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    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 9th Jul 17, 5:36 PM
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    dfw87
    Debt Free Wannabe Teacher
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    • 9th Jul 17, 5:36 PM
    Debt Free Wannabe Teacher 9th Jul 17 at 5:36 PM
    Hello,
    I am hoping to use this as a spending diary to keep me on track in my mission to become debt free!
    I've used MSE's website and forum for years and years (despite getting further and further into debt!) and am finally starting my very own thread!
    I have been in debt for quite a while now but it is only now that I have had my 'lightbulb' moment and I am determined to shift this debt.
    I am 30 this month and have always dreamed of owning a house - sadly I am around £18k in debt and so this is just not a possibility for me... yet.
    My debt has been accrued over the past 7 years whilst I was at university and is completely my fault. I went to university as a mature student having worked for years on a good salary. I never settled into a student spending mindset and continued spending as if I was earning, using my credit card to help me out.
    Since university, my debt has spiralled and I have ended up with 2 over drafts (-£350 and -£1800) and 3 credit cards (all around £5k each). These credit cards have long since past their 0% interest days and I am struggling so much to pay off.
    Rather stupidly, I have never made any real attempt to cut down on my spending properly. I am very generous (sorry to toot my own horn!) and this has massively contributed to my debt. I like to buy family and friends presents, trips away, meals etc and I spend as if I have much more money than I do.
    I have travelled (America and Eastern Europe) and this has added to my debt and I holiday once a year and usually have a city break. I also spend ridiculously on little things - popping to the shop to get salad and coming back with a trolley full!

    I already shop at Lidl and shop around for the best deals... but I still get into debt!

    So... I have had a horrible week confronting this debt and trying to find the best way out of it. I settled on a loan and was horrified to find that no one would lend to me. However, I finally told my Mum about my debts (this took a huge amount of bravery!) and she was so supportive. She is going to get a loan in her name (we have discussed the pros and cons in detail) and I am going to set up a DD for the amount each month.

    I am a teacher and sadly I am completely unable to get paid any overtime for the many hours that I do over what is expected so I have taken on a bar job which is just shifts as and when needed. I have also taken a break from my pension just for now - this will give me an extra £100ish a month and I have also discussed this in detail and thought about the pros and cons.
    I have made sure that my pet and car insurance is the lowest it can be (for good service) and everything else is already at its lowest. I will cancel my gym membership as soon as I can (a few more months) and I will cancel my phone contract when it is up for renewal.

    The main thing I can do to stop this ridiculous debt from spiralling is to stop shopping for clothes and food. I will use this page as a diary for my spending for the week!

    Please do let me know if you have any advice - I am more than willing to hear it!

    Thank you!
    Last edited by dfw87; 09-07-2017 at 9:14 PM.
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    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 13th Sep 17, 6:32 PM
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    dfw87
    Not a NSD today because I had a school trip. I got the train home which cost £4.80 - that's shot up since I last got the train! I also bought a drink and some socks and fairy lights (a present) in Primark which cost £5.

    I bought my cousin the fairy lights as she is starting at uni - I would have usually spent about £20 at least on her and these only cost £2.50 - I'm making good changes!

    Got home from work relatively early which was really nice! It meant I was able to do a couple of Prolific studies - I imagine I would have been at work otherwise. One for £1 and one for £3.10 - every little helps!

    Tomorrow will be a NSD and Friday should be too. Friday I am out of school for the afternoon at a meeting and then that finishes at 3:30 - lovely early finish! So, I have said that I will do a 4 hour bar shift - I love my extra Friday payday!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 14th Sep 17, 7:25 PM
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    dfw87
    Today:

    Not a NSD - saw some toastie pockets that I wanted for my lunch in the reduced section so made sense to get them now rather than the weekend.

    Got £4.47 from Crowdology so popped that in to my savings. I logged in to my Halifax account and was so impressed to see a feature that suggests how much money you will have left over when pay day comes - it analyses my direct debits, standing orders etc and told me - it's exactly what I thought it would be! Love that feature!

    Got another £3 Amazon voucher yesterday from Swagbucks - I find SB really irritating but actually the points add up pretty quickly!

    School was a nightmare today - children all over the place and I have tonnes of work to do.
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 15th Sep 17, 10:29 PM
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    dfw87
    Today:

    Not a NSD but I did do 5 hours at the bar straight after work so that will mean a little extra pay next Friday. Love being paid weekly for my bar shifts.

    My BF cashed out of Prolific so I got about £4.50 for referring him.

    This weekend I am going to Cornwall to stay in my caravan - hopefully won't spend too much and will have a relaxing time away.

