I am memorializing goals in my sidebar. Unfortunately, this site is not allowing me to just cut and paste my sidebar goals. So whatever, will just put some in another format and type it out.
Pay cash for college ✔
In the end, MM(18) followed in his parents' footsteps and chose a public college that is impossible to beat from a cost/benefit standpoint. I always say that about my alma mater but MM(18) has chosen a similar degree/route (at a different CA State college).
I suppose we didn't have any idea where he would end up last January, but we never considered any colleges that we'd have to go into debt over.
$12K to Savings ✔
Final tally was $16,000. The plan was to use this money to pay cash for college. At the end of 2021 we had -$0- cash plus emergency funds. So that's about how it sorted out. That we had just enough to cash flow college (without tapping any prior years' savings/investments).
We probably would have fared better on this goal (with unexpected unemployment funds and stimulus, etc.) but it was a really expensive medical year. We basically saved $25,000 but spent $9,000 on medical, which nets out to $16K saved.
I hope this makes this our worst college year. For future years we have all of MM(18)'s college costs saved (already) and this was a really one-off medical year.
$2K to Investments ✔
Funded with snowflakes.
I had been feeling very "meh" about this goal. Probably stopped throwing our snowflakes into investments once college started. But I do count dividends and it was a really big dividend year. That was enough to encourage me and I threw something like $250 of our windfall to top off this goal.
$1,200 to Mortgage ✔
I hit this goal with a lump sum at the beginning of the year.
We then threw an extra $12,615 with the cash gift we received end of December.
Why $12,615? It was an even $20K mortgage paydown for the year and left just enough windfall to cover college expenses for the next 18 months.
The $12,615 extra payment shaved off 2 years of payments and $9,500 interest.
9% Income to Work Retirement Plans ✔
MH and I both contribute the minimum for 401k match. The 9% includes employer contributions.
$12,000 to IRAs 2021 ❌❓
Not sure on this one. We sent $12K to mortgage instead.
I was very happy to get a redo. We ended up doing 33% of my income to retirement in 2020 due to a nasty tax cliff. Then unemployment was made tax-free retroactively and we didn't need this tax break at all. No way I ever would have tied up so much money in 401K if I had known! So I appreciate the redo. Will average 21% to retirement both years, which is what is important. Anything more than that... Meh. We are way too retirement heavy.
We also don't need the tax break for 2021. Taxes ended up going way the other way in 2021.
To be re-evaluated in April. I left it as a question mark because I just don't know. Will see how things shake out the next 3 months. We have until April 15th to lock in this decision. (We are saving a lot, but MH's job is also very iffy re: pandemic surge).
Edited to add:
Also hit two longer term goals this year. What a year!
**$500K+ in retirement funds (by age 45) ✔
**$1 Mil+ Net Worth ✔
Note: I didn't have a timeline for the net worth goal, it's just a nice milestone. Retirement goal was extremely aggressive when made. I swear that "thinking it" is 99% of the battle when it comes to goals. Not to underscore the planning and hard work, but the aggressive goals seem to work in the subconscious background and find a way to work.