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    • michelle09
    • By michelle09 1st Jan 17, 4:24 PM
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    Plodding determinedly up a 300k mountain!
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    • 1st Jan 17, 4:24 PM
    Plodding determinedly up a 300k mountain! 1st Jan 17 at 4:24 PM
    Hi everyone! I have another thread on here but it is seriously out of date, so I figured I will start afresh. New year, new targets and all that.

    OH and I completed on our first house in May 2016. We had a sizeable deposit due to my ability to save and OH's inheritance. We could have afforded a decent flat but decided to buy a slightly rundown 3 bed end of terraced house and do it up while living in it. This seemed like a much better idea before we were living somewhere with a smashed in door, no hot water and only lighting in part of the house. So far we have plunged 20k into repairs (which sounds like a lot, but the doors, windows, bathroom, cloakroom, boiler, radiators, some of the wiring and floors are brand new). It's certainly been a character building experience, from turning up after completion to finding the old owner still living here, to getting the first batch of wiring fixed and discovering that every lightswitch in the house now turned on the kitchen light, but we are getting there slowly.

    The basic floorplan of the house we love, so once we are finished doing it up it will be brilliant. It's also in a great location, we are in London - hence the obscene price - but we are two minutes from the underground, can be in zone 1 in fifteen minutes from our front door, but can also be on the motorway out of London in the same time by car.

    We are now seeing the light at the end of the repairs, so in 2017 I want to start making a serious dent in our mortgage. I have taken on a second job and we have two friends renting our spare rooms - at mates rates - so it is a good time to start reducing the crazy interest rates!

    Figures -
    House Price: £440,000 *gulps*
    Mortgage: £259,700.00
    Student Loan: £19,103.29
    Repairs Estimate: £20k
    Monthly Mortgage Repayment: £940.87. 1.74% interest, lifetime tracker.

    I know that students loans are not a problem debt, but our aim is to try and clear the whole lot by the time OH is 40. Which gives us 13 years. This might be too much of a reach, but I would rather aim high and fall slightly low than not push. Though I may be relying on OH's lottery tickets actually paying off!

    Going to check out other diaries too, hopefully the support here will help.
    Last edited by michelle09; 01-01-2017 at 4:37 PM.
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    • michelle09
    • By michelle09 4th Feb 18, 6:44 PM
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    Thanks. The foot is a pain KC, and being a little ambitious on stairs with my crutch seems to have pulled a muscle in my chest. Can't flipping win, and I am trying not to let it get me down!

    This weekend we have been celebrating OH's birthday. We ordered pizza and I put together a few things like a new GoT oven glove, and a couple of tshirts. His sister felt that she'd not done enough recently and has just got a huge payrise so sent a PS4 and a flight to visit her in the US. Was a little overshadowed but OH is super happy with everything so it's been a good day.

    My other SiL, BiL and nieces came round yesterday. I did a quick shop in Asda Friday night to pick up picnic type food (kitchen will be done tomorrow) and picked up a couple of baguettes for 15p each, pork pies at 10p for a pack of four, 8 gluten free sausages for 60p and a selection of Pukka pies for 25p each. Gotta love the reduced counter.

    Current Balance: £245,800.00
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th Feb 18, 7:44 PM
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    Glad your OH had a lovely birthday
    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***
    • michelle09
    • By michelle09 18th Feb 18, 9:27 AM
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    Whoops, it's been a while! Things have been up and down.

    Money wins
    Picked up extra tutoring work, realised that in 2017 I made £1100 all year. So far in 2018 I'm up to £600. Maybe I wasn't completely mad to think this might be a good career switch if the PhD applications don't come off.

    OH should have been home from work at 7am but is still stuck at work. Rubbish, but at least he's had the overtime agreed so he's being paid. I'm less worried than I used to be when he had to drive after this!

    Car failures
    Just when you think that the finances are starting to be pulled back under control the car engine light flips on! Two weeks before the service and MOT was due.

    £500 for the service later and we have discovered that there is a crack in a duct somewhere and water is leaking into the engine. The spark plugs were dripping. Annoyingly, we have to go to a Ford garage to get the parts replaced so that £500 didn't actually fix it.

    House Repairs
    The kitchen is done and I love it! There seems to be a slight glitch with the fridge but the fitter came back and will be back in a week to see if it needs replacing. We can still use it in the meantime though.

    Have started to put the living room back together. Our new dining table and chairs are arriving on the 27th, and I am very excited (not that eating on our bed / the sofa hasn't been an experience). In order to make space, I'm moving one of the book cases to the spare room. All of the wooden furniture in the spare room is grey so I am using my spare time to paint it grey, hopefully it'll be done this week.

    Next week someone is coming to rewire our middle floor so all of the lights will be activated by the right light switch. We have just bought all the replacement switches / sockets and light fittings to replace the tobacco stained ones we currently have.

    We are so close to finishing. I turn 30 in the summer and I am really keen to be done by then. It would be nice if some of the internal door fitters would actually get back to me this for quotes though!

    Current Balance: £245,800.00
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 18th Feb 18, 9:45 AM
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    No wonder you've been absent for a tiny while - good news all round there, thats a lot of plus points
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    • greent
    • By greent 18th Feb 18, 12:42 PM
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    It's all sounding very positive, michelle
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2018 OPs (#18) £36.39/£4000
    Net sales 2018 £20.45/£1000 PAYDOX18 (#15) £1429.16/£18694.38 Decluttered 273/2018 items
    • CathT
    • By CathT 18th Feb 18, 2:52 PM
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    Home improvement are sounding great!
    Feb 2018 -
    part 1 - £78,989
    part 2 - £45,748
    Total - £124,737
    • Goldiegirl
    • By Goldiegirl 18th Feb 18, 4:40 PM
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    Glad the kitchen is done and the rest of the house is taking shape
    Early retired - 18th December 2014
    If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 18th Feb 18, 8:02 PM
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    Boo to car but great news on the rest
    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***
    • shangaijimmy
    • By shangaijimmy 18th Feb 18, 9:46 PM
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    Next week someone is coming to rewire our middle floor so all of the lights will be activated by the right light switch.
    Originally posted by michelle09
    Love it!! I tried my hand at electrics once and tried to fit an extra light in the garage. I thought i'd done a great job until the thing wouldn't switch off!!
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    Aug 2009: £163,051 // Current: £98,173.08 // Avg Daily Interest £4.41
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    • Busy Mee1
    • By Busy Mee1 21st Feb 18, 7:35 AM
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    Busy Mee1
    Hi Michelle just catching up. The new kitchen sounds fab. Do you think you will ever move out of London to cash in on the house ?
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