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    • rasputin_thorpedo
    • By rasputin_thorpedo 1st Mar 16, 7:18 PM
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    Man vs Mortgage
    • #1
    • 1st Mar 16, 7:18 PM
    Man vs Mortgage 1st Mar 16 at 7:18 PM
    Come on in and put your feet up!

    The aim is to be Mortgage Free by May23 - the same month I turn 40!

    I purchased a lovely flat in Brighton in May15, and after setting up and settling in, am ready to take on the big kahuna.

    I'm really fortunate that I am healthy, single (I'm 32), have a great job I enjoy close to where I live and can spend a lot of my time training for triathlon.

    I'm an analyst by trade, so I've crunched the numbers and here is what I found most interesting;
    1) I can take my mortgage from 30 years to 8 by overpaying and be Mortgage Free by 40!
    2) Using that plan (carved out in detail by month in Excel), every extra £1 I can save this year will save me £1.30 over the mortgages life.

    I have to say I'm being quite thrifty here and giving myself £10 a day to live off and £200 a month for fun money. I keep an Emergency Fund of £2k in my spare account so I can cover breaking my mac/iphone/bike etc.

    I've been through all my monthly and annual expenses and optimised them to within an inch of their lives!

    Finally, I'm buying the freehold of my flat with the other leaseholders (update - completed Apr16).

    My hopes are that I can achieve this and then spoil myself and my parents afterwards.

    My fears are that I spent my 20's scrimping to pay off my student loan and then saving for my own flat deposit - that I will end up doing the same in my 30's and never living!!!

    All thoughts/experiences/advice welcome

    Original Targets
    May15 Mortgage - £185k | Dec16 - £162k | Dec17 - £142k | Dec18 - £120k | Dec19 - £97k | Dec20 - £73k | Dec21 - £46k | Dec22 - 18k | May23 - £0 Mortgage Free at 40 in May23!
    Last edited by rasputin_thorpedo; 17-12-2016 at 12:09 PM.
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    • Numbercruncher_mfw
    • By Numbercruncher_mfw 14th May 17, 8:50 AM
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    Yes the excel replies were al very interesting, can't wait to start my spreadsheet

    Hope you enjoyed Eurovision MvM, I think Lucie Jones is a fantastic performer, I saw her in Legally Blonde last year and her voice is incredible.

    I hate buying food at my work, mainly because my work canteen seems overpriced so before you know it £5 has disappeared.
    • Moneyfordreams
    • By Moneyfordreams 14th May 17, 9:29 AM
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    My husband was in a bowls comp, We decided not to go for the beer and band after, and went home for a bottle of wine and chips and gravy. less than a tenner instead of £60 odd. small win missed Eurovision though, and OH fell asleep pdq
    Mortgage Feb '13 £200000, end 2038. Aiming for before March 2025 (crunched to 2034)
    January 16 £182800 : minimum £360 OP but needs to be £600 to achieve 2025
    Current mortgage £159800
    h@lifax CC £4500 0% until May 2018.. will pay minimum for now, slow stooze
    xmas, chairs, hoover, computer and holiday [STRIKE}clothes[STRIKE] DD1 cc
    • cookie9
    • By cookie9 14th May 17, 5:26 PM
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    Hope you had fun with Eurovision in the bar. Thank you for giving me inspiration to get back on my making lunches and avoiding takeaways!
    MFW 91 op 2014 £410/1000
    MFW 91 op 2015 £4051/4000
    MFW 91 op 2016 £4040/4000
    MFW 91 op 2017 £812/4500
    • rasputin_thorpedo
    • By rasputin_thorpedo 15th May 17, 2:02 PM
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    Judge me:

    Argos Reading Lamp: £5.25
    Asda Lightbulb: £4.00
    Extension Lead: £2.99
    • ch4rly2002
    • By ch4rly2002 15th May 17, 2:17 PM
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    That's not a bad shopping trip in my opinion - sub £15 spend, and on something practical
    Savings: Aim £13.5k. Dec 2016 £1,700 / Current £10,850
    Mortgage: Dec 2014 -£216,000 / Current -£195,420
    BTL Mortgage: Dec 2014 -£136,000/ Current -£124,790
    CC 0%: Nov 2016 -£4,500 / Current -£3,506.43
    Loan to In-Laws: Sep 2010 -£48,185.82 / Current -£35,655.49
    Student Loan: March 2011 -£18,275.04 / 29th April 2017 -£14,003.85
    • NSC-68
    • By NSC-68 16th May 17, 11:54 PM
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    I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I want you to know how much I enjoyed reading your blog during the long nights last winter when my newborn was completely nocturnal. I read it from start to finish up until about January this year. I admire the way you make every penny count. Its great you can make your money work hard and yet you still know how to have fun.

    Earlier in your blog you talked about opening various current accounts to take advantage of the rewards. It motivated me to make my money work harder. In February my husband and I opened three nationwide accounts (1 joint, 2 individual) taking advantage of the 5% reward. We also got £100 each for recommending a friend. It was a good move.

    I like the spreadsheet template you posted a few days ago. Getting my finances in order is something I need to do. I have been overpaying our mortgage by £500 per month for 37 months now. I'm frustrated it isn't a bigger allowance per month.

