The second quarter has already passed and it is time to look at how it went and how I managed in my saving goals and how my journey towards financial independence is progressing. Since this is the second year when I keep a stricter control of my spending, I also made a comparison with last year's results. As I mentioned in my first income / expenditure report, I will make a summary on a quarterly basis, because my months in the case of income are very different. This will give me a better view of the overall situation and hopefully will inspire some of my blog readers.
Here are my numbers for Q2:
All revenues are reported net of taxes.
During the second quarter of the wage income was a bit higher as normal, because in May and in June I did some overtime work. Expenditure in June was much higher than my normal. June, the cost includes the advance payment for a future journey, so it will explain a little of my higher than normal expenditure. However, it is clear to see that my expenses are beginning to grow and the direction should be able to change down.
My goal is to save about half of my wage income and invest it. During the second quarter I'm a behind on my target, my saving rate of wage income was 41.98%. When I take into account also the dividend income, my savings rate rises to 64.74%.
One thing that I will follow with great interest is the dividend income and expenditure ratio, because it is the most important thing on my way towards to the financial independence.
The second quarter was in line with my expectations, due to the high dividend income in April. I am pleased with the second quarter results, dividend income covered all my expenses.
Let's take a look how was my first half of 2016:
My expenses were an average of 1610 Euros and my salary was an average 2760 Euros per month. As you can see, during the first part of year, I was able to save 41.68% of my wage income, which is well below my target. Of the total income my savings rate in the first half of the year was 58.40%.
Thanks to the excellent dividend income in the second quarter, almost 70 percent of my expenses I was able to cover with the dividend income during the first half of the year.
Comparison between 2015 and 2016:
As you can see, during the first half of the year my dividend income grew only about 8 per cent, even though I made several acquisitions over the past year. The reason for such a small increase is dividend cuts, which was announced late last year. (Summary of Dividend Cuts) Wage income compared to last year were significantly higher, for the simple reason that I did more overtime work. Due to the high increase in spending, my savings to wage income went down 20.8%, it was only 41.98% for the first six months. Of my expenses, dividend income accounted for about 18 percent less than the year before, so the journey towards financial independence seems to be rather more distant than closer.
I look forward to what the next quarter will look like. In the third quarter dividend income will be at the lowest. Wage income should be close to normal (2k EUR per month) and expenditure hopefully a little less than at the beginning of the year, although the vacation (5 weeks) is usually a period when money is spent more as at other times.
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