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Personal Income Statement, November 2007 (Net Income: $5,982)

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Each month, I review my modified net worth in addition to my income and expenses. A monthly review helps me stay focused on improving my financial condition, and doing so in public is a way to hold myself accountable. If I have to report to the public my progress each month, I’m theoretically less likely to make any stupid decisions.

In this post, I present an accounting of my income and expenses during the month of November 2007. For the most part, it was an ordinary month. I spent a week in California, so my vacation expenses were higher, while the relaxing time spent with my family allowed me to get by on almost no living expenses for that week.

If you’re interested in seeing the details, continue reading. A larger, readable version of the report will appear if you click on the thumbnail version.

Income and Expense Report, November 2007

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* The report is made with Intuit Quicken and Microsoft Excel. Here’s an income and expense report Excel template.

Explanation and Details.

My side business income, while generally healthy, has slipped in the past few months. Next year will be the year this is put to the test. I’d like to quit my day-job and focus full time of various web-related projects. Perhaps with full-time dedication I will be able to make a living for myself. I am not confident about the outlook, however. Of course, the health benefits, while expensive, are valuable in the sense that I would have to pay much more on my own.

In the mean time, there aren’t many advancement opportunities in my current daytime workplace, so I think it’s about time for me to move on, one way or another. I’d like to see how my annual review goes, but even that is small potatoes.

The realized gain comes from my employee stock purchase plan. I defer 10% of my salary — the maximum allowed — for purchasing company stock at a discount and sell usually as soon as possible.

While the “parking and tolls” category records no expense in November, that’s mainly because E-Zpass bills my credit card whenever my balance is low. Rather than recording every instance I go through a tollbooth, a very annoying endeavor, I only record the expense when E-Zpass refills my account. That didn’t happen in November, most likely due to my week of vacation.

I have some catch-up tax payments to make in December in January which should keep me from owing any penalties to the IRS. Also in December, I expect I’ll be spending more this year then ever before on holiday gifts. This leads me to my spending in total. While I’m still spending less than my income, I’m not quite happy with how my spending has grown over the past few years. Look at the year-to-date total expenses. I’ll be looking for ways to cut back a bit.

During December, I’ll also be evaluating my progress on my personal financial goals for 2007. I’d like to fulfill all my goals and approach my “stretch” goals as well.

Published or updated December 2, 2007.

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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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avatar 1 Anonymous

The spread sheet is awesome!! We use a similar one for our monthly budget and then transfer money into a separate sheet for net worth. it has been very efficient for us.

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avatar 2 Anonymous

I’m a new reader, so forgive me if you’ve answered this is a previous post:

What do you do with your net income? Do you have any rule of thumb that you follow (for example, spend 20%, save 30%, invest 50%?). I have noticed that as my NI increases, so does my “discretionary” spending. How do you control this?

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avatar 3 Anonymous

Very nice increase. It would be nice to see that on a bar graph. Looks like the business income is going good for you…congrats

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avatar 4 Luke Landes

Heidi: I don’t follow any rules of thumb. 25% of my day job income is put away in a 401(k) and I max out my Roth IRA. Those are my only “rules.” My emergency fund is full. I save anything beyond my expenses for the short-term.

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