Last updated on January 1st, 2021 at 05:20 pm
Welcome to my net worth update for September 2020! For those of you that don’t know, these numbers describe my wife and I’s net worth as of September 1st, 2020. As always, I try to round numbers to the nearest $100 to make them easier on the eyes.
We made even more progress towards financial freedom last month! We did a great job controlling our expenses and saving even more of our income. In my last net worth update, I was happy to share that we saved $3,200 of our income. This recent month, however, blew the previous month out of the water. Read on to find out how we did!
Budget in Short
We did a much better job controlling our spending this time around. Last net worth update I shared that I consider spending on food, clothes, gas, dining out, gifts, digital goods, electronics, car maintenance, furniture, and pretty much anything that doesn’t come as a regular bill, as “variable spending”. In our previous net worth update, we spent $1,600 on variable spending. This time we did much better, with only $1,100 in variable spending. I mostly attribute this to simply not being that active in August. We barely did anything other than go on a few hikes. The only social thing we did was meet some friends in a park to chat over (very) cheap pizza.
The following chart shows how our variable spending was distributed. All other variable items (car maintenance, education, clothing, beauty, health, etc.) came in at $0 for the month.
As you can see, our largest single item was home maintenance. My wife got on me to finally fix the broken fence on the side of our house. So, this money was spent on wood, screws, nails and a circular saw. I spent the better part of the month working to repair it, and I’m happy to say it’s finally done – and at a reasonable cost. Best of all, I learned a few new skills in the process.
I’m quite disappointed that we spent so much on alcohol and eating out this month. I guess being stuck at the house and not doing anything fun meant we needed to entertain ourselves in different ways. As a result, we got take out and alcohol (beer and wine mostly) pretty much every weekend. Hopefully next month we can do a little better, and cook more at home on the weekend.
An Income Boost
Last month I had the opportunity to cash in some overtime that I banked over the year. My employer allows me to do this twice a year and so I thought, why not. In total this boosted my income by about $2,500, which just about covers my mortgage payment for the month. Yay, me!
Last month we deposited $5,100 into our investment accounts. All of the money was allocated to my wife’s TFSA, where she bought a few select ETFs: XAW, VCN, XDIV, and XDG. She’s doing her best to stay diversified while also accumulating some extra dividend income through XDIV and XDG. She’s been happy with the monthly dividends XDIV and XDG offer and plans on continuing to add to those positions over the next few months.
None of our quarterly dividends paid out so our dividend income came in at only $42 for the month. This is somewhat better than our $32 in dividends earned last month. We earned another $34 in interest income from our savings account. This was less than last month because of our bonus with Tangerine sadly ran out. We were earning 2.5% interest but that was reduced to a paltry 0.25%. So we moved our money to our EQ Bank account where we earn 1.7%.
Overall, it was another great month for our investments. Our total return was $998 for the month, with the majority of this coming from VTI (Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund) shares held in my RRSP. With this gain, our investment accounts are now up to $43,800. Despite some recent volatility, I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to reach $50,000 soon, and perhaps even exceed it before the end of the year.
Net Worth Update
For our September 2020 net worth update, I’m very pleased to announce that our net worth increased to $311,200 from $301,600. This represents an increase of 3.2%, or $9,600! Here’s the latest pie chart showing how our net worth is currently distributed:
Most of our net worth increase can be attributed to our higher than normal income for the month, on top of some sensible spending controls. Here’s a breakdown of exactly where our net worth increase came from:
It’s a testament to the power of investing when I see that over the past 3 months our small portfolio has contributed over $2,400 in total returns. This inspires me to save even harder (within reason!) and build a larger pool of investments to generate even more net worth increases in the future.
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What do you think about my spending this month? Isn’t it weird that I spent $76 on alcohol, but only $169 on groceries?.. I sure do! Do you bank with Tangerine, or EQ Bank? Drop a comment below and let’s chat!