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Dreaming of Money



A personal finance blog about my quest for wealth!



Updated: 2017-11-29T06:32:28.895-06:00

 



My Investing Strategy

2012-11-13T21:18:04.306-06:00

I've tried a few different investing strategies mostly with little success.  However, over the past couple years I have settled on a strategy that makes sense to me and I believe in.  I have been sticking to it and am starting to reap the rewards through capital gains and dividend income.

My main investing strategy is now what is known as dividend growth investing.  I have been reading all about the strategy on a few different blogs out there that detail the strategy and why it is a good way to invest.  The idea is that you invest in industry leading, solid, blue chip companies with a history of increasing their dividend payments year after year at a rate higher than inflation.  Companies that would be considered dividend growth stocks include Coca Cola, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Aflac, Walgreen's, Johnson & Johnson and many many others.

When I am looking for dividend growth companies to invest in I to a complete analysis of the companies I am considering.  The main things I want to see are increasing sales, profits and earnings per share.  This is along with the increasing dividend payments to shareholders.  I look for companies that have proven that they know what they are doing.  These companies are good at making money for their owners.

Currently I try to make a purchase of a new dividend growth stock or more shares in one I already own each month.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to do this the past couple months due to some medical bills that have popped up.  However, once we get our emergency savings back up to the levels I like to keep them, I will start back with the dividend stock investing.  I'm looking forward to when this can occur and hoping it will be within the next couple months.



Been Awhile

2012-10-12T15:02:42.369-05:00

It's been awhile since I've blogged about my personal finance situation.  Things have been going well over the past few years.  We've received raises and a couple promotions and generally are better off than we were a couple years ago.  There's been some saving and some buying.  Some traveling thrown in there as well.  But all in all our net worth has fortunately continued to rise.  Although I haven't been around to give frequent updates here, you can see from the Net Worth IQ in the sidebar that we have been doing well growing our wealth.  So I plan on updating this site a little more often.  Mostly will be updates on how things are going but also some opinions of different personal finance issues.  Today I'd like to update on how we've been growing our net worth over the past couple years.

Investing

We've been making an effort every single month to put away money in some sort of investment.  My wife and I both have retirement accounts through work in which we contribute to every single paycheck.  This is automatic.  This has probably been the greatest contributor to our net worth increase over the years.

We also invest money as we can in taxable accounts.  I have latched onto a new strategy for investing and have started building a nice portfolio of dividend growth stocks.  I invest in companies I know and understand who pay out increasing dividends year after year.  Along with the stocks we try to put some money away into fixed income mutual funds.  These funds invest in bonds that may be less risky than the stocks.

Paying Down Debt

We continue to pay down our house and other debts such as student loans.  My wife was in a car accident where we ended up buying a new car after and we took out a loan to help with this.  After a short period of time I was also able to pay this loan off.  We also put a sun room on our house.  We financed this and each month make a payment towards this loan.  So overall I think our actual debt level has increased because of the sun room purchase.  But each month we scratch away at this total and eventually we will bring this down to zero.

Saving

It's important to save every month.  We keep an emergency fund as well as saving for short term expenses that I know will occur such as medical bills, insurance bills, vet bills and other random bills.  This money is kept in money market accounts.  While we aren't really earning much interest on this cash, I believe it is important to continually save in case we need it in the future.

Summary

So over the past couple years our net worth has naturally been increasing.  This will happen as long as you focus on increasing assets and decreasing debts.  The biggest gains have come from investing in retirement and taxable accounts.  We will try to continue this progress going forward.



Goal Progress Bars Updated

2009-01-30T14:17:32.517-06:00

Just updated our 2009 Goal Progress Bars to take into account progress made for January. Looks like we had a fairly good month in the way of reaching our net worth goal. If the rest of the year is as good as January then we should be able to surpass this goal. As for our investment account goal, we only obtained 3% towards this goal. However, I am not concerned because we know the majority of progress towards this goal will happen in the later months of 2009. Thus I feel pretty good about our progress so far towards these two goals.



