April was the best month for me financially. My net worth increased 2.14%. Again, the majority of this increase was due to investments continuing to bounce back, but my cash accounts also showed an increase – which tells me that I’m saving more than I’m spending. The YNAB plan is clearly working as it should.
For the year, I’m still below where I started – but by only about half a percent. I’m getting close, and I’m confident that if the markets either stay where they are or continue to rise and I just watch my spending, I’ll finally be showing growth for 2008.
I am anticipating May to be a high spending month, however. I’m going on vacation this month and still owe my parents for part of my portion of the trip, and at the end of vacation, I’m jetting off to a friend’s wedding, which will mean a hotel bill, and unfortunately, a lot of eating out. I’ve been planning for it in the budget, so I’m not too worried, but it will be interesting to see if I can still show some positive growth in my net worth anyway.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.