August 2016 Net Worth Update (+$3,827, 2.8%)

August 2016 Net Worth Update (+$3,827, 2.8%)

Background

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

Here is our August 2016 Net Worth Update. I started documenting our net worth in June 2016 (June 2016 Net Worth Report) and the amount came out $127,575.  We saw our Net Worth rise to $139,209 in August (an increase of $3,827).  This is some great progress which we are excited about and will keep us on track to meeting our Five Year Net Worth Projection. We use these projections to provide targets/goals and keep ourselves motivated toward reaching financial independence.  Lets get into the details starting with how I track the family’s net worth.

Methods

I utilize two methods for tracking my net worth.  The first method is by using Personal Capital. This software is an incredible, free financial tool that combines all of your accounts in one place. Personal Capital provides insight into your cash flow, investment portfolio, and other methods to grow your net worth. Use the affiliate links above if you interested in Personal Capital and like the content on this blog.  I know it has helped me get a better handle on my finances and grow my net worth.

The second method is through a custom Excel spreadsheet that I have created and modified over the years.  It is nothing special and I have to update it manually which I enjoy doing. Now onto the nuts and bolts of my net worth.

August 2016 Net Worth Overview

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

Following the August 2016 Net Worth Overview table there is a breakdown of the individual categories of our net worth. August was an average month and our net worth progress as expected…nothing to write home about.  There were roughly $2,100 in retirement savings account contributions and gains.  The other main area of note is the pay down of my wife’s student loan debt. The usual progress was made on all loan payments now that we our payments for Car #2 have kicked in after the refinance grace period. See below for more details on each of the categories.

Emergency Fund

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We have focused on setting aside $100 per month to keep building up this fund. We currently have $14,315 in our emergency fund. We are getting 0.55% on the money held in this account.  Combine the contribution and minor interest payment and the account grew by $107 this month.  Nothing exciting about this but it may save the financial day for us and keep us out of consumer debt if an unexpected cost arises.

 

Checking Account

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

The checking account typically hovers around $5,000, but has peaks and valleys each month depending on when we have our direct deposits and various withdrawals hit the account. We earn no interest on this account.  This month we were in one of those valleys.  I am chalking this up to the monthly variation in timing of our direct deposits.

 

Home

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, LiabilitiesThis month the home value remained unchanged at $225,000. The gain came from making our standard monthly payment which reduces the principal of the loan by $787. We likely won’t live in this home long enough to pay off the balance and with the interest rate being so low I am not focused on aggressively paying it off.  Current pay off date – November 2030.

We purchased our home in Summer 2012 for $186,000. Based on comparable sales and an appraisal when we refinanced, I am estimating the market value of our home at $225,000. The home loan is a 15 year fixed term loan at 3.25%.

 

My Retirement Plan

401k – Retirement Account

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

In August I contributed less than my usual amount to my 401k plan. I had been planning on this to redirect the additional money toward my wife’s student loan debt. I still contribute enough to get the full employer match.   We are in debt pay down mode right now.

Pension Plan #1

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

My current employer offers a pension plan where the employer annually contributes a small percentage of my salary into a fund. The employer funds this percentage quarterly. For example, say the 3% equals $1,000. The employer will contribute $250 every three months into the account for a total of $1,000 on the year. I am not eligible to receive contributions to this account until I have been with the company for six months (six month mark was mid-July). My August pay statements did not have any contributions to this account. The cause is that the payments come quarterly and I have not been eligible at the time of the quarterly payment.  I expect the payment to come in late September or October.

Roth IRA – Retirement Account

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

This Roth account is held through a robo-advisor account. I starting to contribute $100 per month to this account and will look to adjust as needed. I didn’t like the balance between my pre-tax (401k and 403b) accounts and my Roth account.  I want to see more tax diversification in my retirement accounts. 

Wife’s Retirement Plan

 403(b) – Retirement Account

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Similar to the 401k, my wife’s retirement plan saw average gains this month. My wife is back to work now and back to contributing to her retirement account.

Pension #2

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

My wife’s employer offers a pension plan where the employer annually contributes a percentage of her salary into a fund. The employer funds this 2.5% annually. For example, say the 2.5% equals $1,000. The employer will contribute $1,000 at the end of the calendar year. The plan also provides a very low return that is similar to the rates you would receive in a money market or savings account, approximately 0.5% annually. This return is credited to your account on a monthly basis which comes out to 0.125% per quarter. This month we saw the small, monthly return that we expected.

Car #1

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

We own my vehicle outright so there is no monthly payment. A few months ago, I valued the vehicle on Kelly Blue Book (KBB) at $12,000. I have been assuming the value of the car decreases by approximately 1% per month (or 12% per year). The value of the car is now $10,958.

Car #2

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

For Car #2 we have a 60 month auto loan for $18,774 at 2.8%. We recently refinanced this vehicle from a 4.8% 66 month loan. This car saw the expected depreciation. I have been assuming the value of the car decreases by approximately 1% per month (or 12% per year). 

Student Loan #1

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

This student loan is from my time in business school. I refinanced this loan at 3% and plan to pay it off over the course of the next five years. I was fortunate enough to have my undergraduate education paid for by my parents so there is no loan balance from that time.

Student Loan #2

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

Another great month with us knocking $1,088 off my wife’s student loan. This is our primary area of focus right now.  We want to free up the cash flow associated with these student loans so we are only a couple months away from this being a reality.  These are a series of loans that average out to 3.5%. We are focusing any extra money that we have in our budget toward paying down this loan. The monthly minimum is $280 and we were able to put an extra $820 this month. The goal is still to have this loan paid off by November 2016.

Credit Card

Net Worth, August 2016, Assets, Liabilities

My wife and I use one credit card to handle the majority of our purchases. It provides 1% cash-back on everything and 5% on certain, rotating categories.

We roughly charge $2,500 per month on this credit card. We pay the balance in full every month. There is always some carry over month to month but we are never charged any interest.

Please comment below with your thoughts on our financial situation and the progress we have made with our net worth in our August 2016 update.