January 2009 Net Worth Update

2009-01-30T09:48:32.365-06:00

I updated our net worth calculations today for January. I screwed up and saved over December so I had to go back and try to guess what the December numbers were. I know the November numbers and January numbers are correct. So our net worth increased by about 7%. This could be slightly off since I screwed up the December numbers but it's close. Overall we increased our net worth by about $3,000.

Assets increased slightly with contributions to our retirement accounts and the opening of our mutual fund investment account. Total assets went up about $900.

The big jump came from decreasing debts. We paid off a little over $1,000 on my car loan leaving us owing just over $4,000 more. Other debts also went down with payments to our Lowe's card and to our furniture bill. These other debts are at 0% interest so we are in no hurry to pay these off. Total Liabilities decreased about $2,163.

Good month overall. For February we will continue trying to pay off my car. Should look about the same as January.



Should We Invest or Pay Down Mortgage

2009-01-29T21:46:41.735-06:00

At the beginning of the year my wife and I worked out a plan for our finances for 2009. We worked up a budget and made decisions about paying down debt, saving and investing. Most of the decisions were fairly easy such as deciding to aggressively pay down my car loan so that we are car loan free shortly into 2009. We also made decisions about how much to save for certain areas of future spending such as gifts, travel, car insurance, car repairs and home repairs. But one decision was not so easy for us to make. We had a dilemma to decide on.

Once we were done paying off my car we had to decide what to do with our extra cash flow each month. At this point our only debt left would be student loans at a really low interest rate and our mortgage. We also have a sizable emergency fund saved up in a money market account and cds. So our decision was between aggressively paying down our mortgage or beginning to invest more aggressively in mutual funds.

The risk with paying down our mortgage is that this money that we could have been investing will not be available to us in the future if we ever needed it. However, by aggressively paying down our mortgage we would be able to cut off about 18 years off our mortgage and save tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

The risk with investing all our extra cash flow is that money could be loss. With the drops in the market over the past year who is to say it can't keep dropping. Sure history is on our side and the market should rebound at some point. However we don't know when this rebound may occur therefore there is a risk for losing our investments. But it is highly unlikely that we will end up losing all of our money this way. The reward for investing could be a better return then we would recieve by paying down our mortgage. Also, this money will be available if ever needed in the future.

We made the decision to invest. We are willing to risk a loss for the possibility of a greater gain. We also want the added security that having this money in an investment account will give us. In our individual situation this is the best decision. There is the possibility that my wife will not be able to work in the future due to health reasons. If this were to occur we will feel more comfortable knowing we have this extra money saved up in case it is needed.

This decision would be different for every individual person. You must look at your own circumstances before making your decision. I am a believer in paying down debt. However with our own circumstances and the risk of losing an income in the future, it feels safest to me to invest this money. I believe that in personal finance there should be an emphasis on personal. Every individual must look at thier own situation before making decisions regarding thier own finances.



$7,500 Tax Credit for First Time Homebuyers

2009-01-28T13:54:55.468-06:00

I've been reading a few articles about this $7,500 tax credit for purchasers of a home after April 8, 2008. This is good news for my wife and I as we recently purchased our first home back in April so we will qualify to take this credit. The way I understand it is basically an interest free loan from the government that will be paid back over the course of the next 15 years.

Why has the government provided this tax credit? It is part of the stimulus bill that they hope to help stimulate the economy with. Policy makers are hoping that by realizing they will be getting this credit, Americans will be motivated to go out and buy their first home. I doubt this will work. Partly because right now I don't think Americans have the money to go out and by their first home. My wife and I bought a home but not because of this credit. We were at a time in our life where we were ready to buy. Had we not been to the point of being ready to buy, we would not have went out and bought just because of this credit being offered.

