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Personal Balance Sheet, February 2008 ($135,649, +8.4%)

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Every month I take the time to export reports from my personal copy of Quicken and post them to the web. This helps me keep myself accountable for my finances. And it’s fun, at least when the number go up from one month to the next.

That was the case in the long short month of February 2008. The report that follows tracks my “modified net worth” over time. It is an accounting of my bank account balances, the values of one major asset, some business tracking accounts, and my debt.

In February, my modified net worth increased 8.4% to a total of over $135,000. Keep reading to see the report and explanations.

Net Worth Balance Sheet, February 2008

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

* The report is made with Intuit Quicken and Microsoft Excel. Here’s a balance sheet Excel template. If you don’t want to go through all the trouble I do every month, but you still want to post your financial reports online, I suggest checking out NetworthIQ.
* The credit card balance is paid off every month and earns cash back.
* My student loan interest rate is 4.25% and my savings account interest rates range from 3.6% to 4.0%.
* I determine the value of my car using the private party value from edmunds.com, but only several times a year.

Explanations and Details

The cash I’ve been keeping in bank accounts continues to rise as I’m saving for an eventual house purchase. I still have a long way to go. If I use all my available cash for a 20% down payment, I would only be able to afford a $270,000 house. In the area where I currently live, that may be enough to afford this house, a 2-bedroom town home built in 1987 with 1,465 square feet and no land ownership.

town home

I’m hoping to skip town homes and condominiums; the living experience is too much like an apartment complex, and I’ve been doing that for the last 10 years. An end until like this listing may not be as bad as an apartment, so I may compromise if I can find something nice.

Additionally, it would be nice to have the ability to put less than all of my cash down. I’d like to keep an emergency fund in place, but that might be asking too much.

The stock market was down this month. The only reason my investments increased in value was the fact that I contributed new funds to my 401(k) and company stock purchase plan.

This month, I plan to make a large payment to my outstanding student loan balance thanks to the bonus I received from my employer.

My goal for 2008 is to end the year with a net worth of $210,000. If my performance from the first two months of the year continues, I will not reach this goal, falling short by $10,000.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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i am a very busy person, maybe you can help, i have excellent credit score and make 6 digits yearly for many years and was told i could easily get 200k or so of 0% apr cards, i would like to invest into safe places where i can get guarantee returns. i would like someone to basically research and provide me with a list of best 30 cards that all are 0% apr, either zero BT’s or very little with max. fee, basically to select the best deals for me, would you be willing to do this for me for a fee? I realize many sites already give this info out, but you just need to go through fine comb and put info on 1 excel sheet for me, you could use for yourself and other people also, let me know

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