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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 16th Jan 14, 7:37 PM
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    Breaking Through, Travelling On
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    • 16th Jan 14, 7:37 PM
    Breaking Through, Travelling On 16th Jan 14 at 7:37 PM
    Hello

    I think a few people on this board know me already, from the dfw board

    I really need the focus of an mse diary - debts are all paid off, except for about 40% of a French mortgage - but income has been declining, and is currently pitiful. And without a diary, I've lost focus on getting the best deal for the things I *do* need to spend out on, like insurance, and Christmas train tickets, that sort of stuff. So I've come back properly after pootling about on other people's threads, and on general threads too, to be fair

    The focus is so that I can replace lost income - so that I can have a holiday of my choosing, for instance - and stopping digging into my savings for ordinary living expenses would be nice too Its also so that I can get my pension up beyond "miserable penury" - its kind of urgent, as under the system that lasted till about 15 years ago, I'd be retiring at the end of this year But I'm not, sadly. The aim is to retire in July 2016, when my younger sister retires, with a reasonable pension.

    One complication in earning more is that between arthritis, energy issues and the need to stay available to what clients I have, I can't / don't want to, take a second job. So more income has to be through other work - patchwork, portfolio, call it what you like (I know I do ).
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    • Watty1
    • By Watty1 6th Sep 17, 9:24 AM
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    Shame you left the dress I clearly live in poor area ....only thing in our charity shops are chain store stuff well worn!
    Mortgage at start of diary Sept 2013: £132,995 Aug 2015 £0
    Overpaying next mortgage. £79,491 now £52963
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 6th Sep 17, 9:25 AM
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    It's not that you live in a poor area - it's that I was visiting in an extremely rich area (how many Manolo Blahnik shope are there in the world!) Kings Road Chelsea!

    xxx
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    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 6th Sep 17, 9:46 AM
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    Shame you didn't try the dress on! But £30 saved by not doing so! Hope the rest of your day is restful x
    Former DFW Need 230. Determined to be MF.
    Current balance £116,878.11. Offset £1034.
    end date - 03/29 aiming for 10/22

    Bring it on!
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 6th Sep 17, 2:24 PM
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    Honestly, trying the dress on would have taken more energy than I had - I needed that energy to get back to where I'm staying! It's all good.

    It would be super fast to visit that shop again too, a ten minute bus ride from Clapham Junction or Victoria. It's all good

    First official response to my probate letters I worked on - agreeing to send dosh, yay. That's one out of four, though another may be waiting for me when I get home.

    ETA - the Betterthanever conundrum solved I think I may explode.


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    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 6th Sep 17, 5:23 PM
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    Please don't explode..... it'll be messy!!!!!
    Former DFW Need 230. Determined to be MF.
    Current balance £116,878.11. Offset £1034.
    end date - 03/29 aiming for 10/22

    Bring it on!
    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 6th Sep 17, 6:58 PM
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    Hope you are feeling well. You sound very positive and energetic.
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 6th Sep 17, 7:18 PM
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    Honestly, trying the dress on would have taken more energy than I had - I needed that energy to get back to where I'm staying! It's all good.

    It would be super fast to visit that shop again too, a ten minute bus ride from Clapham Junction or Victoria. It's all good

    First official response to my probate letters I worked on - agreeing to send dosh, yay. That's one out of four, though another may be waiting for me when I get home.

    ETA - the Betterthanever conundrum solved I think I may explode.


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    Originally posted by Karmacat
    I had to ask for a clue
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 7th Sep 17, 4:58 AM
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    ETA - the Betterthanever conundrum solved I think I may explode.


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    Originally posted by Karmacat
    Que?
    MFiT T4 #2 update 31.2% after Q6
    Save £12k in 2017 #64 - £8112.39 saved (73.74%) after August - my annual target is £11,000
    OS Grocery Challenge 2017 budget of £3,600 £3000 (reduced from Apr) - 61.61/66.66% including stores after July
    My DFD is http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5593594
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 7th Sep 17, 8:56 AM
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    SL, I've sent you a pm. From your timestamp, ouch, thats a **bad** night's sleep

    I've been up with the larks, but *only* the larks. Bedding is being washed, so the cats are now banned from the bedroom. They're not pleased and looking at me like I'm a proper cheeky madam

