No, it’s not my birthday – it’s just that this blog is a year old today – yay! 🙂
So it’s been a year since my eyes were first opened by the PF and FI blog community, a year since I took more of an interest in investments and a year since I took matters into my own hands by formulating my own plan for FI/early retirement, a year since I decided to document my journey!
Prior to starting this blog, I noted that the value of my Future Fund (of course, at the time, it didn’t have a name) was £22,165. Not a bad start but as mentioned previously, it had taken me FIVE years to save this amount.
As at the end of March 2015, the value of my Future Fund was £38,869, an increase of £16,704 over 12 months. It just shows how unfocused I was with my saving in the previous five years but what’s done is done (or not) and with a plan in place (although this will require some tweaking and tinkering at some point), I have direction and if I can maintain a good savings rate and continue to manage my expenses, my goal of becoming FI or early retiring is very much achievable.
One year down, 14 to go.
Or 10 to go if I aim for my ‘extreme’ goal although realistically, this is more like a dream than a goal, especially in light of what’s going on at work (I’ll explain in a future post).
My Bonus Treat
So I saved over 80% of the bonus I received for work in March.
I did mention that I was going to treat myself – after all, I’m still trying to enjoy my life while saving and investing for my future.
A ticket to V Festival.
I went to Leeds Festival last year and wasn’t planning on another festival trip so soon, especially as I have a gig (for one of my favourite bands) planned and reducing my expenses meant that I was attempting to limit my outings to one gig or one festival per year.
But…I have my ticket so it’s wellies in a hopefully not-too-muddy field again in August! One of my friends will be driving so chipping in towards petrol money will be cheaper than a train fare.
V Festival is more mainstream music-wise than Leeds (which is usually a bit more rock) but the day I’ll be attending will satisfy the indie ‘rock chick’ in me (Kasabian and Courteeners are the ones I want to see, although I’m also looking forward to Sam Smith, plus I must try to catch Tom Jones so I can tell my Mum, haha!).
And no, I’m not camping – it’s just not my thing, so we have a hotel booked, although not the Marriott, like we did one year!
I’m looking forward to this and hope it will be a glorious summer’s day!
Anyone else going to any festivals this year?