Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A quick financial update

Things have continued to move along. I have just under two weeks left of working remotely, and then I'll be done with my 16 year gig at my current employer. Can't believe it! A few things that have been happening:

  • I paid off my 401K loan today! So, so, so excited. We took out this loan last winter (February, I believe) to buy down our mortgage from a jumbo loan. That enabled us to get a rock bottom rate, and I knew I could pay off the loan with my stock options I'd receive in September. However, we've always previously overspent during the year, so much of that stock option money was earmarked to pay off our credit cards that would creep up in the summer. We keep a zero balance, but typically would start to see a balance in July/August from summer travels, etc. This year, I'm happy to say that's not the case! I paid off $39,607 today, and that is bring my 401K balance up to $327K. Woohoo!
  • I desperately need to do a full financial accounting of where we are. We've been stocking up on supplies (we had to donate much of our liquids, etc that we couldn't move), as well as food, etc. I need to really understand where we are with the money.
  • Our remodel on our primary residence is going well, but it's been extremely expensive. More than we thought, of course. Does anyone know of a remodel that came in under budget? ;-)
  • I've received a tentative offer from the company I interviewed with last week. The package includes about $10K more in salary than I make now, similar bonus structure, a sign on bonus (although, it's relatively small compared to my salary), and a stock package of about $10K more than I currently have. Note that I'll be walking away from all of that stock when I leave at the end of the month anyway, so that would be a win. However, California's tax system & the higher cost of leaving make this offer less (from a true value perspective) than I'm currently making. So, I'm going to negotiate. Now, if you know me at all, you'll know that out of all the things I detest in life, negotiating is definitely in the top three. So, we'll see how that goes.
  • My weight is still up. I've been trying to get out to run at least three times/week, combined with one day of pilates. It's not enough, but it's what I can commit to during this stage of my life. Baby steps. I also know that diet is more important than food anyway, so that's my biggest opportunity to clean up & lose.
That's pretty much it. We've been hanging out with Michael's cousin + family quite a bit, and it's nice for our boys to get to know their kids. I do miss my sister, family & friends SO much. I'm excited to have my sister come to visit in a few weeks.

Hope everyone is well!

6 comments:

  1. These are some exciting changes in your life! I hope you can negotiate the salary you want

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    1. It is a super exciting time! The salary was unmovable, but I did get a bigger sign on bonus, so that's something, I suppose. ;-)

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  2. Once your life settles down I bet your weight will sort itself out. Well done on paying off the 401 K! So nice that you have an offer already. Hopefully they will consider negotiating since you only started looking for work and they were quick to try and nab you! Good luck

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    1. So happy to have the 401K loan paid off! It's such a relief, & just in time, since I had to pay it off within 30 days of leaving my employer.

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  3. Sounds like you won't miss a beat on the work front!

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    1. Pretty much - although I'm SO excited about my three weeks off! :-)

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