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Personal Balance Sheet, June 2006 ($49,872, +2.03%)

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I added just above 2% to my net worth this month. The market performed a little better in June than in May. That helped, but only slightly. Continue reading for the details.


My cash accounts are higher than they should be because at the end of the month, I received two refund checks that will be applied to my student loans as soon as they are consolidated. The “other” cash account is mostly tuition for my final course towards completion of my MBA. The class begings in a few weeks. Once it begins, I transfer (in Quicken) the reimbursable portion of the tuition cost to my personal accounts receivable.

My SEP IRA, which I funded in April and have not contributed to since, has been consistently losing value. It is invested entirely in an international equity mutual fund.

My credit card balances will be paid in full, so I pay no interest there. However, I do take advantage of store credit cards that offer discounts on things I need.

My student loan balance has increased due to the final disbursement of my last student loan. Most of my education expenses are reimbursed by my employer, but I don’t always use the reimbursements to pay off the loan, since the interest rates have been pretty favorable. I will officially obtain my degree on August 22, and at that point I will begin vigorously paying them off.

Perhaps I’ll find a new job paying more, taking advantage of the new degree, which will help with that part of the plan.

Stay tuned for my latest personal income sheet.

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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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