As noted here, I’m trying to save (in retirement and non-retirement accounts) 60% of my gross income in 2007.Â I’ve been tracking my progress towards my first goal (of saving $4000 in my daughter’s ESA) over at the NCN Network site. 20% of my gross income is about $16,000.Â This amount will be automatically withheld from our paychecks and deposited into our retirement accounts.Â Basically, the other 40% (or $32,000) will be money that I have to “manage” throughout the year.Â If you divide $32,000 by 12 months, you get $2,666.66.Â I was able to deposit $4,000 into an ESA for my daughter, which means that I’m nearly $1,350 dollars “behind” for 2007.Â $4,000 represents 5% of my annual gross income.Â If you add $4,000 to $16,000, the MINIMUM amount of money that I will have “saved” in 2007 will be 25% of my gross income.Â YES!Â So, while I’m bummed by the fact that I’m not saving at (quite) the rate that I wanted to be saving, I’m super-excited by the fact that I’ve already saved a SIGNIFICANT portion of my income.Â I’m trying to determine what my next “specific” goal will be.Â (I THINK that I’m going to open an ESA for my son, but I MIGHT open a Roth IRA for myself.Â I’ll let you know.)
4 thoughts on “Saving 60% Gross Income February Updated”
Wow, 25% is huge.
60% is just something my brain can not figure out. I am really hoping and praying you make it. Of course, without sacraficing the quality of your’s and your family’s life. I don’t think you will.
Maybe the $1300 you are short went into upgrading your property – a forced savings of sorts.
60% is just awesome!
Sixty percent is my goal… The coolest part is, even if I were to “fail” and only reach half of my goal, I’m STILL saving 30% of my gross income.
we’re saving 95%, so i had to buy some “want” items. the problem with saving too much, is that the urge to spend seems to be greater. at least for me.
anything over 20% is huge. so congrats and hope you can make your goal. remember, though, goals should be attainable. you don’t want to keep feeling like your goals are never being met.
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