Well, I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, full of sumptuous food, loads of drink and festive cheer! I travelled south to celebrate the holidays and spent some excellent quality time with some family and friends, increasing my waistline further in the process!
Not even missing my flight home on Boxing Day (the M25 was closed for several hours following an accident, so I couldn’t get to the airport in time) really spoiled things for me – I booked myself into a hotel, spent the evening reading and took the first flight home the following day. Of course I wasn’t particularly happy that I had to unexpectedly fork out an extra £150 but I’m just glad that my flight wasn’t grounded by snowy weather.
So, how did I do in the last month of the year?
I saved 37.8% – surprisingly higher than expected but some expenses will appear on next month’s credit card.
My average for the year ended up at 42.4%. Although I didn’t achieve my goal (again) to hit that elusive 50%, I’m pretty happy with this average.
Anyway, December savings include £62.81 affiliate income from OddsMonkey (thank you to all those who joined via my link – much appreciated and hope you’re enjoying matched betting!).
Shares and Investment Trusts
I just topped up existing investments this month.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
I believe Santa put in a Rally, pushing the FTSE 100 to yet another all time high – my Future Fund ends the year at £133,063, an increase of 46% from the start of 2017! This increase is almost entirely due to extra capital invested (mostly from my redundancy payment) and not from any ‘investing skills’. I will add however that my investments have benefited from dividends re-invested and uplift from the downtrodden sterling. I continue to creep towards my next big milestone, for now!
Dividends and Other Income
Dividends received this month: Continue reading