Life's gotten the better of my blogging over the last couple of weeks, but I've still been keeping an eye on my net worth (if not controlling it as closely as I'd like). I've made a couple of big decisions that will likely affect my financial life in the next couple of years, but more on that later. For now, just the standard garden-variety net worth update.
The good news is even without being too careful, I'm still up just short of $1000 this month. It would have been more, but I decided to downgrade my car from "Excellent" to "Clean" condition because it ended up going off-roading a little during a recent camping trip. I'm pretty sure it's fine, but Jettas aren't really designed to off-road, so I decided to take that hit. It's about $400, but I guess I have a car so I can drive it, not stare at it and wonder how much it'll sell for. I'll do better financially by driving it to the ground than selling it anyway (not that I won't need to take good care of it for that).
The stock market kept taking a hit, so the $100 gained there is sadly just the part of my contributions that wasn't eaten by losses. Other than that, I spent a little more than I would have liked, and kept plugging away at my debt. I'm thinking about starting up a few new 0% balance transfers within the coming months, but I won't track those in my net worth.
Goals for September are pretty simple. I think I'm going to try to go out to lunch not more than once during the week and curb extra spending. Somehow a ton of my friends were born in November, so that always ends up being an expensive month for me and I'll need to build up a cushion for that and my own birthday in January (not to mention the braces, and my other plans mentioned above).