We bought the domain and set up hosting with Dreamhost and love them (more to come in a future post!), set up Zoho as our email host (sure, let’s review that too), and picked our WordPress theme (it seems clean enough, content focused, and works well on mobile too) – so now to get on with what we came here to do and put out some content for you all! To start us off, let me share my first net worth update!
Whoa – maybe not what you were expecting to see. Or maybe it was. Regardless, a negative net worth is not the most exciting thing in the world and I’m working tirelessly to get it positive.
Suffice to say, I’ve made some good progress (almost $25k increase in 6 months), but more on that later. For now, let’s break down my accounts (thanks to Mint):
USAA – my primary bank since I was a tot. Fantastic customer service. I keep multiple checking and a savings account here.
HSA (company-sponsored through BCBS’ BenefitWallet) – I keep $3k in here for medical emergencies and anything beyond is auto-transferred to an investment account (these things are a triple-threat in the tax avoidance world).
Mango Money Checking and Savings Accounts – almost $2k, but I’m growing to $5k as to be my Emergency Savings (it doesn’t get much better than 6% APR and FDIC-insured – more to come here too).
Chase – basic checking account set up to take advantage of a recent $300 offer (free money!) and should also help me pay down an outstanding balance on a certain Chase Freedom card as mentioned below.
More than half of this is due to to a convenience check I wrote to myself earlier this year (as part of a sweet balance transfer offer with 0% APR for 14 months and a 2% fee) in order to partially front-load my IRA and cover a cash-flow issue). Unfortunately, this has taken me longer to pay than I would have liked, but I’m working on it and it will die. 🙂
The rest of the balance is split amongst the following cards that I pay in full every month (believe it or not – I actually have more cards than this, but these are the only ones I use regularly or semi-regularly… more to come on this in future posts):
- Amex Blue Cash Preferred
- Barclaycard Rewards
- Barclaycard Upromise
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Freedom
- Citi ThankYou Preferred
Student Loans from grad school held by Darien Rowayton Bank. Although consolidating and refinancing these 8+ loans from
The Iron Bank Nelnet to a single loan at a much lower rate from DR Bank was a life-saver, this loan is the bane of my existence and my primary impediment to freedom.
Fidelity – holds my workplace 401k accounts (traditional and Roth), which includes a brokerage account for ETF purchases.
Vanguard – the golden child of the personal finance world, they hold both my Traditional and Roth IRA accounts, plus my after-tax accounts I set up long before I knew how to shield my investments properly.
BenefitWallet HSA Investment Account – currently makes up a very small part of my portfolio.
My good ol’ 1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport that I affectionately call Babu is a champ. According to Mint vis-a-vis Kelly Blue Book, she’s valued at $2,185, but I’m not sure that’s what I could get for her.
Feast your eyes on this Japanese supercar! (cowboy and horse not included)
Alright – that’s all I can muster for now. If you’re still reading – thank you! I hope to deliver some better posts that help you on your personal finance journey (you know, pay it forward as they say).