New Way to Share Progress
We updated our assets and expenses for the month. We decided to start sharing the information on our FI progress through a post that will be done around the first of the month instead of tracking it on a separate page. That page was getting too long! You can still refer to that page for prior updates if you want to see how we progressed since we started tracking this. This lets us share a little more without worrying about space constraints.
We’re not sure why anyone really cares about our personal information, but in communicating with other bloggers it seems the more personal you get, the more people seem to be interested and follow the blog. One year into the blog, our most popular posts are definitely our personal story rather than the technical points. So for all of you financial voyeurs out there, here you go;). For us, this holds us accountable, keeping us on the road to financial independence.
This Month’s Results - Not Any Closer to Financial Independence
The numbers weren’t in our favor this month. On the bright side, we didn’t go down in asset value, but even with all of our monthly contributions, we only saw a slight increase in assets. A measly .78%. And to add insult to injury, our average 12 month expenses went up slightly. March was a killer month for us expense-wise. A new bed for Toddler EE, our annual snow tubing outing which serves as Christmas gifts to all of the kids in the family, our ski season passes, taxes, and some home repairs. When it rains, it pours, right?! Our March expenses were DOUBLE that of other months. We did get back on track in April though, even with a major car repair.
Not much changed on the investment side for us. Still maxing out each month to our employer sponsored plans and then investing Mr. EE’s after tax pay to our taxable accounts. We are now working on re-allocating for the year to make sure our portfolio matches our investment plan as far as how we want our money invested. That is this month’s project.
So where does this get us as far as the path to FI? Well, if you check out the graph below, we slipped quite a bit since March of this year. Our savings was over 18x our expenses. We are now down to 17x. Part of that is we changed the method of calculating this ratio. Prior, we were using just the prior month’s expenses. We decided to change that to a moving 12 month average because that would be more realistic, and we wouldn’t see the big fluctuations in the ratio. Some months have heavy expenses and others very low. Bottom line, we were looking more promising a few months ago, but we are still doing very well and are well on our way to meeting our goal. As of this month, exactly two years to go to meet the goal! For those who haven’t followed this tracking, our goal is to be at 20-25 times our expenses by May 2017 so that we can retire early (by the age of 40). As of now, we are at 17x and moving along. Keep following us to see if we can make it!
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