October 2008 Net Worth Update (-$3,598.11)

As with most people, October was another brutal month for our net worth. It decreased $3,598.11 from last month to $35,299.10, a 9.25% drop (click on spreadsheet below).

What worked:
We both still have our jobs. Seriously, with unemployment at 7.7% in California, we are blessed to be working. We deposited $661 into our savings account and subsequently pulled $1,000 out of saving to open a stock trading account. We purchased 15 shares of Toyota Motor Corporation (ticker TM) for $63.71/share It is currently trading at $76.09/share.

What did not work:
Our retirement accounts declined by $4,536.50, even though we contributed a total of $1,513 to our 401(k)s and Roth IRAs. No big deal, we’re not touching this money for 20+ years. I’m glad we were able to put some extra money toward retirement while the market is cheap.

Next month:
We have a couple of big annual bills due next month: $1,157 for auto insurance, $439 for condo insurance, and $1,169.14 for property taxes. We should be able to cover most of the insurance bills by cashing in 5 days of my vacation and the property tax bill will come out of savings. I will also be out of town ½ of November on business, so our food and gas should be below budget.

4 thoughts on “October 2008 Net Worth Update (-$3,598.11)”

  1. No credit card debt I see.

    Mortgage and student loans shouldn’t be too big of a priority. The rates are low, and the interest is tax deductible.

    You should organize your liabilities by interest rate. Higher rates take precedence in terms of payments; of course.

  2. Yep, we hate credit card debt.

    We’re focused more on investing and saving right now rather than paying down our mortgages, student loan, or car loan.

    Thanks for the feedback.


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