However, this year I can claim this $7,500 tax credit because we did buy a house and starting in 2010 I will add $500 a year to my next 15 years worth of taxes owed. My wife and I are definitely going to take this credit. Not quite sure what we will do with it yet though. I have thought about putting it directly towards our mortgage saving us quite a bit in interest expense over the next 30 years. The other option and probably the chosen path will be to invest the money in our mutual fund investment account. This will hopefully give us a higher return for our money and will provide some sort of cushion if we ever have a drastic emergency that drains our emergency fund.

Recently, I've been reading about a new change to this tax credit that is up for vote by congress. The change would make it so that we do not have to pay back this tax credit. Therefore it won't be like an interest free loan but rather like free money for us. I hope this passes.

For more information on the tax credit refer to the IRS site.



Out to Eat Again!

2009-01-27T12:42:56.085-06:00

Yesterday I posted about my growing waistline. Well today I didn't help matters by continuing some of the same actions that have contributed to the extra weight gain. Going out to eat at fast food restaurants during lunch. So now I am going to make a dedicated pact with myself. I will no longer eat out at fast food restaurants during the work week except for one day a week. This along with some excercise will help decrease my waistline and increase my savings. For god's sake man have some control over yourself!



No Savings? Let's Go On Vacation!

2009-01-27T09:13:59.182-06:00

So there is a woman I work with who is so excited about her upcoming vacation. She is going on a cruise somewhere in the Bahamas so I didn't think much of it except that sounds fun. But today she was talking about how the heater in her car quit working and they don't have the money to fix it because all of the money they have saved up is to be used for thier vacation.

This blows my mind! You have no money saved up but yet you are going on a vacation? I guess at least they aren't putting the vacation on credit cards. But seriously people. If you don't have an emergency fund saved up and can't afford to get a minor repair to your car when needed then I think you need to rethink going on an expensive vacation. This is why America is in the mess we are in.



Bank Account Not Only Thing Getting Fatter!

2009-01-26T15:20:12.967-06:00

It's been a little over two and a half years since I graduated college. I've been in my current corporate sit at a desk working on a computer 40 plus hours a week job since just after graduation. The effect has not only been a boost to my savings account and net worth but also a boost to my weight!

In college I used to live about a half mile off campus. Therefore I was walking back and forth between campus and my house three or four times a day. I wouldn't hang around on campus since I lived so close. I was also a runner on the track team.

Now, I don't get that same kind of excercise. I leave for work around 7:30 in the morning and get home around 6 that night. At that time I rarely feel like going out for a run anymore. But behold I think I've gained about 15 pounds since college and I can definately tell in my mid section!

So, it's time to get motivated. I'm motivated to spend the time on my personal finances and help my net worth grow. I need to be motivated enough to spend the time on my personal health. Keep the waistline trim and the heart pumping.



Hotpants: A Memoir

2009-01-24T14:05:02.243-06:00

Recently I found out one of my friends from high school wrote a book. The book is titled Hotpants: A Memoir. The book is his account of growing up as a teenage cancer patient. It is an inspirational book about a boy trying to balance life in high school as a survivor of cancer, an avid cross country runner and a devout christian. Many lessons can be learned from this book about perseverance. This book really puts life into perspective for many people and I encourage everyone to check it out. If you might be interested in this book I have provided a link on the sidebar.



Professor Money's Classroom

2009-01-24T13:46:35.618-06:00

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A good friend of mine who is probably the only person who reads this blog has decided he wants to start his own blog. He is going to call it Professor Money's Classroom and wants to use it as a platform to try to teach people all about money and finance. He asked me to write about it and post a link here on my blog for him. I told him I would do this for him even though I told him I don't think anyone reads my own blog so I don't know how much good it will do for him.

When I checked there were currently no posts on his site but he has created it and should be posting soon. The way he explained it to me is that he sees people all around him all the time who don't know how to handle their finances. He told me how he always feels like he should step in and help people out but without them asking for his advice he feels it's not his place to give it. He wants to use his blog as a platform where people can go to for tips and to ask him advice. He'll be blogging about everything finance related in a teaching way. Rather then write about his own experiences he plans on writing in a more teaching style about different topics.

