Inside: Find out if goals were met or not during August.
August is done and the kids are back in school!
The youngest loves school and volunteered to help the incoming 6th graders find their way around. Meanwhile, we took our oldest on a few trial runs on the city bus system as he needs to navigate his way to the high school on his own. Our city doesn’t provide buses for the high school students and most don’t drive. He did well and he is up and out the door each morning before his sister even wakes up.
August gave us a bit of downtime with smoky air, a virus for me, and our air conditioning stopped working for a few days. Overall, August was a quiet month.
So, how did I do with goals this past month?
Our investments did okay in August and thankfully ended up for the month. While the graph doesn’t show it, even though some of the investments are down, many give us dividend payments. We currently reinvest those, but it is nice to see those payments knowing one day they’ll turn into real income for us.
Screenshots are from our Personal Capital account.
Thanks to the market and a bit lower spending, our net worth increased. That was despite back-to-school shopping, paying to repair our air conditioner, and Zillow saying our home value went down over $1k last month.
Home sales are definitely slowing in the area and our neighbor even pulled their house off the market for now. We’ll see if they end up renting it out or if they wait until spring to re-list.
I’ve been working on losing a few inches this year. We were on vacation the end of July through the beginning of August. Once we came back, I managed to get a good workout in before a virus settled in for a few weeks.
Now that the coughing has finally gone, I’m ready to start working out again. And of course, my shoulder is having issues. Not sure what the problem is there, but wish it would clear up. In the meantime, it looks like long walks around the neighborhood are in order.
Despite all that, I did lose the weight gained over vacation, so that is a relief.
ORGANIZE AND DECLUTTER
As far as decluttering goes, a severe case of procrastination along with not feeling well kept me from doing much.
Until, that is, the last day of the month.
Wanting to get something done, I loaded up the back of the minivan and donated a bunch of clothes the kids had outgrown along with toys in good shape and some housewares.
There is still a bunch to do, but at least some stuff was cleared out.
In August, I read a lot. Or it felt like it. For a change of pace, I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. It was really an enjoyable read.
Of course, I also read a few J.T. Ellison books: Judas Kiss, The Cold Room, and The Immortals. I also read The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel, which is a book along a similar vein and will probably read more of that author.
Finally, in trying to find new books for my daughter, I read Since You Asked by Maurene Goo. My daughter said she is interested in a bit more romance, as long as it’s not too mushy, and this seemed to fit the bill. But, as much as she says she wants to read those stories, she seems to stick to fantasy and dystopian storylines.
Phew! There are actually two more books waiting for me on the Kindle and some of my favorite authors have books coming out this fall as well.
SELL SOME JUNK
We sold a toy organizer and a rowing machine a couple months ago. I gave up on the idea of holding a garage sale and finally donated a bunch of stuff this month (see above).
AUGUST WRAP UP
Progress was slow (again) in August. Our net worth for the month was up despite the once again lower home estimate.
The trees are already changing color and the kids are in school. Fall is my favorite season so I’m looking forward to more leaves changing and the temperatures cooling.
How was your August?
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