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    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 3rd Oct 17, 2:03 PM
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    Debt Free by Xmas 2018!
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 2:03 PM
    Debt Free by Xmas 2018! 3rd Oct 17 at 2:03 PM
    I've decided I need to start a diary, at the minute I keep posting on so many different threads that I can't even keep up with myself! So here I'll have a central point for all those DFW challenges I'm taking part in and all the big (and little!) DFW things I do! I have a DFD target of Christmas next year, which I think is really doable! Let's smash this!!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
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    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 3rd Oct 17, 2:06 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 2:06 PM
    Today is October NSD 2/15.


    My aim is to make an extra £500 in October, my total currently stands at £12.74. Dismal but it's only from my first eBay sale!


    So today I have sent off F&F offer letters to Moorcroft & Lowell. Offered Moorcroft £400 on a £1400 balance and Lowell £80 on a £300 balance. That's left me some room for counter offers from them both.


    I'm still to'ing and fro'ing with Halifax over the charges that I'm trying to reclaim. Originally asked for all £2100+ charges back, I was being optimistic I think, but to get a counter offer of £80 I think was taking the mick a bit!! I've written back stating I'll take £1500, £1200 of which I'll use to pay my overdraft off, so really they're only "giving" me £300. Hoping I'll be taken a bit more seriously now, if the orignal £80 sticks, it's off to the FOS I go. I'm sure I've got a very strong case for a reclaim.


    It's currently week 3 in my journey to claiming back interest from my payday loans. I'm ashamed looking back at just how much I borrowed, and appalled at all the interest I paid!! I'm hoping for nearly £10k back from QQ, Wonga & SafetyNet Credit, from loans over the last 5 years! That's an average of £2000 a year I've been paying in interest to these companies that have allowed me to keep borrowing more and more every month! Honestly I'm blaming it on the fact that I was young and had a really silly relationship with money, I took out my first payday loan when I was 19, I'm 24 now and took out my last one in August. I've promised myself I will take no more out ever!


    All 3 companies have acknowledged my complaint, and said they will be in touch within an 8 week time frame, honestly I'm not keeping my hopes up, I've seen that more often than not these things go to the FOS and take quite a while to be resolved. I've worked out exactly how much interest I paid to every company, and set myself a figure that I would be happy with being offered.
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • DebtFreeDuo
    • By DebtFreeDuo 3rd Oct 17, 2:08 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 2:08 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 2:08 PM
    Good luck with your journey, I definitely find it more helpful having my own diary as I feel a little more responsible for my pennies. My DFD target is also Dec 18.
    Loan:1780.49 2207.38 Car Loan:2039.22 2419.64 0% CC:984.98 1063.48 Overdraft: 860 Overpayment:1781 Total: 7445.69 DFD Dec 18
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    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 3rd Oct 17, 2:19 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 2:19 PM
    Good luck with your journey, I definitely find it more helpful having my own diary as I feel a little more responsible for my pennies. My DFD target is also Dec 18.
    Originally posted by DebtFreeDuo

    Thank you! Good luck on your journey too!


    Responsibility is exactly what I need, I can post on boards left, right and centre but no one can read 100% of what I am doing. I'm making myself accountable - for the good, the bad AND the ugly! (The first ugly being that I've just had to borrow from hubby to pay the council tax, which is something I'm supposed to be in charge of paying - the bright side though is that I didn't borrow from anyone who is going to charge me interest!!) I was £500 down on my wage before I even got it this month due to paying back my final payday loan, onwards and upwards though!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • aquestionoftime
    • By aquestionoftime 3rd Oct 17, 3:09 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 3:09 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 3:09 PM
    Ooh good luck! I'm aiming to get rid of all of my debt by the end of 2018 too!
    Debt 1 £120 | Debt 2 £207 | Debt 3 £243 | Debt 4 £366 | Debt 5 £377 | Debt 6 £434 | Debt 7 £575 | Debt 8 £1444 | Debt 9 £2606

    Debt Free Date December 2020
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 3rd Oct 17, 3:18 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 3:18 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 17, 3:18 PM
    Ooh good luck! I'm aiming to get rid of all of my debt by the end of 2018 too!
    Originally posted by aquestionoftime

    Looks like a few of us are in the end of 2018 band wagon! Let's hope we all make it!!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 7th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
    Weekend check-in!

