SmlSaving's go a long way!

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Hello, hello :) I need somewhere to muse on random thoughts and to keep focus on my savings and overall aim to become mortgage neutral.

I currently have a loose plan to save as much as I can over the next 4.5 years to when my current fix of 1.89% ends to change to an offset mortgage.

This is hand in hand with trying to invest for my future, to enjoy life and to try and get a bit more organised with life in general.

Nice to meet you all :coffee:
Currently studying for a Diploma - wish me luck :)

Phase 1 - Emergency Fund - Complete :j
Phase 2 - £20,000 Mortgage Fund - Underway
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  • JelllibeanzJelllibeanz Forumite
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    Good luck with your journey :)
    Onwards and upwards with the occasional kick up the butt required! ;)
    Mortgage '09 = £103k Feb '17 =£79.9k, Aug 17 = £69k Mar 19 = £61k
    Aiming for 10% OP in 2019 - £1320.95/£6100 £3420/£3520 credit card at 0%
  • fruitloop04fruitloop04 Forumite
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    Happy new diary! I agree that this journey should include enjoying life!!
    01.05.2019 - Re-Mortgage - £142,000 :eek::eek::eek: Total overpaid to date: £15,584.33.
    MFW #52 £9000/£12000
  • SmlSaveSmlSave Forumite
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    Thanks Jellie & Fruit :) Nice to meet you.

    I was searching through the saving rates available at the moment - they all look pretty dismal. :eek: I've already used Nationwide's 5% and hubby's is coming to an end in January.

    I am wondering whether TSB's 1.5% on £1500 is worthwhile (we'd open three) but I'm not sure whether the hassle of bouncing £500 around each month is worth it - I'd probably mess up the timings!

    The first part of me says just to overpay every penny as the interest on the mortgage is more than we'd ever earn in savings.

    The second part says to save, save, save so that funds are accessible should SHTF or the car just goes kaput. Money does generally give you more options than not!

    And the third bit of me says to invest, it's possible to grow money much quicker!

    Sometimes I feel like I'm on a hamster wheel with these thoughts running round!

    Hence my need for a plan :beer:
    Currently studying for a Diploma - wish me luck :)

    Phase 1 - Emergency Fund - Complete :j
    Phase 2 - £20,000 Mortgage Fund - Underway
  • killerpeatykillerpeaty Forumite
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    You don't need to commit to just one option. You can spilt your wealth growing into all the different pots.

    Have you looked into investing? If you want to pay off a lump sum off your mortgage, investing probably isn't the way to go. But investing can be very easy and much more accessible than people think.

    Whatever path you decide on, I wish you the best of luck and I'll keep my eye out for your progress.
  • newgirlynewgirly Forumite
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    Hi smlsave, long time no see, welcome back :D
    MFW 67

    2021 £16,071.71/£16,400
  • CathTCathT Forumite
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    I recognise your username too. Good luck with this part of your journey and welcome back to this forum.
    Nov 2021 - part 1 - £50,393 part 2 - £33,525
    Total - £83,918
    72 months to go!

  • SmlSaveSmlSave Forumite
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    Hi NewG and Cath :) Yes I'm back!

    Thanks KillerP, I am currently investing £100p/m into my S&S ISA and have a LISA too, I'm just feeling very risk adverse atm.

    I have had a very good day baking today. There's been a batch of chocolate cookies baked, 8 naan breads, a large loaf and dinner was a proper affair with beef stew, dumplings with all the trimmings plus yorkshire puds (frozen I'm afraid, I've yet to master them) then DD requested Angel Delight for pudding which went down a storm.

    As food waste is a crime in this household all shall be eaten and I'm quite happy making the spoonful of stew, four potatoes and veg my lunch on Monday while DH has the leftover spag bol from last night.

    I made a little OP of £23.60 to the mortgage today as my bank account was looking fairly healthy, do you still call them tilly tidies when you round down your account to OP?
    Currently studying for a Diploma - wish me luck :)

    Phase 1 - Emergency Fund - Complete :j
    Phase 2 - £20,000 Mortgage Fund - Underway
  • killerpeatykillerpeaty Forumite
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    Your cooking sounds amazing. I'm genuinely craving angel delight now ha.

    Well done on your OP. (I hope it's still called tilly tidies)
  • SmlSaveSmlSave Forumite
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    I figured I should jot down where we are now to record how we progress :)

    The house market is still buoyant (which I find surprising with all the uncertainty atm but can't complain as conveyancing is bread 'n' butter to the firm I work for) and zoopla reckons our house is worth £247,000 so being realistic....

    House value: £230,000

    Mortgage value: £103,500

    Meaning a LTV of 55% which certainly means a happy dance :j:T:j and we're currently on a repayment fix of 1.89% until 2024, allowed to overpay 10% a year.

    No overpaying and we'll owe about £75,000 in 2024 with ten years left to run and I'll be mortgage fee at 50 if interest rates stay stable.

    But that's the kicker isn't it? When we bought our first home our interest rate was 6% and I'm certainly not complaining about 1.89%! But there's a risk that interest rates could rise/house prices could crash and I want to be in the best position possible no matter what happens.

    P.S. Angel Delight is one of those things that you forget is lovely KillerP and then overindulge :rotfl:
    Currently studying for a Diploma - wish me luck :)

    Phase 1 - Emergency Fund - Complete :j
    Phase 2 - £20,000 Mortgage Fund - Underway
  • becky170becky170 Forumite
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    Hi Smlsave! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your musings. We decided to have a healthy emergency fund incase SHTF and am now putting our extra cash towards overpaying. I've started paying small amounts into a S&S ISA but like you I'm risk averse so don't want to put huge sums into it currently whilst I still have a big mortgage.

    I think I might have to add some angel delight to the shopping list for half term now! You definitely forget how good it is :)
    MFW 2021 #7 £2526/£3500
    Savings goal 2022 £0/£6000
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