Net Worth: April 2013

unicornWell the last 30 days have been anything but normal  for the Ninja household. I don’t know if you keep up with MANteresting at all, but the media gods had favor on us last week. It started with this BuzzFeed article, which snowballed in to a few dozen more articles being written about us and a buttload of traffic. We had over 60,000 visits on Wednesday alone.

MANteresting popped up on E!, Yahoo, I did a few radio interviews, and even got a call from MTV2 about a potential feature on a show they are producing. Needless to say, it’s been a wild freaking ride. I mean we are over a year old now and already had a great media go around, showing up in CNN, ABC, TechCrunch, etc. I thought our 15-minutes of fame had long passed, but wouldn’t ya know it, we got a breath of fresh air. During one of my interviews this last week a Bloomberg reporter asked:

Reporter: Do you feel like there is a strategy or approach Pinterest could take to even out the overly feminine tone of the site?

Me: Yep. Buy us out.

Well guess freaking what! We got an email from Pinterest after they saw the article and they offered to do just that!!!! That’s right, we got an incredible, quasi-life changing, offer. It’s all a little surreal and we can’t say much (stupid lawyers), but TechCrunch reported some terms of the deal here. I can’t say anything else 🙁

Okay, now that you got April Fooled it’s probably time I move on with this Net Worth post. Here’s how things shaped up for us in March…


Cash: $94,650; +$2,812

That $100,000 goal is so close I can taste it. Thinking right as summer rolls around we can quit saving and start having a little more fun, and begin investing for the short-term. Maybe up our retirement contributions, travel, buy a unicorn. The possibilities are endless when you have a nice cushion.

Roth IRA: $38,255; +$736

And the markets just keep on setting records. How high will they go is the question. It’s tempting to not just reallocate my funds so my paper gains turn in to realized gains. Maybe I’ll do that, but for now I’m just planning to stay the course and continue investing in good times and bad. Seems to have worked out so far, and that’s contributing during the worst economy since the Great Depression.

401Ks, IRAs, etc: $58,307; +$2,097

401K, dollar cost averaging, blah blah blah. The accounts went up last month. YAY!

Payments owed:

Credit Card: $1,600 (change not reflected since balance is paid off each month)

Every time we swipe the card we get some airline miles. Good thing too considering I’m writing this from Palm Desert, CA. We cashed in some of those miles to spend a week in California for Girl Ninja’s spring break. While you’re at work this week, just remember, I’ll be eating as many california burritos as possible, while laying on the beach, and having Girl Ninja feed my grapes.

2013 Q1 is a thing of the past. I really can’t complain as it’s quickly shaping up to be our best year ever. We jumped up another $5,861 last month, putting us at an overall NW of  $189,612. We’re up over $25,000 since the first of the year. It’s pretty insane, but I’m not complaining 😉

You can see all of my net worth updates here.

16 thoughts on “Net Worth: April 2013”

  1. What is your strategy for cashing out? The bulls are running wild right now and I would be very tempted to take the money and run. I see a nice safe GIC/CD in your future.

    How will you feel if you do wait and the bear starts slashing and won’t leave for years to come? In my humble opinion (I own almost $3,000 in stocks and have been investing since mid-2012) the bear is hungry and will be getting fat on bull meat very soon.

  2. I am a strong believer in riding out the waves of the stock market. Most successful elders have done this.

    Great job on the net worth increase. We also increased our net worth significantly!

  3. I have to say, you totally got me on that one!! Happpy April Fools! But congrats on all the coverage! I was excited for you when our local radio station mentioned Mantrest!

    Now to tell my dad I’m moving out… April Fools.. haha He only wishes!

  4. I was hoping it wasn’t actually an april fools because that would be great for you. This was the best one I’ve seen so far today.


    My friends can’t even April Fools me!

    I give up. I don’t think I’m gullible, but twice in an hour? Maybe I am…

  6. It’s been exciting following all the news! The one website even posted your non-Ninja identity…i felt like batman just had his mask removed! From all the coverage I thought you had a legit offer! i was rick rolled…except my flash was outdated and it crashed my browser….i just saw the new tab…so in a way you really got me since it closed firefox. Let me know when I can give (err invest) you $10k to invest in your company so you can turn around and give me $100k or more! can i be the guy to paint the mural on the wall and accept stock options!?

  7. Ha ha ha!!! Happy April Fool’s Day. Loved the way you lead me to believe in the net worth post. It was fun though!

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