By: Revanche

Net Worth: June 2014

June 16, 2014

DollarSign

Change from May: 22% increase

Change from January: 61% increase

On Money

That wasn’t an anticipated, or even mostly a real jump, in Net Worth. I should really get my act together on tracking Net Worth – you’d think that I’d have plenty of practice at this but I totally failed to incorporate the home equity we have; the mortgage liability was included but hello, we do own part of the property. So whoops. Since I don’t feel like going back and correcting every month since January, I have an artificially large increase.

About 3% of that is a legitimate increase though, we had good deposits in the retirement accounts and have been saving steadily with every paycheck.
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And the deed is done! We have canceled cable and sent the cable box back. We’re now entirely on Roku and while this means I probably won’t be up to date on Hawaii 5-O and Grimm, I am enjoying The West Wing, Studio 60, Downton Abbey, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly and other Doggle-approved shows playing during the day from the comfort of behind my laptop.
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Even without knowing that our NW was increasing at least incrementally (actually, I tend to assume we’re overspending at any given time), I have been fighting the urges to spend. I want new pillows. I want to swap out a quarter of our furniture for more comfortable stuff like a recliner (for work I swear!), a dresser so I can start to organize that unholy mess that is our closet, a library while I’m dreaming…

In the meantime, I’m doing what I can to earn Amazon money through Swagbucks for the smaller things we need. Feel free to join and help me using this referral link if you like!

On Life

Two Sundays ago, I woke up late. Uncomfortable, as usual, I lay abed for another hour, and finally rolled out of bed. As I wandered over to my desk, it sank in that my limbs didn’t feel inutterably heavy, and my chest didn’t feel like an elephant was sitting on it. Hm!

I actually felt capable of sitting up in a chair! I didn’t need to slump in the corner of the sofa, propped up on cushions, like I’d been doing for … the past five weeks.

The most exciting 70 minutes in 5 weeks ensued: I hopped online, paid some bills, washed a few dishes, ate some breakfast, cleared a two month backlog of mail, signed and sealed documents that needed mailing, scrapbooked several things left over from our reception, scanned documents for my records, sorted my money tracking document, organized photos from the reception into envelopes to be sent out, wrote a card and sorted two piles of leftover wedding crap for recycling. In 70 minutes.

The point I’m making here is if I could pay for energy, I would ABSOLUTELY do it because with this level of effectiveness, I could take on the world with a few months full of energy.

6 Responses to “Net Worth: June 2014”

  1. Good for you canceling your cable. We are researching antennas and getting ready to do the deed soon!
    debs@debtdebs recently posted…Fatherโ€™s Frugal FinancesMy Profile

    • Revanche says:

      I hope you find it rewarding too! We talk more, naturally now when we don’t pick a show, and that’s just as nice as saving money ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Quest says:

    We cancelled cable years ago ๐Ÿ˜€ We get by on a mix of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Xbox video, YouTube and whatever else we find online. I recently cancelled Hulu because I never watched it.
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  3. Linda says:

    Are you able to get any broadcast television with an antenna? I’m asking for a selfish reason. My friend in Santa Clara started subscribing to cable because she said she couldn’t get any reception for over the air broadcasts. I’m not sure if she’s exaggerating or not, so I’d like your opinion of the ability to get TV with an antenna in the Bay Area.

    Here in Chicago we get most broadcast channels just fine with “rabbit ears.” We mostly watch PBS shows this way, though, as we rarely want to watch anything on network prime time TV. For everything else, we use Apple TV and our combination of Amazon Prime (B’s subscription), Hulu (B’s subscription) and Netflix (my subscription).

    I’m not including cable in my budgeting projection for living in the Bay Area. Is that a mistake?
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    • Revanche says:

      If you only watch PBS, and if you can stream that online (I haven’t tried yet), you might be just fine. As we didn’t even bother to get antennas because I was too tired to try and research it, I’m not totally sure how well that works but I’m told it works. I am currently only using Roku+Amazon Prime at the moment and we’re happy.

      How important is PBS, basically? If you don’t care too much and you don’t watch TV nonstop (I tend to have it on for Doggle hah) then I feel like you’d be in good shape with Prime+Hulu+Netflix. I assume you have a streaming thing like Roku or Chromecast? That’s a personal preference, I’d rather see my shows on the television than on my computer these days (5 years ago, I would have gone the other way).

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