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It's time for an update on the MoneyStepper’s 2015 Savings Challenge. Actually it's overdue, but because we took a spring break last week I'm not feeling too bad.
I’ve signed us up for it as a fun way to build up our net worth and savings. The two main goals of the challenge are:
- Grow Your Net Worth
- Save % of Your Net Income
For 2015 our family will do our best to increase our net worth by 25% and have a 15% savings rate.
March Net Worth and Savings Results
March went by way too quickly – it was my first month back to work since having the baby. Even now, my work schedule changes every two weeks until I can find something that fits.
I'm currently doing a pseudo-split shift where I work in the morning for a couple of hours and then finish up in the evenings after my husband comes home. Not sure if I want to keep this schedule.
Otherwise the only other difference with March versus the previous month is our tax refund. It was smaller than precious years (we've gotten better with estimated tax payments with my work), but big enough to bump up our savings.
For those curious, here are our numbers for March:
- YTD Net Worth Improvement: 8.9%
- YTD Savings Rate: 27%
I'm really happy about this, especially with the big changes around the house.
Graham, though, had a different take on my progress. After I submitted my numbers and gave him an update on what was going on, he sent me a proposal for the challenge:
My first reaction was “What? Are you crazy?!” LOL
We had a baby, I got a new workload, still trying to figure out this schedule…
When I took a day to think about it, though, I saw Graham's suggestion differently. I began to see this as a way to push us to be more financially fit and get rid of the student loan.
We might not reach this new goal, but I believe at the end of year it will get us closer to financial freedom.
I emailed him back and told him we're in. Hopefully next month's review will show us meeting this new challenge.
Thoughts on Our MoneyStepper Progress
I’d like to hear about you and your family about your goals and progress so far. Have things been going well? Have you had to deal with any set backs?