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Happy October!! 🎃
For some reason I always get excited and motivated around this time of year. I think it’s because the year is wrapping up and I start planning my next goals. There’s always a lot of creative energy around this time too!
General $ Updates
The first month of my adult life being debt free
I just felt like including this!! 😅 I’m a bit disappointed to say that I didn’t feel any different at all! I hardly even thought about it. That doesn’t mean I’m not super ecstatic about being 100% debt free though!!
Some main things to point out about my spending in September:
Furniture Fund: Since I barely saved anything here in August I had to make up for it in September! This was really all from my final paycheck in August though.
Travel: This was my half of our car rental during our travels in Costa Rica.
Fun/Entertainment (Gifts?): Only about $38 of this was for myself, the rest was for 4 other people. Last year my boyfriend and I went to a Halloween themed candlelight concert (small Orchestra) and it was AMAZING. This year we’re going to a Christmas one but we decided to invite some family members. I figured I would just cover the cost of everyone’s tickets and pulled money from my gift sinking fund!
Also, I was going to wait to purchase this in October, but then I noticed the tickets already started selling out so I got scared!
Full-time job (consultant) – GROSS: $5,880
Buy Me a Coffee/Venmo: $113.29
Mediavine (display ads on LivinglikeLeila): $228.51
Google AdSense (ad revenue from YouTube): $1,310.34
Online/Business Income Total: $3,401.03
CITI Cashback: $14.69
Discover Cashback: $14.85
Extra Income Total: $55.90
*Total Gross Income: $9,336.93
*I decided to start putting my gross income from all sources. This number does not reflect my taxes or 401k contributions.
As of September 30th, my net worth is $69,706.04. Up about 3.2% compared to last month.
*Total Assets = $69,706.04
Total Liabilities = $0
Net Worth = $69,706.04
*Does not include the value of my car (personal preference).
Roth IRA (VTSAX): $22,056.57 (down 4.5% compared to last month)
401k: $14,060.75 (up 1.5% compared to last month)
M1 Invest (VTI): $6,308.41 (down 4.8% compared to last month)
Vanguard Brokerage (VGT): $827.74 (up 7.2% compared to last month)
Coinbase: $372.85 (up 4.2% compared to last month)
- Emergency Fund = $12,127.27
- Gifts = $513.97
- Beauty = $75.47
- Car/Car maintenance = $2,615.76
- Travel = $4.25
- Car insurance = $405.07
- Sabbatical = $14.75
- Furniture/Home = $6,025.06
- House Down Payment = $101.85
- DOI Scholarship = $551.07
Sinking Funds Total = $24,436.56
My VantageScore is at 804 which is a few points higher than last month. Note: Despite paying off my student loans in August, these still haven’t dropped from my credit.
September Goals Update
- Put at least $2.5K to savings ✅
- Make over $3K from business income ✅
- Stay in budget! ✅ (where it matters!)
October Money Goals
- Put at least $2K to Roth IRA savings
- Finish DOI Scholarship/Grant Sinking Fund (this is for a giveaway!)