Net Worth Update August 2015

net worth update August 2015 messy moneyTime for the monthly net worth update. I have tracked and posted our net worth for 10 months now. It is a very strange thing to publicly post your net worth and I question the value of it – but people seem to enjoy it. Thousands of people, ok hundreds, of people check in every month to see the numbers. It was a good month and if my calculations are correct – our net worth had increased over $122,000 since October and we have surpassed our goal for 2015.

Where have I been this month?

Working. Too much work.

In my tiny garden. It is not the nicest garden I have ever seen, but I am learning. I am interested in learning how to can and preserve food. I am reading an AMAZING book from the library –Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry( Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving). This book covers just about everything, including how to make butter, cheese, yogurt, cured meats, types of canning and recipes. I think my first project will be making pickles. I will report back on my any progress.

Blogging. I am trying to establish a more frequent posting schedule and re-engage in blogging society. I follow a lot of PF and lifestyle bloggers and I am sad to report that I recently reviewed my list of bloggers on feedly and many of the blogs I started following a year ago are inactive. If a blogger has not posted anything for 30 days – there is a 95% chance that they will never post again. Sniff.

It Take a Village to Raise a Blog

One of the things I have learned about blogging is that it is very tough to do it alone. Connecting with the blogging community is important and not always easy, especially for an introvert. I am fortunate that there are other bloggers that reach out and make connections. Speaking of connections…

  • I am happy to report that I have been nominated for a sunshine blogger award by Mr. and Mrs. SSC at Slowly Sipping Coffee and Kay at The Barefoot Minimalist. Thank you, I am flattered.sunshine blogger awardHow The Sunshine Blogger Award Works
    The Rules:
    Thank the person that nominated you
    Answer the questions from the person that nominated you
    Nominate some other bloggers for this award
    Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
    Notify the bloggers you have nominated

Here are the questions I was asked:

Be honest.  What is the highest number of Oreos (or a similar type cookie if you don’t like Oreos)  you’ve ever eaten in one sitting? 

Hmmm… I have never counted. I am sure I could eat a couple of handfuls quite easily.  I not really a fan of chocolate (weird I know) but I could eat caramel, butterscotch or hazelnut flavoured treats all day long.

How old were you when you had your first kiss and where were you at the time?

Oh gosh. Fourteen – at a bus stop. Let’s just say it wasn’t all that I dreamed it would be.

What did you want to be when you grew up and did you end up being it?

I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. Seriously.  Later, I wanted to be Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan

As those dreams faded away, I thought about doing something in the field of psychology but I didn’t have the money, tenacity or brainpower to pursue it.  Ironically, in my current job, I spend most of my time measuring, analysing and predicting customer and employee behaviour. Sounds fun doesn’t it?

What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?

Our TI-99/4A.  Not sure what happened to it.

How old were you when you had the most fun you can remember?

I have lots of fond memories from the teen years – I can’t name just one. It was the best of times.  I was always up for some adventure. 

What is your favorite superhero and why?

Probably Wonder Woman.  I wish I had her invisible plane (and her physique.) 

Who is your favorite author?

Just one? I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell books and David Sedaris too. I think my favourite book is The Stand by Stephen King. 

What person has had the biggest influence on your life?

My parents.  As I get older, I appreciate them more and more.

What’s your favorite comfort food when it’s a chill night at the house?

I have a weakness for french fries. 

Now some nominations:

Questions for the nominees:

  • Is blogging what you thought it would be?  Why or why not?
  • Describe something you have done recently to save money?
  • What is your favourite book?
  • Tell us about a personal extravagance or indulgence that is totally worth it, as far as you are concerned.
  • Favorite spice? (Members of the Spice Girls don’t count- lol.)

Net Worth Chart

Ok, on with what you have been waiting for. The markets were kind to us this month. I own a few Google shares, and I am glad I do. I have been slowly selling some of my single company stock positions and transferring into ETFs. Bought some “Europe” to get more exposure outside of North America. Still haven’t added up our dividend or interest income this year. Sorry.

net worth numbers August 2015 messy money

*Does not include cars, pension (!), our pantry stockpile, education savings, the change and small bills stuffed in my underwear drawer etc. 

You can find my net worth and a gaggle of other bloggers over at the Rock Star Finance Ultimate List.  See – I am not the only person crazy enough to do this.

Some Final Thank You’s

Thank you Femme Frugality for choosing my post for Financially Savvy Saturdays #101 –  How Meal Prepping Can Help Your Weekly Food Budget. If  you are a personal finance blogger I encourage you to take part in this weekly blog hop organized by BrokeGirlRich. It it the BEST by far.