So I thought it sounds interesting to me. If anyone reads this blog feel free to click on the link and check out his site called Professor Money's Classroom.



Our Progress Since Buying a House

2009-01-23T10:17:56.481-06:00

I wanted to do a post on the progress my wife and I have made since combining our finances together about a year ago. Looking back over our net worth statements I decided it would be beneficial to look at the period since we bought our house back in April up until now. This is a period of 9 months and I've wanted to see what we have accomplished and what I feel we need to work on. I also need to take into consideration that we put on and paid for a wedding in that timeframe as well so that takes away from our savings and debt repayment.

First comparing our assets. Comparing the two months I notice our assets has gone up just over $2,000. Most of this jump came from our Retirement accounts with a small portion coming from an increase in personal property (wedding rings, furniture). Our cash level has stayed about the same with a negative $62 difference.

Next, looking at liabilities we can see that our total debts have gone down. Doing the math shows that we decreased our debt by $13,447 since April. The majority of this came from paying off my wifes car and almost paying off my car. Our other debts have gone down slightly but nothing to get excited about.

Combined this gives us a total increase in net worth of $15,644 over the past 9 months.

Looking forward, I think the logistics of how our net worth will increase is going to change. Once we have my car loan paid off and our other personal debts paid off we are planning on changing our focus from paying off debt to accumulating assets. At that point the only liabilities we will still have will be the mortgage on the house we just bought and student loans. We are in no rush to pay off the student loans with thier low interest rates. As for the mortgage, we feel it will be more beneficial to grow an investment account rather then paying this off at a faster rate. I will probably add a little each month to pay down the principal but not as aggressive as I have been trying to pay off our car loans. So for 2009 I see an increase in our net worth coming from a combination of asset growth and decreasing liabilities. But the focus will be for the first half of the year paying off debt and then asset accumulation for the second half of the year.



Updated Progress Bars with 2009 Goals

2009-01-22T22:18:48.277-06:00

I just updated our progress bars on the right with two of our 2009 financial goals. My wife and I recently opened an investment account and started contributing a small amount each paycheck to try to grow our investments. We haven't really figured out how much we will able to grow this account by this year but I think a goal of $10,000 by the end of the year is reasonable. Currently we are only contributing $200 a month but once we have paid off my car (hopefully by June or sooner depending on tax refund) we will be able to contribute at least $1,000 a month.

Another goal is to increase our Net Worth up to $75,000. I'll be honest, I just picked this number out of the blue. Hopefully with the combination of paying off our debts and saving in the investment account and retirement accounts we will be able to accomplish this goal. I'll update these progress bars at the end of each month!



Simple Low Stress Finances

2009-01-22T22:01:59.667-06:00

A few months ago I decided that I needed a change in the way I deal with my finances each month. It seemed like would spend hours and hours and multiple nights a week every week of the month paying our bills, balancing our checkbooks and allocating money to savings and investment accounts. When I was not looking over our finances I would be stressing about them. Did I get all the bills paid? Should I have paid more towards this debt or put more in the emergency savings account? It was stressful and time consuming.

Well a few months ago I decided I needed to come up with a better way of dealing with our finances. I made an excel spreadsheet listing all the bills, debts and savings goals we have each month. I split up the bills and debts into two groups based on due dates. If a bill was due in the first 15 days of the month it went in one group and in the last 15 days of the month was in the second group. At the end was our different savings goals such as emergency fund, investment account, gift fund and vacation fund.

Now I only look at our finances twice a month. At the beginning of the month I take care of paying all the bills due those first 15 days. Then around the 15th of the month I take care of all the bills due the second half. After all the bills have been taken care of I allocate any leftover cash to our savings goals. For these savings goals we already have set amounts we want to try to save each month so I don't have to think how much to put towards each goal. Thus I only deal with my finances twice a month and don't have to worry about whether the bills have been paid or our savings goals have been met. It's my simple low stress low worry way to deal with our finances.



