Hello my precious readers! Welcome to my end of July net worth update.
I cannot believe how fast time has been flying. I have been enjoying Toronto’s summer with my family quite a bit but I am already worried about terrifying Toronto’s winter.As you may know, Toronto has really long, snowy and cold winter, very short spring and fall and short but fantastic summer. I should not complain as People in East coast such as Boston and Halifax had devastating snow falls last winter but still I am not fussy about Toronto’s winter. That explains why so many Canadians retirees move to Florida and California during winter to enjoy the sun throughout the year. Well I am jealous but I will catch you guys up soon.
I should enjoy the summer when it is still here. 🙂
This is my seventh 2015 net worth update. Net worth update is posted monthly to keep track of the progress of my journey to become a millionaire. I believe anyone can be a millionaire with good saving habits and smart investing plans. If you would like to join the journey, please follow me through my Facebook and twitter pages and subscribe your email for free updates. It has been one year since I started tracking my net worth. My net worth on July 31 2014 was $79,352 but it is now $133,389. That was $54,037 (68%) astonishing growth during last 12 months period. Can you believe it? My net worth grew by $4,503 per month on average. Keep it steady and slowly which is the key to become a millionaire.
I cried a bit as my net worth decreased for the first time last month since I tracked my net worth but I turned it over to positive this month. Yay!! My portfolio suffered quite a bit but I purchased more quality stocks during the month taking advantage on the discounts that were offered. Regardless how economy and stock market performs, my million dollar journey continues.
My cash balance has increased from $1,921 to $3,697. I am building cash position at this point to open Interactive Broker account. Since the interest rate is super cheap and the Canadian economy is shaking a bit, I think it would be a good idea to get my margin account ready just in case. That means, ironically, I want the market to dive. That will bring down my portfolio value and of course hurt my feeling temporarily but that’s when leveraged margin account will shine. Haha bring it on bull and bear! I don’t care what comes next as I will be ready either way. If you happen to use Interactive Broker margin account, please let me know what you think of it.
My credit card debt is at around $900 which is the level that I am quite comfortable of. I am close to debt free and I like it that way. I just love the feeling of keeping my credit card balance low as I feel empowered to be debt free.
My majority of cash is sitting in President choice Debit account. I use it for the most of the money transfer, bill payments, cheques etc… as there is no transaction fee in this amazing card. Due to its partnership with CIBC bank, I can use their extensive CIBC ATMs network which is awesome. Their customer service is great as well.
I use TD bank card as well which is mainly used for investment fund transfer purpose as it is connected to TD warehouse brokerage account which gives me some convenience of transferring fund and invest. Check out the following section to see what credit cards and debit cards options we have in US and Canada.
My wife purchased Westjet stocks again to average down as currently Westjet is being hated by investors. Even though the fundamentals are still very strong and showing stronger than expected results, it keeps being dropped. Well good for us as we will keep buying more stocks as long as their strong fundamental exists!
Other than that, my TFSA has dropped by $1,500 (2%) but RRSP increased by $450 due to stronger US dollar against Canadian dollar due to my VTI holding. Check out my portfolio page to see what stocks I own and the following article for more investment tips-How to Simply Invest and Get Richer for Dummies in 8 Easy Steps.
If you are also a dividend investor like me, then you should check out the following page to see how other dividend investors are doing. You won’t regret a moment of reading their valuable and inspirational articles.
We tried to minimize spending over last couple of months and it worked out pretty well. We use Capital one Costco credit card as it gives us 3% cash back on restaurants (6% on first 3 months). I spend about $500 per month on my team meals at work so that would be $15 ($30 for first 3 months) cash back per month. Remember. Everything adds up.
We also have MBNA cash back card that we use mainly for grocery and gas for 2% cash back and everything else for 1% cash back (5% on first 6 months) without any annual fee. Unlike capital one cash back card and all other cash back cards out there, MBNA card is well beyond expectation. First of all, MBNA pays cold hard cash back (not points toward purchasing goods and services) and secondly, MBNA directly deposits the cash right away to your bank when it hits $50 mark. That’s great as I don’t have to wait until the end of the year to collect cash. Check out the following links if you are interested in getting awesome credit cards like MBNA and Capital one credit cards.
We have been tightening up spending. We set up two major rules and following religiously so far.
- My wife added some more healthy option after watching some documentary films about how chickens, milk cows etc… are raised so we have been purchasing quality organic ingredients, cook home meals most of time and go out and enjoy restaurant meal once a month together in a mutually agreed restaurant.
- We shop at Costco once a month for majority of grocery (They are always fresh and love their AAA beef so much for very attractive prices) then for urgent needs, my wife goes grocery nearby our place for eggs, milks, vegetable and fruits as in need basis. Our monthly grocery budget is $500 per month. I know it is high for just two people but we love healthy and good quality food and I am a meateatarian.
- We will keep being frugal on all other expenditures. See the following links for excellent ways to save money.
- 30 most important tips to be a millionaire no matter how much you make.
- Renting vs Buying
- 16 most important tips to save on car insurance by 40-60%
- Norbert’s Gambit- Save thousands of dollar from foreign exchange conversion fees
- What’s in my wallet
- Needs vs Wants
- 20 smart moving tips that will save you time and money
- How to save $1,000 annually from your TV cable bill
Hope you enjoyed this month’s net worth update. Remember, if you haven’t, set your saving & investing plans up and try to see how much net worth you have reached as of now and how much it has fluctuated in the past. Knowing where you are and where you will be headed will be a great starting point to be a millionaire and retire comfortably. Hang on there. I will be on the journey with you.
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