2017 Goals In Review

Happy belated New Year! With an infant, a demanding full time job, volunteering work and catching up with friends, life doesn’t get any busier than this. Personal finance and FIRE is my passion so I will make time for it no matter what. This blog is my hobby and I am not trying to make money out of it (yet), so sometimes my posts will just be a little late. Better late than never.

I had four short-term financial goals at the beginning of 2017. Lets go over each one of them and see how I did.

Goal 1:  Increase total passive income to at least $600 average per month or $7,200 per year (Include dividends, interests, and rental property)

I gave myself an A on this goal. I increased my average passive monthly income to over $835. I sold real estate rental at the beginning of the year, so there was minimum loss in passive income this year. I am very proud that my annual passive income broke the 10K mark.

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2017 July Expenses Review


My July expenses were lower than last month’s by about $100. Most categories were below budget except for Gasoline/Car and Medical/Health categories. I went back to work at the end June and I drove an additional 10 miles dropping off / picking up baby butterfly. Since I was on unpaid leave for 6 weeks, I had to pay my own long term care monthly fees. Continue reading

2017 June Expenses Review


My June expenses were a littler higher than last month. Most categories were below budget except for childcare. I went back to work this month and I had to buy some extra baby gear for my parents’ place. I am very lucky that I have my parents  babysitting baby butterfly while I am at work. Continue reading