Preparing for Future Expenses

2009-01-20T13:23:29.002-06:00

Many people feel overwhelmed after the holidays. They bought a bunch of gifts for family and friends and without the cash to pay for these gifts they used thier credit cards. Same can be said for some people with vacations or big house bills and car repairs. Without preparing for these expenses many people have to resort to the use of thier credit card and thus are paying for these unforseen or possibly forseen expenses months after they've been incurred. My wife and I decided to do things different. We intend to be prepared for these unforseen or forseen expenses when they incur and be able to pay for them in cash.



My wife and I have set up a system using ING online bank to prepare for our future expenses that we know about. We have done this by opening up different online money market accounts through ING for each of our known future expenses categories. The categories we currently save for are vacation, gifts, house, yard, car expenses and car insurance. We have a different account set up for each.



We set aside a set amount each month in each of these accounts to help us pay for future expenses. We may not yet even know what this money will be spent on. For example we set aside a certain amount each month for vacations while we currently don't have a vacation planned. But when the time comes that we do want to plan a vacation we will have the money. Same can be said for gifts. We don't know what we will be buying for gifts but we do know next christmas we will be buying gifts for family. Thus we estimate the amount of money we will be spending in the future for each of these categories and when we will be spending this money and set aside some money each month to be able to pay for these things in the future.



This is an easy planning technique that anyone can set up. I think it is always better to be prepared for the unknown then to let the unknown come by one day and knock you flat on your behind. Get prepared!



A New Day of Hope

2009-01-20T12:52:52.348-06:00

Today Barack Obama has become President of the United States. This makes me excited. This makes me have hope again. With everything going on lately with this country I have faith that we can turn it around and head in the directions our founding fathers envisioned. Obama is the man to do it. The United States is sailing through a dark thunderous storm and Obama is just the man to lead us to safer waters! Good luck President Obama and to quote a great movie, "May the force be with you."



Easiest Way to Save $5,475 in a Year

2009-01-16T13:59:44.369-06:00

Alright, I don't claim to be a financial genius but I have come up with a sure fire fool proof way to save $5,475 in a single year! It's so easy that once you've set it up you just sit back and relax and a mere year later you are $5,475 richer!

So what's the trick? I'll tell you. It's so simple I'm surprised no one has ever thought of this before. First you open up an online savings account. I don't care where you do it. I use ING but other good ones are through Capital One, HSBC or Emigrant and I'm sure there are others. Once you have this account opened you need to go in and set up daily automatic transfers. Set these transfers up to occur every single day for the amount of $15. And that is it! One year later you will have saved $5,475! Actually, you'll have more with interest! It's genius!

Now go do it!



Opened a Mutual Fund Investment Account

2009-01-15T14:17:57.794-06:00

Mrs. Dreamer and I recently opened our first investment account together. It is an account through a local mutual fund company. We made this decision based on the fact that our emergency fund is fully funded to the point we want it to be. If we both lost our jobs tomorrow we would be ok without getting new jobs for at least 6 months. Probably longer considering we would cut back some on expenses. Since we have our emergency fund fully funded, we were unsure what to do next with excess cash we have each month after the bills are paid. We made the decision to go ahead and open a joint investment account. I'll post later on how we came up with this decision over other options such as paying off our mortage at an accelerated rate.

So once the new year was upon us we opened the joint account. We are putting our money in two different funds (a government securities fund and an asset allocation fund which invests in all different kinds of securities). Ideally the government securities fund will give us a solid return with fairly low risk on our investment while the asset allocation fund will offer us the posibility of higher returns. As of right now we are set up to put in a total of $200 a month towards these two funds. This will have to do for now until we completely pay off my car loan which we hope to have accomplished by June of this year. At that point we will allocate all extra cashflow each month into this investment account.

We don't really have a goal for this investment account. It will merely be in place to provide us extra security in case of bad times.



Where have I Been?

2009-01-14T09:46:52.439-06:00

Wow, I really let myself forget about this blog the past few months. I'm sorry. I'll try not to let it happen again. For now, I will say I'm back and I promise I'll try to mean it this time!

