Net Worth Update: August 2016

Oh my gosh. Is it *really* that time again? I cannot believe the month is over. I took a short trip with my housemates, and spent a lot of time working really hard (teaching started last week; I only have one class, but it’s big and it’s taking up a lot of time). But I still feel like the month shouldn’t have gone by quite as fast as it did. Another one in the rear view mirror.

Here’s my spending for the month:

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Nothing too outrageous. The travel spending was expenses for the trip I took with my housemates to a music festival — basically I paid for a tank of gas ($20) and the rest was for food. We stayed with friends local to the festival, which was free, and I paid for my ticket months ago.

Slush spending was mostly at grocery stores, now that I look at it! And I bought some stamps. Medical was my share of having two fillings in my teeth (after insurance paid for part of them.) Clothing, a pair of sandals; professional expenses, membership in a professional association; and gifts, $100 to a gofundme for a friend whose husband was seriously injured in an accident. All basically pretty normal stuff.

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This is super boring! It’s a good thing I have my automatic retirement contributions because otherwise there’d be hardly any movement at all. The markets were essentially flat for the month; the increase in the EF is a little big because I moved September’s contribution over a few days early. My income is temporarily lower than usual because I don’t start getting paid for the class I’m teaching until September, so things are tight — I cash-flowed the month, but didn’t have much extra to put into savings. I’m glad I managed $100 into the life fund as well as the planned EF contribution, though. Anyway, I did have an increase, even if it’s not thrilling, and September will hopefully look better!

8 thoughts on “Net Worth Update: August 2016

  1. Good to see that things are moving along. Don’t knock the ‘boring’ months. 🙂 They also mean that you had no large unexpected expenses or huge market losses. Things are on track. I don’t mind those months these days! Yes, time is flying by. It will be 2017 before you know it.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Good point! “On track” sometimes has to be plenty! The months where I have a big car repair, or whatever, are definitely worse!

  2. Hannah says:

    I would call this a pretty killer month. You had a nice (if small vacation), you helped a friend in need, and you increased your net worth despite living on a lower than average income. What’s not to love?

    1. thesingledollar says:

      You know, you’re totally right! OK, fine, it was a killer month. I should reframe my definition of exciting 🙂

  3. Mariana says:

    Wow. Look at those gremlins at $0 this month. That IS something.
    My gremlins expenses are sometimes more than my grocery expenses.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Mine are too! I sometimes have huge ones. It’s always nice when I have a month where nothing unexpected happens.

  4. Debt Hater says:

    Sometimes boring can be a good thing, especially when you’re still on the positive side of things for the month 🙂 No surprise expenses or huge purchases can definitely be a good thing. Looks like as long as you can manage the temporary lower cash flow things should be just fine.

    1. thesingledollar says:

      Yeah, I’m trying to learn to love boring 🙂

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