Saturday, 21 April 2018

1st Quarter 2018 Networth

Assets:
  • Liquid Cash - $16,588
    • This is everything we can easily liquidate incase of emergency without any penalties. TFSA's are included in this category for that reason.
  • Retirement - $159,906
    • The largest account in here is G's pension. We use the transfer value on his pension statement, as that is what we would be able to transfer to a LIRA (locked in retirement account) if he were to quit. The rest would be my pension and RRSPs.
  • Hard Assets (House, Cars (private sale amounts) - $257,000
    • House value is what we paid of the house plus a little extra to account for the new windows. Car values are calculated on a yearly basis - they are the private sale figures I was able to calculate online.
Liabilities:
  • Mortgage - $152,311
    • 15 years and 11 months left on our mortgage! We haven't made any extra payments to this debt but do have an accelerated bi-weekly payment - which helps a little.
  • Consumer (Car & Remodel Loan) - $29,815
    • Working on this... 

Current Net Worth: $251,368

(Quarterly Increase: $32,443)

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Maxing out our annual expenses has definitely helped out liquid cash situation, we had our first bill arrive in the mail last month and we were able to pay our house insurance without even batting an eye. Retirement has also had a nice boost thanks to both of our work pensions. My RRSP is currently on sale, so any contributions I make seem to be gobbled up by the markets. I'm not bothered by this at all, we both have a long time before these funds will ever get used so there's lots of time for them to grow (and shrink). Hard assets are the same, last year I updated the private sales amounts mid way thru the year I might do that next quarter.

The snow ball is definitely rolling! We've been able to pay off $8,234 of consumer debt. Our renovation loan is at the Credit Union I work at so each time I get the loans clerk (a friend of mine) to take an extra payment she cheers me on, lol.

Glad we finally made it thru winter here in Saskatchewan, here's to an even better Spring!

- M 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Second Winter

Saskatchewan was hit with a pretty messy storm Friday. I ended up leaving work a bit early to make it home before I was storm-stayed. My usual 50 minute drive took 1 ½ hours. I got home safely and G had a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge for me, lol.

I'm grateful we didn't have any plans this weekend that required us leaving home. We completed all the house work and spent most of the afternoon yesterday baking macaroons (see pictures below).

Green tea (matcha), Rose, Lavender-Vanilla & Earl Grey!
This was the second batch we've tried making, first batch was a huge fail

Money situation has been smooth sailing. I have a $2000.00 cheque written and it will be applied to our loan this week. I also made an extra payment of $500.00 that we had left over from one of my paydays. Ideal situation has us paying off the renovation loan by August. Honestly, as long as it's gone by this year I'll be happy.

Next weekend we booked a trip to Calgary for Easter, which I ended up just taking out of the regular budget. We also booked our camping trip for end of summer! Sleeping in a tent for 5 days in Jasper, followed by two nights in Edmonton where I booked us a nicer hotel (I figured we deserved it, lol). Those bookings I took from our vacation fund to pay off our credit card as soon as the charges hit.

I also had my final fitting for my bridesmaid dress. A lady G works with does sewing work on the side and agreed to do the alterations. Best park: it was free! G had sharpened their kitchen knives a while back and she told him if we ever needed something sewed to let her know. I'm going to bake her something though - just as an extra thank you. I also got my shoes. The bride said she wanted us comfortable in flats but asked that they are silver. I found the perfect pair at Ardene's and ordered them right away. Best part: they were only $7.50! I'm glad because it's not my everyday style but it looks amazing with the navy blue dress. I won't feel bad if they get wrecked from dancing that evening. :)

- M


Sunday, 11 March 2018

2017 Income Tax

$4230 total refund we received this year. Sadly, next year will be my last time I am able to claim the Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program benefit - which makes up the majority of my return. G's is mostly from spousal RRSP contributions and his overtime payouts being taxed at higher withholding.

When the money was deposited into our account this week the first thing I did was top up our annual payments account. We added $2300.00 to max this account out at $7000.00. Since we are technically a year ahead now to save for upcoming known expenses I made a preauthorized transfer to go into this account for $250 biweekly. That way the account is always being refilled, and our annual payments are on autopilot!

Now there is an extra $1930 that we do not have allocated yet. I haven't spoken to G about it yet but I'm thinking about making an extra $2000 payment onto our renovation loan and start that snowball. Our current balance right now is $12,932. Our interest rate is not small on that loan and it makes me sick thinking about how much we are paying someone else.

It's the next 2018 goal we had set for ourselves so it would be nice to get it crossed off the list as soon as possible.

- M

Monday, 19 February 2018

Organizing

Finished all my organizing goals that I had for today!