So what's been going on in my life? Well, a lot. Back in October my fiance and I tied the not. She is now Mrs. Dreamer, love of my life. The wedding made it difficult for us to reach financial goals. We shelled out quite a bit of money for the wedding and we still have one more payment to shell out for our wedding albums when we recieve them. However, with the expenses of the wedding we were still able to increase our emergency fund to the level we decided we would be happy with. Not only were we able to increase our emergency fund to where we want but we also were able to pay off Mrs. Dreamers car. Accomplishing those two things while still paying for a wedding makes me very happy. 2008 was a great year for us and hopefully 2009 will prove to be the same.



Are You Supposed to Tip for Certain Wedding Services?

2008-08-13T09:29:45.892-05:00

The future Mrs. Dreamer and I were talking last night about whether or not we are supposed to tip for certain wedding services we hired people to perform. She had read on some website that you are expected to tip the dj and hair and makeup people. I hadn't thought of this before but it makes sense that they would expect a tip. However, I don't believe they should.

For one reason, we have hired an individual person to be the dj at our upcoming wedding. The $700 or so price that we agreed upon will go directly to him, not some company he works for. Therefore I don't believe he should recieve an extra tip. Same goes for the hair and makeup person that future Mrs. Dreamer has hired. We are not paying a company who then sends out an employee. We are paying the person directly and they are keeping all the profit themselves.

What do you think? Am I missing something? Should we tip for certain wedding services? What services would require a tip? Any suggestions and thoughts are welcome!



I'm Back!

2008-08-13T09:18:55.976-05:00

Ok, I've been gone awhile (read 4 months). The truth is I became a little uninterested for awhile in writing. I don't know why. But now, I am back. I am ready to go. I have lots of things floating around in my head I want to get out. So now I will try to update my blog more often and hopefully my faithful readers will forgive me for abandoning them and come back to join me once again on my progress towards wealth!



Goal Progress Bar Updates

2008-04-02T09:16:11.945-05:00

After updating my net worth I went ahead and updated my progress bars on the left.

Earlier this month we paid off the remaining balance on my credit cards. We no longer are carrying a credit card balance from one month to the next. We are really excited about this because this was the debt earning us the highest interest.

For retirement we are only 18% of the way to our year end goal of $10k. After a quarter of the year has gone we are about 7% behind on this goal. Hopefully the market will turn and catch us back up in the next couple quarters. If not we will need to consider contributing to my IRA to reach this goal.

Our total debt has been reduced to just under $38k. This puts us 34% of the way to our year end goal of $30k in debt. We are well on schedule here. However this month we are taking on a mortgage. I will need to readjust this goal next month including the mortgage in our total debt calculation.

Total net worth has increased to $25,877. This puts us 66% of the way to our year end goal of $30k. When I made this goal I was not sure how much the wedding would cost us and hold us back. Now however, I am optimistic we will reach this goal within a few months and I may need to push for something higher. How much higher I have no idea.



March Net Worth Update

2008-04-02T09:04:10.822-05:00

March was a good month for my fiance and I. We filed my fiances taxes and recieved about $1,000 refund already from her federal and states. This money was put directly into our wedding fund as we had planned along to save all tax refunds for the wedding.

Assets:
Cash was up this month because of the taxes mentioned above. We also did not have to make our payment on our wedding location this month because my fiances parents covered it. I'm hoping this will be the same case next month.

Retirement was up slightly but I feel like we contributed more then the increase shown. So this means our returns were down and ate up some of our contributions. Hopefully next month the market will turn in our favor.

Total assets increased by 3.87%

Debts:
Credit cards took a giant decrease this month. This is because we made the payment to pay off all my credit card debt. The amount we still have in credit cards is for daily expenses that we pay off in full each month. A balance will no longer be carried forward on the credit cards.

All the other debts were paid down with thier usual amounts.

Total debts decreased by -3.95%.

