There is a hidden benefit to my recent lax-ness about tracking my net worth-- after not having calculated it for a few months, it was really fun to see the number rise by about $50,000 all at once!
Here's the last few months I'd put into a spreadsheet-- nice jump from July to December!
Part of this is due to my lower monthly expenses now that I'm renting out my apartment. I also saw a nice bump from the increase in value of my investments, and a few thousand dollars worth of dividends that hit at the end of the year. I didn't hit my goal of $700,000, but I had thought that was pretty aggressive all along. Still, my net worth increased by over $100,000 from the end of 2011's net worth of $565,459-- this is the first time ever that my net worth has increased by six figures in a year. My salary and bonus came to just under $125,000, and I haven't been especially frugal lately, which just goes to show you how having money makes more money. The snowball effect!
More details to come soon on my expenses for the year...