Story Girl wrote that she was feeling frustrated because the “extra” money she expected to have each month kept disappearing – this month it went to her husband’s car, which needed new tires. I wanted to encourage her, so I left her a comment, part of which I thought you might find amusing:
Once in a while, I’ll log into my 401(k) account just to see the balance and put a smile on my face. I’ve been invested for long enough (and am diversified enough) that even with the decline in the market, I have a net gain. So I look at the number I’ve invested over the years (it’s listed as the amount I can take out as a loan), and then the total balance, and I can see how much I’ve made just by contributing every month. It’s pretty satisfying.
I feel silly admitting this, but it really is something I do sometimes.
Are there any other confessions?