2020 was another fantastic year financially speaking.
Increase of $295,540.09 or 22.23%
This doesn't capture everything as it doesn't include things paid by cash and check, but it's an accurate comparison of identical spending year to year.
Clearly, the pandemic saved us a considerable amount of money, primarily from lack of travel and dining out.
If I subtract out spending for which we got reimbursed, the actual number drops to $5,325/month. I don't have the corresponding figure for 2019 so I can't compare that. However, just playing with that number - $5,325/month - and using the rule of thumb that you need 25 times annual expenses to retire, that would work out to $1,597,500. We're a bit over that so that's exciting. I realize our spending will creep back up once the pandemic ends, whenever that is, but theoretically if we could maintain the lifestyle we've had in 2020, we are right around where we would need to be to retire. Our actual target is more like $2.2 million but that's not so far off realistically.
Happy New Year to all. Have a great 2021.