Well, it finally happened. The thing that I’ve been dreading for years (and had ample time to prepare for and totally didn’t). Yes, at last, NetWorthIQ, the service I was using to track my net worth and generate the graphs for these updates, has died. Time of Death? Sometime in the last month, I dunno. On July 23rd, I got this tweet from my fellow blogger/Stephanie:
@stephonee I know you use networthiq from your posts…I'm having trouble getting it to load for me. Are you having similar issues?
— Stephanie (@StephTheBlogger) July 23, 2018
And it was at that point that I knew I was probably in trouble. Sometime, years ago, I started making backups of my NetWorthIQ data, because the site was buggy af and I knew this day would come. But, I was lax in keeping up with those backups. After all, I technically have all the data from 2008 onward in a spreadsheet, anyway. I could always just recreate the numbers from scratch and do a whole new graph! Except that sounded like a lot of work, so I never got around to doing it while NetWorthIQ was still alive (when it would have been notably easier).
And now, finally, during one of the busiest months of my entire life… it died. Because of course.
RIP NetworthIQ: Mar 1, 2005 – July 22ish, 2018
So that’s why my net worth update is a week late this month. (I know, excuses, excuses.) Because I had to rebuild my graph from scratch from numbers that I (gasp!) didn’t have in a spreadsheet. I had to cobble the numbers all together from a combination of:
- Archive.org’s incomplete backups of NetWorthIQ
- Blog posts like the one you’re reading now (the ones where I started bothering to put the net worth number in the post itself, which sadly wasn’t until like 2015 and even then I managed to miss a whole bunch of them out of pure excitement like in this one post whhhhhhhhhy)
- Doing math on the changes in net worth that I did report in blog posts, working backward
- The NetWorthIQ backups that I made for myself up until 2012 when I… forgot? failed? to make any more
But in the end, I found or calculated all 140 monthly net worth updates (including this month’s!) going back to the very first one at the end of 2006, and now I can make pretty graphs. And so, without any further
complaining about all the work I made for myself ado… here is my brand-spanking-new, much-beautified net worth graph!
(Right after the numbers, anyway…)
Change: +$4,161 or +4.65%
July Net Worth TOTAL: $93,688 (aw yeah, I’m never leaving you out again, you beautiful total net worth number you)
Ahhhhh yes, that’s so much better, isn’t it? I cleaned out some of the garbage (there’s no way I was ever going to use the “Other Mortgage(s)” category), and customized this whole thing to my heart’s content.
But enough about the graph and chart… let’s discuss that $4,161 increase!!! What what?!?
For such a good month, not a great month for cash! This is the result of (surprise surprise) a clerical error on my part.
You see, I somehow ended up with 3 separate HSA accounts at some point. Each one with 2 sub accounts (a cash account and an investment account). So I was counting the cash accounts of each one as, well, Cash and the investment accounts as Retirement. Except that just like I’m a big loser who failed to back up her NetWorthIQ updates for the past 6 years, I actually failed to count the newest HSA’s investment account as Retirement. I didn’t forget about it entirely, I just had it under Cash for some dumb reason.
So I fixed that this month, and well, now it looks like Cash took a big hit and Retirement went gangbusters. And, on top of that, the last few months where I said that the gains in my Retirement accounts were due to me contributing to my HSA? No, silly Stephonee… those were actual investment gains because those contributions weren’t being counted as Retirement. Whoops! But again, now they are!
So while there was an on-paper loss, it was actually a really good month for cash. Work got crazy busy and I pulled a ton of overtime (and my husband, who works with me, lent a hand and managed to get overtime too, which is bananas when you remember that we work opposite schedules from one another and have no child care). Only one paycheck with overtime hit in July, but it was a nice bump. August should be even better, because it’s a 3-paycheck month for us, and that first paycheck was full of July’s overtimey goodness.
Of course, I say the above as I’m currently at home sick (whole family picked up some sort of bug) not earning any more overtime, so maybe August won’t be so hot in the end. Curses upon this illness!
Get Spendy With It (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
We did get a little spendy in July too, though. I was totally not at all interested in Amazon’s Prime Day theatrics this year (or as I’ve renamed it, Instant Pot Day, which is a part of why I didn’t care because I’ve already got an Instant Pot from last year’s Prime Day, thank you). But once Amazon got their act together and stopped just giving us doggy error messages, my coworker pointed out a deal on Calphalon pans. And well, I had been not bothering to get a new skillet for literal years after our old Ikea one warped and cracked, and had to be thrown out.
Except now I see that they are offering that pan set for the same price I paid on Prime Day and I totally feel like a sucker. But a sucker who finally replaced her broken skillet, at least. And who now owns a saucier pan as well, which makes me fancy.
