My salary is approximately 55,000 per year. Fifty-five thousand dollars a year seems like a lot to me, but it goes so quickly. I want to see where it goes monthly.
55,000 dollars a year / 12 months per year = 4,583 per month
Out of that 4,583 a month, I contribute 500 a month to my 401 (k).
We’re down to 4083–still looking pretty good.
Federal and state taxes that are withheld per month: 526 (I usually get a tax return as well, but I do’nt know how much that’ll be this year, so I”m going to stick with this amount).
4,083 – 526 = 3,557
My next expense: medical insurance 493 per month. We’re down to 3,064. Three thousand still feels like a nice chunk of money, but there are more expenses. Retirement. Besides my 401 (k), my employer takes out 340 a month for my retirement, so we’re down to 2,724–getting a little lower.
Then, I put 1,911 per month into my and my husband’s shared account for mortgage, bills, food, copays for doctor’s appointments. 2,724-1,911 = 813.
Wow I have 813 going into my personal account per month? That doesn’t seem right. It seems like I usually have 250 extra per month.
Oh, this is a relatively small one, but union dues. I forgot that. Union dues– plus some other retirement thing that I’m going go have to look up because I don’t know what it is –adds up to 85 per month. 813 – 85 = 728.
Also, I’ve been paying an extra 250 per month towards the mortgage, so that leaves 478, which still is higher than I thought it was. Yeah, I usually only have about 250 left over. Where’s the other 228 go?
Hmmm, another money mystery to solve.
Besides that relatively small discrepancy, that is where 55,000 a year goes.
In bullet point view:
- Taxes: 526
- medical insurance: 493
- Union dues: 85
- Retirement system: 340
- Before Taxes, 401 (k) contribution: 500
- Mortgage, bills, food: 1,911
- Extra towards mortgage: 250
- Money into personal account: 478? 250? This is the mystery.
In chart view:
Besides the 228 dollar discrepancy, looking at where my money goes has brought up some other questions:
- How would I like to spend my money/Is my money going where I want it to go?
- How similar or different is my spending to others’?
- Now that I see what my employer contributes to retirement, do my quarterly statements reflect this?
- Am I wasting money?
- If I had more money, what category would I put it in?
Well, we finally know where 55,000 can go, and I’ll certainly work on answering the above questions in the future.
Peace out (and in)!