- This post discusses some of my numbers and goals when I first started this site in November 2017.
- Here is my first quarterly net worth update written six months after I started my job as an attending (numbers from January 2018)
- Second Quarterly Net Worth Update (4/27/18)
- The One Year Out from training Quarterly Net Worth Update (7/30/2018)
- 15 Months Out from training (10/2018)
- 18 Months from finishing fellowship (1/2019)
If you don’t feel like clicking through those, our net worth started at negative (-) $208,000. This is how our net worth has changed at each of those time points:
- Six months out, it had improved to (-) $78,819.
- By 9 months out we were at (-) $40,270
- We finally had a positive net worth one year out at +$45,000
- At 15 months, we had reached $73,000.
- It took us 18 months to get to a six figure net worth: $107,718
Where are we now? Read on to find out.
21 Months After Fellowship: Assets
Given that I am no longer anonymous with the release of my book (which you should purchase, by the way), the details below are still accurate, but not quite as specific. I have no desire to get mugged.
Here are my assets and the dollar amount for each category. All of this is as of 1/26/19
|Asset Class||Investment||Amount 1/27/19|
|Emergency Fund||3-Months saved in High-Yield Savings||~$40,000|
|TPP 403B||Vanguard Total Bond Index Fund||$3,406|
|Vanguard Institutional Index Fund||$38,815|
|Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund||$23,744|
|Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund||$22,933|
|Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund||$15,676|
|Mrs. TPP 457 (governmental)||NC Fixed (Intermediate Bond) Index Fund||$1,362|
|NC Large Cap Index Fund (Black Rock)||$11,451|
|NC Small/Mid Cap Index Fund (Black Rock)||$8,547|
|NC International Index Fund (Black Rock)||$5,029|
|Mrs. TPP 401K/403B||Various Stock Index Funds||$4,766|
|My Back Door Roth||Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX)||$8,027|
|Mrs. TPP Back Door Roth||Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX)||$8,333|
|529 TPP Kid #1 (Utah)||$6,455|
|529 TPP Kid # 2 (Utah)||$3,263|
|529 TPP Kid # 3 (Utah)||$2,441|
|Home||Equity (Fair Market Value = $461,000)||$6,000|
Comments on our assets
I feel like a broken record. Our bond allocation still isn’t to the 10% that I’d like to be at. That said, I am rebalancing by simply adding new additions to bonds in my 403B at a higher proportion. Come July, I’ll do my once annual rebalancing.
After a long few months following our house purchase, which cost more in upfront costs than we anticipated (improvements, surprise broken items, etc), it feels like we are finally clawing back out of that. We have made a ton of progress.
That said, we dropped our 529 contributions during that time period in order to offset increased childcare costs for after school care at my oldest little philosopher’s new school. We are back on track with what we need to save to get $150,000 in each 529 plan (three kids total = three 529’s).
Investment Comments on Assets
Good news first. The market has been up this year! My 403B at work is up almost 18%. That certainly helped our numbers above.
We ended up having about $12,000 worth of unexpected expenses between selling our old house and buying the new. This is definitely impacting our progress in terms of savings goals this year.
In addition to that, we had a $6,500 tax bill in March. I knew we would owe some – because I don’t like giving the government an interest free loan – but it was a little more than I anticipated.
Despite all of that, our assets increased around $50,000 for the quarter. Not too bad!
After sitting down with my wife, we have decided to slow the investment progress by paying off our car loans. We feel like being debt free (outside of the mortgage) is our most important financial goals. It’s amazing how clear the big picture comes when you go through the Three Kinder Questions and have intentional conversations.
That said, we are putting extra cash flow into our debt as described below. It looks like our annual savings number will shake out to somewhere between $90,000 – $100,000 for the year.
Debts: 21 Months Out
Here are my family’s current debts.
|Class||Amount of Debt|
|My Car Loan||$34,481|
|Her Car Loan||$18,447|
|Private Loan (oops)||$6,500|
|Home Mortgage (~453,300)|
|Total Debt (excluding mortgage)||$59,428|
Some Comments on Our Debt
The first big comment is that my wife and I have apparently been having a $100 draft every month for the last two years. I didn’t notice it originally, but then we got a notice in the mail that our servicer was changing. Apparently, we have a personal loan from medical school that is being paid back at $100 per month and has about $6,500 left on it.
This is obviously disappointing, but I am not too concerned about it in the grand scheme of things. We will pay it off after our car loans, speaking of which…
Our priorities have shifted a bit in the past few months. I started cash flowing an extra $1,000 towards the swagger wagon. Our goal is to have our car loans paid off in about the next 12 months. The car loan on the van should be gone in July with the bonus I will receive that month.
After that $1,500 payment is gone, we will roll that into my car loan and start paying $2,250 per month on my car until it is paid off. Additional cash saved each month may go towards this goal as well.
The house is considered a zero sum game given the fair market value and current debt owed. That said, we took a zero percent physician home loan. So, if we were forced to sell it would likely cost us 8-10% of our home value to do so (or ~$45,000).
Net Worth = Assets – Debts
$210,248 – $59,428 = $150,820
Goals / Summary
- We improved our net worth by $43,102 in the last quarter.
- Since I finished training (when my net worth was -$208,000), we have improved our position by $358,820 in 21 months. This easily puts us on track to have increased our net worth >$400,000 in two years when July comes.
- This means that over 50% of our gross income has gone towards building wealth during that time frame. In other words, the majority of our income has gone towards paying down debt or investing in the market. I guess I am following Physician on FIRE’s “live on half” challenge.
This should serve as proof that living like a resident after training works if you make a plan and stick with it!
We continue to build our net worth regularly and consistently. The vast majority of our dollars go towards this endeavor + 10% to tithing at our church each month.
Being done with our big student loan debt burden has been so helpful. Looking forward to setting up the rest of the plan and continuing to shatter our goals months ahead as our debt (and childcare costs) continue to decline.
Share your awesome financial news! What goals have you accomplished this year? How did you do it? Leave a comment below.