I spent the morning clearing out our bedroom side tables. A few months ago G and I switched the side of the bed we sleep on and hadn't switched the stuff in our tables. His stuff is pretty straight forward but it let me sort thru and get rid of so much clutter. We honestly had 10+ small bottles of body lotion. I ended up just throwing them out, it wasn't worth keeping them around and remembering to use them up.

I also added a few more items to my donate pile while sorting my closet. Mostly fall/winter items I never grabbed for this season, or items I put on and immediately took off. I'll have another edit later today now that everything is organized. There's a few things I can think of that I'm on the fence about.

It's been a quiet Monday. G is at work and I've working on our photo book. Hopefully we can get that done by next week so it's printed by April. We seem to work much more effectively when we have a deadline looming, lol.

- M

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Long Weekend

It's a long weekend here in Saskatchewan - Monday being Family Day. G has to work the holiday but had the rest of the weekend off with me.

Yesterday we spent the morning meal planning. On the menu this week: pork schnitzel, Greek pasta salad, cabbage rolls and cajun chicken pasta (using this BudgetBytes recipe). After we organized, we packed up our SUV with a load of recycling to drop off and went grocery shopping. It was a pretty normal Saturday but it felt nice to get some of the garage cleared out - recycling is neglected during the cold winter months.

We haven't left the house all day today. Instead opting to watch the Olympics and I've finally convinced G to watch Mr Robot with me! The never ending laundry pile continues to keep us busy today. I cleaned out our linen closet upstairs. Downsizing what we had by nearly half. I have a good amount to donate, next time the CD is in our area. I made so much room I was able to move our bulk cleaning supplies in that closet so everything is in the same spot. I've nearly gotten a storage shelf downstairs cleaned off, which was a goal this winter.

Next cleaning goal will be our bedside tables and my workout/lounge drawer. I also would like to go thru my closet to reorganize and toss what doesn't fit for spring & summer. We will see how I feel tomorrow and if I'll be bored with G at work.

- M

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Money Talks

February and March will be a good money month for us.

Yesterday was G's pay day, a regular pay day without any big overtime payouts but G also received an expense claim deposited into our account. $2200, helped pay for hotels, meals and incidentals for a few trips G had. We had already paid for all those expenses, so this was just 'extra' money (or really to replace what we had to spend). So once that was deposited I promptly spent on a vacation we booked a few weeks ago. $2700 was sent to pay off G's credit card (the $500 difference is just taken from our regular budget). This completely paid for our trip to Iceland in October! Flights, hotels, and rental car is all booked and paid. So excited!! We have about $1100 in our vacation account right now that I was contemplating transferring out to help pay but with this refund I figured I would just leave the savings account as is. 

I will get my paid tomorrow, so I can transfer $800 to our annual spending account, brining that balance up to $3600. It seems like slow going to bring this balance up - but it's going. The next few windfalls should help, nearly max us out at our $7000 goal.

The first is an unexpected bonus at my work. I'm not exactly sure how much will get deposited after deductions, but according to my best calculations - we should end up with about $1700 next Friday. It'll go straight too our savings since I honestly was not expecting this at all. It was just announced this week and I had to read the email twice to make sure I read it right - lol. I guess we had a pretty good year!

The biggest windfall isn't really a windfall at all: income tax refund. We have all our T4's and other documentation in and I have entered in all our numbers. We should be getting a refund of $3400 between the two of us. I will file as soon as possible so we can get the refund in our hot little hands. If we haven't maxed out our $7000 savings account by the time we get the refund deposited, I will max it out and if there is any left I will start to pay off our remodel loan. 

Some other snowballs include: $40 for dog sitting, $130 for wellness expenses, G has another $200 of expenses that is pending. With all these big amounts and little amounts, hopefully by the time March is done our annual account should be maxed out. Once we hit our 'comfortable' level we will still continue our $200 bi-weekly transfer which will help keep the account replenished when we have to withdrawal for property taxes, car/house insurance, etc. That's the plan, now lets see how it actually all plays out! 

- M 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Last Weekend

Last weekend was amazing. G had spent the previous two weeks in Manitoba for work, and although I am pretty much used to him being gone, those two weeks felt like forever. So I planned a little date weekend in Saskatoon for us.

We had dinner and drinks at the Cactus Club, went see Jumanji, stayed at a nice hotel, and spent the evening swimming in the pool all by ourselves. Sunday we spent the morning at the Remai Modern, then did our grocery shopping (for those that live outside a big city, going to the grocery store is a huge treat and really exciting, lol). We were home early in the afternoon and spent the rest of the day meal prepping an awesome dinner and we polished off a bottle of wine.

It was such a treat to spend that quality time together. Even gearing up for this week where we were working opposite shifts. Definitely money well spent in my mind.

Always curious 
- M