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    • sweetdaisy
    • By sweetdaisy 28th Oct 11, 3:08 PM
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    Sweetdaisy's aim to be mortgage-free
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    • 28th Oct 11, 3:08 PM
    Sweetdaisy's aim to be mortgage-free 28th Oct 11 at 3:08 PM
    Hi everyone

    I have been reading the 'Mortgage-free wannabe' threads for quite a while and want to start my MFW journey. I want to keep a diary so that it keeps me motivated to work towards my aim of being Mortgage Free.

    I am married and we have two young Sons. We originally took out a 25 year mortgage for £61,500 in February 2001, however we had an extension to our house 3 years ago and our mortgage balance is just over £84,000 and we have 14 years and 3 months remaining on the term.

    Ideally, I would like to repay the mortgage at least 4 years early - in 10 years time, so I will be 42 years old.

    We have a Natwest Offset Mortgage with an interest rate of 3.75%. The repayments are capital and interest repayments and I am offsetting one current account and 3 savings accounts against the mortgage, so I don't get any interest paid on these accounts. At the moment, as we have only been paying the minimum mortgage repayments we are set to repay our mortgage 1 month early.

    I have just increased my monthly mortgage payments by £59 a month - to make a start on overpaying . I know it's not much, but as I am on Maternity Leave (until April 2012), this is all I can do at the moment.

    Even though we aim to reduce the term of the mortgage by a few years, I am not going to be too frugal as we have two young Sons and want to enjoy life .

    Look forward to being active on here and hopefully this will motivate me to save/overpay more so that we can reduce the term of our mortgage .
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    • sweetdaisy
    • By sweetdaisy 9th Oct 16, 10:13 AM
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    I’ve not posted for a long time – a lot has happened which has resulted in us having to re-evaluate our finances. Just as I was in touching distance of becoming fully Offset (managed to get to 98%), DH was initially told that his job was safe and then a fortnight later, we received the news that we were both potentially facing redundancy. This is an ongoing and long process, but for the time being things are looking positive and we are still in our jobs.

    As much as we wanted to be fully Offset, we had to be sensible and decided that we needed to reduce our monthly outgoings as much as we could in the prospect of us both losing our jobs.

    So, over the past 6 months or so I’ve been like a busy bee haggling my car breakdown cover and reduced this by £58; repaid my car loan in full at a cost of £7,400 out of Savings, which has saved us £1,110 in interest and reduced our monthly outgoings by £240; I also repaid £4,700 which I had on a Virgin Credit Card (interest free) as I did a balance transfer to stooze the money so that we could save interest on the mortgage - this saved us £47 a month; and I have shaved £10 a week from our weekly spending money.

    All in all, we have gone from being 98% Offset and only paying £4 mortgage interest a month to now being 66% Offset . This is very disheartening, however on the positive side we have reduced our monthly outgoings and I can honestly say that without having an Emergency Fund behind us, we would be in a much bleaker situation.
    For the time being I have kept my Mortgage payments as they are as it is manageable. We currently pay £750 a month, however the minimum payment reduced to £433 in June, so we are automatically overpaying by £317 per month. The mortgage balance is now £38,200 and it is a great feeling to be in the £30,000s.

    At present, I am not making any additional Mortgage Overpayments as I am building up my Emergency Fund again, however according to my spreadsheet we could be 100% fully Offset by November 2017 – if all continues well on the job front.

    I am also going to try and post once a month to keep up the motivation .
    25 year Mortgage started February 2001 (end date January 2026)
    Offset Mortgage Balance October 2016 £38,200
    On target to repay 4 years and 9 months early (April 2021)
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 9th Oct 16, 10:32 AM
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    Being 100% offset would have been great but it's only one tool in the great money saving box . I would probably have done what you have done - simplifying your finances at the same time . Good luck to both of you.
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
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    "Do what others won't early in life so you can do what others can't later in life"
    • SuperSecretSquirrel
    • By SuperSecretSquirrel 10th Oct 16, 8:03 AM
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    Sounds like you've done the best thing for you under the new uncertain circumstances. That's what I like most about this savings business - the luxury of calmly dealing with what could otherwise be a disastrous scenario, no stress

    To be fully offset in just 12 months time while benefiting from increased cashflow on the way there is pretty great too!
    Mortgage: £27,794.80 [MFiT4 MN+60k: MN+£30,256.45] (1/10/16)
    Independence: 11.7% [300k in 2020: 72.9%] (1/10/16)

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