Welcome to the Million Dollar Journey January 2018 Net Worth Update – Team MDJ edition. A select group of readers were selected to be part of Team MDJ which was conceived after the million dollar net worth milestone was achieved in June 2014. SmilingSaver was selected as a team member and will post net worth updates on a regular basis. Here is more about him.
- Name: SmilingSaver
- Age: 32
- Net Worth: $81,922
- Day Job: Engineer
- Family Income: My main salary: $95,000; Spouse salary: $ 45,000 (Full time)
- Goals: New Goal: Have net worth equal to the value of the primary residence Oct 2021.
- Notes: Married in May 2015. Wife graduated from school with a second degree in May 2015. Immigrated to Canada 16 years ago (full story here). Debt free May 2016.
First of all, since it is my first update of the year I wish everyone happy new year.
Looking back at 2017, it was kind of a turning point for us. New city and new life. With the biking, gym, and eating fresh veggies I was also able to lose over 15kg (great side bonus).
We just signed another one year lease for our apartment that also happens to be close to work. The price we pay for rent is way cheaper than buying in this market. So it is a great find. The more we look at Vancouver prices the less it makes sense for us to step into this housing market.
Overall we are still putting aside more than 50% of our income without much trouble. We now have over $50,000 in our RRSPs: $25,000 in my account and $25,000 in my wife’s account. This was one of our goals for 2017 that we were able to achieve.
The reason for the $50,000 number is that it is exactly what is required for the first time buyers. Even though we might not use it now, I feel great having that starting point. Our next step is to work more towards maxing our TFSAs as it provides better flexibility.
Now to the actual numbers:
Assets: $81,922 (+46.2%)
- Cash: $3,661.7 (-32.73%)
- Registered/Retirement Investment Accounts (RRSP): $54,193 (+94.519%)
- Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) : $24,067 (+5.8%)
Liabilities: $0 (0.0%)
- We do not have any liabilities: $0.0 (0.00%)
Total Net Worth: $81,922 (vs. $56,043.42 ) (+46.18%)
Darn it, it is the first update in a long time with less than 100% increase in net worth, well – it was great while it lasted!
Some quick notes and explanations to common questions:
Quick change: Now that my wife is working and no longer is a “student” we have to keep $3,000 in her checking account with the remainder kept in Tangerine Savings Account. It includes money that will be required for rent, cell phones, insurance, and minor emergencies.
- $24,067 in TFSA – Invested in Tangerine Balanced Growth Funds (check your TFSA contribution room).
- $54,193 both Questrade RRSP accounts (my thoughts on Questrade), invested in the basic 3 stocks couch potato index portfolio.