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Brian a.k.a. 2million

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Highlights for September September was a fantastic month with a huge gain on paper, our net worth is up $40k. Feels good to see such growth, but it does remind me of one thing my grandfather would remind me of growing up about the stock market - "The higher it goes, the lower it falls". We have booked a Disney vacation for the beginning of October, our expenses are up as ...
Posted: Oct 24 2017 @ 1:30 AM
Highlights for August August was a pretty muted month for us in terms of net worth change. We still ended up slightly positive. I have bumped up my short term bond allocation in my 401k. I can't find any investment that Im excited about so parking more dollars in closer to cash equivalents. We track our real estate holdings based on their cost basis. I believe this is a conservative ...
Posted: Sep 05 2017 @ 10:14 PM
Highlights for July Another great month in the books for 2017. If this was a typical net worth month for us we'd be financially free in I've ramped up post-tax contributions to my 401k plan. I intend to try out a new conversion feature in my 401k plan that will let me convert these to Roth IRA contributions at some point soon. This would effectively allow me to ...
Posted: Sep 05 2017 @ 4:35 PM
Highlights for June Finally a net worth jump to get excited about. I've been a little frustrated with Mint lately as some of my account values weren't getting updated. I finally spent some time in June to get those fixed (painfully) and believe that is a major contributor to our net worth pop. I received a small annual performance bonus from my employer in June. My employer 401k plan ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 6:14 PM
Highlights for May Another month, more gains in the stock market. It seems to just go up, up, up. That is when I get uncomfortable as a value investor, who knows what will happen. I had another 2 week business trip in May. Our expenses tend to run slightly higher when I'm traveling. We enjoyed a friend's wedding over Memorial Day. ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 5:31 PM
Highlights for April Our net worth change was moderated with little market movements - our main change came from a bump in our international investments. I had an uneventful 2 week AP business trip in April. At the end of April we firmed up a summer road trip for the family to Canada - over 2 weeks! Should be an enjoyable adventure with the kids as long as we can map ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 5:07 PM
Highlights for March We purchased season passes for the 4 of us to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA for $246 (youngest was free). If we visit twice this summer we'll break even. We went for 1 day already in early April while my daughter was on Spring Break. Maybe not the most frugal expense, but should be worth it for some summer family fun. My youngest daughter started teeball this ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 4:38 PM
Highlights for February Stock markets drove another very good net worth gain for us this month with a $32k pop. I signed my wife up for another Barclay Arrival credit card with 50,000 bonus points after $3,000 in spending (effectively a $500 bonus for us). I had read folks were able to leverage this bonus again as soon as they canceled their previous card. We cancelled my wife's previous Barclays card ...
Posted: Mar 08 2017 @ 7:45 AM
Its been a couple years since I shared our passive income so I thought I would publish a summary of our 2016 dividend income. This passive income comes from our taxable stock portfolio. All retirement investment holdings are excluded from... ...
Posted: Feb 24 2017 @ 5:57 PM
Highlights for JanuaryWe started off the year playing catch-up from 2016 We paid our annual real estate taxes on 2 properties in the beginning of January. We also had a large chunk of our holiday spending hit our balance... ...
Posted: Feb 20 2017 @ 9:57 AM


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