December 2015 Net Worth Update (-$15,351)

Highlights for December

  • Well we ended up closing out 2015 on a down month. On the surface our net worth grew $59,700 which isn't great, but growth none the less. Our stock investments ended up slightly in the RED for 2015.
  • Our properties are listed on our balance sheet based on their cost basis, not current market value. We have done this during the the real estate market highs and lows. I believe real estate is too illiquid to list based on recent sale transactions.
  • I spent another 2 weeks traveling for work in December, and hope I am done for a few weeks. Increased business travel is becoming a new normal my family and I are trying to adjust to. As I have mentioned previously, now with young kids and increased obligations at home, I view business travel as having a slight negative impact on our savings ability.
  • December is a big expense month for us as I now pay annual real estate property taxes for 2 of my investment properties in December.
  • In December I received 2 small employer bonuses that helped offset the real estate taxes we paid this month.
  • Overall expenses were up significantly in December primary for Holiday gift giving. I estimate we spent collectively in excess of $2,000 in gifts in Dec.
  • Target ran a 1 day special in late Dec for 10% of Target gift cards. We have a Super Target very close to our home which we use as our primary grocery store and typically spend $500+ each month there. We purchased approximately $2,160 in Target gift cards in December which we will consume in the next 4-5 months with our normal spend run rate at Target.

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