Sorry it’s nearly a week late.

I’ve been a combination of tired, sick, busy, unmotivated, overworked, and underpaid.

Par for the course in the middle of the winter, I suppose, but now that I’ve run the numbers I’m feeling alright.

January didn’t really “feel” like a positive but somehow it turned out to be.

My 401k didn’t bail me out this time or even an upswing in the value of my home — the big movers were the contributions to my savings account and the extra payments I made on my mortgage — two things that are 100% dependent on me.

That’s pretty reassuring, you know, knowing that it’s still me in the drivers seat and that I’m making sound decisions.

Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

I feel like I’m living paycheck-to-paycheck but somehow I managed to keep this about $2000. I think the main reason is that I got paid right at the end of the month — I’m not a fan of when biweekly paychecks land on the calendar this way. I always feel like I’m short on money when the bills come in…

And because I felt short on money (and those nasty utility bills caught me by surprise), I had to ease off of my pace here — and even take a bit from savings to cover some of my expenses. In the end, I still ended on a very positive note.

Gov’t Bonds:
Okay, it’s official. I don’t understand government bonds at all. I didn’t earn ANY interest in January. Not one dime. Now I realize that the current rate on some of the bonds is 0% right now but I’ve got a handful that I’ve had for years that have a fixed portion that is, well, it’s not zero. So, yeah, I haven’t got a clue and for all the research I’ve done, well, it still doesn’t make sense.

Well, it couldn’t last forever, right? I think that this downturn is just the tip of the iceberg — especially after the performance this first week of February.

I’d talked about lowering my contributions — and even stopping them — for 2010 but never made the move. Now, with things falling, it’s even more unlikely for me to change anything.

Hooray! I just felt like saying that.

Auto 1 & Auto 2:
My daily driver, Auto 1, really needs an oil change. And a belt or something to be tightened. If I don’t warm it up, it squeals like a pig.

The BMW has been sitting in the garage pretty much since Duncan was born. Each year I tell myself that I’ll drive it more but I never seem to.

Hey, at least it’s not losing value and, really, now that it’s over a dozen years old, it can’t be much longer until its value starts to increase. Right? Please?

Credit Cards, Auto Loans, and Other Loans:
Zilch. Zero. Nada.

I just want this thing paid off. It’s the white elephant in my pile of bills. And, yes, the mortgage is supposed to be the white elephant but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.


  1. I was considering taking a break from contributing to my 401k partly because my employer no longer offers a match but also because it would allow me to accelerate my plans to get the interior of my house remodeled and pay off the mortgage too…

    That, and now that I’ve got a better idea of what I’m doing, I realize that the funds offered in our plan are less than stellar. I could do better using a combination of mutual funds and Roth IRA’s while still having access to the money should the need arise which is something that’d give me far more peace of mind than my 401k does some 30+ years away from being able to touch it.

    For now, though, I think I’m going to stick it out at least until I hit the six figure mark and then I’ll re-evaluate things…

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