    I've had very bad back problems in the past and have to go to the chiropractor regularly to stay on top of it - well, I've been slacking and I can tell - agony! So, I've got an appointment on Monday - £35 and then my friend who is an incredible masseuse is seeing me for free on Tuesday.
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • zippygeorgeandben
    • By zippygeorgeandben 15th Sep 17, 10:40 PM
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    zippygeorgeandben
    Please tell me you've opted back into the TPS?!
    End Sep 2016 End Oct 2017
    £8236.57 £0
    (Tesco 4.8%) £0pcm
    £6185.75 £0(Zopa 4.0%) £0pcm

    £5344.50
    £2610.04 (Sainsburys 0% until 06/19) £140pcm
    £2000.00 £1066.69 (Sister 0%) £133.33pcm

    Total debt
    £19.766.82 £3676.73 Original DFD May 2019.
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 16th Sep 17, 10:07 AM
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    dfw87
    Please tell me you've opted back into the TPS?!
    Originally posted by zippygeorgeandben
    I haven't yet - although I haven't actually had a pay packet without it... why?
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • zippygeorgeandben
    • By zippygeorgeandben 16th Sep 17, 5:41 PM
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    zippygeorgeandben
    Just one of the best pensions out there that's all, even consiering circumstances.
    End Sep 2016 End Oct 2017
    £8236.57 £0
    (Tesco 4.8%) £0pcm
    £6185.75 £0(Zopa 4.0%) £0pcm

    £5344.50
    £2610.04 (Sainsburys 0% until 06/19) £140pcm
    £2000.00 £1066.69 (Sister 0%) £133.33pcm

    Total debt
    £19.766.82 £3676.73 Original DFD May 2019.
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 18th Sep 17, 7:11 PM
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    dfw87
    Just one of the best pensions out there that's all, even consiering circumstances.
    Originally posted by zippygeorgeandben
    I know... I thought long and hard about it but I decided I needed to think of my short term goals for now and then look to the longer term. Thanks though!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 18th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
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    dfw87
    Had a lovely weekend away - a few spends though. I worked on Friday night, then on Saturday I went to Cornwall to watch my BF play rugby and then my mum, brother and I stayed at our caravan for the night. We went for a lovely meal which myself and my brother paid for - that was £25 each. On the Sunday I got us all some ice creams. We had a great time walking and body boarding - was really lovely.

    Today was very costly! I had to go to the chiropractor so that was £32 - well worth it though and much needed. I had to park the car so I parked at M & S and then popped in after to see if they had any reductions. I ended up spending about £7 in the end on some reduced food but I will freeze this and it will mean I don't need to buy any meat next week. I got 8 x skinny chicken burgers, 8 x skinny beef burgers, cod in a garlic sauce (serves 2) and 2 lots of salmon flakes. Yum!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • Kittychick
    • By Kittychick 19th Sep 17, 9:30 AM
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    Kittychick
    That soundsikea good M+S haul!! We often stock up in this way, and like you I often feel like we have overspent, but the following week I'm glad of it!
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 20th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
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    dfw87
    Yesterday was absolutely manic... work from 7:30-6pm, then to see my masseuse (she sees me for free - I love her!) and then to my cousin's house to have dinner as she was off to uni for the first time!

    Today, another manic work day but I am doing nothing this evening.

    I got a PA cashout - about £15, sold something on eBay for 2.99 - every little helps.

    However... I had to get my brake pads fixed today which cost £120 - ahhh! It does mean that this week I have saved petrol on two days by lift sharing and driving my BF's car... so I shouldn't have to top up my petrol this week hopefully. Also shouldn't have to do a full food shop I hope.

    What I have really loved today though is being able to pay out £120 for my car, £32 on Monday for chiropractor, £70 for my tyres the other day... and being ABLE to pay it. Out of my current account. No credit accounts, no savings... all my own money that I have made sure is available.

    OK, so it is £240 that could have gone in to my savings but this is real life!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 21st Sep 17, 8:48 PM
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    dfw87
    Just popping in to say all good still... can't wait til payday on Monday!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 22nd Sep 17, 8:27 PM
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    dfw87
    Got paid from my bar job today so popped that straight in to my savings.

    I decided to join Slimming World (just online) - I have been successful at it before so wanted to give it a go again. I know the basics enough to do it without the plan but I want to make sure it is successful - that was £60 for 3 months.

    I need to try to keep costs down with it and I am definitely not going to do what I have done before and just buy lots of expensive food that fits the plan - I am hoping I can get some tips on here about keeping SW cheap!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 24th Sep 17, 4:17 PM
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    dfw87
    Relatively cheap weekend - had to do my food shop, first since starting SW and it was about £25. Had a friend round for drinks which was nice and then went for a coffee today. Had to buy some new work trousers.

    Pay day tomorrow - I've saved as I have gone through the month but only have £75ish left at the end of this month - a bit of a shame it isn't more but I had big outgoings this month with my car!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 25th Sep 17, 7:36 PM
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    dfw87
    Today...

