The first quarter of 2010 has ended as fast as it began. In observing my personal finances as I have done for the past ten years or so, and publicly on Consumerism Commentary for the last seven years, I’ve put together my monthly balance sheet. This is a list of my account balances, including savings accounts, checking accounts, and credit cards.
In a perfect life, I would be reducing the number of bank accounts, but in this strange situation where I write about banking, I’ve opened more bank accounts for the sole purpose of reviewing them for Consumerism Commentary. In March, I opened accounts at Discover Bank (review here), Sallie Mae Bank (review here), and SmartyPig. I also opened a new investment account at Zecco (review here).
While I am publishing these numbers today, there is still a question about some of my outside income for March. This should be resolved by the end of the month, so the March results might change when I post an update next month. This outside income, in addition to a tax refund I received after changing the classification of my business, helped to provide a 11% increase over February’s month-end balances.
Here are the numbers.
Updated October 13, 2016 and originally published April 7, 2010.