So it was Black Friday the other day – anyone pick up any bargains?
I should have probably done some Christmas shopping but the only thing I purchased that day were more investments! My FIRE focus didn’t waiver!
Were the investments ‘on sale’? No idea – I’m sure I’m not alone in not checking the price of a Vanguard ETF before investing, except to make sure I’ve enough cash to invest.
I feel like I’ve caught up a bit on things this month, got myself a bit more organised, including sorted out my tax stuff. I even got round to having my tattoo to commemorate my half-century – it’s only visible when I remove my clothing so I’m not growing old too disgracefully!
In terms of blog reading/commenting, I’ve found that many of the usual blogs I follow haven’t been updating as much as before – have we reached Peak FIRE?
Still discovering and enjoying new UK blogs, but some of the older ones have been pretty quiet lately – hopefully they’re just too busy just getting on with the business of aiming for FIRE.
So, how are my numbers looking?
I saved 44% of my net salary! A larger than usual credit card bill due to social activities meant that I didn’t hit 50% but I’m happy with this.
The above savings includes top ups of £40 matched betting profit (from last month), £133.15 affiliate income from OddsMonkey (thank you to all who signed up via my links!), £10 lotto winnings and £50 Premium Bond winnings!
Shares and Investment Trusts
No new investments – I just topped up existing ones.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
Either the markets were buoyant or it’s just a result of pound sterling taking a bashing (probably the latter) but my Future Fund jumped quite a bit this month, up to £182,861.46. And there was me hoping that I would end the year at £180k but we’ll see what happens after the General Election…
Dividends and Other Income
A better month for dividends: Continue reading