: They sent me a letter saying there may be some money owed from the Retirement fund, so I may be looking into that next month. 

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

September 2016 Net Worth: $168,051.17

The picture is in honor of another friend’s bachelorette party this past weekend. We took a trolley tour around the city, stopping in front of Wrigley Field, of course. Go Cubbies! I am off to L.A., Sweden, Germany, and Denmark tomorrow! 🙂

On to the fun stuff…

ASSETS

Cash Savings               5,257.01

CPS 403b                       59,851.59

IRA: Roth                     29,991.82

IRA: Traditional         9,868.06

More Vanguard Fun   40,877.51

Horace Mann 403b   3,290.93

Car                               1,200.00

Pension                        21,500.00

171,836.92

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               3,785.75

Total Net Worth:         168,051.17

Updates…

Cash Savings: This has gone down, thanks to no consistent pay check. (Funemployment!)

403b: This isn’t happening until I get another teaching job.

IRA Roth and Traditional: Letting compound interest do it’s thing…

More Vanguard Fun: I have more time to look into asset allocation.

Horace Mann: This was the only thing that actually went up. Interesting…

Car: I have finally listed this!

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

August 2016 Net Worth: $173,157.16

 

The picture is in honor of my friend’s wedding this upcoming weekend. I love weddings!

You can just call it a “Side Hustle Summer.” With 2-3 babysitting gigs a week along with focus groups and selling items on the side, I am bringing in an okay amount of money. I mean, it’s no steady paycheck (miss those!), but it is still wonderful getting to do whatever you want whenever you want every single day. 🙂

ASSETS

Cash Savings               6,145.13

CPS 403b                       61,284.85

IRA: Roth                     30,172.59

IRA: Traditional         9,929.23

More Vanguard Fun   41,318.89

Horace Mann 403b   3,284.83

Car                               1,200.00

Pension                        21,500.00

174,835.52

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               1,677.96

Total Net Worth:         173,157.56

Updates…

Cash Savings: This has gone up, thanks to babysitting gigs and focus groups.

403b: This isn’t happening until I get another teaching job.

IRA Roth and Traditional: Letting compound interest do it’s thing…

More Vanguard Fun: I have more time to look into asset allocation.

Horace Mann: This just stays there. I probably won’t do anything with it. 

Car: I should probably sell this already.

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?

July 2016 Net Worth: $174,802.16

Excuse the late update; my WordPress was acting up. A couple updates, friends. A lot has happened the past month. The picture is from my sister and I attending World Youth Day in the motherland, Poland. As for the job front? Long story short, I have resigned from my job and am taking a “mini-retirement.” It feels wonderful. 🙂

Now, that you’re settled in, let’s see those July/mostly August numbers. 😉

ASSETS

Cash Savings               5,961.99

CPS 403b                       61,284.85

IRA: Roth                     30,521.24

IRA: Traditional         10,018.15

More Vanguard Fun   41,840.76

Horace Mann 403b   3,279.23

Car                               1,200.00

Pension                        21,500.00

175,606.22

LIABILITIES

Credit Cards               804.06

Total Net Worth:         174,802.16

Updates…

Cash Savings: I played a little around the with the Vanguard money to budget for the next few months.

403b: This isn’t happening until I get another teaching job.

IRA Roth and Traditional: I maxed out my Roth!

More Vanguard Fun: I have more time to look into asset allocation.

Horace Mann: This went up about 10 dollars.

Car: It is time to sell this.

Credit Cards: I pay these off in full every month.

How are you doing with your net worth goals?