    Totals so far:
    October NSDs 4/15
    £10 a day challenge £19.75/£500

    I have an unpaid item on eBay which is annoying. Hopefully I should have a few more little pay days this week.

    Still waiting on responses to the hundreds of letters I sent!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 7th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 9:02 PM
    Happy shiny new diary!
    Hope you get responses soon to your letters.
    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***
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 9th Oct 17, 9:28 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 9:28 AM
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    • 9th Oct 17, 9:28 AM
    Honestly, they say these things are sent to test us, but I'm really being tested now!


    We had a text late last night (not impressed!) from our landlord saying that he is giving us notice! No explanation or reason (I know he doesn't have to give us one, but it would be nice I think!) We've been in the house over 2 years, and this has just come out of the blue. So we need to move before Christmas!


    The plus side is me & hubby are taking this opportunity to move to a cheaper house, we're hopefully going to be saving £150pm on rent & £80pm on council tax! So as much as there will be no over payments on debts for the next couple of months, after that there will be lots of spare cash that will be available.


    On the debt busting side!


    Totals so far this month:


    October NSDs 5/15
    £10 a day challenge £28.55/£500


    I still have an unpaid item on eBay, and now will have lots more to add from the house move - the plus side of downsizing!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 17th Oct 17, 10:23 AM
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    I've received a letter from Halifax today stating that they uphold the £80, so I've just referred to the FOS. i have to say the process was very simple! Now we wait...

    Nothing more on the PDL complains, not that I expected anything.

    Updated totals for the month:

    10/15 NSDs
    £169.75/500 Make £10 a day in October
    £248.37/2500 1 debt vs 100 days

    I'm not sure I'm going to meet my £500 October target, but I will try! (Toddles off to list some things on eBay!)
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 23rd Oct 17, 9:38 AM
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    I've had a letter back from Lowell regarding my F&F offer, they requested an I&E form which I've sent off today. I'm expecting them to come back with a higher offer considering I only offered 30% of the total owed.


    I've had emails mid last week from Wonga & QQ saying they're still looking into my complaint. No update from SafetyNet Credit.


    My job is safe (for now) and we have (hopefully) found the perfect house for the next couple of years! Things are starting to look up again!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 27th Oct 17, 8:02 PM
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    I've today accepted a refund of £1041.44 from QQ. I maybe could have got slightly more if I referred to FOS, but I'm already preparing to take Wonga to the FOS, I believe they owe me more and my QQ fight isn't worth the extra time and effort right now. Getting the money now will mean I can pay off a big chunk of my debts, either lowering the amount of interest I will pay or being able to offer f&f's to all my debt collection companies. I plan to keep a little in the bank just in case too.

    Good news at just the right time!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 1st Nov 17, 3:11 PM
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    Another refund offer from Wonga today - £994.27 AND records removed from my credit file! This is exactly what I had hoped for!
    So in less than a week I have had £2k refunded to me. I'm completely speechless and this is making such a massive difference!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
    • arc2014
    • By arc2014 13th Nov 17, 2:21 PM
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    Just doing a few calculations this morning. If all my F&Fs come through at 50% or less my DFD will move forward to August 2018!


    Considering this time last year I was robbing Peter to pay Paul I'm proud of myself for putting on my big girl pants and taking responsibility for my debt before it got too out of control.


    Some more payday loan complaints will be getting sent out tomorrow, so my DFD might even be moving forward even more!
    Logbook Loan 970.42/1000 · DC1 75/1420.32 · DC2 40/321.13 · DC3 11.75/11.75 · DC4 60/635 · Personal Loan 640.71/4800 · Overdraft 0/1200 · Total 1797.89/9388.20

    SPC #200

    Lightbulb Moment September 2017 - DFD Christmas 2018!
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