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 ignored. That was not a successful approach, so I made the decision to switch gears.
Since then, I have been posting my net worth statement here, keeping myself accountable for my decisions. More recently, I expanded this voyeuristic exhibitionism to include a report listing my income and expenses. The two reports help provide a fuller picture of my finances.
April was not a bad month for my finances in general, but my net worth decreased this month. The biggest driver for the decrease was the check I wrote to the IRS. A large tax bill means I’ve been doing something right on the income side of the equation. Speaking of income, I saw an expected decrease this month. I also expect a bigger decrease for May. Keep reading for my balance sheet and income statement. I’ve included thumbnails in the post, and you can click on the images to zoom in.
Personal balance sheet and net worth statement
Income and expense report
As I mentioned last month, I do not plan to offer additional commentary, but I will answer questions if anyone has any.
Updated April 20, 2017 and originally published May 4, 2009.