    Had to get petrol - a full tank which was about £50, but this will last me 2 weeks. I also managed to make the last tank last 3 weeks because I shared lifts a few days and drove my BF's car because of my car problems!

    Got to work, voice had completely gone - not good for a teacher! Then a colleague told me that my car had a flat tyre - THE SAME ONE AS BEFORE!!! I swore a lot... in front of my head teacher... good job she likes me!

    My computer then wouldn't work so I was not ready in the slightest for the school day - not a great start to the week! However, my head said I could have my time out of class this morning rather than later in the week because of my throat so I was able to sort some bits and pieces out and rest my voice.

    I then was able to leave at 4 to sort my car out... quickly topped it up with air (£1 - rip off at the services!!) and managed to get home. Popped to the place that fitted my tyre before and they sorted it all for me for no charge luckily.

    I've had my first day on plan with SW - all went well but I think I need to get more fruit and veg in. I have plenty in the house for this week and then I need to find a cheap option!

    Pay day today which is always exciting! I managed to save £344.11 this month which I am massively proud of considering I had £200 of car problems!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 26th Sep 17, 7:53 PM
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    dfw87
    Today...

    Pretty normal day for me today. Last night I had another SB voucher for £5 Amazon come through... going to start thinking about my Christmas shopping soon so I can spread the cost I think!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 27th Sep 17, 7:23 PM
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    dfw87
    Today...

    Spent 65p on a can of Diet Coke to perk me up after a long, tiring day. Still having rough nights of sleep because of a horrible tickly cough. Voice is back properly although slightly disappears after a long day with noisy children!

    Seriously thinking about leaving work at the end of this academic year and moving to something other than teaching - many, many reasons for it.

    My salary is currently around £28k and I just can't find anything of a similar salary where experience in a different field isn't needed. Any ideas?!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • wishingthemortgaheaway
    • By wishingthemortgaheaway 27th Sep 17, 10:49 PM
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    wishingthemortgaheaway
    No ideas, I'm in the same boat as you.

    I gave up my teaching job whilst on mat leave. I've just started filling in the supply application form and submitted an application for a one day a week post in strategic management of a group of childcare settings.

    I'm also doing a bit of consultancy work with school data and assessment.
    None of which are 'proper jobs' though.
    The 100 payment countdown (each payment = £400)
    2017 July : £36,800 8/100 Aug: £36,411.85 8/100 Sep: £35,945.66 10/100 Oct: £35,500 11/100
    Term Mortgage free date: October 2029
    Current mortgage free date: April 2025
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 28th Sep 17, 8:09 PM
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    dfw87
    No ideas, I'm in the same boat as you.

    I gave up my teaching job whilst on mat leave. I've just started filling in the supply application form and submitted an application for a one day a week post in strategic management of a group of childcare settings.

    I'm also doing a bit of consultancy work with school data and assessment.
    None of which are 'proper jobs' though.
    Originally posted by wishingthemortgaheaway
    It's so hard to find something! I would love to still be in a job where I feel I am helping people... but equally I want to be earning good money for the future.

    I just cannot face being in my school for a huge amount longer. The politics involved in everything at the moment is ridiculous, as is the amount of cuts that seem to be happening.

    I don't live in the easiest area to be looking for jobs. I don't mind taking a small pay cut but there has to be the potential for progression.

    I also then just wonder if it is better to stay until I have children - probably in the next few years - as I would hopefully take time off then anyway!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 28th Sep 17, 8:11 PM
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    dfw87
    Today...

    Had to go to Sainsburys and bought a few things to help me along with SW - managed to spend £16 which seemed like a lot for what I got. I did have £2.50 in Nectar points to use which brought the cost down a little.

    Yesterday, I had a payment for my loan taken out so I am now up to £1,002.15 paid off and £1,574.11 saved. This is all since July 12th - I can't believe that in 2.5 months I have saved/paid off over £2,500!! Crazy!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
    • dfw87
    • By dfw87 29th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    dfw87
    Today...

    NSD - first in a while!

    So glad it is Friday - this week has dragged and I am proud of myself for getting through the week when I've had so many nights of coughing!

    Going to be having a nice quiet night in tonight. My BF fancies steak and chips so he has popped out to buy that for us. It means I get a free meal which is lovely and I can save tonight's planned meal for next week which means one less thing to buy! We will probably stay in and watch a film or something.

    Tomorrow I am going to watch him play rugby and then we are meeting friends out for dinner. We are going to Turtle Bay and we will be drinking so I will be spending money there.

    On Sunday I am not planning on doing much at all - just a nice relaxing day!

    Had a really good chat to my Dad about my job (he is currently away travelling in his campervan) and, as a recently retired teacher, he totally gets where I am coming from. It's nice to have the support.

    Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
    Since 'lightbulb moment' on 9th July 2017:
    Loan: £1,336.20/£20,043.00 loan - 6.67%
    £1,920.30 in savings
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