Net Worth: February 2010

I would like to officially welcome my Net Worth to 2010. I have some ground rules for the NW for the remaining 11 months…GO UP!!!! It’s all about growth baby, not to be consfused with “growing babies” (baby ninja’s aren’t coming till 2050). Let’s see how I’ve done…

Checking Account(s): $1,877, -$2,483. My checking accounts (INGdirect and Chase) took a hit over the last month, but for good reason: I transferred a couple thousand dollars in to my online savings account. You’ll see that growth in the next category.

Savings Account: $21,065, +$3,340. I have officially broken $20,000 in my online savings and it feels good. If you are wondering why I haven’t just paid my student loan off it’s for a few reasons. 1) I’ve got a wedding pending and don’t know how much to plan for my wedding expenses (i.e. gifts, honeymoon, etc). 2) Girl Ninja and I have many unknowns ahead of us, and having extra cash on hand helps calm us mentally. 3) Because it’s my blog and I can do what I want 🙂

Roth IRA: $13,368 -$387. I don’t like it when the stock market goes down, but I guess it has to happen from time to time. Oh well, glad it was only a few hundred dollars of money I wont touch till I’m old anyways.

TSP (401K): $11,759, +$118. Five percent of each paycheck makes its way in to this account, which get’s fully matched. I invest in very similar funds in both my Roth IRA and 401K. I use to contribute 8%, but after some thought, I decided to reduce down to 5% this year.

Student Loan: -$16,003, +$190. Oh Sallie Mae, how much I loathe thee, yet I still keep you around. I find comfort knowing I could rid myself of you at any moment. Don’t get too comfortable, you won’t be sticking around that long.

That put’s me at a net worth of….drumroll please….. $30,234!!! I’m up $1,441 from last month, which means I have officially joined the $30,000 club (if such a club exists). I can’t wait for this month to be over, because I will be seeing a $12,000/yr raise coming my way in early March, it should work out to about $700 extra each month that will go straight towards increasing my NW. Thanks for poking in ya’ll and I’ll be seeing ya tomorrow!

If you have wondered why the blue bar (debt) in the graph sometimes increases, it’s because my credit card balance gets taken in to account each month. Even though I pay the balance in full it still appears as a “liability” in Quicken. I just deduct this from my checking account balance to give myself an accurate net worth reading. This is why my total increase, may not always necessarily match with the total of each category, but I promise the overall total is REAL. I choose not to include my car in my NW calculations, which would probably increase my worth by about $8K.

Net Worth: January 2010

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I popped a cap in 2009’s a$$. It was an incredible year, increasing my net worth over $30K. December, however, was a not so exciting. Oh wait, YES IT WAS. I got engaged, but with engagement comes expenses, and with expenses come a less than ridiculous net worth growth. Let’s take a look…

Checking Account(s): $4,361, +$1,301. Got the checking account slightly stacked as my $2,500 credit card bill is coming due. I’m being a good Ninja, and paying that bill in full. I try to keep $1,000 in this account, but have come to realize that is almost never the case as I am constantly moving money around. Also, I now have two checking accounts, after opening up my online savings with ING, I decided to open a checking account with them also.

Savings Account: $17,725, -$1,800. Ahh the savings account decrease…tear. It’s for a good reason though. I finished off my last bit of contribution to my Roth IRA. You’ll see the increase in the next section…

Roth IRA: $13,755 +$1,868. I almost didn’t max out my Roth IRA for 2009, but after much thought I decided to go for it. I’m glad I did…I think 🙂

401K: $11,641, +$869. Eight percent of each paycheck makes its way in to this account. I invest in very similar funds in both my Roth IRA and 401K. I get 5% of my paycheck fully matched, so you know I’m not about to pass up free money.

Student Loan: -$16,193, +$108. Whoops. Got a little side tracked with purchasing an engagement setting and contributing to my Roth IRA. I promise to get back to paying this biotch down in 2010. Pink promise!!!

I’m rocking a solid $28,793 net worth. I’m up $1,404 from last month. Not quite as cool as the $5,000 I went up last month, but I guess I’ll be okay. If I had to choose between getting engaged, or having a larger Net Worth growth, I would pick…. well don’t make me answer that 🙂

Anyone care to make any PDITF 2010 predictions. Think I’ll be President by the end of the year? Maybe I will fizzle out and give blogging up? Think I’ll have a kid (I sure hope not). Humor me with some new year predictions.

If you have wondered why the blue bar (debt) in the graph sometimes increases, it’s because my credit card balance gets taken in to account each month. Even though I pay the balance in full it still appears as a “liability” in Quicken. I just deduct this from my checking account balance to give myself an accurate net worth reading. I choose not to include my car in my NW calculations, which would probably increase my worth by about $8K.