Net Worth Update – February 2022

Each month, I share a net worth update for the Brewing FIRE household. This brief summary of our financial standing serves as a progress report on our journey to financial independence.

In addition to giving a snapshot of our net worth, I will take a brief look at our spending, saving, and investing activity for the month.

February 2022 Net Worth

via Personal Capital

February

This month, we had to say goodbye to our big old pitbull, Percy. Most people who follow the blog have noted the uptick in vet bills over the past few months. A nasal/respiratory issue in October devolved into a series of appointments, procedures, and ultimately some bad news. After stabilizing for a few weeks, Percy’s health declined quickly, and he left this world at the end of the month.

Adoption day

Little is known of Percy’s early days. He was found on the streets of New York in early 2015. Because he was loitering outside a sandwich shop, the shelter that took him in named him Hero. Side note – why do New Yorkers call sandwiches “heroes”? That’s worse than hoagie or submarine. At least a foot-long sandwich looks like a submarine.

Anyway, Hero spent almost two years at the animal shelter before we came across his ad. We had lost our previous dog in early 2016, and after about 8 months of fostering, we were looking to settle down again. We saw Hero’s goofy headshot and thought it was oddly charming. We decided to take a ride to check him out and get to see his personality. The moment he entered the ‘meet and greet’ room, he immediately crawled onto my lap. Needless to say, we knew we would be taking him home.

Always smiling

The timing of our adoption wasn’t random. We had planned to start a family in 2017 (our daughter ended up being born in October), and so it’s risky to introduce a foster dog to that environment. Fortunately, we hit the lottery with Percy, temperament-wise. We’ve never been around a dog that was so tolerant of kids, people, and other dogs. He was truly the most mild-mannered pet we could ask for.

Percy lived a great life of leisure during his 5+ years with the family. He wasn’t especially fond of walks, and much preferred laying out on the deck or rolling around in the grass. He barked at the deer that would run through our yard, but I’m pretty sure he only wanted to play with them.

In late 2019, Percy had an inner-ear event that left him with vertigo and partial deafness. In 2020, he had a repeat occurrence which left him fully deaf. His pace slowed a bit, and his balance was wobbly for the last couple years, but he was otherwise happy. I used to joke that he didn’t really listen to me when he could hear me.

We’re still getting used to life without Percy. The kids are a bit confused about death – our two-year-old keeps thinking that he’s still downstairs. It’s weird for me, especially, because I am home 23 hours a day, and so we were basically together 24/7 for the last year and a half. I don’t miss letting him out 25 times a day, or the constant stream of odors that emanated from him, but I certainly will miss his companionship and his after-dinner cleaning skills.

Until we meet again, old man.


Month-Over-Month Comparison

Lots of money moving around in February. We closed on our long-delayed home purchase, hence the $90k drop in our cash reserves, along with the equivalent increase in home equity. The markets were pretty turbulent once again this month, though the decline wasn’t very significant.


Spending and Not Spending

CategorySpendingComment
Rent$2,000
Utilities$453electric, internet, trash, gas
Student Loan$0delay until May?
Transportation$185
Childcare$3,024
Medical$40
Groceries$668
Restaurants$310
Shopping$562A canoe and some chairs
Clothing$122
Entertainment$0
Misc.$483Vet bills
Subscriptions$108
Travel$0
Donation$500Givewell.org
Total$7,976minus the donation

Not much to comment on this month. The grocery bill came down a bit after last month’s spike; probably just working through our stockpile of expensive meats. We bought some larger items including a canoe for river explorations and some used chairs for our impending move. Percy’s last rites and cremation cost about $400.


Income and Investing

We earned our normal W2 incomes in February, but not much else. My company deposited an extra $500 into my HSA for filling out some forms and telling them I’m healthy. I discontinued the contributions to my company’s ESPP. Investing for a 15% stock discount is something I’ve always argued for, but I want to redirect cash flows during our upcoming move, in case there are additional expenses associated with the new place.

