No regrets. We only have debt.

edited 4 June 2019 at 12:16PM in Debt Free Diaries
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  • enthusiasticsaverenthusiasticsaver Forumite, Board Guide
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    mark88man said:
    What ES says is undoubtedly the best financial solution.  But for me while (clearly from my record) I don't mind owing money to banks I've never had any from family, and the few times I've lent money to family (true emergencies and my credit rating being better than theirs - but that's a different story) I've always felt a bit miffed that they weren't taking repayments seriously (although I did get them).  So maybe all I am asking is just to check that everything is still OK with the lender - who knows what they may be putting on hold - even though I am sure they are delighted to be helping  
    I have never borrowed from family either Mark88 so I agree that in the interests of family harmony some sort of repayment plan should be agreed.  Whenever we have lent to family with the idea of it being repaid (which is not often although we do gift money) we arrange a repayment plan there and then in case it gets forgotten.  It is more awkward borrowing money from family I think and for that reason we have shied away from that. 

    I think you are right that a plan to repay should be made but extending their secured debt to cover that is not to be encouraged unless family want it all back at once and even then I would lean towards 0% money transfer cards although £30k is a lot to raise that way.  As far as I can see from OPs debts though they have more  than a year before the TSB credit card deal expires so paying £210 a month would get that cleared by 09/21 so clawing back £70 from the £280 they are currently paying.  The M and S loan has a decent amount being repaid each month and is a fairly low interest rate so I would leave that too.  The Nat West credit card has 18 months to go so maybe set the payments just above minimum until the M and S loan is gone and start as I say paying £250 or £500 to the family loan and set an amount to emergency savings at the same time.  Once the TSB card and the M and S loan is gone throw everything at the family loan and the Nat West credit card and it will be gone with very little interest paid. 
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  • enthusiasticsaverenthusiasticsaver Forumite, Board Guide
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    I have moved this to the DFW diaries section for you. 
    Early retired in December 2017. Debt counsellor for a High Street bank in a previous life.

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  • MrGorskyMrGorsky Forumite
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    Thanks so much to everyone's recent engagement to my journey.
    I discussed with my father the repayment. I am due (in the next 6 weeks), to get a one off lump sum income. This will be used to clear the M&S loan and the TSB CC. I absolutely cannot wait to do that ... so excited. :smile:
    This should leave the Natwest CC balance of 10k [0% until Oct21], and family loan of 30k. I will wait and see, but I should have around £2500 each month to put towards these. I plan to pay 1k a month towards NW, and £1500 a month to my father, and then £2500 to him after 10 month, meaning I should clear the family debt in 16 months after I get the cash lump sum. He is happy with that as he's retired and would consider additional to his pension, and would prefer it to getting 30k lump sum. So ... looks like the plan is in place..... just got to keep going with it....  as with all the DFWBs .... long hard slog, let's keep going. :persevere:

    ... and thanks ES for moving my thread to the correct place.
    DFW. £59k debt cleared in 2017. £25k debt cleared in 2019. Then bought a house, and got £70k new debt in 2019. Total of £154k unsecured debt, with now £34k left to clear. Aiming for Nov 2022 debt free date.
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    Sounds like you have a good plan and the lump sum will come in handy.  Don't forget to focus on saving for emergencies etc as well as pay off the credit card and family loan.  That means you should not have to resort to credit in the future. 16 months until you are debt free then? 
    Early retired in December 2017. Debt counsellor for a High Street bank in a previous life.

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  • mark55manmark55man Forumite
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    well, that went smoothly :smiley:

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  • MrGorskyMrGorsky Forumite
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    ................ 16 months until you are debt free then? 
    ... thats the plan .... hold me to it!
    DFW. £59k debt cleared in 2017. £25k debt cleared in 2019. Then bought a house, and got £70k new debt in 2019. Total of £154k unsecured debt, with now £34k left to clear. Aiming for Nov 2022 debt free date.
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    MrGorskyMrGorsky Forumite
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    edited 15 July 2020 at 1:09PM
    Little update. More ebaying, and gumtreeing .... it's amazing the stuff people will buy from you .... can't wait for payday.
    M&S loan £8234 2.96% repaying £1140 / mnth 
    TSB Credit Card £3104 0% til 09/21.............280 /mnth 
    Natwest Credit Card £10674 0% til 03/22
    Family loan £30k
    Total: £52,012
    DFW. £59k debt cleared in 2017. £25k debt cleared in 2019. Then bought a house, and got £70k new debt in 2019. Total of £154k unsecured debt, with now £34k left to clear. Aiming for Nov 2022 debt free date.
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    Can you find £12.50 to OP. That close to a new thousand would bother me. That M&S Loan will be gone in no time. 
  • edited 16 July 2020 at 9:51AM
    MrGorskyMrGorsky Forumite
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    edited 16 July 2020 at 9:51AM
    @PurpleFairy26 .. I've paid £30 off a CC just for you.
    M&S loan £8234 2.96% repaying £1140 / mnth 
    TSB Credit Card £3104 0% til 09/21.............280 /mnth 
    Natwest Credit Card £10644 0% til 03/22
    Family loan £30k
    Total: £51,982


    DFW. £59k debt cleared in 2017. £25k debt cleared in 2019. Then bought a house, and got £70k new debt in 2019. Total of £154k unsecured debt, with now £34k left to clear. Aiming for Nov 2022 debt free date.
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    MrGorsky said:
    @PurpleFairy26 .. I've paid £30 off a CC just for you.
    M&S loan £8234 2.96% repaying £1140 / mnth 
    TSB Credit Card £3104 0% til 09/21.............280 /mnth 
    Natwest Credit Card £10644 0% til 03/22
    Family loan £30k
    Total: £51,982


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