6-Month Recap & Net Worth Update

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The first half of 2019 has been full of ups and downs, and it’s been a rocky six months personally and financially.

As it turns out, budgeting with an irregular income is harder than I thought.

I miss the steady paycheck that having a 9 to 5 got me. But do you know what I don’t miss? Getting up every morning at 5:30 a.m. to rush into work and put up with gossip and office politics.

Even with the struggles of figuring out how to manage our money now that my income is unpredictable, I’d pick working at home over working for someone else every time.

At the theater to see the live-action remake of Aladdin.

I’ve also been recovering from a hip injury that required eight weeks of physical therapy, and not being able to do the things I want has been frustrating.

But all things considered, we’re doing pretty well over here in our corner of the world.

Net Worth Update

Since I’ve never published our net worth before, I guess I shouldn’t call this an update.

Personal finance is… well… personal.

Sharing tips and tricks about how to save money and increase your income with a side-hustle seems safer than exposing the truth of our money situation.

But I need more accountability. Plus, maybe my journey will inspire your path to financial independence.

So here it is, for the first time ever: Our Net Worth

If you aren’t sure what net worth is, that’s okay. Basically, if you add up everything you own (your assets) and subtract the debt you have (your liabilities), you end up with your net worth.

I use it as a tool to measure my financial progress. I like knowing where I stand and to see the progress I’m making.

Despite our budgeting troubles, our net worth saw a big jump for the first part of this year. Our investments – the 401k mostly – saw a decent jump, and that makes me happy.

And since I ramped up my freelance writing business, that account grew, too.

Our student loan debt actually went up a little because I asked for a deferment when I went from working full time to freelancing full time. That payment starts back up again July 1, so the next net worth update will show a lower balance.

Our credit card debt is disappointing. Since my income isn’t guaranteed, we haven’t been putting much money toward paying that down. I’m hopeful that my freelance writing business will become more stable as time goes on.

Goals for the Next 6 Months

If the second half of 2019 goes as fast as the first, Christmas will be here before we know it. Here are my goals to help keep my focus on track:

Financial Goals

  • Stick to a $500 per month grocery budget
  • Stop going out to eat… Andrew and I took a pledge to only go out for birthdays and anniversaries last month and have been doing pretty well with that.
  • Pitch 6 new clients each week to build up my writing business
  • Reduce credit card debt by $2,000

Personal Goals

  • Drink 64 oz. of water each day
  • Work up to 7,000 steps a day (as I’m still recovering from my hip injury, this might be challenging)
  • Get more sleep by going to bed on time
  • Visit Tahquamenon Falls

That’s all I have for right now my friends. I look forward to checking back in with you in six months to see how I did on those goals.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about what you’re working on! Summer is here… got any great plans?

Amy is a content marketing writer who specializes in personal finance and FinTech. She is known for her strategic use of on-page SEO and talent for transforming complex topics into content that’s easy to understand. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Amy oversaw probate and estate cases as a court administrator. She has Bachelor’s degrees in business administration and legal studies from Ferris State University and resides with her husband and daughter near Grand Rapids, MI. In her spare time, Amy enjoys camping and serving her community as a Girl Scout leader.

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Mrs. COD
1 year ago

That’s a great idea. Hubs and I have the “bare minimum” and “stretch” goals for the year already, but need to flesh out how it’ll work in the day-to-day. I like how Holly breaks down income by the day, too. It almost makes it seem more attainable!

Mrs. COD
1 year ago

Making progress! I feel you on the freelance budgeting worries. We’ve still got a couple of months of paychecks from our school, but then we’re on our own starting in the fall! Our goal is to just make whatever we can (as much as we can) this upcoming school year to avoid dipping into our savings/retirement at all. Net worth likely will go down, but at least we’re living in a house that has a fairly low mortgage and in a low-COL area.

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