February Savings Rate – 48.32%

by Andy Hough on March 11, 2014

I made $4138.30 in February and put $2000 in savings for a savings rate of 48.32%. That is just a bit higher than last month’s savings rate. I’m happy with that savings rate. I’m not putting money into savings quite as aggressively as I did last year. I’m planning to hike and do a bit of traveling this year after I finish my tax job. It doesn’t make any sense to put money into savings and then have to pull it right back out for travel expenses so I’m trying to save a little travel money outside of my savings.

My safe withdrawal rate decreased to 42.89%. That is still a long way from my goal of a 4% SWR, but at least I’m continuing to make progress. I should be able to get my SWR into the thirties this month. The 4% SWR translates into having 25x your annual expenses in savings or 300 months of expenses in savings. Once I reach that point I will consider myself financially independent. I now have 27.97 months of expenses saved compared to 25.91 months of expenses saved last month.

Keeping my expenses down helps my SWR a lot. I use my trailing 12 months of expenses when determining my SWR. Last March was a low expense month so even if I have another low expense March this year I won’t change my my trailing 12 month average much. May and June of last year were high expense months. I’m hoping to replace them with low expense months this year. If I am able to do that I should be able to reduce my SWR quite a bit even if I don’t manage to save much money those months. My current average monthly expenses based on the last 12 months is $1196.77. If I were able to get my average monthly expense down to $1000 then my SWR would only 35.84%. I think it is possible to get my average monthly expenses down to $1000 without impacting my quality of life and will keep working on getting my expenses to that level.

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moneystepper March 11, 2014 at 10:59 am

Good work. I started using SWR last year to help me track my position. I think that a position of 4% would definitely represent financial freedom of some kind.

I have also started using the personal finance score, which I think revised a little to make it dependent on age. Why not check out your score:

http://moneystepper.com/financial-planning/moneystepper-personal-finance-score/

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Andy Hough March 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Thanks. I’ll check out the personal finance score.

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Addison @ Cashville Skyline March 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Great job with your savings rate – very impressive!

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Andy Hough March 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Thanks. It isn’t too difficult to achieve since I live in a low cost of living area and don’t have many monthly obligations.

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