I’ve been updating my Race to $1 Million for about 18 months now. And before I focus on this month’s results (which are awesome), I want to spend a few minutes reflecting on how far I’ve come in the last 18 months.

I first introduced the competition on September 22nd, 2010. My blog was so popular at that point I got exactly four comments on that post. One from The Hoff, one from my girlfriend TAG, and two from myself. Woohoo!!!!

At that point, I said my net worth was only about $5,000. It was actually $6,569.98. Here are some other facts about my financial life back then:

  • I had over $23k in student loan debt
  • My retirement accounts (401k and Roth IRA) combined for about $18,500
  • I had a lot less gray hairs back then

Now let’s look at my financial situation today

  • I have under $8k in student loan debt ($15k better)
  • My retirement accounts combine for about $34,000 ($17.5k better)
  • I have so many gray hairs I’m thinking about dying my hair. I’m only 26!

I’ve made a lot of progress over the last 18 months. In fact, I’ve made $35k worth of progress in my personal net worth. Here are the results for March 2012:

race to a million march 2012

Over $14,000 in One Month!!!!

Usually I like to talk about how badly I beat The Hoff, but since he beat me this month I want to talk about how incredible February was for both of us. We increased our combined net worth by over $14,000 in 28 days. That’s $500 a day!

This is a competition and I want to beat the snot out of The Hoff, but I can’t help but sit back and marvel at how well we both did in February. When I go up over $5k in one month, I consider that a win no matter what The Hoff does. When he goes up $8k in one month, he probably sings “Money” by Pink Floyd in German.

Next Month Could Be Better!

There are two huge items coming down the pipe in March for both of us. We work at the same company, and our company gives us our 401k match for all of 2011 at the end of March. That is going to be about $4,500 for each of us.

We are also going to get our tax refunds in March. I have already filed my taxes and will be getting a little over $1,000 back any day now. The Hoff told me he’s looking at over $2k.

I won’t be surprised if The Hoff breaks $70,000 for our next update. I just hope I can keep pace!

My Net Worth Tracking

As always, here are the net worth tracking graphs I use in my customized Net Worth Tracking Spreadsheet that is free to download. Once again you’ll see a big drop in my student loans after paying off another big loan.

By the end of the year I hope to pull even with The Hoff and show a big fat ZERO in the student loan line (blue installment line in the debt graph). Again, wish me luck!

March 2012 graphs

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