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    • lucy-lou
    • By lucy-lou 12th Oct 16, 12:24 AM
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    Debt Free By 29!!!
    • #1
    • 12th Oct 16, 12:24 AM
    Debt Free By 29!!! 12th Oct 16 at 12:24 AM
    Evening all,

    I am new to all this but have been stalking the debt free wannabe diaries for a couple of days now and feel that after a number of years of believing I had had a light bulb moment (but never making any inroads into my debt) I finally realise I have to clear the debt I have to move forward with my life .... time to grow up!!

    I have been incredibly lucky over the past year I am a retail manager who got out of BHS 1 year ago (before the collaspe) and now earn 50% more but still haven't paid down the debt.

    I live with my parents so have no outgoing as such just fuel and normal car expenses. I know that my downfall is holidays (at least 5 per year) and socialising.

    I have had a help to buy ISA since December 2015 and pay in the full £200 each month and my parents gave me the £1000 to open it with (think otherwise they think I will never leave ). I pay no rent as long as I can show that £200 going into the ISA every month so can't change this to debt payments.

    So I turn 29 in 6 months and HAVE to be debt free by this date (March 2017) so that I can focus on saving additional money to buy a property of my own! I don't want to hit 30 still in debt and have no plans/way to leave home .

    So here goes my debts laid out:
    Barclayc@rd 1 = £976.90 @ 23.9%
    Barclayc@rd 2 = £1865.10 @ 0% till October 2017
    N@tionwide = £1156.45 @ 0% till April 2017
    Total = £3998.45

    Now for a plan!!!
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    • Fivebyfive
    • By Fivebyfive 14th Oct 16, 9:05 AM
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    I also chased the £45 my friend owes my for a ticket which she has said she will pay in a couple of days so that will be paid to Barclayc@rd 1 once it is received.

    Would love to get that card down to £100 by payday - going to give it my best shot!
    Originally posted by lucy-lou
    You can do it
    Debt = £6545.36 Nov 16/ £6,886.82 Oct 16 4.96% paid
    • monz
    • By monz 14th Oct 16, 9:27 AM
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    You are doing amazing already and just started x
    Debt (1/9/14) £6,702.11 Debt free (30/11/2016)
    Florida 2017 saving £2,698.95 (shd be £2,778.93/£80 short)
    Gym 0/15 Dec
    house deposit £3,500.02/10,000
    Xmas 2017 - 8/365 No.35
    • lucy-lou
    • By lucy-lou 14th Oct 16, 10:57 PM
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    Just popping by (&subscribing) to say hi - and to let you know you seem to be doing great. There are certainly quite a few of us in 20s trying to get it all paid off and save for deposits!
    Originally posted by ab_saver
    Hi ab_saver,

    Thanks for popping by and subscribing the more people I know are watching the less likely I am to deviate from the plan!!
    I do think there is a lot of people in there 20's in a similar situation, which is a weird way makes me feel better about the whole situation (if that makes sense!)
    Barclaycard 1 = £761.90/£976.90 = £215 remaining
    Barclaycard 2 = £90.10/£1865.10 = £1775 remaining
    Nationwide = £6.45/£1156.45 = £1150 remaining
    Total = £848.45/£3998.45 = £3150 remaining
    • lucy-lou
    • By lucy-lou 14th Oct 16, 11:09 PM
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    Today has been a good day. I remembered I had £20 of work expenses from a month ago that I hadn't claimed so I popped that through as petty cash and have moved the money into my savings account where I am building my next CC payment.
    I also added my PAD to that account so I now have £38.21 ready and waiting to be paid off 😀
    Thanks to you all for your support it is really helping!!!👍
    Barclaycard 1 = £761.90/£976.90 = £215 remaining
    Barclaycard 2 = £90.10/£1865.10 = £1775 remaining
    Nationwide = £6.45/£1156.45 = £1150 remaining
    Total = £848.45/£3998.45 = £3150 remaining
    • Littlebirdie
    • By Littlebirdie 15th Oct 16, 9:21 AM
    • 84 Posts
    • 118 Thanks
    You are doing so well with the PAD! I don't know why but I can't get my head around it...I tried reading it but got bored. Keep it up
    Overdraft: £1650/£2000
    Aim to be cleared by October 16! July 2017
    • lucy-lou
    • By lucy-lou 15th Oct 16, 12:57 PM
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    You are doing so well with the PAD! I don't know why but I can't get my head around it...I tried reading it but got bored. Keep it up
    Originally posted by Littlebirdie
    Hi Littlebirdie,

