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Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, April 2009

by Luke Landes

Each month I open my personal copy of Quicken Home & Business to the public. This tradition was the original impetus for creating Consumerism Commentary in 2003. At that time, at the age of 27, I was about one year into managing my own finances. Prior to that, my own money was mostly something I ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, Net Worth, Income, and Expenses, March 2009

by Luke Landes

If you have been following Consumerism Commentary, you might be aware that I publish a monthly report of my financial well-being, and I have been doing so since 2003. Here is my latest balance sheet, whose bottom line represents my “modified net worth.” That number has increased in March by 12 percent. Rather than provide all ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, February 2009

by Luke Landes

Did you read my February balance sheet? This article contains my personal income statement, which goes hand-in-hand with the balance sheet. These two reports provide a relatively complete accounting of my financial standing and progress. February was short, but good for a number of reasons. Setting personal records, my gross income and net income for ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet and Net Worth, February 2009

by Luke Landes

Over the course of February, my “modified net worth” grew 7.5 percent despite yet another unremarkable month for the stock market. As of the end of the month, my bottom line — a variation of net worth — surpassed $200,000, but was still below my original goal for December 31, 2008. Every month, I post several ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, January 2009

by Luke Landes

This post contains my monthly income and expense report. If you haven’t viewed my January balance sheet, read that first. I review these reports on a monthly basis, though I may soon move to quarterly, to ensure my finances are staying on track and I’m making sound decisions with my money. Many years ago, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, January 2009

by Luke Landes

2009 started off well. Since December 31, my “modified net worth” has increased 2.4 percent despite a sickly stock market, presenting a January bottom line of $188,566. It’s not only a tradition for me to publish my monthly financial reports, this transparency is the original purpose of Consumerism Commentary. People post about their lives online for ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, December 2008

by Luke Landes

On Saturday I posted my final balance sheet for 2008 and wrote about my progress this past year. Each month, I take a look at my income and expenses as well to get a fuller picture of my finances. This post contains my income and expense report. December continues to be one of the most ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, December 2008

by Luke Landes

The stock market found a way to trash my net worth goal last year. Had the S&P index and my company stock increased in 2008 like they did in 2007, I would have surpassed my net worth goal for the year. Investments have a way of being volatile over short periods of time, and that ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, November 2008 (Net Income: $22,787)

by Luke Landes

Along with the monthly personal balance sheet, which I use to track my net worth from month to month, I publish a report that outlines my income and expenses. The two reports together help me focus on the total picture. My “extracurricular” income — money I’m earning outside of my day job through writing for ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, November 2008 ($180,926, +6.5%)

by Luke Landes

It doesn’t look like I’m going to meet the goal I set for myself last year. A net worth of $210,000 is out of the question unless the stock market experiences a miraculous recovery. All things considered, my finances are still in good shape. Every month, I review my account balances and income vs. expenses ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, October 2008 (Net Income: $9,074)

by Luke Landes

Despite the 6 percent decrease in my net worth in October, my income and expenses were healthy. My income was at my expected level for both my salary and “extracurricular” income. October’s expenses were a little higher than expected, but still within an acceptable range. Each month, to accompany my balance sheet, I publish my income ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, October 2008 ($164,209, -6.1%)

by Luke Landes

Following the end of each month, I publicly review my personal financial condition. This is the primary reason I do not use my full name on this blog; I’d like to be able to continue sharing the specific details of my finances without providing people who know my in “real life” the ability to search ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, September 2008 (Net Income: $7,473)

by Luke Landes

While September wasn’t as bountiful as August, I’m still adding to my bottom line. Even though my balance sheet showed a decline, it was mainly due to unrealized losses in investments, not a lack of income. Each month, to accompany my balance sheet, I publish my income and expense report to keep myself motivated to ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, September 2008 ($171,916, -0.8%)

by Luke Landes

Every month, I publicly review my personal financial condition. If you’re wondering why I post under a pseudonym, Flexo, this is the primary reason. I’d prefer that those who know my in real life, except for a few individuals, are not aware of this information. Reviewing my finances online helps me be accountable for my ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, August 2008 (Net Income: $11,582)

by Luke Landes

I mentioned in my August net worth report that there were three main reasons for my 7.7 percent increase. One reason was the stock market, which slightly lifted some of my investments. The other two reasons should be apparent from the income and expense report that is included in this post. My net income for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, August 2008 ($174,669, +7.7%)

by Luke Landes

It’s a long-standing tradition at Consumerism Commentary to review the details of my finances at the end of every month, and it’s that time again. I start with a “net worth report,” a list of my bank account, credit card, and loan account balances, investment values, and some more ethereal numbers like my car’s value ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, July 2008 (Net Income: $7,731)

by Luke Landes

My balance sheet provides a decent snapshot of my current financial state, but it doesn’t tell the complete story. While I have control over most of my investments and could sell poor performers and buy others if I so choose, I’d rather stick with what I have for the long term. Therefore, monthly swings in ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, July 2008 ($162,148, +4.5%)

by Luke Landes

It’s two months later, and I still need to achieve another $50,000 to reach my net worth goal of $210,000 by December 31. With so much of my assets tied into the stock market indexes, it’s no surprise I’m not making the progress I hoped for. When the company I work for releases its quarterly ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Income Statement, June 2008 (Net Income: $4,364)

by Luke Landes

In June I managed to save over $4,000 of my income for myself after all expenses were paid. That doesn’t mean that my net worth grew during June, however, as I explained earlier today. While I was able to add to my savings and investments, poor performance in the stock market caused my accounts to ... Continue reading this article…

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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2008 ($155,596, -1.5%)

by Luke Landes

Last month, I shared my belief that I would not make my net worth goal for the year, and June has been a step backwards. I ended the month with a modified net worth of $155,596, over $2,000 down from the end of May. For any readers new to Consumerism Commentary, I post financial updates ... Continue reading this article…

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