FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for March 2023

Another rollercoaster month What happened this last month? After a down month, this one is mostly up. This year has definitely been a rollercoaster when it comes to tracking our numbers. On the bright side, our investments are the highest number they’ve ever been. Of course, compared to the last time they’ve been this high,…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for February 2023

Time to spring clean the finances What happened this last month? After a mostly up month, we’re back to a mostly down month. However, the numbers are holding reasonably steady as we continue to contribute to investments. Since we’ve been focused on saving up for the siding project in the April/May timeframe, we haven’t been…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for January 2023

Happy New Year! What happened this last month? Last month ended down, but this month ended up significantly. Our final invested number was the second highest it’s ever been. The highest was back at the end of December 2021 when the markets were at their peak. There are a few things to note about our…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas! What happened this last month? We’re closing out the year on a down month unfortunately. This might be the first time where every number (except how many month remaining) are red. At the end of 2022, we did a great job controlling expenses and getting them more in line with reality after the…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for November 2022

It’s the start of the holiday season… What happened this last month? Numbers were generally good this month and up over last month. We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! It looks like there was a significant drop in our investment contributions this month, but that’s only because there was a momentary…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for October 2022

Spooky recession ahead… or is there? What happened this last month? After last month’s almost entirely red month, this month took a turn in the opposite direction. There has been a lot of discussion and news about a recession. However, the more it’s talked about, the more people will start looking for things in their…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for September 2022

Beginning of Fall, and continued falling stock market What happened this last month? With continued decline of the stock market, we continued to see many of our numbers decline. Our annual expenses also declined which helped a small amount in the long run. This month, completed a reimagining of our youngest daughter’s room, which included…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for August 2022

Back to school month What happened this last month? This month was great from the perspective of our expenses decreasing and getting us back to a more reasonable number after the kitchen remodel last year. We even were able to invest a decent number. However, we’re not investing enough to counteract what the markets are…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for July 2022

Unsustainable growth in numbers fueled by temporary increases in investments What happened this last month? I changed positions this last month, which will help fuel the numbers in a positive direction over the long run. However, due to a one-time sign-on bonus, our contribution rates for the month are artificially high. This means there is…

FIRE Month Savings Progress Report for June 2022

Suns out, numbers are down, and expenses are up What happened this last month? If last month was all positive, this month went the opposite direction. We didn’t have a major influx to invest this month that helps to cushion the numbers either. Summer activities have started which means some summer expenses around them. Summer…