Editorial Note

Here’s where I sneak in a surprise announcement, to see if you actually read these whole updates. This post marks my 48th consecutive net worth update. I haven’t missed one such post since March of 2018, when I started the blog. However, I think now is a good time to discontinue the practice and end my monthly updates.

The decision is due to a number of reasons, but mainly due to a lack of time and shifting priorities. I’ve often talked about being strained for time because of professional and personal commitments, and it hasn’t gotten any better in the last year. My post frequency has slowly drifted down, and maybe now is the time to turn off the spigot. I’m not ‘quitting the blog’ yet, but I’m not sure what’s next.

Thanks to everyone who has followed along on the journey the last four years. It’s been fun to look back at earlier posts and get a snapshot of my life during these exciting times. This experiment has been much more successful than I would have imagined when I started, and I’m grateful for that.

Cheers.

14 thoughts on “Net Worth Update – February 2022”

  1. I’ve loved getting these updates and I’m tracking almost parallel with you. Sad to see this go. Reach out if you ever want to share experiences, numbers whatever!

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  2. oh man, i’m sorry to hear about ol’ percy. he looks like a champ of a dog.

    i’m glad you closed on your new house. that’s just great. i can see the blogging petering out here too. i gotta keep writing the missy series just to prove the naysayers wrong but i really could about take it or leave it these days. rock on!

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    • Yes, Percy was a beast, and we’ll miss him for sure.

      I can’t see you hanging the keyboard anytime soon. You have too many stories and investment ideas to share with the masses. I’ll still be around, just looking to take a little bit off my plate for now.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your dog. Glad you guys had so many good memories. I will miss your monthly posts. I enjoyed reading them and following along. Good luck!

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  4. I love a good net worth update, but totally get the time suck component. But I would say–might as well make it to 50 if you’re sitting on 48! Maybe a chance to end on a high note.

    So sorry to hear about the pup. They are such a huge part of our lives and losing them leaves a deep hole.

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  5. Hey Adam – So sorry to hear about Percy. Having a pet pass is extremely tough and hope you’re doing well. Look like he had a pretty charmed life with you all, which is great.

    Congrats on the house close, but bummed to hear about discontinuing the monthly posts. I enjoy reading them. Maybe quarterly? I sure hope so!

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    • Hey Mr. Fate. Yes, he had a great run while he was with us. Judging from the shape he was in when rescued, the back half of his life was pure luxury, so at least he went out on a high note. Sorry to break the bad news about the net worth updates. We’ll see how things go, and maybe I’ll resume some sort of posting in the future. Anyway, thanks for following along!

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  6. Aww, so sad to hear about your pup 🙁 We have a sprightly almost 4-year old four-legged family member who has given us great company during the wfh pandemic times. I can’t imagine what we would go through when that times comes …

    Please don’t stop blogging though. Seriously. Take a break. Decrease the frequency. Just don’t go away for good.

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    • Thanks for the condolences. Don’t worry, I haven’t decided to completely shut it down yet. I’m gonna take a break and then decide what’s next. Thanks for coming along for all these years.

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  7. So sorry to hear about Percy. 🙁 I’m glad he’s not suffering anymore. I am worried Motley’s journey to the rainbow bridge is soon approaching as well, and I am not ready for it.

    Congrats on the house! I hope you’ll give us more updates on that front as time goes on. I like to read your updates not so much for the net worth, but to see how other people are spending their time and lives. I totally get the lack of time and shifting priorities. I’ve contemplated shutting down the blog multiple times the past couple of years.

    Would hate to see you go but totally understand!

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    • Hey Liz! Thanks for the nice words about Percy. I know Motley has been having some health troubles too, it’s sad to see but remember to be happy for every day together. We knew the end was near over the last couple months and so it was easier to appreciate him while he was still with us.

      I hope it won’t be ‘quitting the blog’ altogether and more of a hiatus. It just became a source of stress for me because it gets harder and harder to find free time these days. I know you’ve debated shutting it down as well, but we’re happy you’ve stuck around too. Going to read your book review post right now!

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