It’s Per$onal #36 – Age 28, Houston, TX

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How old are you?



Where do you live?

Houston, TX


What is your highest level of education?



Are you single or married?



If you are married, do you and your spouse have joint or separate finances?


Do you have any children or dependents? If yes, please explain.



What is your total monthly rent / mortgage for your household?



Has Covid-19 impacted you financially in any way?



What is your current occupation? If not currently employed, please say “Not Employed”

Sr Financial Analyst


What is your yearly salary (or approximate yearly compensation) for your current occupation?

95000 incl bonus


If you are currently employed, do you like your job? Why or why not?

Yes! I love the company I work for and the team I’m on. My boss values personal/professional development and as the senior on my team I am given the more fun/challenging projects. I have opportunities to be creative, collaborate with people across the company, and still have work life balance.


Do you have a second job or side hustle? If Yes, please explain.



If you have a second job or side hustle, about how much money do you make monthly from your second job / side hustle?



Do you budget on a consistent basis? If so, please explain how you currently budget:

Not really. I have always been a fairly routine person so most of my expenses will not vary too much month to month. And the expenses that pop up are generally expenses that I need to pay for anyway.


Are you debt-free?



If you are debt free, how much debt have you paid off and how long did it take you to pay it all off?

$12K on my car, took about 2.5 years


Do you have any student loan debt currently?



If yes, about how much student loan debt do you have?



What is your monthly student loan payment amount?



Do you have any credit card debt?



If Yes, about how much credit card debt do you have currently?



Do you have any other kinds of debt? If Yes, please explain:



Do you know what your credit score is?



If Yes, what is your credit score?



Are you currently saving for retirement?



If yes, about how much do you have saved for retirement?

$136K total ($55K in 401k, $7K in Roth IRA, $14K in investments, $60K in savings)


What does an ideal retirement look like for you?

I’d like to have plenty of money to travel and not worry about day to day living expenses. I don’t need a lavish lifestyle, just enough to be comfortable with a little extra for travel.


What’s your biggest purchase of 2020 so far?

$3K for private dog training


Biggest purchase of your life?

$22K on my car


What do you spend money on that brings you joy?

Travel and creative hobbies. I love to spend money on experiences and shopping for fabric for future sewing projects.


What are your short term money goals, if any? ( < 1 year)

To automate my savings and investments; save $25k by the end of the year (not including 401k contributions)


What are your long term money goals, if any? ( > 1 year)

No specific goals


What is your #1 financial concern right now?

If I am doing enough, saving enough. I worry that I will not be prepared for the retirement I want.


What financial victory/success are you most proud of?

Living within my means and contributing to my 401k, savings, Roth IRA, and investments.


Anything we didn’t ask about you that you want to include?



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A few years after graduating college, Taylor made it her mission to become debt free. After paying off all $60k of debt, she began to blog about what she's really passionate about: personal development. Nowadays, Taylor blogs about the topics of Mindset, Money, Health, and Career for women.

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