    We renegotiate our mortgage in a few weeks so I'm looking forward to paying a lump sum off. If we stay in this house there is a real possibility of being mortgage free by 35 (in 3 years time). However, As my family hopefully grows I can see us moving house and thus getting a larger mortgage.

    Good luck with your mortgage free journey and thanks for sharing all your experiences and advice.
    Last edited by NSC-68; 16-05-2017 at 11:58 PM.
    • Teacher2
    • By Teacher2 17th May 17, 10:55 AM
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    Judge me:

    Argos Reading Lamp: £5.25
    Asda Lightbulb: £4.00
    Extension Lead: £2.99
    Originally posted by rasputin_thorpedo
    I don't think anyone needs to judge you but someone needs judging. In the 'old days' the lamp would cost about 95% more than the lightbulb which would have been as cheap as chips and is now nearly the same price. We are now forced to buy eco bulbs on the grounds that they will last a very long time. Do they heck? They often don't last much longer than the old bulbs. Someone's making a fortune on the back of this.
    • rasputin_thorpedo
    • By rasputin_thorpedo 18th May 17, 1:45 PM
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    £40 OnePoll cash in my account this morning

    Also phoned up SouthernWater to find out when they want a meter reading - 1st March and 1st September. Not MFW stuff, but organisation is a timesaver

    Keep trucking everyone, the mid-month money slump is here and I have zero ideas for what to do about it this month. Hmph.

    Payday in 9 days.

    MvM x
    • rasputin_thorpedo
    • By rasputin_thorpedo 21st May 17, 9:41 AM
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    Just a quicky - I have just been fiddling in my spreadsheet, and accidentally discovered that if (IF!!!) I stopped overpayments for the remaining life of my mortgage, then it would reach zero in May 2035 - the original zero date was Mat 2045, so all of the repayment I have made so far have knocked TEN YEARS off my mortgages life. That's banked, and can't change. Amazing.

    Of course, I fully intend to continue to overpay. It's just that realising that fact has made me feel like I've reached a milestone

    Time for the Brighton train station tour (yes really!)


    MvM x
    • gallygirl
    • By gallygirl 21st May 17, 10:20 AM
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    That's fantastic progress, well done .

    Enjoy the station tour, it may be a nice station but it's not St Pancras which in my opinion is the Mother of all Stations .
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort
    Mortgage Balance = £0
    "Do what others won't early in life so you can do what others can't later in life"
    • GilmoreGirl
    • By GilmoreGirl 21st May 17, 11:14 AM
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    Congrats! In only two years, you managed to knock 10 years off the mortgage!
    CCCC 2017: £482/£600 + £240 for a wedding
    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 21st May 17, 12:59 PM
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    Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    Love these milestones

    Tilly x
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
    2011 £309k 10 years - MF March 2021.
    Achieved Goal: 28/08/15
    • newgirly
    • By newgirly 21st May 17, 3:57 PM
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    Ten years off already is amazing, congratulations
    MFW 21
    Target for 2017 £38,545 / £14,264 paid so far

    Mortgage £47,330 4 years 8 months left. Total owed £63,993 planning to clear in 24 months
    WW target - 29.5 lb start date 11/5/17 so far 16.5lb lost.
    • EatingTheElephant
    • By EatingTheElephant 21st May 17, 7:06 PM
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    Congratulations, what an amazing milestone
    • erin_transport
    • By erin_transport 21st May 17, 7:50 PM
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    Well done!
    No going back now. Full steam ahead
    On a mission!
    • rasputin_thorpedo
    • By rasputin_thorpedo 23rd May 17, 12:33 PM
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    Two and a half days until Payday - I wake up with salary in the account on Friday morning - and I have £10 pocket money left and a little bit of food in the fridge.

    Should scrape through okay

    I looked at how I spent my pocket money this month, and it looks like beer has been the second biggest spend (after food) which genuinely surprised me!

    Theatre tonight (paid for) so a pint of soda water with that I reckon

    Hope everyone else is making it to the end of the month okay

    MvM x
    • chumpy45
    • By chumpy45 23rd May 17, 3:46 PM
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    Great achievement, amazing progress, well done
    Starting Mortgage 01.08.08 £171,209.24. Mortgage as at 01.09.15 - £54,780.04; 01.11.15 £49,577.04;01.03.16 £45,799.32; 01.08.16 £42,418.93; 01.10.16 £40,119.5 01.02.17 £36,584.00; 01.04.17 £34,694.71 09.06.17 £32,828.89 MFW Target date Sept 2017;
    • tattycath
    • By tattycath 23rd May 17, 4:57 PM
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    That's brilliant progress. well done!
    GE 36 *MFD
    MFIT-T4 No 106
    Mortgage overpayments: August: £203.90
    July : £5.05/£200 grocery 1/7/17 £98.36/£150
    Emergency savings £67.00/£2000
    Savercard Christmas savings £60
    12/3/17 175lb - 15/3/17 173lb - 28/6/17 167lb - 14/7/17 164lb - 12/9/17 160lb
    • Yaz_2016
    • By Yaz_2016 23rd May 17, 11:13 PM
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    Amazing as always MVM trully blessed x
    • Teacher2
    • By Teacher2 24th May 17, 5:31 PM
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    Congratulations, ten years off your mortgage is a great achievement. Keep on with the saving!
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