We are doing steadily well, we added $625 this month but our account is now worth $18,532, a $698 increase. We plan to keep depositing $625 per month for the foreseeable future which means as long as we don't lose money we will make our first mini-goal of $21,000 (6 months expenses including COBRA) in about four months and our second mini-goal of $25,000 (my entire annual income) in about 10-11 months. Obviously the market can either help us and we may get our goals sooner or it may hurt us and it may take much longer than four or eleven months to beat these mini-goals. But I am optimistic that we will make it to $25,000 within the 2014 tax year!
We have considered trying to increase our deposit amount but have decided that paying off our student loans, saving a emergency fund and moving fund at a higher priority right now. As young people we have a lot of expenses vying for our money and very little money to spend so choices have to be made. I am doing the bare minimum right now and hope to increase my savings over time as my income increases.
I am also looking at seeing if there is anything more I can cut without hurting my lifestyle too much. I do want to have fun, and have some spending money but as I continue in my frugal life new ideas pop up. Never stop looking and you will find ideas where you least expect them.
How are your investments going?
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