Friday, April 3, 2020

Retirement Savings

Frankly, it's hard to talk about anything but COVID19 right now, but I am going to try. My retirement investments have dropped considerably.  I am down around $14,000 to $15,000 overall.  Nevertheless, I plan to plow forward and to keep investing.  So below are my retirement contributions to date:

1/3/20 $100
1/4/20 $100
1/15/20 $1,000
1/31/20 $100
2/14/20 $800
2/18/20 $100
2/27/20 $100
2/28/20 $200
3/5/20 $850
3/31/20 $100

All of these contributions have gone into my Roth.  I still have $2,550 left to contribute for the year.  I hope the stock market recovers.  It's so disconcerting to see my paltry savings dwindle away.  I certainly don't believe that I will reach my goal of $100,000 in savings by the time I am 40.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Happenings

I hope everyone is staying safe during this pandemic.  I feel as though everyone has lost their minds. Here in North Florida everyone has been panic shopping and toilet paper is in short supply.  I just want to stay in my house and wait this thing out. Luckily, my office has asked us to work from home indefinitely.  I will probably work from the office if everyone else stays home.  It will be nice and quiet. I'll probably go in around 9a.m. and leave about 3:30 or 4:00p.m.

I did buy some toilet paper (12 pack) and it should last a month.  I do not intend to go into anymore stores. 

I do have to go out of town this week.  I have been feeling unwell (Stomach issues- definitely not COVID-19).  I'm definitely not looking forward to traveling or staying in a hotel later this week. Or eating out in restaurants. I am bringing apples, beef jerky, bottled water, etc.  Hopefully I won't have to eat out in a restaurant. 

Sigh.  People, seriously, do not let your children become lawyers.  There are many law firms which are not permitting employees to work from home even though the work could easily be done from home. I have several court imposed deadlines which are still in place which require me to get travel.  (It's hard to do a site inspection from home when your discovery deadline is at the end of the month).

That's all I can muster for a Monday night.  Stay safe everyone.  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Car Shopping Adventures #4

Next stop, Volvo! I forgot to take pictures at the Volvo dealership.  So I just used a stock photo from the internet. 

Volvos are expensive, but I really like the look of these vehicles so I figured I would give it a shot.  Unfortunately, I think they are just too costly for my taste (well wallet really).   The sales guy I interacted with was nice. He was a young man probably in his early to mid 20s and VERY tall.  We test drove a XC60. 

The car drove very nicely and smoothly.  The auto/stop start feature was also very smooth, I could barely tell when the car cut off.  The best feature, in my opinion, was the fact that the car was made of steel.  Cars these days are mostly made of that weird plastic, fiberglass stuff.  The steel was nice and made me feel very safe when driving the car.  When touching the car you could really feel the difference.  The car did not bend when pressure was applied, it was definitely steel.  These cars are know to be good vehicles in a roll over crash. 

I asked the salesman to let me know about the rates and any special offers.  He was having some difficulty with that and took down my email.  He promised that he would email me the rates.  Spoiler alert: he never did.  That made it easy to cross Volvos off my list.
I still haven't purchased a new car. I have about $29,689 saved up to purchase a new car (that does include the trade in value of my car).

Next stop, Mazda.