Along the same lines, I bought some $160 sheets this month. Mostly because they have a lifetime warranty, so just like the Calphalon pans, I’m hoping this is a “buy it for life” purchase. Except I personally think the claims that these are the “softest sheets ever” are totally overblown and that’s why I’m not linking to the sheets I bought. But if you listen to podcasts, you probably know the ones I’m talking about, because they love to sponsor podcasts with their ads (and yup, that’s totally how I ended up buying them).
And finally, we replaced my husband’s smart phone. We’ve both been happily chugging along with Republic Wireless phones (and paying less than $40/month total for service, noice), but his was an older model that lacked an expandable memory feature. He had reached the point of actually deleting photos of our child off of his phone (not to mention long ago deleting the Pokémon Go app, so he’s been missing out on the new “friends” feature in a big way) which led me to believe it might be time to shop for a new phone. Thankfully, Republic emailed me with a really sweet “Dorm Pack” deal they’re running: a brand new Moto G6 phone, a power bank, and 3 months of 3GB data, all for $199. (This deal is only going through August 10th, so if you want to be cool like my husband, you’ll have to scuttle right over to Republic’s website.)
So yes, pricey pans, pricey sheets, and a reasonably-priced smart phone on a discount plan… it was a bit of a spendy month. But other than rolling my eyes at the “softest sheets ever” and literally having not even washed the Calphalon pans yet—you know what? Let’s… let’s just move on.
If you missed my explanation above, this is mostly the result of my “whoopsie!” And a bit of account growth, too. I think the most annoying part of this is how friggin close I was to $100,000 in retirement this month without actually getting there! $141 away, are you kidding me right now?
Obviously, I’ll probably hit the “$100k in Retirement” (and then some) milestone in August, unless the markets go whackadoodle. Which wouldn’t be the worst thing for me, since I’m in the “buying” phase, but ya know. It would be nice to hit it anyway. 3 paychecks in August (and thus 3 contributions to my HSA) should help that along nicely.
Oh, Kelly Blue Book value. Sometimes, you’re my friend, and sometimes… you seem to remember that my car is a Toyota Camry with a dent in it. That’s fine. At least it’s fully paid for, hey-o!
My LendingClub account appears to be gasping for air! Some loan that was behind on the payments probably paid up rather than going to collections. Still, I’m not impressed—there have been waaaay too many defaults on my loan notes over the years. I’m still pulling my money out of the account (slowly and lazily).
Student Loans: -$143
Still just chugging along with the minimum+3 cents (because rounding!) on this one. Things won’t get exciting here for another 10 months probably, so we’ll just stay patient.
Credit Card: -$125
A reminder that this is a 0% balance transfer from my student loan, and not a “real” credit card debt. I’ve almost got enough in cash savings to pay this off in full (should have 100% of it set aside in August!), I’m just letting it ride out the 0% promo rate.
You may notice that I haven’t fixed the minimum payment that I complained about last month… July was just not the month to be tweaking things. With all the overtime and craziness, it was more of a “survival mode” month. But I’ll eek out a few more pennies in interest later!
I finally paid off that $152 loanshark loan! Just kidding. This is boring tax stuff from my bidness.
BONUS: Zero2FIRE hit $100,000 Net Worth!
Gotta give a shoutout to my girl Zero, who was also working on a $100,000 net worth goal… and just got there!
Well… Heckin'! Guess who finally reached the ?$100k Net Worth? goal?? ?
Was hoping to reach by June 2019 when I first started out in January of this year, so it's a full 10 months early… ?
Now I have to change my 2018 goal! ? pic.twitter.com/cDVNh1YVcO
— Count Zerocula (@zero2fire) August 2, 2018
Oh, and I’m totally going to join her in the #NetWorthStarJar movement (just as soon as I find some star-making paper that I’m happy with):
Oh in my excitement yesterday, I completely forgot to give myself my first ? for my #NetWorthStarJar!!!
$100k down, many more left to go!!!
Here’s more info on my #StarJar: https://t.co/Q8BsntUpIQ pic.twitter.com/dtapvbO0dD
— Zero | Save $30k in 2018 (@zero2fire) August 3, 2018
Congrats, Zero! (But also, dishonor upon your house, your family, and your cow for beating me there. Obviously.)
How about you, friend? Are you celebrating a net worth milestone that I should be jealous of? Share it in the comments below and maybe I’ll feature it next month (with the requisite dishonor upon you if you’re beating me)!
And if you’re not tracking your net worth, do eet! Do eet now! You can use a simple spreadsheet
and an outdated tool that you forget to make backups of like me, or you could be smart and let Personal Capital do the tracking for you (but you should probably make backups), and get a $20 Amazon gift card in the process!