This is a little bit late because we were traveling back to see my family over the Fourth of July. It was a great trip, and I was sad to have to come back to work, but such is life!
June was a great financial month, because I got my semi-annual bonus! That always makes the end of June a financial picture that I look forward to reviewing. In addition, I changed up a little bit of my tracking, which I will go into. As a reminder, here are last month’s numbers.
House – At the end of May, we were 59.2% of the way to our goal. As noted with my bonus, this took a nice leap forward! At the end of June, we are 73.1% of the way to the goal! Plus, I got a raise which will be kicking in with my next paycheck, which should allow us to put a little more in here each month. Hitting this goal by the end of 2014 is still a little bit of a stretch goal, but still something that I think is do-able.
Car – During June, I combined my car/emergency funds which had been in a savings account, and moved them over to a Balanced Fund at Vanguard which is in 60% stocks and 40% bonds. For the purposes of ease of tracking, this goal is 100% reached (and the emergency fund, which I haven’t been tracking here, took a hit). Kind of cheating, but I feel good about the movement of the money.
Kid – This still has a very long way to go, but June was a month that at least saw a little bit of progress here! At the end of May we were 8.1% of the way there, but after June we are now 11% of the way to the goal! Making progress!
June was the best month of the year for a few reasons, totaling $330.44, woohoo! The biggest portion of this (about $190) was due to dividends from a dividend fund at Vanguard, which comes quarterly. That was a nice boost, and something I wouldn’t have had even a few months ago before I started to put money into the fund.
I also got a payment for some old advertising I had on a different site. I finally reached the payment threshold, which was nice! Last, my Adsense on various sites had their best month yet, totaling a little over $20. Not huge, but it had a couple down months so it was nice to see! Hopefully that momentum can continue!
How was your June?