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    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 24th Jun 17, 8:10 AM
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    MissLemon
    Taking Control and Making It Happen
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    • 24th Jun 17, 8:10 AM
    Taking Control and Making It Happen 24th Jun 17 at 8:10 AM
    I've been a bit of a lurker on these forums but now I'm getting serious as my light bulb moment happened this week!

    My household is me, my OH and our pooch. For the last 3 years we have been planning to move to Wales. The plan all depended on OH getting a transfer with his work and me finding work once we moved, so we have been saving up to cover my salary for the first 3 months, moving costs, solicitors costs etc.

    At the beginning of the year OH put in for a transfer and since then we've been in a bit of limbo as there's just not any openings for him to transfer to at the moment.

    And then this week it hit me. If we could move as cash buyers, without the need of a mortgage, we wouldn't need to wait for a transfer to happen!

    So this is the start of our mortgage free journey. The transfer still might come through at any point but I now feel a bit more in control instead of having to wait for someone else's decision.

    To start our MF journey today I am going to the bank to find out our exact balance and then I can work out our MF date.

    It feels a bit wrong to be this excited about a bank visit....
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    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 31st Jul 17, 11:00 PM
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    A Frayed Knot
    First ~ apologies,

    I posted on your new diary, then left. Lots going on here, and have just caught up with your postings, especially the knot(ty) ones = .00

    Nice to see, someone else thinks it's useful. as you know all these oddies add up over time, and the bonus of not paying interest on that £3 or £4 ever again.

    Keep up the good work
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage balance and one day it will all be 0's
    MFMarch 30 Re/M Oct 23 Target -Dec 19
    O/P's 2014/£4000, 2015/£6294.69,2016/£3186.80
    2017 £2422.71 + Phantom o/ps 2017 -£1367.81 so far
    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 1st Aug 17, 7:59 AM
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    MissLemon
    I got my payout from Pr0lific today, £13 of which went on OP.

    As our monthly payment came out today I decided to do a knotty OP and added £2.42 to the £13 to get the mortgage down to £94,690.00. I really like the 00 at the end

    I also got a nice surprise in the post yesterday as I came second in a charity lottery so I have a cheque for £27.30 to put in the bank. And of course once it clears some of that will be making an OP!
    MFW #121. Mortgage at June 2017 £96,491.71. December 2017 £89,690
    OP target 2017 £4614.85/£5000
    Original MF Date January 2035. Target MF Date December 2023
    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 1st Aug 17, 8:49 PM
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    A Frayed Knot
    Excellent - double whammy

    I did notice that by doing a knotty o/p along with your o/p, it brought you into the 600's.

    Works a treat, as well, if you have a sub account on your mortgage, where I just bounce between one and the other a few times during the month. Satisfies my obsession
    Loving this.
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage balance and one day it will all be 0's
    MFMarch 30 Re/M Oct 23 Target -Dec 19
    O/P's 2014/£4000, 2015/£6294.69,2016/£3186.80
    2017 £2422.71 + Phantom o/ps 2017 -£1367.81 so far
    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 3rd Sep 17, 5:45 PM
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    MissLemon
    Reporting for August with an OP of £823.81!

    Which means I've been able to colour in the first 'brick' in my OP house! If all goes well I should be colouring in bricks every 2 months.

    I also made a knotty OP to bring my outstanding mortgage to £93,480.

    And thanks to Shangaijimmy I've started on MB which, if all goes well, might bring in a little bit extra to OP each month.
    MFW #121. Mortgage at June 2017 £96,491.71. December 2017 £89,690
    OP target 2017 £4614.85/£5000
    Original MF Date January 2035. Target MF Date December 2023
    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 3rd Sep 17, 5:58 PM
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    Betterthanever
    It's all looking good! I need to revisit MB....I made a very good amount when I did it many years ago. I need to investigate what's around now and get back into the swing of things. May add this to my October tasks. (September is already looking full for me!!).

    Current balance £114,744.64. Offset £2,151.73. £112,592.91 needed to be mortgage neutral!
    End date - 03/29 but aiming for 10/22

    Former DFW Nerd 230. Determined to be MF. Bring it on!
    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 3rd Sep 17, 6:07 PM
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    MissLemon
    Thanks!

    I'm not sure how much I'll make but any thing that goes towards the OP is welcome!!
    MFW #121. Mortgage at June 2017 £96,491.71. December 2017 £89,690
    OP target 2017 £4614.85/£5000
    Original MF Date January 2035. Target MF Date December 2023
    • Betterthanever
    • By Betterthanever 3rd Sep 17, 6:12 PM
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    Betterthanever
    As you say, anything is useful!

    Current balance £114,744.64. Offset £2,151.73. £112,592.91 needed to be mortgage neutral!
    End date - 03/29 but aiming for 10/22

    Former DFW Nerd 230. Determined to be MF. Bring it on!
    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 3rd Sep 17, 7:30 PM
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    A Frayed Knot
    Reporting for August with an OP of £823.81!

    I also made a knotty OP to bring my outstanding mortgage to £93,480.
    Originally posted by MissLemon

    A Fantastic o/p for the month. Well done

    And so pleased to see you doing a knotty Op as well
    Always have 00.00 at the end of your mortgage balance and one day it will all be 0's
    MFMarch 30 Re/M Oct 23 Target -Dec 19
    O/P's 2014/£4000, 2015/£6294.69,2016/£3186.80
    2017 £2422.71 + Phantom o/ps 2017 -£1367.81 so far
    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 29th Nov 17, 10:22 PM
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    MissLemon
    A very overdue report!

    In September, October and November we made a total OP of £3177.14! An amazing amount and it means I am well within my aim of paying off £5k by the end of the year

    I also have to sing the praises of YNAB. If anyone is looking into a budget app I'd highly recommend it. Just through budgeting the YNAB way and always having my budget at my finger tips I have saved about £1400 since July. I don't feel like I've been especially frugal, just more thoughtful on where I am spending my money.

    I think I'm going to keep this as savings rather than using it to OP.
    MFW #121. Mortgage at June 2017 £96,491.71. December 2017 £89,690
    OP target 2017 £4614.85/£5000
    Original MF Date January 2035. Target MF Date December 2023
    • Welshlassie
    • By Welshlassie 30th Nov 17, 9:24 PM
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    Welshlassie
    Thats great progress, well done. I'm so pleased you've done so well with YNAB. It's always good to hear of others that have found it useful. I love sitting playing with it seeing what I can save and change. I wish hubby would check balances before spending but it keeps us on track better than if we didn't have anything.
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