This gives us a total net worth increase of 17.96% or almost $4,000. We have crossed over $25k for our net worth!

Next month I am afraid we must have a drop. We will be closing on our house April 18th so will be paying out money in closing costs. We also might have to make a payment on our wedding location. We are also paying for a drain for our new house backyard where there is a problem with pooling water. This money will be put into escrow by the sellers so I am not sure when we will get the money to pay for this or if it will come out of our pockets at first. Hopefully we will still be able to break even or not go down too much!



Careers

2008-03-26T11:16:58.603-05:00

Recently I have been thinking alot about my job and whether I am going to be stuck here in the same position forever. I haven't been in my current position for two long (a little over a year and half). However, I find myself worried that it's not giving me the kind of experience that will make me valuable for other positions either with this company or other companies. I work for a mutual fund company working on reporting for the funds. I basically work up all the financial statements, portfolios, annual and semi annual reports for a group of funds owned and managed by my company. I like my job. It's interesting.

However, currently there are only 4 staff working in my department. There are 3 managers. One of the staff has been here and in the same position for 8 years. I know she is very frustrated that she can't get a promotion to some sort of management level. I can picture myself in the same situation 6 years from now. Still working in the same department as a staff. That has me worried. I don't want to be CEO of a company. However I do want to be successful. I feel that moving up into middle management and taking on more responsibility is a sign of success. Higher pay also helps. My concern is that with the type of work I do, there is not alot of demand in my city. There are two big mutual fund companies that I know of where I live. Other companies accounting departments are looking for people with mutual fund accounting experience. Therefore I don't see how I could expect or hope to move up the career ladder either with my current company or a different company. I guess my main concern that I don't want to be stuck in a dead end job.

Today there was a job posting for a tax associate in my company. The position is a staff position working on the tax aspect of the mutual funds owned by my company. I'm considering it. The reasons I'm balking at applying for the position are that I'm not sure if it would get me anywhere. Would I be exchanging one dead end staff position for another? Or would this position offer the kind of experience valuable to other companies? Could this position possibly lead to a higher up position in the future? Another reason for balking is that I don't even know if I would like the position. I'm fairly happy doing what I currently do. What if I switched jobs and hated it? The job description doesn't give me a great idea of what they do. The responsibilities are listed but they don't give you a great idea if you haven't worked in that type of position before. I am going to mull this all over in my head today and tomorrow and see where I land. In life you must take chances. Time will tell if I make the right decision.



Warning to My Readers

2008-03-26T09:45:33.367-05:00

I just wanted to send out a warning to anyone who reads this blog that I am not a financial advisor. I do not claim to be a professional when it comes to finances. This blog is not intended to be used as a guide to others and my advice is not for you to follow. If you do follow any advice given on this blog then you do so at your own risk.

This blog is merely about my own personal journey through the world of finance. It is about my quest to pay down debt, save for retirement, and any other financial aspects of my life. I don't claim to have all the answers. I don't claim that my way of doing this is the best way. It does seem to be working for me but may not work for everyone.

I just wanted to make sure I warned everyone because I recently received an anonymous comment stating that I was wrong in my financial advice. In my post on my review of how my 401k performed in 2007 I stated that I had earned 7% in 2007. I stated that I had only invested in my 401k for the last 3 months of the year and that if you annualized my returns I would have earned about 28%. However, a commenter decided to correct me and state that had I been invested the whole year I would have only had a return closer to 6-8%. I still believe that 7% over 3 months annualized comes out to 28%. However, to make this commenter happy I would like to state that if I had invested in the same 3 funds all year last year my return would have been just over 18%. Not the 28% annualized I stated. Also well better then the 6-8% the commentor stated. If the funds did as well all year as they did in the last three months then I would have had 28%.

Anyways, the point of this post is to take everything I say with a grain of salt. I don't want anyone thinking I am a financial advisor giving out advice. I am not. I don't know what investments are the best out there. I do know what is working for me and my fiance. If you want to follow us on our journey then keep reading. I appreciate my readers.