    Yougov survey done - as I've got my laptop, I may as well do stuff like that
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    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 7th Sep 17, 12:14 PM
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    I didn't set out to confuse.....honest!!
    Former DFW Need 230. Determined to be MF.
    Current balance £116,878.11. Offset £1034.
    end date - 03/29 aiming for 10/22

    Bring it on!
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Sep 17, 3:17 PM
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    I didn't set out to confuse.....honest!!
    Originally posted by Betterthanever
    We believe you
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 8th Sep 17, 8:33 AM
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    Thanks KC - I was leaving for the Station to get the first train in to London before working in Coventry for the day - got back at 08:15 last night so a bit knackered. Slower day today...
    MFiT T4 #2 update 31.2% after Q6
    Save £12k in 2017 #64 - £8112.39 saved (73.74%) after August - my annual target is £11,000
    OS Grocery Challenge 2017 budget of £3,600 £3000 (reduced from Apr) - 61.61/66.66% including stores after July
    My DFD is http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5593594
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 8th Sep 17, 9:08 AM
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    I didn't set out to confuse.....honest!!
    Originally posted by Betterthanever

    Repayment rates will shortly be going through the roof

    Thanks KC - I was leaving for the Station to get the first train in to London before working in Coventry for the day - got back at 08:15 last night so a bit knackered. Slower day today...
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass

    Ouch, ouch, and ouch again

    I woke a bit early myself, as I went to bed totally ker-knackered, and made a to-do list on my phone. Erm, its quite long though it's not all for today. Like, 25-30 items

    Washing machine is on! Thats a start
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 8th Sep 17, 2:54 PM
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    Done a few bits:

    - washing machine on and finished, clothes are hanging up, but its **wet** out there.

    - cooked beans that were on to soak.

    - paid my TV licence, the first time in quite a few years - as I can't do much, I need the tv, to be honest, and it takes a lot of energy using DVDs and even youtube (the latter cos my interwebulator connection can be dodgy).

    - new TV channels were found no problem. DVD recorder found the channels, but not the programmes done it twice now, updated the software (none around) ... it means I can't record anything, as I can't get the programme details! Grrr! Will wiggle the connections to ensure they're tight next ....

    - opened the post, two probate cheques were there ... popped online to my bank account, and another one has gone straight in. So I can total them and distribute, thank heavens. Only the premium bonds still to come.
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    • greent
    • By greent 8th Sep 17, 6:14 PM
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    greent
    Good stuff that the probate things are now all coming through. I found Premium bonds paid direct - and then the letter informing me that they were going to do it arrived about 2 weeks later!
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    Next: BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2017 OPs (#18) £4151/£3286
    Net sales 2017 £1152.39/£500 PAYDOX17 £11333/£10k Decluttered 1515/2017 items
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 8th Sep 17, 6:34 PM
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    Good grief! I think I may have made a mistake by telling them to leave them in the draw, but if they don't come in a month or so, I'll enquire.

    My DVD recorder works it had reset its clock time to some time in 2006 and as soon as I realised and found the setup bit, it was fine It's taken a huge amount of time, but the recording facility is important

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    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 8th Sep 17, 6:37 PM
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    You're getting there, KC. It all takes time but you're definitely getting there x
    Former DFW Need 230. Determined to be MF.
    Current balance £116,878.11. Offset £1034.
    end date - 03/29 aiming for 10/22

    Bring it on!
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 8th Sep 17, 6:57 PM
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    You're getting there, KC. It all takes time but you're definitely getting there x
    Originally posted by Betterthanever
    Agreed 100%.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs **

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.*** ***Keep plodding***
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 9th Sep 17, 2:57 PM
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    Aw, thank you both! Yep, definitely getting there: this morning, I popped in to the town centre and banked all those cheques, and to be honest I've not done much else except get my diary for the next few weeks sorted.

    Getting myself together a bit now and started to tidy up, it's a hard life
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    • earthgirl
    • By earthgirl 9th Sep 17, 6:16 PM
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    Lots of positive stuff there KC. And yey to recording! I hate technology!!
    15/5/12 Paid off Mortgage 1 (£220k) Dec 13 - £116,508 Bought Dream House Dec 14 - £94, 402 (£22,106 offset in 2014) Jan 16 - £67, 852 (£26,550 offset in 2015) Dec 16 - £33,529 ( £34,323offset in 2016)
    Jan 17 - £39, 773 (Re-estimation of endowments )
    June 17 £32,053 Sept 17 £22,619
    Kids savings 13,578/36k
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