Fruclassity  and RedDebtedStepchild and Think Save Retire  and The Wealth Brick Road for including my posts  in your weekly roundups. 

If I have missed you on this list, please let me know.

~~~Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for visiting.~~~



  1. I love the financially savvy Saturdays bloghop too. I’ve been introduced to some great blogs over there. I agree it is sad to see how many bloggers quit. I miss so many of the original bloggers from the old days. Some times I wonder why I stick with it, but it helps me stay focused.


    1. Thanks SWG – I have participated in a couple of other hops and it seems like people just drop a link and run. Oh well. They are missing out. There are a number of bloggers I miss and hope they are doing well and life is just too fantastic and busy to post.


    1. Thanks – it is a kind of a slow grind at this point but we are getting close the the halfway point – which is great. Hope things start to accelerate and that the market stays buoyant.


  2. Congrats on the award and thanks for the nomination, May! While I didn’t exactly want to be Laura Ingalls Wilder LOL, I really enjoy the simple lifestyle and close family relationships of that time. I have often thought I should have been born in that era.
    Gary @ Super Saving Tips recently posted…Reaching Out For A Little SunshineMy Profile


    1. Thanks and you are welcome. Yes the “pioneer” days appeal due to their simplicity and also because I think we all to some degree have pioneering spirits.


  3. I’m always surprised when I realize that a blogger has stopped. Maybe because I figured I’d lose interest in 1-2 months (tops) and it’s been 7 years.

    Still, life gets in the way. There have been a few times that were very emotionally difficult, and I didn’t post for two weeks. Luckily, my readers are pretty understanding and know that I’ll come back.
    Abigail @ipickuppennies recently posted…A weekend of savingsMy Profile


    1. Seven years! Impressive – that is the equivalent to 80 blog years. O am glad you have been able to stick with it and I bet your readers are too.


  4. Congrats on the double nomination! That happened with someone else too, so we got another double dose of questions answered. I have a few blogs I’ve followed for a bit now, and they’ve been on radio silence for a few months. Yipe! Didn’t realize it was that drastic.

    I’ve got a weakness for fries too, or tater tots, but potato in any fried/baked form is one of my go to’s as well. I have trouble with picking a favorite author, so I wanted to see if I was alone or not. I love the Stand, that’s a great book!
    Mr. SSC recently posted…Layoffs are Looming! Would you be ready?My Profile


    1. Thanks again for the nomination! Yes, the blogosphere is in a constant state of flux and I guess that is the nature of it. I have taken two extended breaks and it is hard to get back into it. I also read Stephen Kings book “on writing” and it was really interesting too. I wish the person I loaned it to, would give it back. Sigh.


  5. I’m glad you like the FinSavSat blog hop!

    Congrats on the Sunshine Blogger Award – it seems a common trend that first kisses are not often what we dreamed them to be ;o) Good thing they’re followed by so many others.
    Mel recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays #101My Profile


    1. I have participated in a few blog hops here and there – and they just don’t compare. I get that for the bigger ones and some days – people don’t have the time to visit them all or comment but I feels like people just drop a link and run and don’t really follow the “spirit” of the hop. (thank you for finsavsat). And on kissing – lol- yes.


  6. Totally wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder, too. Now I look at that dream and think, “Wow, that sounds like a lot of work.” Haha. Changing perspectives.

    The death of good blogs is such a sad thing. 🙁
    Femme Frugality recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays #101My Profile


    1. I still dream about it but yes, I am sure that I don’t really appreciate how difficult life was. The books were great though – and I think I might read them again one day.


    1. It is sad – but I understand since blogging is time consuming and life gets in the way. Appreciate you coming by.


    1. Your welcome and I look forward to seeing your answers and the other nominations. Glad you found this because I have been slow notifying everyone one. LOL I should go tweet it…


    1. LOL – yes it was a primitive computer/game console. I wish I still had it because it is very collectable now. I learned some very rudimentary programming concepts on it. I think this was my longest post ever…


  7. That was one hearty blog there May! Congratulations on everything! You’re introvertedness is not stifling your success, that’s for sure! 🙂 P.S. A calculator was your favorite toy! Now that made my day! 😀


    1. Princess Leia is pretty cool. Thanks – looking forward to the million dollar milestone, I hope the market cooperates!


    1. Thanks and congrats to you too- these awards can be so much fun and build camaraderie in the community.


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