September has been an interesting month. Super had a little bump, updated my HECCS debt and some extra savings in cash.
I had some pretty biggish expenses last month mainly caused by weddings.
Wowee are weddings expensive for nearly everyone involved. It is just me or have Weddings become so incredibly commercialised that it has lost it’s original core purpose? Don’t get me wrong, I love going to weddings and the idea is Ok but seriously. It’s almost expected now that weddings MUST have:
- Flowers and decorations
- Fancy cars
- Professional hair and makeup
- Professional photography and videography
- Fancy accommodation
- Doves flying when the bride walks down the isle
- Custom made bobble heads of the bride and groom
- Congratulation message from Kim Kardashian,
- Entry to the reception via a chooper…
Ok maybe I’m going over the top here but you get my point. The amount of industries pumping up the idea that a wedding MUST be this or MUST be that is nothing more than marketing.
And you can’t escape the costs associated with a wedding even if it’s not your bloody wedding!
Oh no no, can’t an untapped market (wedding guests) getting away scot free. It’s now expected that for the engagement party the guest bring a gift of a value of no less than $100 (in my circles anyway) or else you will be branded stingy and a tight ass… SINCE WHEN DO YOU GIVE >$100 PRESENTS TO PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE THEY GOT ENGAGED???!?!?
I can’t help but think that the idea of a wedding has been hijacked by very clever marketing companies to brainwash loved up n00bs to spend maximum dollars at their stores. They even have the guests forking out hundreds and have so so cleverly shaped society to attack people who refuse not to participate in this circus of unnecessary spending.
Wow that was an unexpected rant. But yeah…weddings are hella expensive…for everyone involved.
So back to the main point of this article… Networth ticking along nicely. Should be able to get to quarter of a Mil if nothing goes drastically wrong by years end.
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|Date||Rolling NetWorth||$ Change||Notes|
|1-Jan-2012||-$32,000||$4,000||Started Full-time work late Nov|
|1-Jan-2013||$20,000||$52,000||Built property and recieved FHOG ($21,000)|
|1-Jan-2015||$83,254||$38,254||Bought second IP|
|18-Mar-2015||$122,128||-$1,587||Paid for holiday|
|15-Apr-2015||$125,906||$3,778||Withdrew equity from property|
|12-Jul-2015||$159,904||$7,000||Paid 4K off HECS Debt|
|31-Sep-2015||$170,110||$2,205||Car went out of Portfolio, Bought IP 3, Super went up and one IP went up|
|31-Oct-2015||$171,376||$1,265||Big bills. Not much saved.|
|30-Nov-2015||$173,263||$1,887||Super went down slightly|
|31-Dec-2015||$186,910||$13,648||IP went up in value|
|12-Jan-2016||$187,910||$1,000||Some big bills|
|1-Mar-2016||$191,410||$1,500||Didn’t save very well|
|1-May-2016||$182,410||-$11,000||Two IP’s went down.|
|1-Jun-2016||$211,010||$28,600||All 3 IP’s went up and super was updated|
|1-Jul-2016||$229,010||$18,000||IP’s revalued with 2 out of three going up|
|1-Aug-2016||$233,653||$4,643||Super went up along with cash|
|1-Sep-2016||$237,390||$3,737||Super went up, HECC debt went down plus savings|
Nice update Firebug, another upwards tick 🙂
You’re right, weddings are getting more extravagant and expensive, when they don’t need to be like that. We got married with a very small attendance and did a lot of things ourselves (my wife did her own hair, makeup and made flowers out of fabric).
Can’t we just do the church thing and then a barbie without being labeled as cheap? Is this too much to ask?!
Thanks Jilly 🙂
Love the wedding rant, couldn’t agree more. Don’t forget the cost of the buck’s and hen’s nights as well, if you are involved in that. A couple I’ve heard of recently have involved full weekends with flights and penthouse apartments! Congratulations on the positive month, even despite the wedding related expenses.
Just had the bucks actually. It wasn’t too bad to be honest. Cost me about $600 for the weekend which is a lot for me, but as you say it’s better than flying somewhere that’s more expensive.
I had to organise the bucks too which of course meant that I got stung with all the extra’s. The worst is the people who pull out and expect their money back. It’s like ‘Dude we have literally paid for everything and you pull out that means the group is going to have to cover your costs’.
First and last bucks I ever organise!