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.
September 2019 Net Worth
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September was a good month for the Brewing FIRE household. We had near-perfect weather for the entire time, and did our best to enjoy it to the fullest.
We attended multiple fairs, which doesn’t sound so fun when I type it out. If you’re unfamiliar with a fair (ye olde faire??), it’s an agricultural event featuring livestock, tractors, farm produce and various knickknacks for sale. There’s also a healthy dose of food and, often, beer. Now it sounds a little better, right?
The largest fair in New England is the Eastern States Exposition, also known as the Big E. We attend this event most years, for the deep-fried novelties and (more recently) loads of craft beer. Baby BF really enjoys playing with animals and people watching, so it’s a win-win-win event these days.
The Pizza Truck
September is also famous for the annual Brewing FIRE family Pizza Truck party. Every fall, we hire an old firetruck retrofitted with a brick oven to post up in our driveway and pump out fresh pizzas for a few hours.
My parents started the tradition 14 years ago, and Mrs. BF and I took over hosting duties in 2016. We invite our family and friends, and typically host around 100 people on pizza truck day. It’s a wonderful combination of lawn games, shameless gluttony and catching up.
We had a solid jump in net worth during September, as the stock market returned to its recent high point. We also achieved a new all-time high for net worth, which is cool.
Spending and Not Spending
|Utilities||$63||electric + internet|
|Home Maintenance||$1,034||cellar door|
|Student Loan||$972||praying for PSLF in 2024|
|Medical||$260||Another vet visit|
|Groceries||$457||Loading up for Pizza Truck Party|
|Shopping / Misc.||$408||household stuff|
|Entertainment / Discretionary||$269||$200 worth of craft beer|
“Of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, cellar door is the most beautiful”Donnie Darko
Unless you’re paying to replace one.
The exterior door of The Basement Bungalow was extremely old and framed in by 2×4’s. Last winter it had warped to the point that there was a constant draft in the apartment, which cost us a bunch of money to keep the space heated. So we decided that we’d replace it before this winter.
Although I love to DIY whenever possible, this was not a job for me. I didn’t have confidence in my ability to properly frame and install an exterior door in a cinder block opening in one day. Therefore, we paid someone. It looks nice and is well sealed, so it’s money I’m happy to have spent.
Most of the other expenses this month revolved around the pizza truck. We bought some new door mats, party supplies, and a massive haul from Tree House Brewing.
Income and Investing
We earned our paychecks and collected rental income on the Basement Bungalow in September. There was no more junk- I mean, gently used goods- to sell on eBay or Craigslist, so no other sources of income this month.
We’ve almost met our goal of $25,000 in savings, so I redirected some of our September cash flow to investing. We dropped $1,000 into our brokerages and another $1,000 into Baby BF’s 529.
I’m still debating whether we should refinance. I wrote an entire post on the topic, but decided not to publish for some reason; maybe because I haven’t figured out what we’re going to do yet! More to come- maybe.
That concludes our September net worth update. Did you hit a fresh net worth high in September? Did you refinance? How aggressively do you contribute to your child’s college savings plan? Let me know in the comments.