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Our Complete, Updated 2024 Written Financial Plan

To be honest, not a ton has changed recently in 2024 with our written financial plan. However, I realized that our complete and most updated written financial plan was not easily available in one single post anymore.

So, I am here to fix that!

I will first note that, as with my initial post, this is our actual, genuine word-for-word written financial plan. Nothing is omitted or missed or conveniently forgotten. I’ll always be 100% authentic with you or else what is the point?

To present our plan, I’ll list each section separately. Any items that we have completed will be crossed off. Anything that is still in process will be bolded. Anything in just plain regular font means we haven’t completed or done it yet…

updated financial plan
Building things block by block…

For a full discussion of why the last 7 changes were made to our plan, this post goes in detail.

Selenid and Jordan’s Financial Plan

Financial Priority List

  1. Pay down high interest loans (>8%)
  2. Establish emergency fund (3-6 months of expenses)
  3. Maximize VDC (403b) retirement account
  4. Pay down medium interest debt (6-8%)
  5. Maximize 457 retirement account
  6. Contribute to backdoor/spousal Roth IRA
  7. Invest in better cash-flowing real estate (expected CoC return >10%)
  8. Contribute to 529 accounts
  9. Contribute to taxable investment account
  10. Pay extra to mortgage
  11. Pay off low interest debt (<3%)
  12. Maximize charitable contributions

As you know from my earlier plans, this first section is a priority list of where we want our saved money to go.

In this iteration of the updated written financial plan, maximizing my 457 account and contributing to Roth IRAs and a taxable account for both of us moved up the list.

We also have been able to “fill more buckets” and contribute to the majority of the priorities at this point which is very exciting!

General Financial Guidelines

  • Save at least 30% of income every year (includes debt payments)
  • Review and square budget on the first of every month beginning 7/1/2020
  • We will calculate our net worth every 6 months
  • We will calculate our savings rate and our total return and real return each year (1/1)
  • We’ll use our credit card only once balance is at $0. At that point, we will use it for everyday purchases and will pay it off in full every month
  • We will not use credit to purchase automobiles, appliances, or vacations

This next section lists the general “rules” of our financial plan

So far so good here. And no changes.

These are things that we basically agree that we “have to” do. There is no argument when it comes to these items. We do them without thinking.

Not a ton of change here. Our goal savings rate is still at least 30% although it currently is around 40%.

Instead of steadfastly saying that we check out net worth every 2 months, we went more lenient and said every 6 months.

We also eliminated the possibility of safe, fixed income investments from our account. We have better places to put our money when we reach closer to financial independence (see priority list above).

Specific Financial Goals

  • Pay off consumer debt in 2 years (2022) (Woohoo! Done!)
  • Pay off student debt in 5 years (2025) (On pace!)
  • We will be worth $1 million in 12 years (2033) (On pace!)
  • Save $40,000 to buy car 1 in 3 years (2023 – done!), save $40,000 to buy car 2 in 6 years (2026)
  • Save enough to cash flow at least $250,000 in retirement (goal retirement at least 2045)
    • This will be via hybrid approach using equity and real estate investing
    • Save $1-2 million in equities for 4% yearly withdrawal of ~$71,000
    • Cash flow >$200,000 from real estate investments in 5 years (2025)
  • Save $400,000 for Samuel/Emery/Camilo for college
  • Save $250,000 for renovation/down payment new home
  • We will pay off the mortgage on the home we are living in when we retire

This section delineates our specific financial goals

I am a huge believer in goal-setting. Goals should be specific and should be BIG. Once you have a goal, all that you need to do is plot the course. Without a goal, you’ll never arrive at one.

Nothing has changed here. Well we did add one more kid whose college we want to pay for. But still, we are on pace to reach all of our goals.

Our other goals include our cash flow plan for retirement has not changed. A lot of people ask me how we came up with this number.

And I don’t have a good answer. It’s arbitrary. We estimated out our expenses in retirement knowing that we will not have to save for retirement, not need life insurance etc., not be paying for our kids’ daycare/school. But really, how can we forecast that far into the future? We can’t. So, we just picked a way bigger number than we estimated we would actually need. I’d much rather overshoot.

Here is a helpful guide to estimate your goal retirement nest egg.

General Investment Plans

Here are some general guidelines for our investment strategies

No changes here.

We still use a hybrid approach with both equity and real estate investing.

For equity investing, we use only broadly diversified low-cost index funds. For real estate investing, cash flowing rental properties with >10% cash-on-cash returns remain our primary vehicle. We have 1 such property that cash flows over 22% and are closing on 2 more currently.

Equity Asset Allocations

  • Maintain a 90/10 stock/bond allocation, decreasing progressively to at least 60/40 by retirement
  • Our primary asset classes will be domestic stock mutual funds, international stock mutual funds, and US Government bond mutual funds
  • Our equity allocation will include domestic, international, and emerging market stocks and large-cap, mid-cap, and small/micro-cap stocks.
    • We will also allocate a percentage to REITs and other alternative asset classes if they promise diversification benefits and solid long-term returns
    • For the most part, these will be broad total market index funds, but they may be supplemented by small amounts of value index funds as needed to maintain a slight value tilt.
  • Our 403b will be in the asset allocation below and which we will rebalance yearly
  • Our 457, taxable, Roth IRA accounts with be using a 2 fund strategy with a TDF and small value index fund
  • Our bond allocation will be split 50/50 between nominal bonds and inflation-indexed bonds in tax-sheltered accounts as much as possible.
  • Our emergency fund will be in a savings account and will not count towards our overall asset allocation
  • Rebalance 1x each year (July) by buying more stocks/bonds as dictated to maintain goal allocation

Initial Asset Allocation:

  • 40% US Stocks
  • 35% International Stocks
  • 5% REITs
  • 10% US Bonds
  • 10% TIPS (Inflation indexed bonds)

The main changes here are an increase risk tolerance with a higher stock ratio in our asset allocation as well as a transition to a two fund portfolio construction moving forward.

Again, those changes are detailed in more depth here.

Future Changes

  • Any change to our financial goals must be agreed upon by both Jordan and Selenid after careful consideration of short and long term benefits and risks
  • Any change to these investment percentages or change in funds used will require a 3 month waiting period
  • Development of any new asset class or new funds allowing us to invest in an asset class such as international small or international value stocks will require a 3 month waiting period prior to transferring funds

This section is evergreen.

And this is the system we used to make these more recent changes to our updated financial plan!

So there you have it. That is my updated written financial plan.

I would expect that any changes in the coming years are somewhat minimal as we feel pretty sturdy and confident in this plan. But as always, time will tell and then I will be the first to tell all of you right after anything happens, as always!

I hope that this helps you as you work your way towards financial freedom just as I am!

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What do you think? Do you agree with our updated written financial plan? What would you change? Do you have a written personal financial plan? What does yours say? Leave a comment below!

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    2 thoughts on “Our Complete, Updated 2024 Written Financial Plan”

    1. Thank you for your posts, I share them with my children to help with their financial education.
      Reading your financial plan the only think I believe you are lacking is with funding for your Children’s college education.
      Having 1 of my children going into college this year had the rude wakening that some schools are charging up to 97,000 dollars a year, and states schools running at about 25,000 year.
      considering the age of your children, he will probably need about 400,000 per each child inflation adjusted over time.


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