Staying on track to be MF and ready to support my daughter at 18

I've been an occasional lurker here, taking inspiration from everyone's successes against their struggles to pay off debts and mortgages. My circumstances changed for the worst financially in 2014 and it needed a complete overhaul. I decided a long time ago though that I wanted to be MF by the time my daughter became 18 so that I could help her financially in whatever route she decided to take after school. For me, loans etc have always been the 'never never' and I would not have gone to university if it involved loans or fees, luckily I snuck through before the grant system was dismantled. I don't want my daughter to feel weighed down by those debts should she decide to go to uni. I want to be able to help her.


My mortgage was £110k originally in 2010, I was able to pay a big chunk off after divorce bringing it down considerably but, at the same time, the dual incomes towards the household bills obviously dropped dramatically too. I still made overpayments every month by living carefully, but not as frugally, as I could have maybe. Now I have 9 years left on my mortgage of £40k.



So now it's the last stage. My daughter is 18 in 3 years time and I've used the mortgage overpayment calculator to work out how much to pay each month to be MF in that time...it'll be tight but will be worth it, I know :)
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  • Hello :hello:You have made the right decision in starting your diary, certainly kept me focused, lots of lovely encouragement, support, help and tips from everyone on here :A. A lovely journey to be on with friends.

    Wishing you well in the next few years, and simply remember, it gets easier the closer you get. :)
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    Thanks BL, I've followed your posts and they've been inspirational. Shows that things are possible if you keep at it! :T
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    Thanks Shanga and frayed!

    It's nerve wracking wondering if I will be able to keep it up! Will try to keep my diary going each week....
  • You will, sometimes we go MIA but nearly always return :)

    It gets addictive :D
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    Welcome and best of luck with the new diary :)
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    Thank you newgirly!
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    Made my first overpayment today but not as much as I had hoped. Maybe can add more towards the end of the month once a birthday is past and we go steady on the spending.


    One of my worst money pits is buying lunch and coffees at work every day. I've tried taking in packed lunches but the downside is that you have to sit in a common room filled with loud, large groups of people and it isn't very relaxing. Got a new phone now though, so am going to try sitting in the middle of all that with my headphones/music on. The alternative is sitting in my office but that doesn't feel like a lunch break at all.
    Then there are the coffees at £2 a pop. I need to nail that wastage on the head. I can take in a flask of my own coffee for the morning. Part of the coffee break is to sit with a colleague and chat though. I'm not sure it's the done thing to sit in a cafe drinking your own coffee?!


    I'm guessing work place food and drinks is a big money pit for others too?






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    Well done on the o/p, doesn't have to be much, just remember every £1 paid, is a £1 you will never pay interest on again :j

    Keep that thought in mind, and it will see you o/paying every chance you can get :)


    Work breaks and lunches are a huge expense, if you allow it, we take in our own tea bags :) and can buy hot water with a splash of milk for 12p, better than buying a cup of tea for £1.20 :eek: x 2/day = £10.80 saving a Week !!! (so you can see where I'm going with this one) :) and can eat our sandwiches, or a hot meal as they provide microwaves :T
    You can buy flasks that hold hot food too, soup, stew, casseroles, just a thought.
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