Net Worth Update – May 2019

All in all May was another uneventful month…financially. There aren’t too many surprises anymore. It helps that I’m single, carless and have no kids. The only thing that keeps me on my toes are those pesky medical bills as I’m still struggling with my chronic illness.

In November I received a working diagnosis for my health woes and I was prescribed a targeted treatment to regulate my immune system. This month my doctors concluded my response has been inadequate and I need to try something else. While I do not have cancer, next month I’ll be starting a cancer treatment to partially wipe out my immune system. I’m much more hopeful about this one. But this whole experience has been exasperating.

In lighter news, my lazy budget tracking method went smoother this month. The way it works is that I now use my credit card balance to figure out my spending-to-date. I still try to keep the balance under a budgeted amount (currently $800). Last month I found it difficult to track my cash spending with this method. I’ve since figured it out.

Net Worth

My net worth! The markets didn’t perform well so my net worth declined by nearly 1 percent. Otherwise, things went well and I even managed to save $500 outside of my investment accounts.

Liquid AssetsStartEndChange
Cash & Checking$1,900$2,100+$200
Emerg. Fund$7,500$7,500+$0
Savings$2,900$3,200+$300
Brokerage$1,800$1,800 +$0
HSA$1,600$1,900 +$300
Illiquid AssetsStartEndChange
Bonds$0$0$0
Home Eq$30,100$30,600+$500
401K$54,900$53,600($1,300)
Roth IRA$29,200$28,200($1,000)
DebtStartEndChange
Loans($3,400)($3,400)+$0
Net$126,500$125,500($1,000)
% Change-0.8%

Spending

My pay raise came through this month. More money is nice. Now that I know my take home pay for the remainder of the year, I’ve finally settled on yet another monthly budget:

  • $125 – Bills & Utilities
  • $350 – Sinking Funds & Savings
  • $800 – Everything Else

I know I’ve changed my budget many times already this year, hopefully this is the last time.

CategoryBudgetActualDiff
(1)Bills & Utilities$125$105$20 under
(2)Food$300$290$10 under
(3)Medical$-$150$-
(4)Misc$500$245$255 under
(5)SF*$65$65$-
Total (1+2+4+5)$990$705$285 under
Total + Medical (3)$855$135 under

*SF – Sinking Fund Purchases

(1) Bills & Utilities

Last month I switched cell phone carriers and now my internet and electricity are my only recurring monthly utility bills. I budget $40 for my internet and $85 for electricity, and my electricity bill was low.

(2) Food

I don’t usually have a problem with keeping my food spending down, and this month was no exception. I buy my groceries online and I try to limit these purchases to $35 once a week.

(3) Medical

In a perfect world this would be $0. It wasn’t. Someday.

(4) Misc

This is usually the spending category that gets me. Kitchen gadgets, clothing, and home decor all add up. I’ve managed to talk myself out of several of such purchases and it really paid off. I do have a running wishlist of things I plan to purchase. I can’t purchase everything I want in one sitting without going way over budget.

(5) Sinking Funds

I used $65 for a mother’s day gift.

Next Month & Conclusions

June shouldn’t be atypical at least not financially. There is Father’s day though. If the infusions work, my doctor said I should be feeling better by July.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.