    I am finding PAD works well for me as can't see me achieving NSD'S which everyone else seems to rave about.
    I am not one for taking lunch to work and so subsequently buy food everyday (not very MSE). I also always pay by debit card as I never get round to going to the cash point! So then when I get home I round by account down to the nearest £5/10 pound and that makes my PAD.
    It has a second use too, I now ensure lunch doesn't go over £5 otherwise I will have to make a larger PAD
    At the end of the week (Monday nights this month) my payment will be everything left from my £100 weekly budget (this pays for everything food, clothes, socialising etc).
    It's not a perfect MSE plan but it is currently working for me so I will stick with it!
    Even brought one of my brothers Christmas presents out of my £100 this week (£46 ) but that would normally have been a CC spend - so I see that as progress!
    Barclaycard 1 = £761.90/£976.90 = £215 remaining
    Barclaycard 2 = £90.10/£1865.10 = £1775 remaining
    Nationwide = £6.45/£1156.45 = £1150 remaining
    Total = £848.45/£3998.45 = £3150 remaining
    • lucy-lou
    • By lucy-lou 15th Oct 16, 7:50 PM
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    Today has been quite a spendy day. Went into town and purchased a head light bulb plus screen wash and paid for fitting (£19.48) This was out of my fuel account as it was a necessary car spend.
    £11.20 on a jumper (not needed just liked - need to do better but was within my £100 weekly budget).
    £5 on a jacket (needed for my brothers graduation - had a £20 new look voucher so not to bad).
    £3 on car parking in town (I needed to take the car for the head light!).
    So after all that I have only made a 52p PAD got great but something.
    I now have £17 left for the next 2 days. I can do this!!
    Barclaycard 1 = £761.90/£976.90 = £215 remaining
    Barclaycard 2 = £90.10/£1865.10 = £1775 remaining
    Nationwide = £6.45/£1156.45 = £1150 remaining
    Total = £848.45/£3998.45 = £3150 remaining
    • lucy-lou
    • By lucy-lou 21st Oct 16, 10:48 AM
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    Hi all,
    Sorry I have not been around much managed to break my phone Sunday so have had to sort a replacement. Luckily my contract was due for renewal so I upgraded and lowered my monthly contract. Although did have to pay £40 upfront (went on credit card as didn't have enough money in budget for this week - really need to think about an emergency fund ��)
    Anyway as I hadn't been able to get online to make my PAD I have just caught up now and am at £52.19 (at least it will cover the phone expense so I am no worse off ��)
    Anyway got to dash as need to leave for work, so will catch up on your diaries tonight, hope everyone is doing well.
    Barclaycard 1 = £761.90/£976.90 = £215 remaining
    Barclaycard 2 = £90.10/£1865.10 = £1775 remaining
    Nationwide = £6.45/£1156.45 = £1150 remaining
    Total = £848.45/£3998.45 = £3150 remaining
    • enthusiasticsaver
    • By enthusiasticsaver 21st Oct 16, 11:11 AM
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    You have done well to get rid of so much of the Barclaycard as 23.9% is !!!!. Great the rest is on 0% and if you can manage to pay off £500 per month it will clear in 6 months and that can be redirected towards house savings.

    Do you have a holiday fund to pay for the holidays? You will need to learn to prioritise expenditure as you move out and are faced with bills, mortgage or rent or whatever so good money discipline/budgeting skills are essential and as you are still quite young learning these now would stand you in good stead in the future.

    Maybe you could cut down to one holiday a year and a few short breaks and only paying for it from the holiday fund and not put on a credit card? Check out Dolly Rockers diary who loves her holiday and is in debt but saves for her holidays, Rome, Canada, short breaks away to London etc etc. Inspirational.

    When my daughters lived at home I did as your parents did and forewent all but basic housekeeping to cover food on condition they saved for their first homes which they did and now in their late twenties they have these and are good budgeters. They were saving £500 odd each month though and had no debt as I had warned them of the evils of credit cards from the age of 16

    If you are only having to pay £200 into your savings and nothing else you should have plenty to put aside in a holiday fund as well as decrease your debt.

    Stopping credit card usage now while you are young will save you a lifetime of misery in the future and think of all the spare money you will have once they are clear to go into savings for you not the banks pockets.
    Debt and mortgage free and saving for early retirement
    • Cailbhinn
    • By Cailbhinn 21st Oct 16, 8:46 PM
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    All the best. I'm 30 and hoping to be debt free by 33 (just realised that rhymes!). Thereafter save for a deposit for a mortgage. I'm on track to overpay Mr Barclay by £170 odd this month. A PAD would just confuse me!!
    Starting Debt (31 Oct 2016) - £12,956 | Current Debt (31 Oct 2016) - £12,956 (0% paid)
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