Financial Update – June 2021

Background

Each month I will post an update on my finances to both give you, the reader, some insight into my situation and to give me markers of my progress on my financial journey. My updates include both spending and net worth.

  • Spending is divided into joint and individual spending. My husband and I each get $450 a month for our own individual spending as an “allowance.”
  • I don’t include charitable contributions in our numbers below, but we allocate 10% of our post-tax income to this each year.
  • Our net worth goal tracked using undisclosed units of money. Our goal is to hit “Financial Equilibrium”, based on Thomas J. Anderson’s book The Value of Debt in Building Wealth. This is fairly close to our FIRE number.

The Charts

The Numbers

Monthly Update

New Job

So to start with the big news: I got a new job! I will be leaving my job in a couple weeks and starting the new one in September, so I’m really excited to have a really chill summer (minus the descending-into-catastrophic-global-warming heat waves).

The new place will pay slightly more than my old employer, but the real benefit will be being able to leave the baggage of the old job behind. Overall I’ve increased my annual compensation by 60% in the last two years. A lot of that is due to a compensation explosion in tech coupled with job hopping. New college grads are getting paid what would have been considered the ceiling for individual contributors when I started working ten years ago. It’s kind of nuts.

Financials

While my net worth dropped a little in June (crypto), I’m feeling pretty relaxed about our financial situation. I still think our forward looking financial situation will be better since my husband will be switching therapists (saving $450-600/month) and I’ll be wrangling myself a bit more when I have time off to get back on the horse with cooking (saving $450-600/month).

I am, however, planning a little bit of lifestyle inflation as well to operationalize home life when I go back to work in the fall, so that’s something I need to think through and consider. Some things I am contemplating include:

  1. Hiring cleaners ($150/month) – Get someone to clean the dust and grime in our place monthly.
  2. Fancy gym ($200/month) – Includes small group weight training classes that will help me structure my workouts and get me back into post-pandemic shape.
  3. Rent office space ($700/month) – This feels the most iffy, mostly because of the high expense. Since my new job will be remote I feel like I need somewhere other than my house to go to day to day or I will go bonkers. $700 seems to be the minimum to have a private office (rather than a desk in a co-working space bullpen), which I would need since I’m generally in meetings for hours a day for my role.
  4. Meal delivery ($800/month) – I probably won’t get this, but the idea of having pre-made, healthy meals prepped for my husband and me every day would be a dream. We could technically afford it, but that price would be for dinners only and would need to be doubled to cover all meals. I mean, maybe it’s worth it? We’ve been paying stupid amounts for takeout over the pandemic. I don’t know, this feels a step too bougie for me.

Personal

I am fully vaccinated (yay!). It’s been great going back out into the world. I’ve found going in public places strangely not at all weird. Like, it doesn’t feel like coming back home after a long time away, where things are in an uncanny valley of unfamiliarity. Instead, it just feels like, “oh I was in the movie theater last week” even though I know it’s been 18 months. It’s almost like time stopped during the pandemic. On the one hand, I’m happy because I thought I would be anxious going back into the world. On the other hand, I feel like I just wasted a year of my life with… nothing.

Still not pregnant (le sigh). I have been tracking my cycle using Flo and just realized I can also track days with intercourse as well. I figure it would be good to have that all documented in case we need to go see a doctor for infertility. We made the decision that if we haven’t conceived by September that we’ll go get checked out. I’m pushing down a lot of feelings on pregnancy stuff, mostly because I know there’s not much I can do about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, we can adopt. Still, I feel like even after COVID-19 my life is on pause until we can expand our family with kids. More or less going through the motions.

How was your June? 

One thought on “Financial Update – June 2021

  1. Congratulations on the new job! That’s an incredible amount of increase in compensation in a pretty short time, and it’s always good to kick the baggage of a previous more dysfunctional workplace to the curb. In my line of work/starting off in biglaw, we’re probably a bit overpaid base salary-wise to start with so subsequent increases are steady, but not so dramatic… I’ve never gotten the biglaw market bonuses though, so maybe I’d feel differently about whether the compensation increases are dramatic if I did get said bonuses, ahaha.

    I’ve recently started going fully back to the office post-pandemic, after many weeks of being back 3-4 days/week, and it’s required a real adjustment. It just feels so incredibly weird to be back, I don’t have the energy levels I used to, and there’s a lot of times I just feel meh about everything. (In large part because I also felt really stuck in place with the last year, the pandemic really got in the way of so many things I wanted to be doing life milestone-wise, including with wedding planning. My job transition timeline with when I should leave the private sector is… completely not what it would have been if it weren’t for COVID. It’s all a mess!)

    Lifestyle inflation-wise, I’m totally not the best person to ask, but I would totally vote for almost all the items you listed. Even when one or both of us is not that busy with work, there’s certain cleaning tasks that just don’t get done very well without professional help. I also seem to be getting to an age where I would need professionally taught fitness classes to er get me to the level of physical exertion I should be doing for my health, the amount of working out I can DIY maybe is no longer enough. And I could be persuaded to pay a lot for the right meal delivery service too, though it would need to be a perfect fit in terms of healthy/tasty. $800/month does feel slightly on the high side for one meal/day though, hmm…

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