Monthly Financial Snapshot: August 2018

Had a lot of work commitments the first week of September, so apologies for the late post. August was a lot of fun, in part due to two FI community meetups I attended in Minnesota as well as one in the Chicago area. As simple as it is to live a FI-compatible lifestyle once you … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: August 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: July 2018

Category Jul-18 Comments Rent $768.75 $750 for rent, paid via Plastiq Internet $55.92 Internet is kind of expensive. Cell Phone $0.00 Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month! Natural Gas $19.72 Little below average. Electricity $24.79 Below average. I switched providers recently because they offered a low intro rate. … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: July 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: June 2018

Apologies for the late post. Category Jun-18 Comments Rent $762.50 $750 for rent. No Plastiq fees this month thanks to referral. Internet $55.92 Internet is kind of expensive. Cell Phone $0.00 Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month! Natural Gas $17.64 Little below average. Electricity $19.45 Below average. I … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: June 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: May 2018

Category May-18 Comments Rent $750.00 $750 for rent. No Plastiq fees this month thanks to referral. Internet $55.92 Internet is kind of expensive. Cell Phone $0.00 Already paid for 1 year of service through MintSIM. = $15.51 / month! Natural Gas $52.46 Paying for this month and last month. Electricity $21.29 Below average. I switched … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: May 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: April 2018

Please excuse the somewhat late posting, as I’m on vacation. This month was another somewhat high spending month, as I traveled once for family and once for personal vacation. My policy is to record all of my expenses incurred while traveling (including food) under “travel” rather than where they might otherwise be recorded if I … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: April 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: March 2018

So I managed to make it through the busy part of the year alive and in one piece. Besides work, March was a pretty uneventful month, except for the markets. Market volatility seems to be here to stay, which has the potential to mess up the steady, even progress I had been enjoying up to … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: March 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: February 2018

Well, it’s that time of year again, when work takes over almost all my waking hours for about a month and I have almost no energy left for anything else. Highlights for this month included getting a stand mixer for my kitchen (more baked goodies = less depressing work environment), completing my tax return (first … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: February 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: January 2018

January was a really strange month. I deliberately overpaid over $6k in federal income taxes on a credit card in order to trigger a 25k mile spending bonus and set myself up for another 25k mile bonus in another month or two. Since it’s just about tax season, I’ll be getting almost all of that … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: January 2018

Monthly Financial Snapshot: December 2017

Pretty good overall for the month, considering the accelerated spending I did on travel. I bought about $950 worth of hotels.com gift cards, some at a 15% discount, and some to earn 10x Chase points during the Chase Pay Best Buy promotion. I value the 8,000 points I earned from that at about $136, so … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: December 2017

Monthly Financial Snapshot: November 2017

Not a whole lot happened this month. I had a work trip that was previously postponed due to a hurricane in September. Fortunately, some friends were visiting from out of town and it aligned nicely with my work travel plans, so I was able to meet them for dinner without going too far out of … Read moreMonthly Financial Snapshot: November 2017